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João Pedro Morais (6 March 1935 – 27 April 2010) was a Portuguese footballer. He started playing as a winger, and later became a fullback.

João Morais
Personal information
Full name João Pedro Morais
Date of birth (1935-03-06)6 March 1935
Place of birth Cascais, Portugal
Date of death 27 April 2010(2010-04-27) (aged 75)
Place of death Vila do Conde, Portugal
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Fullback / Winger
Youth career
1948–1951 Sporting Alcabideche
1951–1954 Estoril
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 Caldas
1955–1958 Torreense 41 (18)
1958–1969 Sporting CP 192 (50)
1970–1972 Rio Ave
1972–1973 Paços Ferreira
National team
1966–1967 Portugal 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Cascais, Morais joined Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1958, arriving from S.C.U. Torreense where he had made his Primeira Liga debuts. He spent the following 11 seasons with the Lisbon club, appearing in 256 matches all competitions comprised – including friendlies – and scoring 68 goals.

Morais was essential as Sporting won the 1964 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: in the final's replay game (3–3 in the first match), he scored from a direct corner kick in a 1–0 win against MTK Budapest FC.[1]

Morais left the Lions in June 1969, having won four major titles. He retired at the age of 38, after three years in amateur football with Rio Ave F.C. and F.C. Paços de Ferreira.

International careerEdit

Morais earned nine caps for Portugal, in one year. His debut was on 18 June 1966 in a 1–0 friendly win over Scotland, in Glasgow.[2]

Morais was selected for the country's 1966 FIFA World Cup squad, appearing in all three group stage contests in an eventual third-place finish.[3] In the second game, against Brazil, he committed one of the most infamous World Cup fouls on Brazilian legend Pelé;[4] however, he was allowed to stay on the field by referee George McCabe.[5]

Later life and deathEdit

Morais settled in Vila do Conde – the city of his penultimate club – after retiring, going on to work as a city hall employee. He died on 27 April 2010 at 75, after a long battle with illness.







  1. ^ "1963/64: Sporting at the second attempt". UEFA. 17 August 2001. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Portugal stats; at Eu-Football
  3. ^ "A lenda dos Magriços começou há 50 anos" [The legend of the Magriços started 50 years ago] (in Portuguese). Expresso. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ World Cup final: 10 top World Cup refereeing errors; The Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2010
  5. ^ "Pelé". International Hall of Fame. Retrieved 12 June 2010.

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