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José António Prudéncio Conde Bargiela, known as José António (born 29 October 1957 in Cascais - died June 2, 2005 in Carcavelos), was a Portuguese footballer, who played as a central defender.


Club career

After an unassuming two-year spell at S.L. Benfica, where he also played youth football, António moved to neighbours G.D. Estoril-Praia, where he established himself as a professional.

In 1983, at almost 26, he signed with C.F. Os Belenenses - also in Lisbon - where he would remain, in several capacities, for the next two decades. In 1989, already as an undisputed starter and captain, he helped the Azuis (Blues) lift the Portuguese Cup, in a 2–1 win over first side Benfica.

José António retired in 1991 at nearly 34, having played 163 matches for the club in the first division; two years later, he had a very brief coaching spell with Belenenses as one of three coaches during the season, as the club eventually avoided relegation. From an early age onwards, he developed a baldness condition.

International career

António only gained three caps for Portugal, but his first and last produced memorable results: on October 16, 1985, 13 days shy of his 28th birthday, he helped the national side achieve a 1–0 win in Germany for the 1986 World Cup qualifiers.

In the final stages, he appeared in the first match, against England, in another 1–0 success. The competition, however, was tainted with the Saltillo Affair in which the squad was involved, and Portugal eventually crashed out in the group stages, and the player never appeared internationally again.



On June 2, 2005, José António was playing in a pickup game with some friends, in Carcavelos, but felt indisposed only a few minutes after its start; having already left the court, he suddenly collapsed and died; all resuscitation attempts were in vain.[1]

He was only 47 years old, and never married.


  1. ^ Julio Futsal CFB (Portuguese)

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