Carlos Gomes (footballer, born 1932)

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Carlos Gomes
Personal information
Full name Carlos António do Carmo Costa Gomes
Date of birth (1932-01-18)January 18, 1932
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Date of death (2005-10-18)October 18, 2005
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Barreirense - (-)
1950–1958 Sporting CP 178 (0)
1958–1959 Granada 27 (0)
1959–1961 Real Oviedo 42 (0)
1961–1962 Atlético CP 4 (0)
1962–1963 Tangier CF
1963–1965 USP Tanger
1965–1969 COD Meknes
1969–1970 JS Djijel
National team
1953–1958 Portugal 18 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 JS Djijel
1970–1971 MC Oran
....–.... CR Témouchent
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos António do Carmo Costa Gomes (18 January 1932, in Barreiro – 18 October 2005, in Lisbon) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a goalkeeper. 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 22, 1953, was a friendly match against South Africa, which Portugal won 3–1. His last game, on May 7, 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.[citation needed] 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.


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