Domiciano Barrocal Gomes Cavém (21 November 1932 – 12 January 2005) was a Portuguese footballer who played mainly for Benfica in several positions, but mostly as a right back.

Domiciano Cavém
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Cavém with Benfica in 1965
Personal information
Full name Domiciano Barrocal Gomes Cavém
Date of birth (1932-11-21)21 November 1932
Place of birth Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal
Date of death 12 January 2005(2005-01-12) (aged 72)
Place of death Leiria, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward / Midfielder / Right back
Youth career
1947–1949 Celeiros
1949–1950 Lusitano
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1953 Lusitano
1953–1955 Covilhã 49 (18)
1955–1969 Benfica 279 (78)
1969–1970 Nazarenos
National team
1956–1965 Portugal 18 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He appeared in 420 official games for his main club, scoring 104 goals and winning 16 major titles, including two European Cups.

Club careerEdit

Born in Vila Real de Santo António, Algarve, Cavém was the son of football player and manager Norberto Cavém (born 1904), being coached by his father at local Lusitano VRSA. He signed with S.L. Benfica in 1955 from S.C. Covilhã where he had featured alongside brother Amílcar (1930), first displaying his versatility by playing as an inside forward, a centre forward or a left winger.[1]

During his 14-year spell with the Lisbon side, Cavém gradually became a more defensive unit, first being a midfielder then a right or left back. In the 1958–59 season he scored a career-best 21 goals, helping them to win the national championship and the eventual double – in the year's Portuguese Cup final, against FC Porto, he netted the fastest-ever goal in the competition, after just 15 seconds for an eventual 1–0 win.[2]

Cavém (center) holding Benfica's second European Cup after the final on 2 May 1962

Cavém was present in four of the five European Cup finals played by Benfica in the 60s, winning the 1961 and 1962 editions and scoring in the latter against Real Madrid (5–3).[3] He retired professionally in 1969, at the age of nearly 37.

International careerEdit

Cavém earned 18 caps for Portugal, and scored five times. He made his debut on 8 April 1956 in a 0–1 friendly defeat to Brazil, his last appearance being against the same opponent on 24 June 1965 (0–0 draw).[2]

Cavém featured once in the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, the 2–1 home win over Romania in the Portuguese capital. He was overlooked for the finals in England, as the national team finished in a best-ever third-position.


After retiring, Cavém embarked in a managerial career, with little success. He subsequently settled in Alcobaça, dying on 12 January 2005 in the hospital of Leiria after a battle with Alzheimer's disease; he was 72 years old.[2]




  1. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  2. ^ a b c "Cavém morreu" [Cavém has died]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 January 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Eusebio-inspired Benfica rock Real". 2 May 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 72. ISSN 3846-0823.
  5. ^ a b c "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 46. ISSN 0872-3540.
  6. ^ "Intercontinental Cup 1961". FIFA. 7 May 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2019.

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