Álvaro Magalhães

Álvaro Monteiro Magalhães (born 3 January 1961), known simply as Álvaro, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a left back, and a current manager.

Personal information
Full name Álvaro Monteiro Magalhães
Date of birth (1961-01-03) 3 January 1961 (age 61)
Place of birth Lamego, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Left back
Youth career
1975–1978 Cracks Lamego
1978–1979 Académica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Académica 56 (1)
1981–1990 Benfica 177 (6)
1990–1991 Estrela Amadora 19 (0)
1991–1993 Leixões 41 (0)
Total 293 (7)
National team
1981–1988 Portugal 20 (0)
Teams managed
1994–1997 Lourosa
1997–1998 Santa Clara
1998 Chaves
1998–2000 Gil Vicente
2000–2001 Vitória Guimarães
2001–2002 Estrela Amadora
2002–2003 Naval
2003–2005 Benfica (assistant)
2005–2006 Naval
2006–2008 Olhanense
2008 Feirense
2008 Gloria Buzău
2009–2011 Interclube
2012 Nacional Benguela
2012–2013 Naval
2013–2014 Tondela
2016–2017 Gil Vicente
2019 Farense
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 224 matches and six goals over 11 seasons, mainly with Benfica with which he spent nine years, winning ten major titles.

Álvaro represented Portugal at the 1986 World Cup and Euro 1984. In 1994, he began working as a coach.

Club careerEdit

Born in Lamego, Viseu District, Álvaro made his Primeira Liga debut in 1980 with Académica de Coimbra, moving subsequently to S.L. Benfica. After two seasons he became first choice, helping the Lisbon club to four leagues and as many domestic cups (three consecutive in the latter competition) while amassing more than 200 official appearances.[1]

In June 1990, after only 13 games in his last two seasons combined – Benfica also appeared in two European Cup finals during that timeframe, but he was only a fringe player – Álvaro left and signed with neighbours C.F. Estrela da Amadora, helping the team to the second round of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; however, the league ended in relegation. He closed out his career at the age of 32 in the second division, with Leixões SC.

One year after retiring, Magalhães began a coaching career, working with several first and second level teams. His first experience in the former tier was with G.D. Chaves in 1997–98, narrowly avoiding relegation.

From 2003 to 2005, Magalhães was assistant manager at Benfica under José Antonio Camacho and Giovanni Trapattoni respectively, winning the league title in the second season.[2] In the latter years of the decade he had spells in Romania and Angola, being Girabola champion in the latter country with G.D. Interclube, the second time in the Luanda club's history.[3]

Magalhães penned a new two-year contract in November 2009 but, on 29 March 2011, he was relieved of his duties.[4] In early February 2012, he was appointed coach of fellow league side Clube Nacional de Benguela;[5] shortly after, however, he returned to his country, signing with Associação Naval 1º de Maio which he had already managed in 2005–06's top flight and 2002–03's second tier.[6][7]

International careerEdit

Álvaro was capped 20 times for Portugal, his debut coming on 16 December 1981 in a 2–5 defeat with Bulgaria, a friendly match. He was picked for the squads present at UEFA Euro 1984[8] and the 1986 FIFA World Cup.[9]

After the infamous Saltillo Affair in the latter tournament, Álvaro was one of the few players that did not defect from the national team, and his last international appearance came on 16 November 1988 in a 1–0 win against Luxembourg for the 1990 World Cup qualifiers, in Porto.

Personal lifeEdit

Magalhães was born with polydactylism in his left hand, and was nicknamed Seis dedos (six fingers) due to this condition.[10]







  1. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. p. 15. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  2. ^ ""Fui eu que fiz Trapattoni campeão"" ["I made Trapattoni champion"]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 24 April 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Álvaro Magalhães campeão de Angola" [Álvaro Magalhães Angolan champion]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 31 October 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Angola: Interclube rescind contract with Portuguese coach". All Africa. 29 March 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  5. ^ "National de Benguela presents new coach". Angola Press News Agency. 2 February 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Álvaro Magalhães é apresentado amanhã como treinador da Naval" [Álvaro Magalhães is presented as manager of Naval tomorrow]. Público (in Portuguese). 5 December 2005. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Oficial: Álvaro Magalhães na Naval" [Official: Álvaro Magalhães at Naval]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 1 October 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  9. ^ Álvaro MagalhãesFIFA competition record (archived)
  10. ^ "Casos semelhantes em Portugal" [Similar cases in Portugal]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 November 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa. April–June 2017. p. 92. ISSN 3846-0823.
  12. ^ a b c "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa. May 2015. p. 56. ISSN 0872-3540.

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