José Henrique

José Henrique Rodrigues Marques (born 18 May 1943), known as José Henrique, is a retired Portuguese footballer.

José Henrique
José Henrique (1972).jpg
José Henrique in 1972
Personal information
Full name José Henrique Rodrigues Marques
Date of birth (1943-05-18)18 May 1943
Place of birth Arrentela, Portugal
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Youth career
1957–1959 Arrentela
1959–1961 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1964 Amora
1964–1965 Seixal 12 (0)
1965–1966 Atlético
1966–1979 Benfica 216 (0)
1971Toronto Metros (loan) 8 (0)
1979–1981 Nacional 50 (0)
1981–1982 Covilhã 2 (0)
Total 288 (0)
International career
1969–1973 Portugal 15 (0)
Managerial career
1981–1982 Covilhã (player-coach)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

A goalkeeper, he was best known for his successful spell at Benfica, being nicknamed Zé Gato (Joe Cat). He appeared in 299 official games with the club, winning 11 major titles.

Club careerEdit

Born in Arrentela, Seixal, Setúbal, José Henrique first played at Amora FC (three seasons), then with Seixal F.C. and Atlético Clube de Portugal (one apiece), all clubs in the Lisbon area. Subsequently, he signed with local S.L. Benfica, where he would remain the following 13 years – he had already played youth football there for two years; he also had a short stint with the Toronto Metros, in the North American Soccer League.[1]

José Henrique in action for Benfica against Ajax (Paris, 1969, European Cup play-off)

In Benfica's back-to-back Primeira Liga wins from 1971 to 1973, José Henrique was instrumental in helping the squad attain its defensive record: 60 matches with only one loss and 29 goals conceded. He had to share first-choice duties in the next years with another club great, Manuel Bento, eventually losing his position in 1976 after having won eight leagues and three cups; he also appeared in the 1967–68 European Cup final, lost 1–4 to Manchester United in extra time.[2]

From 1979 to 1982, José Henrique competed in the second level with C.D. Nacional (two years) and S.C. Covilhã, retiring at 39. Still active he became a manager with his last team, subsequently returning to Benfica where he went on to work as a goalkeeper coach with the youth sides.

International careerEdit

José Henrique played 15 times for Portugal, his debut coming on 10 December 1969 in a 0–1 friendly defeat with England. His last match took place on 13 October 1973 in a 2–2 draw against Bulgaria for the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers – it would also be longtime Benfica teammate Eusébio's last cap.

The peak of José Henrique's international career was at the Brazil Independence Cup in 1972, where he helped the national team finish second to the hosts, only succumbing to a last-minute goal (0–1). During his career, however, he suffered stiff competition from Sporting Clube de Portugal's Vítor Damas.




  1. ^ "Jose Rodrigues". NASL Jerseys. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. p. 88. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  3. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April–June 2017. p. 76. ISSN 3846-0823.
  4. ^ a b "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 52. ISSN 0872-3540.

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