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Hernâni Madruga Neves (born 2 November 1963), known simply as Hernâni, is a retired Portuguese football and beach soccer player. In the former, he played as a defensive midfielder.

Hernâni
Personal information
Full name Hernâni Madruga Neves
Date of birth (1963-11-02) 2 November 1963 (age 55)
Place of birth Mourão, Portugal
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1981 Juventude Setúbal
1981–1982 Vitória Setúbal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1988 Vitória Setúbal 38 (1)
1985–1986Farense (loan)
1988–1994 Benfica 33 (1)
1994–1996 Vitória Setúbal 14 (0)
1996–1997 Desportivo Beja 12 (1)
Total 97 (3)
National team
1987–1990 Portugal 2 (0)
1998–2008 Portugal (beach soccer)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 84 games and two goals over the course of ten seasons, representing in the competition Vitória de Setúbal and Benfica.

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Football careerEdit

Hernâni was born in Mourão, Évora District, and began his professional career with Vitória de Setúbal. In a career greatly hampered by injuries he only played one solid season as a professional, 1987–88, appearing in 23 out of 38 matches to help the club finish in eighth position and attracting the attention of Primeira Liga and European Cup runner-up S.L. Benfica, which signed him in the subsequent off-season.

On 4 December 1988, Hernâni scored a rare goal, netting for Benfica in a 2–0 home win against former side Setúbal. A fortnight later, after a 2–0 home success against Lisbon neighbours Sporting Clube de Portugal, he tested positive for cocaine,[1] and received a three-month ban.[2][3] He was a first-team regular in the latter part of the 1989–90 campaign, and played the whole of the 1990 European Cup Final, lost 1–0 to A.C. Milan;[4] he remained with the club for a further four years, but made only six appearances combined.

After a return to Setúbal, where he played 14 games in two seasons, and a spell in the Segunda Liga with C.D. Beja where he reunited with former Vitória teammate Adelino Nunes, Hernâni retired from the game in June 1997 at age 33.[5] He also earned two caps for Portugal, his debut coming on 5 December 1987 in a 0–3 defeat to Italy in the UEFA Euro 1988 qualifiers.[6]

Beach soccerEdit

One year after retiring, Hernâni started appearing for the Portugal beach soccer team, being one of their leading figures for one full decade and winning a total of 14 titles, as well as many other top-three finishes.[7][8][9][10]

From 2006 to 2009, he also played at club level, with Italian side Cavalieri del Mare di Viareggio.[11]

Football statisticsEdit

[12][13]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1982–83 Setúbal 2 0
1983–84 8 1
1984–85 5 0
1985–86 Farense
1986–87 Setúbal
1987–88 23 0
1988–89 Benfica 13 1 1 0 3 1
1989–90 14 0 1 0 4 0
1990–91 2 0 1 0 0 0
1991–92 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992–93 3 0 1 0 0 0
1993–94 1 0 1 0 2 0
1994–95 Setúbal 13 0
1995–96 1 0
1996–97 Beja 12 1
Total Portugal 97 3 5 0 9 1
Country 97 3 5 0 9 1

HonoursEdit

FootballEdit

Beach soccerEdit

ClubEdit

  • Italian Supercup: 2008

CountryEdit

IndividualEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hernani, del Benfica, positivo de cocaína en un control 'antidoping'" [Benfica's Hernani, positive for cocaine in anti-doping test]. El País (in Spanish). 15 January 1989. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Benfica: el águila vuelve a volar" [Benfica: the eagle flies again]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 1989. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ "En Portugal solo hablan de escándalos" [Nothing but scandals in Portugal]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 17 June 1989. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Champions' Cup 1989–90". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  5. ^ "97. — C.D. Beja, 1996–97" (in Portuguese). Equipas do Passado. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Hernâni" (in Portuguese). Portuguese Football Federation. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Hernâni: um grande capitão" [Hernâni: a great captain] (in Portuguese). Beach Soccer Restelo. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Futebol Praia: Portugal joga com Argentina" [Beach Soccer: Portugal plays with Argentina]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 February 2000. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Hernâni: "Cartilagens de tubarão ajudam-me imenso"" [Hernâni: "Shark gristle really helps me"]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 July 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Portugal vence Inglaterra na praia" [Portugal beat England at the beach]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 May 2008. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Cavalieri, falsa partenza" [Cavalieri, false start]. Il Tirreno (in Italian). 23 June 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Hernâni". ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Neves Hernani". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 12 March 2015.

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