António Bastos Lopes

António José Bastos Lopes (born 19 December 1953) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

António Bastos Lopes
Personal information
Full name António José Bastos Lopes
Date of birth (1953-12-19) 19 December 1953 (age 69)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1987 Benfica 274 (3)
International career
1979–1985 Portugal 10 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Born in Lisbon, Bastos Lopes played for 15 seasons with hometown side S.L. Benfica, making his first-team debut in 1972. After only seven Primeira Liga games in his first three years combined, he benefitted from the departure of legendary Humberto Coelho – who barred him at the stopper position – to Paris Saint-Germain F.C. to begin appearing more regularly.[1]

For nine of the following 12 years, Lopes started more often than not, even when Coelho returned from France two years later, and went on to win seven leagues, six cups and two supercups with his only club. He also appeared in both legs of the 1982–83 UEFA Cup final, lost against R.S.C. Anderlecht on aggregate (1–2), starting in the second leg in Lisbon (1–1 draw).[2]

After no appearances whatsoever in the 1986–87 campaign, aged nearly 34, Lopes retired from football, amassing league totals of 274 matches and three goals for Benfica. In 2010–11, he was part of Jorge Jesus' coaching staff.[2]

International careerEdit

Bastos Lopes made his debut for Portugal on 9 May 1979, playing the last minute in a 1–0 win in Norway for the UEFA Euro 1980 qualifiers. He went on to earn ten caps in six years, being selected to the squad that appeared at Euro 1984 but being an unused member for the eventual semi-finalists.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Bastos Lopes' younger brother, Alberto, was also a footballer and a defender. He too represented Benfica.[3]



  • Primeira Liga: 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "100 anos: António Bastos Lopes" [100 years: António Bastos Lopes]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 April 2003. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Bastos Lopes, a quem, quando o irmão mais novo chegou ao Benfica passaram a chamar também António ou a juntar o I após o apelido, passou a vida inteira no Benfica, onde colecionou títulos e alegrias" [Bastos Lopes, to whom, when his younger brother arrived to Benfica they started calling António or adding I after the surname, spent his whole life at Benfica, where he collected titles and joys.] (in Portuguese). António Tadeia. 19 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Irmãos no futebol: um antigo "debate" no Benfica" [Brothers in football: an ancient «debate» in Benfica] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 80. ISSN 3846-0823.

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