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Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes (born 22 November 1956) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

Fernando Gomes
Personal information
Full name Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes
Date of birth (1956-11-22) 22 November 1956 (age 62)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1972–1974 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1980 Porto 158 (125)
1980–1982 Sporting Gijón 27 (12)
1982–1989 Porto 184 (163)
1989–1991 Sporting CP 63 (31)
Total 432 (331)
National team
1975–1988 Portugal 48 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He achieved great success with FC Porto during the late 1970s and 1980s. While technically only a good player, his talent resided on a fantastic positional sense, which made him very dangerous inside the six-yard box.

The recipient of nearly 50 caps for Portugal, Gomes represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club careerEdit

Showing great ability since entering FC Porto's youth squads, Porto-born Gomes scored twice in his first-team debut against G.D. CUF, in 1974. Except for a brief two-year stint with Sporting de Gijón, when most key players left the Estádio das Antas in support of director of football – later president – Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa,[1] he was on all important moments of the rebirth of the club: the 20-year league drought end in the 1978–79 season, the first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Juventus F.C. in 1984 and, while he missed the 1987 final of the European Cup against FC Bayern Munich after breaking a leg days before, he scored five times in the side's victorious campaign, including the important second against FC Dynamo Kyiv in the semi-finals; he recovered still in time to play in the European Supercup against AFC Ajax and the Intercontinental Cup against Peñarol, on both occasions captaining the winner and scoring the opening goal in the latter game for a 2–1 win.[2]

In addition, Gomes also won five leagues, three Portuguese Cups and three domestic supercups. Due to personality clashes with Porto's board of directors he left for Sporting CP,[3] ending his career in 1990–91 after still netting 22 league goals in his final season and also helping the Lions to that year's UEFA Cup semi-finals, aged 34.

Gomes retired with Portuguese League totals of 404 matches and 320 goals. His nickname, "Bi-bota", was given after the two European Golden Boot awards he received, in 1983 and 1985.[4][5] He remained the best goalscorer in the national territory for more than two decades only behind S.L. Benfica's Nené, and later returned to Porto, going on to work with the club in an ambassadorial role.[6]

International careerEdit

For the Portugal national team, Gomes scored 11 goals in 48 games from 9 March 1975 until 16 November 1988. His final appearance occurred against Luxembourg for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, netting the only goal at the Estádio do Bessa.

Gomes was part of the squads at both UEFA Euro 1984[7] and the 1986 World Cup, being one of the few players that did not defect the national side after the latter competition (following the infamous Saltillo Affair) and ending his international career two years later.

Fernando Gomes: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 1980 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland   Scotland 3–1 4–1 Euro 1980 qualifying
2 10 October 1982 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal   Poland 2–0 2–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
3 12 September 1984 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholms län, Sweden   Sweden 0–1 0–1 1986 World Cup qualification
4 10 February 1985 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta 0–2 1–3 1986 World Cup qualification
5 10 February 1985 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta   Malta 1–3 1–3 1986 World Cup qualification
6 12 October 1985 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal   Malta 1–0 3–2 1986 World Cup qualification
7 12 October 1985 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal   Malta 3–2 3–2 1986 World Cup qualification
8 5 February 1986 Estádio Municipal de Portimão, Portimão, Portugal   Luxembourg 2–0 2–0 Friendly
9 19 February 1986 Estádio Primeiro de Maio, Braga, Portugal   East Germany 1–3 1–3 Friendly
10 23 September 1987 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholms län, Sweden   Sweden 0–1 0–1 Euro 1988 qualifying
11 16 November 1988 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal   Luxembourg 1–0 1–0 1990 World Cup qualification

Personal lifeEdit

Gomes once quoted: "Scoring a goal is like having an orgasm."[8] Benfica striker Nuno Gomes, who played in the 90s/2000s, chose that nickname in deference to him.






  1. ^ FC Porto. O Verão quente de 1980, que esfriou a relação no futebol (FC Porto. 1980's hot summer, when football relations turned cold); i, 6 August 2010 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Toyota Cup 1987 Archived 11 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine; at FIFA
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Fernando Gomes: uma Bota de Ouro com orgulho e memória" [Fernando Gomes: a Golden Boot with pride and memory] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Award winners". European Sports Media. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Fernando Gomes lembra play-off de 2016/17 e aborda rumores sobre Herrera" [Fernando Gomes remembers 2016/17 play-off and addresses Herrera rumours] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ 1/16 final Taça de Portugal – Quarta-Feira, 20 de Janeiro de 2010 – Freamunde, 1 (Bertinho 60m) vs SC Braga, 3 (F. Oliveira 58m, Moisés 72m e Matheus 79m) (Portuguese Cup Last-32 – Wednesday, 20 January 2010 – Freamunde, 1 (Bertinho 60m) vs SC Braga, 3 (F. Oliveira 58m, Moisés 72m and Matheus 79m)); Pacto Factual, 22 January 2010 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ "Portugal – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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