Vítor Silva

Vítor Marcolino da Silva (20 February 1909 – 21 July 1982) was a Portuguese footballer.

Vítor Silva
Personal information
Full name Vítor Marcolino da Silva
Date of birth (1909-02-20)20 February 1909
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Date of death 21 July 1982(1982-07-21) (aged 73)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
1921–1924 CIF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1926–1927 Carcavelinhos
1927–1936 Benfica 79 (62)
National team
1928–1936 Portugal 19 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Listed by Benfica, as one of the club's best forwards in history, Silva represented the club on 131 official games, scoring 108 goals.[1]

Club careerEdit

Born in Lisbon, Silva represented Club Internacional de Foot-ball in his early teens, but as club stopped competing; he moved to Hóquei CP, and later Carcavelinhos.[2] In 1927, Benfica made his first paid transfer, when they paid for Silva move. He made his debut on 8 April 1928 in a loss against Sporting.[3][2]

First deployed as an outside forward, he was quickly moved to the center, where his goalscoring abilities made him famous, using the flying header as trademark.[2] Over the next seasons, he won three Campeonato de Portugal, the club first Primeira Liga, assuming captain armband from 1931 to 1934.[4] He retired at only 27 years old, due to a thrombophlebitis, with a match in his honor on 13 September 1937 against Sporting.[2]

Silva returned to his day job of coachtrimmer, also collaborating with Benfica football section for many years.[2]

International careerEdit

Silva had 19 caps for Portugal, scoring 8 goals. His first cap came at only 18, on 8 January 1928 in a 2–2 draw with Spain in Lisbon. The highlight of his international career was his presence at the 1928 Football Olympic Tournament, where he played in all the three matches, scoring three goals, one in each of them and being the top scorer for Portugal, who was eliminated at the quarter-finals by Egypt, due to a 1–2 loss.[2] He represented the national team for the last time in a 1–3 loss to Germany in Lisbon on 27 February 1936, in a friendly game.[5]





  • Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)


  1. ^ "Avançados". slbenfica.pt (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f João Malheiro (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  3. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 759.
  4. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 116-127.
  5. ^ "Vitor Silva". eu-football.info. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions for the ages]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing. May 2015. p. 39. ISSN 0872-3540.

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