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José Águas

José Águas
Águas with Benfica in 1962
Personal information
Full name José Pinto Carvalho Santos Águas
Date of birth (1930-11-09)9 November 1930
Place of birth Luanda, Angola
Date of death 10 December 2000(2000-12-10) (aged 70)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1944–1948 Lusitano Lobito
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1950 Lusitano Lobito
1950–1963 Benfica 281 (290)
1963–1964 Austria Vienna 7 (2)
Total 288 (292)
National team
1952–1962 Portugal 25 (11)
Teams managed
1966–1967 Marítimo
1967–1968 Atlético
1968–1969 Leixões

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

José Pinto de Carvalho Santos Águas (Portuguese pronunciation: ; 9 November 1930 – 10 December 2000) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker.

He enjoyed a lengthy professional spell with Benfica, never scoring less than 18 goals in 12 of his 13 first division seasons.[1][2]


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Statistics 3
    • Club 3.1
    • International goals 3.2
  • Honours 4
    • Player 4.1
    • Manager 4.2
    • Individual 4.3
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Club career

Born in Luanda, Portuguese Angola, Portuguese Empire from a white colonial family, Águas started his footballing career with local team Lusitano do Lobito, before moving to S.L. Benfica in 1950 where he gained legendary status.

With Benfica he won the league five times (1955, 1957, 1960, 1961 and 1963) and the domestic cup seven, also being crowned national league's top scorer on five occasions. In the years previous to Eusébio's explosion he was also instrumental in the club's back-to-back European Cup conquests, in 1961 against FC Barcelona (3–2), and the next season against Real Madrid (5–3), scoring his team's first goal on both occasions and being club captain; he failed to complete a hat-trick of wins in the competition after the 1–2 defeat to A.C. Milan in the 1963 final (he did not play).

After leaving Benfica, Águas, aged 33, played one more season for FK Austria Wien, retiring the next summer. He died in Lisbon, at the age of 70.

International career

Águas made his debut for Portugal on 23 November 1952, in a 1–1 draw with Austria, and went on to gain a total of 25 caps while scoring 11 times. His last appearance was on 17 May 1962, a 1–2 defeat against Belgium.




Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lusitano Lobito 1948–49
Benfica 1950–51 19 23
1951–52 22 28
1952–53 25 25
1953–54 18 23
1954–55 26 20
1955–56 26 28
1956–57 25 30
1957–58 22 22
1958–59 24 26
1959–60 25 18
1960–61 23 27 11
1961–62 22 18 6
1962–63 4 2 0 0
Total 281 290 75 70 21 18 384 374
Austria Wien 1963–64 7 2
Career total

International goals







Personal life

Águas' son, Rui, was also a footballer and a striker. He too represented Benfica and the national team, as well as FC Porto.

His daughter, Helena Maria, known as Lena d'Água, had a career in pop music as a singer.[5][1][6]


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External links

  • José Águas at
  • José Águas profile at ForaDeJogo
  • José Águas at
  • Portugal stats at Eu-Football
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