Portuguese football mourns the death of Neno, who disappeared this Thursday at the age of 59 from a sudden illness. He celebrated his last selection against the France team in a friendly match in January 1996 (3-2 defeat).
Guimaraes club announced the death of their former goalkeeper Neno on Thursday evening. He died at 59 from a sudden illness according to local media. “A former goalkeeper, the Portuguese international represented Vitória at three points in his career, being part of the group that won the Cândido de Oliveira Super Cup in 1988, the club recalled in his message. It was also in Vitória that ‘he has had a long and successful career as a footballer, remaining linked to the club in various functions, ranging from the pitch to institutional representation. “
Neno also played for Benfica Lisbon (1985-1987, then 1990-1995) and Vitoria Setubal (1987-1988). Benfica have released a tribute to their former player. “Neno’s great performances with the Benfica shirt will forever be remembered by all Benfica fans, the message assures. The talent of one of the most remarkable goalkeepers in Portuguese football will also be remembered forever. With the eagle (the symbol of the club) on the chest from 1985 to 1987 and also from 1990 to 1995, the former keeper was crowned national champion three times (1986/87, 1990/91 and 1993/94). also won three Portuguese Cups (1985/86, 1986/87 and 1992/93) and was part of the team that won the Super Cup in 1985. “
Nine selections with Portugal
A native of Cape Verde, Neno has also worn the Portuguese team’s jersey nine times. Called up for the first time in 1988, he started out as Silvino Louro’s understudy before being overtaken by young Vitor Baia at the end of his career. He had celebrated his last selection against the France team on January 24, 1996, a few months before the Euro. That day, the Blues won 3-2 thanks to a brace from Youri Djorkaeff and a goal from Raynald Pedros. Fernando Couto and Rui Costa had scored both Portuguese goals.