Cândido de Oliveira

Cândido Plácido Fernandes de Oliveira (24 September 1896 – 23 June 1958) was a Portuguese football player, coach, and sports journalist.

Cândido de Oliveira
Personal information
Full name Cândido Plácido Fernandes de Oliveira
Date of birth (1896-09-24)24 September 1896
Place of birth Fronteira, Portugal
Date of death 23 June 1958(1958-06-23) (aged 61)
Place of death Stockholm, Sweden
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1920 Benfica
1920–1926 Casa Pia
National team
1921 Portugal 1 (0)
Teams managed
1926–1929 Portugal
1935–1945 Portugal
1937–1938 Belenenses
1945–1946 Sporting
1947–1949 Sporting
1950 Flamengo
1952 Portugal
1952–1953 Porto
1956–1958 Académica de Coimbra
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

The trophy Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira is named after him.

Life and careerEdit

Oliveira was educated at Casa Pia. He played for Benfica from 1911 to 1920, moving then to Casa Pia in 1920, of which he was one of the founders. He had his only cap for the Portuguese national team, in the first game ever of the Selecção das Quinas, on 18 December 1921, a 1–3 loss to Spain in Madrid, a game which he captained.

Oliveira was also a coach of Sporting and was in charge, for several times, of the Portuguese national squad, including at the 1928 Olympics.[1]

He was one of the founders of the sports newspaper A Bola in 1945. He also published several books about football.

His opposition to the Portuguese dictatorship landed him several stays in prison, including an imprisonment at the infamous Tarrafal prison.[citation needed]


Oliveira died on 23 June 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden, of lung disease when he was covering the 1958 FIFA World Cup for A Bola. He felt ill a few days before, and even received hospital care, but his spirit of mission brought him back to the stadiums and when he returned to the hospital it was too late.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 2010-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)