Germano de Figueiredo

Germano Luís de Figueiredo (23 December 1932 – 14 July 2004), simply known as Germano (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒɨɾˈmɐnu]), was a Portuguese footballer who played as a central defender.

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Germano (second from left) lining up before the 1962 European Cup final
Personal information
Full name Germano Luís de Figueiredo
Date of birth (1932-12-23)23 December 1932
Place of birth Alcântara, Portugal
Date of death 14 July 2004(2004-07-14) (aged 71)
Place of death Linda-a-Velha, Portugal
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1947–1951 Atlético
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1960 Atlético 115 (16)
1960–1966 Benfica 75 (4)
1966–1967 Salgueiros
National team
1953–1966 Portugal 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played most of his professional career with Benfica, appearing in 131 official matches and winning eight major titles, including two European Cups.[1]

Germano represented Portugal at the 1966 World Cup. He ranked 53rd in UEFA's 50 Greatest Footballers of the Last 50 Years jubilee list.[2]

Club careerEdit

Born in Alcântara (Lisbon), Germano started playing with local Atlético Clube de Portugal, spending seven of his nine seasons in the Primeira Liga. In the summer of 1960 he moved to neighbouring S.L. Benfica, where he remained for the following six years, being a leading defensive unit of the sides that won four national championships and two European Cups (against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid); in the latter competition's 1964–65 edition, he was placed in goal following his teammate's Alberto da Costa Pereira injury in the final against Inter Milan, and kept a clean sheet for more than 30 minutes, albeit in a 0–1 loss.[1]

Germano retired in 1967, after one year with S.C. Salgueiros in the second division. He died in Linda-a-Velha, at the age of 71.[3]

International careerEdit

Germano played 24 times with Portugal, during 13 years. He was part of the squad that appeared at the 1966 FIFA World Cup but, after a subpar performance in the second game against Bulgaria, was benched for the rest of the tournament, which ended with a third-place conquest.[4]









  1. ^ a b Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. pp. 64–67. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  2. ^ "60–51: Dois portugueses em destaque" [60–51: Two Portuguese highlighted] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Germano faleceu" [Germano has died]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 July 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ "A lenda dos Magriços começou há 50 anos" [The legend of the Magriços started 50 years ago]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 13 July 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 92. ISSN 3846-0823.
  6. ^ a b c "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 49. ISSN 0872-3540.
  7. ^ "Eric Batty's World XI – The Sixties". Beyond the Last Man. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2015.

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