Mário João

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Mário João
Beufica tegen Real Madrid 5-3 elftal van Beufica, Bestanddeelnr 913-8532.jpg
Mário João (third from left) lining up before the 1962 European Cup final
Personal information
Full name Mário João Sousa Alves
Date of birth (1935-06-06) 6 June 1935 (age 85)
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position(s) Full back
Youth career
1950–1954 CUF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1955 CUF
1955–1962 Benfica 48 (2)
1962–1968 CUF 118 (9)
Total 166 (11)
National team
1960–1964 Portugal 3 (0)
Teams managed
1975–1976 CUF
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mário João Sousa Alves (born 6 June 1935), known as Mário João, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as a right or left back.

He appeared in 166 Primeira Liga matches during ten seasons, scoring 11 goals.

Club career[edit]

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, Mário João started and finished his 14-year senior career with G.D. CUF, beginning as a forward. In between, he spent seven years with S.L. Benfica in the Primeira Liga, appearing in 89 competitive matches and winning six major titles, including both of the European Cup finals in the early 60's, against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Mário João retired in 1968, aged 33. He was never a full-time professional footballer, earning the vast majority of his wages from the Companhia União Fabril.[1]

International career[edit]

Mário João won three caps for Portugal, in four years. His first arrived on 22 May 1960, in a 1–5 away defeat against with Yugoslavia for the 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifiers.[2]




  1. ^ Malheiro, João (July 2006). Memorial Benfica 100 Glórias [Benfica Memorial, 100 glories] (in Portuguese) (Third ed.). QuidNovi. p. 96. ISBN 978-972-8998-26-4.
  2. ^ "Mário João". European Football. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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