Portuguese football mourns Ângelo Martins

Portuguese football is mourning the death this month of Ângelo Martins, aged 90, a member of the great Benfica team that was crowned European club champions in 1961 and 1962.

 
  Cátia Luís and João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica

Portuguese football is mourning the death this month of Ângelo Martins, aged 90, a member of the great Benfica team that was crowned European club champions in 1961 and 1962.

"It is with deep regret that our Benfica family is living this moment of pain and mourning for the departure of Ângelo Martins," said Benfica chairman Luís Filipe Vieira. "He was a selfless player and one that built the image and mystique of (the so called) ’playing for Benfica'."

"Ângelo Martins was one of the players who contributed decisively to the affirmation of Portuguese football at the international level representing his only club, Benfica, and the national team," said Fernando Gomes, president of the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF). "I want to underline my recognition and gratitude for all of his contribution to Portuguese football."

Born in Porto, left-back Ângelo arrived at Benfica when he was 21 and stayed with the Lisbon club over 13 seasons (1952/53 to 1964/65), playing 385 matches and scoring four goals. In addition to the two European Champion Clubs' Cups (he played in eight of Benfica’s nine matches in 1960/61 competition and six in seven the following season - all as a starter), Ângelo also won seven Portuguese league titles and five Portuguese Cups.

Capped 20 times for Portugal, Ângelo hung up his boots in 1965 at 35 and soon become a youth coach at Benfica, where he won several U15, U17 and U19 titles and formed some club legends like him such as Humberto Coelho, Nené, João Alves, Rui Jordão and Fernando Chalana.