Rui Jordão

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Rui Jordão
Rui Jordão (1972).jpg
Jordão in 1972
Personal information
Full name Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão
Date of birth (1952-08-09) 9 August 1952 (age 66)
Place of birth Benguela, Angola
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Sporting Benguela
1970–1971 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1976 Benfica 90 (63)
1976–1977 Zaragoza 33 (14)
1977–1987 Sporting CP 207 (137)
1987–1989 Vitória Setúbal 60 (12)
Total 390 (226)
National team
1972 Portugal U21 1 (0)
1972–1989 Portugal 43 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁuj ʒuɾˈðɐ̃w̃]; born 9 August 1952) is a Portuguese retired footballer.

His career was spent mostly with two of the biggest clubs in the country, Benfica and Sporting. One of the most prolific strikers in the history of Portuguese football, he won the Silver Ball award twice, once with each team.

Jordão represented the Portugal national team for 16 years, appearing with them at Euro 1984.

Club career[edit]

Born in Benguela, Portuguese Angola, Jordão moved in his teens to Portugal's S.L. Benfica, making his professional debut in 1971–72. He played eighteen games and scored seven goals in his debut campaign, appearingly slightly less in his second, but still contributing five goals as the club won back-to-back Primeira Liga titles, only losing one match over two seasons.[1]

Jordão signed with Spanish side Real Zaragoza in the summer of 1976, scoring regularly but being relegated from La Liga. Subsequently, he returned to Portugal and joined Sporting CP.[1]

Jordão enjoyed his best years with the Lions, scoring in double figures in six of his first seven seasons, which included 57 goals combined in the two seasons when the team won the league (1980 and 1982). At the age of 35 he moved to Vitória de Setúbal, reuniting with former Sporting teammate Manuel Fernandes, another prolific veteran goalscorer, He finished his career two years later, having scored more than 200 times – 212 exactly – in the Portuguese top level alone.[1]

International career[edit]

In early 1972, Jordão won the first of his 43 caps for Portugal, against Cyprus in the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers; also in that year he was picked for the squad that lost the Brazilian Independence Cup, 0–1 to hosts Brazil.[1]

On 13 November 1983, Jordão scored the decisive goal to beat the Soviet Union, as the national side won 1–0 in Lisbon and qualified for UEFA Euro 1984.[1] In the final stages they reached the semi-finals, where Jordão scored twice against hosts France in Marseille on 23 June 1984. Portugal led 2–1 with only six minutes to go in extra-time, after individual efforts and assists by Fernando Chalana, but eventually lost 2–3.[2][3]

Jordão played his last international in 1989 at nearly 37, the same year he retired from club football. Afterwards, he moved away from the football world and became a painter and a sculptor.[1]

Rui Jordão: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 March 1972 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Cyprus 4–0 4–0 1974 World Cup qualification
2 6 July 1972 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Soviet Union 1–0 1–0 Brazilian Independence Cup
3 14 November 1973 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Northern Ireland 1–0 1–1 1974 World Cup qualification
4 9 October 1977 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–1 2–4 1978 World Cup qualification
5 24 September 1980 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy  Italy 1–1 3–1 Friendly
6 19 November 1980 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Northern Ireland 1–0 1–0 1982 World Cup qualification
7 17 December 1980 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Israel 2–0 3–0 1982 World Cup qualification
8 28 October 1981 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 1–1 4–1 1982 World Cup qualification
9 21 September 1983 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Finland 1–0 5–0 Euro 1984 qualifying
10 13 November 1983 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Soviet Union 1–0 1–0 Euro 1984 qualifying
11 2 June 1984 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Yugoslavia 1–0 2–3 Friendly
12 2 June 1984 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal  Yugoslavia 2–1 2–3 Friendly
13 23 June 1984 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  France 1–1 3–2 UEFA Euro 1984
14 23 June 1984 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France  France 1–2 3–2 UEFA Euro 1984
15 14 November 1984 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Sweden 1–0 1–3 1986 World Cup qualification







  1. ^ a b c d e f Tadeia, António (9 August 2016). "Começou por ser o sucessor adivinhado para Eusébio no Benfica e acabou por ser o parceiro ideal de Manuel Fernandes no Sporting. Jordão não quer hoje nada com o futebol, mas está no lote dos cinco maiores avançados da história do futebol português" [He started out as Eusébio's thought-of successor at Benfica and ended up being Manuel Fernandes' ideal partner at Sporting. Jordão does not want to have anything to do with football nowadays, but he ranks amongst the top five forwards in the history of Portuguese football.] (in Portuguese). António Tadeia. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. ^ EURO's greatest games; UEFA, 24 June 2008
  3. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Especial 'Tetra'" ['Tetra' special edition]. Mística (in Portuguese). No. 33. Portugal: Impresa Publishing. April – June 2017. p. 94. ISSN 3846-0823.
  5. ^ "Portugal – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 April 2017.

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