Águas with Benfica in 1962
|Full name||José Pinto Carvalho Santos Águas|
|Date of birth||9 November 1930|
|Place of birth||Luanda, Angola|
|Date of death||10 December 2000(aged 70)|
|Place of death||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He enjoyed a lengthy professional spell with Benfica, never scoring less than 18 goals in 12 of his 13 first division seasons. A prolific goalscorer, Águas was nicknamed "Cabeça de Ouro" ("Golden Head") because of his header skills.
Born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola, Portuguese Empire from a white colonial family, Águas started his footballing career with local team Lusitano do Lobito, before moving to S.L. Benfica in 1950 where he gained legendary status.
With Benfica he won the Primeira Liga five times (1955, 1957, 1960, 1961 and 1963) and the domestic cup seven, also being crowned national league's top scorer on five occasions. In the years previous to Eusébio's explosion he was also instrumental in the club's back-to-back European Cup conquests, in 1961 against FC Barcelona (3–2), and the next season against Real Madrid (5–3), scoring his team's first goal on both occasions and being club captain; he failed to complete a hat-trick of wins in the competition after the 1–2 defeat to A.C. Milan in the 1963 final (he did not play).
Águas made his debut for Portugal on 23 November 1952, in a 1–1 draw with Austria, and went on to gain a total of 25 caps while scoring 11 times. His last appearance was on 17 May 1962, a 1–2 defeat against Belgium.
|1.||27 September 1953||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Wien, Austria||Austria||1–5||1-9||1954 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||22 November 1953||Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal||South Africa||2–0||3–1||Friendly|
|3.||22 May 1955||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||England||1–1||3–1||Friendly|
|4.||22 May 1955||Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal||England||3–1||3–1||Friendly|
|5.||20 November 1955||Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal||Sweden||1–1||2–6||Friendly|
|6.||20 November 1955||Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal||Sweden||2–4||2–6||Friendly|
|7.||23 December 1955||Muhammad Ali Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||Egypt||1–0||4–0||Friendly|
|8.||23 December 1955||Muhammad Ali Stadium, Cairo, Egypt||Egypt||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|9.||9 June 1956||Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal||Hungary||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|10.||19 March 1961||Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal||Luxembourg||1–0||6–0||1962 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||21 May 1961||Estádio do Jamor, Lisbon, Portugal||England||1–0||1–1||1962 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Primeira Liga: 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63
- Taça de Portugal: 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62
- European Cup: 1960–61, 1961–62
- Portuguese Second Division: 1967–68
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