Carlos Manuel

Carlos Manuel Correia dos Santos (pronounced [ˈkaɾluʃ mɐnuˈɛɫ]; born 15 January 1958), known as Carlos Manuel, is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a central midfielder, and a manager.

Carlos Manuel
Personal information
Full name Carlos Manuel Correia dos Santos
Date of birth (1958-01-15) 15 January 1958 (age 63)
Place of birth Moita, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 CUF 2 (0)
1978–1979 Barreirense 30 (3)
1979–1987 Benfica 213 (40)
1988 Sion 16 (10)
1988–1990 Sporting CP 48 (4)
1990–1992 Boavista 17 (0)
1992–1994 Estoril 45 (3)
Total 371 (60)
National team
1980–1986 Portugal 42 (8)
Teams managed
1993–1996 Estoril
1996–1998 Salgueiros
1998 Sporting CP
1998 Braga
1999–2000 Campomaiorense
2000–2001 Santa Clara
2001–2002 Salgueiros
2002 Santa Clara
2002–2003 Salgueiros
2004–2005 Olivais Moscavide
2007–2009 Atlético
2009–2011 Oriental
2011–2012 1º Agosto
2012 Guinea-Bissau
2014–2015 Sanat Naft
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Best known for his spell at Benfica, for which he appeared in 318 competitive matches over eight and a half seasons, scoring 58 goals. He was also a leading figure for the national team during the better part of the 1980s and, after retiring, he embarked on a lengthy spell as coach.

Having won more than 40 caps for Portugal in six years, Carlos Manuel represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club careerEdit

Born in Moita, Setúbal District, Carlos Manuel made his senior debut with G.D. CUF, moving in 1978 to F.C. Barreirense. He reached the Primeira Liga as he signed with S.L. Benfica, still in Lisbon, going on to be an influential member of a side that won four leagues and six cups in the 80s, as well as finishing runners-up to R.S.C. Anderlecht in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup.[1]

After falling out of favour with the club's management, Carlos Manuel moved in January 1988 to Switzerland with FC Sion. Only five months later, he returned to the Portuguese capital after signing with Sporting CP. After a solid first season his career began winding down, and he finally retired at the end of 1993–94 whilst at G.D. Estoril Praia – he had previously represented Boavista F.C. for two years;[2] he was chosen by Portuguese sports newspaper Record as one of the best 100 Portuguese football players ever.

After retiring at 36, Carlos Manuel took up coaching, having managed with little success a host of clubs, mainly in the Lisbon area. Midway through the 1997–98 campaign, he bought out his contract at S.C. Salgueiros and joined Sporting,[3] but the latter could only finish fourth and he was dismissed, a fate he met mere months after at S.C. Braga.

International careerEdit

For the Portugal national team, Carlos Manuel was capped on 42 occasions, scoring eight goals. His debut came on 26 March 1980 in a 1–4 away loss against Scotland for the UEFA Euro 1980 qualifiers.

Three of those goals were memorable: the win over Poland in Wrocław on 28 October 1983 which helped Portugal qualify for Euro 1984,[4] the historic victory in West Germany on 16 October 1985, which secured qualification for the 1986 FIFA World Cup, and in the latter competition's final stages, the defeat of England in the group opener (all three matches finished 1–0 for Portugal).[5][6][7]

After the 1986 World Cup loss to Morocco, with the national side being ousted in the group stages – the competition was also stained by the Portuguese players' involvement in the Saltillo Affair – Carlos Manuel retired from the international scene, at only 28. In June 2012, he succeeded Luís Norton de Matos as manager of Guinea-Bissau.[8] He was in charge for one match, a 1–0 loss away to Cameroon in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying stage (2–0 aggregate).[9]

Carlos Manuel: International goals
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition[10]
1 7 October 1980 Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal   United States 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2 21 September 1983 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal   Finland 2–0 5–0 Euro 1984 qualifying
3 28 October 1983 Olympic Stadium (Wrocław), Wroclaw, Poland   Poland 0–1 0–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
4 14 October 1984 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal   Czechoslovakia 2–1 2–1 1986 World Cup qualification
5 30 January 1985 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal   Romania 2–0 2–3 Friendly
6 10 February 1985 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta 0–1 1–3 1986 World Cup qualification
7 16 October 1985 Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart), Stuttgart, West Germany   West Germany 0–1 0–1 1986 World Cup qualification
8 3 June 1986 Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico   England 1–0 1–0 1986 FIFA World Cup







  1. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. pp. 34–35. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  2. ^ a b Tovar, Rui Miguel (8 November 2013). "Carlos Manuel. "Naquela altura éramos jeitosos com a bola no pé"" [Carlos Manuel. "Back then were quite handy ball in foot"]. i (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Carlos Manuel apresentado como treinador do Salgueiros" [Carlos Manuel presented as new manager of Salgueiros] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 7 November 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Portugal's 'Miracle of Stuttgart'". FIFA. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Estreante Portugal a cinco minutos da final em 1984" [Newcomers Portugal five minutes from the final in 1984] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Portugal tem vantagem face à Polónia, mas não vence desde 2002" [Portugal win head-to-head against Poland, but do not win since 2002] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 10 October 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Soccer-Manuel takes over as coach of Guinea Bissau". Reuters. 13 June 2012. Archived from the original on 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ Silva Rodrigues, António (29 November 2013). "Paulo Torres é o novo selecionador da Guiné-Bissau" [Paulo Torres is the new manager of Guinea-Bissau]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Carlos Manuel". European Football. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  11. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa. April–June 2017. p. 90. 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.
  13. ^ Conceição Silva, Rui Manuel. "Portugal – Footballer of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 May 2020.

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