Alberto da Costa Pereira

Alberto Costa Pereira
Costa Pereira (right) holding Benfica's second European Cup after the final on 2 May 1962
Personal information
Full name Alberto da Costa Pereira
Date of birth (1929-12-22)22 December 1929
Place of birth Nacala, Mozambique
Date of death 25 October 1990(1990-10-25) (aged 60)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Sporting Lourenço Marques
Instituto Portugal
Mocidade Portuguesa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1954 Ferroviário L. Marques
1954–1967 Benfica 253 (0)
National team
1955–1965 Portugal 22 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 Braga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alberto da Costa Pereira (22 December 1929 – 25 October 1990) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

Club career

Born in Nacala, Portuguese Mozambique from a colonial White African family, Costa Pereira was noticed by S.L. Benfica while playing with Clube Ferroviário de Lourenço Marques. He signed with the Portuguese in 1954 and immediately became first-choice, playing 26 games in his first season and winning the first of his eight national championships.

Internationally, Costa Pereira won two consecutive European Cup with Benfica in 1961 and 1962, and lost two finals in 1963 and 1965. In the latter, against Inter Milan at the San Siro, a Jair late attempt into the first half slid under his body and entered the net, for the game's only goal – he was also injured shortly after, and had to be replaced by field player Germano since replacements were not allowed, and Benfica played more than 30 minutes with ten players.[1]

Costa Pereira retired in June 1967 at nearly 38 years of age, having appeared in 358 official matches for Benfica. He died in Lisbon on 25 October 1990, aged 60.

International career

Costa Pereira played 22 times for Portugal. His debut came on 22 May 1955, against England in Porto (3–1 win).

Costa Pereira started the successful qualifying campaign to the 1966 FIFA World Cup, featuring in a 5–1 routing of Turkey in Lisbon on 24 January 1965. He was, however, overlooked for the finals by manager Otto Glória – his former boss at Benfica – due to poor form, as the national team went on to finish in third place.






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