Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Benfica Player Profile: Manuel Bento

Manuel Bento (Keeper)
Years Active (1966-1992)
Benfica Career (1972-1992)
Born: 1948 Death: 2007

Manuel Bento
Manuel Bento started his playing career with Benfica in 1972 when he made the move over from Barreirense as the understudy for Jose Henrique and appeared in a total of 465 career games for Benfica across all competitions in his club career. Bento also appeared for the Portuguese national team on 63 occasions as a member of Benfica. Bento won 16 titles with the club, 9 Portuguese league titles, 5 Taca de Portugal and 2 Portuguese Super Cups. 

Bento suffered a horrific leg injury while on international duty and never fully recovered to the form that all were accustomed to. Bento was named the 1977 Portuguese player of the year and was working as a goaltending coach for Benfica at the time of his death in 2007 due to a heart attack. Bento is considered by many as the greatest goalkeeper in Benfica history and one of the best keepers to done the Quinas national team jersey.

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