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Carlos António Gomes

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Place of death  Lisbon, Portugal

Height  1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Name  Carlos Gomes
Full name  Carlos Antonio do Carmo Costa Gomes
Date of birth  (1932-01-18)January 18, 1932
Date of death  October 18, 2005(2005-10-18)

Place of birth  Barreiro, Portugal

Carlos António do Carmo Costa Gomes (18 January 1932, in Barreiro – 18 October 2005, in Lisbon) was one of the greatest Portuguese goalkeepers. He was also a football manager.



He started his career in Barreirense, before being transferred to Sporting, in 1950, aged 18, where he was the substitute of another legendary goalkeeper, João Azevedo. In just a year, he was the number 1 of the Sporting team, where he played until 1957/58, and was a four-time national champion (1951/52, 1952/53, 1953/54 and 1957/58) also winning the Cup of Portugal in (1958).

During the golden years of his career, he played 18 times for the National Team. His first game, on November 22nd,1953, was a friendly match against South Africa, which Portugal won 3–1. His last game, on May 7th, 1958, was a 1–2 defeat by England; another friendly match.

After his demands were refused by Sporting, he moved to Spain, where he represented Granada and Real Oviedo. He returned to Portugal, to play for Atlético, in 1960/61. He was a known opponent of the fascist regime and it is believed, like he claimed, that the allegations of rape against him were a set-up, created by the political police of the regime to force him to leave football. After a simulated injury in an Atlético game with Vitória Guimarães, he escaped to Spain. Later, he escaped to Morocco and played with Tangier FC, USP Tangier and CODM Meknès.

In 1969 he went to Algeria, played with JS Djijel and became a manager. In 1971 he managed MC Oran and won the championship. He went to Tunisia before returning to Portugal in the 1980s.

He moved again to Spain and Austria, returning finally to Portugal in July 2005, suffering from Parkinson's Disease. He died soon after, at age 73.


  • Won the Portuguese Primeira Liga for 4 times in 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1958 with Sporting Clube de Portugal.
  • Won the Taça de Portugal once in 1954 with Sporting Clube de Portugal.
  • Won the Algerian Ligue 1 once in 1971 with MC Oran (as manager).
  • References

    Carlos António Gomes Wikipedia

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