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Rui Jordão
Personal information
Full name Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão
Date of birth 9 August 1952 (1952-08-09) (age 57)
Place of birth    Benguela, Portuguese Angola
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Sporting Benguela
Real Zaragoza
Sporting CP
Vitória de Setúbal
000 00(0)
127 0(81)
033 0(14)
279 (187)
063 0(12)   
National team
1972–1989 Portugal 043 0(15)

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

Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj ʒuɾˈðɐ̃w̃]; born 9 August 1952) is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a striker for Portugal at international level, and for Benfica, Real Zaragoza, and Sporting Clube de Portugal at professional club level. He represented his country at the 1984 UEFA European Championship in France.[1]

Jordão started his career in Sporting Benguela and signed with Benfica in the 1971–72 season. He played 17 games and scored six goals in his first season. He moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal on 28 August 1977, where he would play until 1986.

Jordão also won his first cap for Portugal the same season, with Cyprus, in a World Cup qualifying match. He also played on the Dream Team that reached the final of the Brazil's Independence Cup the same year, losing against Brazil 1–0.

Jordão won 43 caps for the Portuguese national team from 1972 to 1989, and scored 15 goals, including the vital penalty that sealed a 1–0 win over the Soviet Union in Lisbon on 13 November 1983, ensuring that Portugal would qualify for Euro 1984.

Portugal managed to reach the semi-final stage, in which Jordão scored twice against France in Marseilles on 23 June 1984. Portugal actually led 2–1 with only six minutes to go in extra-time, but eventually lost 3–2 to late goals from Jean-François Domergue and Michel Platini.

Jordão was Portuguese Championship top scorer twice for Benfica, in the 1975–76 season, with 28 goals. He was also top scorer in the 1979–80 season with Sporting with 31 goals in 29 games. He played for Real Zaragoza in 1976–77. He ended his career at Vitória de Setúbal in 1989, at the age of 36.

Individual honors and titles with Sporting


  1. ^ Rui Jordão Statistics National Football Teams. Retrieved 6 February 2010.


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