Manuel Bento

Manuel Bento

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Manuel Galrinho Bento (born 25 June 1948 in Golegã - died 1 March 2007 in Barreiro) was a Portuguese footballer, who played as a goalkeeper.

He is best known for his 20-year spell at S.L. Benfica, having retired well into his 40's. Chosen by Portuguese sports newspaper 'Record' as one of the best 100 Portuguese footballers, Bento is widely regarded as the best ever in the country in his position, having won the Goalkeeper of the Year award a best-ever eight times.

Club career

After various youth spells, including one year at Sporting Clube de Portugal, Bento started professionally at F.C. Barreirense, being transferred to S.L. Benfica for 1972–73. He started there as a backup to another legendary Portuguese keeper, José Henrique.

After three years in an interesting battle with Henrique, Bento gained starting status in 1976, at 28, and proceeded to amass more than 700 overall appearances for the Lisbon side.

Bento suffered a severe injury in the 1986 summer on international duty, from which he never recovered fully. He spent the next six years mainly as third-string, behind Silvino and Neno; he was on the bench at both the 1988 and 1990 European Champions Cup finals, lost to PSV Eindhoven and A.C. Milan. The last game of his career came at the end of 1989–90, against C.F. Os Belenenses, in which he was chosen Man of the Match.

In June 1992, aged 44, Bento retired from football, after exactly 20 years at Benfica; he was the oldest footballer ever to appear in the...
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