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Full name Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Baptista
Date of birth November 20, 1949 (1949-11-20) (age 60)
Place of birth    Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1968–1986 Benfica 577 (361)   
National team
1971–1984 Portugal 66 (22)

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

Tamagnini Manuel Gomes Baptista, aka Nené (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɛˈnɛ]; born November 20, 1949 in Leça da Palmeira), is a former Portuguese footballer.

A striker, he played his entire career with Sport Lisboa e Benfica.


Club career

Nené made his professional debuts with S.L. Benfica in 1968, and remained a key fixture with the side until his retirement almost twenty years later, at nearly 37. In 1972–73, he was a star player for a side which became national champion without a single defeat (28 matches won - 23 consecutively - out of 30). The team scored 101 goals, breaking 100 only for the second time in its history.

Nené was the Portuguese Footballer of the Year in 1971 and also runner-up in 1972, which was achieved whilst competing with teammate Eusébio.[1]He ranked second in Benfica's scoring lists in European competitions with 28 goals in 75 appearances,[2] and played in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup finals, in a loss to R.S.C. Anderlecht.

As a player, Nené became one of the living symbols of Benfica, winning 11 national championships. After ending his career, he became a youth coach with the Reds.

International career

Nené finished tenth in the all-time appearance records for Portugal with 66 caps,[3] ranking 7th in the goalscoring charts at 22, with an excellent goals-to-games ratio (similar to former Benfica men Eusébio and Nuno Gomes). His appearance record stood until 1994, broken by F.C. Porto's João Domingos Pinto.

He made his international debut on April 21, 1971, in a Euro 1972 qualifier against Scotland (2–0), and would score the winning goal against Romania (1–0) on June 20, 1984,[4] becoming the oldest player to score in the European championship finals at 34 years, 213 days. His goal led Portugal to the semi-finals versus hosts France, where he played as a substitute, but could not avert the defeat (2–3) in extra-time.

Nené's record was only broken 24 years later, when Ivica Vastić scored for Austria at UEFA Euro 2008, against Poland.[5]




  • Portuguese League: 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83 and 1983–84
  • Portuguese Cup: 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85 and 1985–86
  • Portuguese Supercup: 1980 and 1985
  • UEFA Cup: Runner-up 1982–83


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