Carlos Manuel

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Correia and the second or paternal family name is Santos.
For the Dominican Republic volleyball player, see Carlos Manuel Velásquez.
Carlos Manuel
Personal information
Full name Carlos Manuel Correia dos Santos
Date of birth (1958-01-15) 15 January 1958
Place of birth Moita, Portugal
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1978 CUF 2 (0)
1978–1979 Barreirense 30 (2)
1979–1987 Benfica 215 (40)
1988 Sion 13 (10)
1988–1990 Sporting CP 48 (4)
1990–1992 Boavista 17 (0)
1992–1994 Estoril 45 (3)
National team
1980–1986 Portugal 42 (8)
Teams managed
1993–1996 Estoril
1996–1998 Salgueiros
1998 Sporting CP
1998 Braga
1999–2000 Campomaiorense
2000–2001 Santa Clara
2001–2002 Salgueiros
2002 Santa Clara
2002–2003 Salgueiros
2004–2005 Olivais Moscavide
2007–2009 Atlético
2009–2011 Oriental
2011–2012 1º Agosto
2012–2014 Guinea-Bissau
2014–2015 Sanat Naft

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

Carlos Manuel Correia dos Santos (pronounced: [ˈkaɾluʃ mɐnuˈɛɫ]; born 15 January 1958), known as Carlos Manuel, is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a central midfielder, and the former manager of Iranian club Sanat Naft FC.

Best known for his spell at Benfica, for which he appeared in 318 official games over the course of eight-and-a-half seasons, scoring 58 goals. He was also a leading figure for the national team during the better part of the 1980s and, after retiring, he embarked on a lengthy spell as coach.

Having won more than 40 caps for Portugal in six years, Manuel represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career

Born in Moita, Setúbal District, Carlos Manuel made his football debuts with G.D. CUF, moving in 1978 to F.C. Barreirense. He reached the Portuguese top level as he signed with S.L. Benfica, still in Lisbon, going on to be an influential member of a side that won four leagues and six cups in the 80's, as well as finishing runner-up to R.S.C. Anderlecht in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup.[1]

After falling out of favour with the club's management, Manuel moved in January 1988 to Switzerland with FC Sion. Only five months later, he returned to the Portuguese capital after signing with Sporting Clube de Portugal. After a solid first season his career began winding down, and he finally retired midway through the 1993–94 campaign, whilst at G.D. Estoril Praia – he had previously represented Boavista Futebol Clube for two years; he was chosen by Portuguese sports newspaper Record as one of the best 100 Portuguese football players ever.

After retiring at 36, Carlos Manuel took on coaching, having managed with little success a host of clubs, mainly in the Lisbon area. Midway through 1997–98, he bought out his contract at S.C. Salgueiros and joined Sporting, but the Lions could only finish fourth and he was sacked, a fate he met mere months after at S.C. Braga.

International career

For the Portuguese national team, Carlos Manuel was capped on 42 occasions, scoring eight goals. His debut came on 26 March 1980 in a 1–4 away loss against Scotland for the UEFA Euro 1980 qualifiers.

Three of those goals were memorable: the win over Poland in Wrocław on 28 October 1983, which helped Portugal qualify for Euro 1984; the historic victory in West Germany on 16 October 1985, which secured qualification for the 1986 FIFA World Cup,[2] and in the latter competition's final stages, the win over England in the group opener (all three matches finished 1–0 for Portugal).

After the 1986 World Cup loss to Morocco, with the national side being ousted in the group stages – the competition was also stained by the Portuguese players' involvement in the Saltillo Affair – Manuel retired from the international scene, at only 28.

Carlos Manuel: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 October 1980 Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal  United States 1–0 1–1 Friendly
2 21 September 1983 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Finland 2–0 5–0 Euro 1984 qualifying
3 28 October 1983 Olympic Stadium (Wrocław), Wroclaw, Poland  Poland 0–1 0–1 Euro 1984 qualifying
4 14 October 1984 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Czechoslovakia 2–1 2–1 1986 World Cup qualification
5 30 January 1985 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Romania 2–0 2–3 Friendly
6 10 February 1985 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0–1 1–3 1986 World Cup qualification
7 16 October 1985 Mercedes-Benz Arena (Stuttgart), Stuttgart, West Germany  West Germany 0–1 0–1 1986 World Cup qualification
8 3 June 1986 Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey, Mexico  England 1–0 1–0 1986 FIFA World Cup






  1. Carlos Manuel Correia dos Santos; Vedeta ou Marreta?, 6 August 2008 (Portuguese)
  2. Portugal's 'Miracle of Stuttgart';, 16 October 1985
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Bicampeões para a história" [Back-to-back champions to history]. Visão (in Portuguese). Portugal: Impresa Publishing: 56. May 2015. ISSN 0872-3540.

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