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Mário Wilson
Personal information
Date of birth October 17, 1929 (1929-10-17) (age 80)
Place of birth Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1951 Sporting Clube de Portugal
1951–1963 Académica de Coimbra
Teams managed
1964–1969 Académica de Coimbra
1969–1970 Belenenses
1971 Tirsense
1971–1975 Vitória S.C.
1975–1976 Benfica
1976–1977 Boavista
1977–1979 Vitória S.C.
1978–1980 Portugal
1979–1980 Benfica
1980–1983 Académica de Coimbra
1983–1984 G.D. Estoril-Praia
1984 Boavista
1984–1986 G.D. Estoril-Praia
1986–1987 Cova da Piedade
1987–1988 Louletano
1988–1989 Torreense
1989 Louletano
1989–1990 Olhanense
1990–1991 R.D. Águeda
1993–1995 FAR Rabat
1995–1996 Benfica
1997 Benfica
1997–1999 Alverca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mário Wilson (born October 17, 1929 in Lourenço Marques, today's Maputo, Mozambique) is a retired football player and a former coach of the Portuguese squad, Académica de Coimbra, Sport Lisboa e Benfica[1] and Vitória de Guimarães, among other football teams.[2] As a player, he played for clubs such as Académica de Coimbra and Sporting Clube de Portugal.[3] He earned the nickname of "O Velho Capitão"[4] (Portuguese for: "The Old Captain"). After his retirement from professional football he started up businesses such as the health club Mr. Wilson and the Escola de Futebol Mr. Wilson (youth football school), in the Lisbon area.

In the 1975–76 season, he became the first Benfica's Portuguese football coach to win the Portuguese Football Championship title. In 1995/96, he won the Cup of Portugal, again with Benfica.

He was the national team coach during the Euro 1980 qualifyings, failing to progress to the main tournament.


Preceded by
Yugoslavia Milorad "Miša" Pavic
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Hungary Lajos Baroti
Preceded by
Portugal Carlos Queiroz
Cup of Portugal Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Portugal Mário Reis


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