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José Augusto
Personal information
Full name José Augusto Pinto de Almeida
Date of birth 13 April 1937 (1937-04-13) (age 72)
Place of birth    Barreiro, Portugal
Playing position Manager
(former Right winger)
Club information
Current club Retired
Number 7
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1954–59
1959–69
FC Barreirense
S.L. Benfica

369 (175)   
National team
1958–68 Portugal 45 (9)
Teams managed
1972–73
1974-75
 
 
 
 
1994–95
 
 
2004–
Portugal
Vitória FC
FC Barreirense
Portimonense SC
SC Farense
Penafiel FC
CD Logroñés
Kawkab Marrakech
Fath Rabat
Portugal (women)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

José Augusto (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuˈzɛ auˈɡuʃtu]; full name: José Augusto Pinto de Almeida; born 13 April 1937, in Barreiro) is a former Portuguese footballer and a current coach. He was one of the top players in the legendary S.L. Benfica "Dream Team" and the Portuguese national football team during the 1960s.

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Player

He first caught attention at his local team of FC Barreirense and he debuted for the national team on 7 May 1958, in a friendly match against England that Portugal lost 1-2. The next year he moved to S.L. Benfica, where he played from 1958/59 to 1968/69, before ending his career at 32. As a Benfica player he achieved the status of one of the legends of the Golden Years of his team, like his team mates, Eusébio, Mário Coluna, Costa Pereira and António Simões. He played in the two European Champions Cup finals which Benfica won (1961 and 1962), and in the lost finals of 1963, 1965 and 1968.

He had 45 caps for the national team, scoring 9 goals, and played with the Magriços, the team that reached 3rd place at the 1966 World Cup finals, losing only in an epic semi-final with England (1-2). He scored the two first goals in the debut victory over Hungary national football team (3-1). His last game for the national team on December 11, 1968 was a disappointing defeat to Greece in Athens (4-2), for the 1970 FIFA World Cup qualification. He decided to finish his career the same season to become a coach.

Manager

As coach, he led another legendary national team, which reached the Brazilian Independence Cup final on July 9, 1972, after winning all the games (Ecuador (3-1), Iran (3-0), Chile (4-1), Republic of Ireland (2-1), Argentina (3-1), USSR (1-0)), except for a tie with Uruguay (1-1). The Portuguese team, which was largely composed of Benfica players, including veterans Eusébio and Jaime Graça, and youngsters Humberto Coelho and Jordão, lost the final only at the 89th minute, when Jairzinho finally scored.

The possibility of qualifying to the 1974 FIFA World Cup seemed open, but Portugal had a miserable qualifying. After two wins over Cyprus, Portugal tied with Northern Ireland (1-1) abroad, before losing to Bulgaria (1-2) and a dramatic draw in Lisbon (2-2), which ended hopes of returning to the World Cup finals (which was achieved again in 1986). José Augusto resigned after the last game, a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland, but continued his coaching career, with minor results. He was later an assistant coach of the National Team that reached the 3rd place in Euro 1984 finals, and a U-17 National Team coach. Since 2004, he coaches Portugal women's national football team

Honours and Awards

S.L. Benfica

8x Portuguese Liga
3x Portuguese Cup

2x European Cup

Preceded by
Brazil Otto Glória
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
1969-70
Succeeded by
Portugal Fernando Vaz

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