António Simões

António Simões da Costa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɔniu siˈmõȷ̃ʃ]); born 14 December 1943), known as Simões, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a left winger.

António Simões
Training en persconferentie PSV en Benfica in Eindhoven nr 7 Simoes (Benfica), Bestanddeelnr 927-7898.jpg
Simões in 1975
Personal information
Full name António Simões da Costa
Date of birth (1943-12-14) 14 December 1943 (age 76)
Place of birth Corroios, Portugal
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position(s) Winger
Youth career
1957–1959 Almada
1959–1961 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1975 Benfica 312 (46)
1975–1976 Boston Minutemen 27 (5)
1975–1976 Estoril 6 (0)
1976–1977 San Jose Earthquakes 33 (0)
1977–1978 União Tomar 16 (1)
1978 New Jersey Americans 4 (0)
1979 Dallas Tornado 6 (1)
1979–1980 Detroit Lightning (indoor) 2 (0)
1980–1981 Chicago Horizon (indoor) 20 (7)
1981–1982 Kansas City Comets (indoor) 3 (0)
Total 429 (60)
National team
1962–1973 Portugal 46 (3)
Teams managed
1982–1984 Phoenix Inferno
1984–1985 Las Vegas Americans (assistant)
1987–1991 Austin Sockadillos
2003–2004 União Madeira
2004–2005 Lusitânia
2008–2010 Portugal Olympic
2011–2014 Iran (assistant)
2012–2014 Iran B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent 14 professional seasons with Benfica, playing 449 official games and scoring 72 goals. In the late 1970s, early 1980s, he represented several teams in the United States, and subsequently worked as a manager in both continents.[1]

Simões played more than 40 times for Portugal, appearing with the country at the 1966 World Cup.

Club careerEdit


Born in Corroios, Seixal, Setúbal, Simões joined S.L. Benfica when he was 15, and was already an important first-team member just two years later, being part of the squads that won ten national championships and one European Cup. In the 1962 final of the latter competition, a 5–3 win against Real Madrid, he became the youngest ever player to conquer the tournament, at 18 years and four months.[1][2]

Simões left Benfica at the end of the 1974–75 season, after winning his last league. He contributed with 26 scoreless matches in the process.[1]

United StatesEdit

Simões moved to the United States at the age of 32, signing with the Boston Minutemen of the North American Soccer League.[3] He spent two seasons in the city before moving to the San Jose Earthquakes in 1976, and subsequently the Dallas Tornado.

In 1979, Simões joined the Detroit Lightning of the Major Indoor Soccer League. After one season he moved to the Chicago Horizon, before finishing his career at almost 39 with the Kansas City Comets; he returned twice to his country during the off-season period, briefly representing G.D. Estoril Praia and U.F.C.I. Tomar.

Immediately after quitting football, Simões was hired as coach of the Phoenix Inferno of the MISL.[4] He was dismissed in March 1984 and replaced by Ted Podleski, joining the Las Vegas Americans as assistant to Alan Mayer afterwards and also leaving in January 1985; in 1989, he was the SISL indoor season coach of the year with the Austin Sockadillos.[5]

International careerEdit

Simões made his debut with the Portugal national team on 6 May 1962, in a 1–2 friendly defeat with Brazil in São Paulo. He was a member of the squad that finished in third place in the 1966 World Cup in England, scoring the opener in the group stage opener against the same opponent (3–1 win).[6]

The recipient of 46 caps with three goals, Simões missed the Brazil Independence Cup due to injury. He made his last appearance on 13 October 1973, in a 2–2 home draw against Bulgaria for the 1974 World Cup qualifiers.

Simões joined Iran's coaching staff in April 2011, acting as assistant to compatriot Carlos Queiroz.[7] He left in February 2014, due to personal reasons.[8]

António Simões: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition


1 29 April 1964 Hardturm, Zurich, Switzerland    Switzerland 0–2 2–3 Friendly
2 19 July 1966 Goodison Park, Liverpool, England   Brazil 1–0 3–1 1966 FIFA World Cup
3 13 October 1973 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal   Bulgaria 1–0 2–2 1974 World Cup qualification





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  2. ^ "Eusebio-inspired Benfica rock Real". FIFA. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Dólares" [Dollars]. Diário de Lisboa (in Portuguese) (18753): 16. 2 May 1975. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  4. ^ Yannis, Alex (7 November 1982). "Indoor soccer starts a new season as a one-league sport". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  5. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1989". Sover. Archived from the original on 3 March 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  6. ^ Paixão, Paulo; Castanheira, José Pedro (13 July 2016). "A lenda dos Magriços começou há 50 anos" [The legend of the Magriços started 50 years ago]. Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Namazi celebrates World Cup berth with Iran". The Washington Post. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  8. ^ "António Simões: «Decisão muito privada»" [António Simões: "Very private decision"]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 February 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  9. ^ "António Simões". European Football. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 70. ISSN 3846-0823.
  11. ^ a b "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 48. ISSN 0872-3540.
  12. ^ "Intercontinental Cup 1961". FIFA. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Extraordinary Pele crowns Santos in Lisbon". FIFA. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • Simões, António (December 2013). António Simões, personalidades e reflexões do mais jovem campeão europeu da história [António Simões, personalities and thoughts of the youngest European champion ever] (First ed.). QuidNovi. ISBN 978-989-554-977-1.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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