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Lima Pereira (footballer, born 1952)

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António Lima Pereira
Personal information
Full name António José Lima Pereira
Date of birth (1952-02-01) 1 February 1952 (age 67)
Place of birth Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1968–1971 Varzim
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1978 Varzim
1978–1989 Porto 187 (8)
1989–1991 Maia 38 (2)
National team
1981–1985 Portugal 20 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

António José Lima Pereira (born 1 February 1952) is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender.


Club careerEdit

Born in Póvoa de Varzim, Lima Pereira started playing professionally for hometown club Varzim SC, making his Primeira Liga debuts in the 1976–77 season at the age of 24. Two years later he signed with FC Porto, where he would remain the following 11 campaigns.

In the league alone, Pereira amassed totals of 187 games and eight goals, winning four national championships, two domestic cups and four Supercups. He also reached the final of the 1983–84 European Cup Winners' Cup as Porto lost to Juventus F.C. 1–2. Aged already 34/35, he also appeared in the team's victorious campaign in the European Cup in 1986–87, although he did not play in the final against FC Bayern Munich.

In 1989, Lima Pereira left Porto and signed for another northern side, second level's F.C. Maia,[1] retiring after two seasons at the age of 39.

International careerEdit

Lima Pereira won 20 caps for Portugal, the first arriving in 1981 at 29. He was a participant at UEFA Euro 1984, helping the national team reach the semi-finals in France.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Pereira's younger brothers, António (born 1966) and Paulo (1967), were also professional footballers and defenders. Both started their careers at Varzim, and their second main clubs were F.C. Felgueiras and Rio Ave FC, amassing first division totals of 33 and 113 matches respectively.[3]




  1. ^ "1988/89: FC Porto sem troféus e dez campeões europeus a chorar" [1988/89: FC Porto without trophies and ten European champions crying] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Académico de Felgueiras, o 'herdeiro' que emergiu da crise" [Académico de Felgueiras, the 'heir' who emerged from the crisis]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 3 May 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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