Fernando Cabrita

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Silva and the second or paternal family name is Cabrita.
Fernando Cabrita
Personal information
Full name Fernando da Silva Cabrita
Date of birth (1923-05-01)1 May 1923
Place of birth Lagos, Portugal
Date of death 22 September 2014(2014-09-22) (aged 91)
Place of death Loures, Portugal
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1940–1942 Esperança Lagos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1951 Olhanense 170 (82)
1951–1953 Angers 56 (5)
1953–1957 Covilhã 125 (6)
1959–1960 Portimonense (player-coach)
Total 351 (93)
National team
1945–1957 Portugal 7 (1)
Teams managed
1954–1958 Unhais Serra
1959–1960 Portimonense
1967–1968 Benfica (caretaker)
1970–1972 União Tomar
1973–1974 Benfica
1977–1979 Beira-Mar
1980 Rio Ave
1981 Rio Ave
1981–1982 Académico Viseu
1983–1984 Portugal
1985–1986 Penafiel
1986–1987 Estrela Amadora
1987–1988 Raja Casablanca
1988–1989 Académico Viseu
1990–1991 Raja Casablanca
1992 Esperança Lagos

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

Fernando da Silva Cabrita, OIH (1 May 1923 – 22 September 2014) was a Portuguese football forward and manager.

He amassed Primeira Liga totals of 295 games and 88 goals over the course of 14 seasons, in representation of Olhanense and Sporting da Covilhã. Subsequently he went on to have a coaching career that lasted more than two decades, and included spells with Benfica and the Portugal national team.

Playing career

Born in Lagos, Algarve, Cabrita played 14 of his 18 years as a senior in his country's top division, starting out at S.C. Olhanense. In the 1943–44 season, he scored a career-best 20 goals in only 18 games to help his team to the fifth position out of ten clubs.

Cabrita also represented Angers SCO (France, second level), S.C. Covilhã and Portimonense S.C. before retiring in 1960 at the age of 37.[1] He gained seven caps for Portugal in twelve years, making his debut on 11 March 1945 in a 2–2 friendly draw against Spain[2] and netting his only goal in his next appearance, a 1–5 away loss to the same opponent for the 1950 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, on 2 April 1950.[3]

Managerial career

Cabrita started working as a coach as he was still playing with Portimonense, in 1959. His first full-time stop at the professional level came during the 1967–68 campaign, when he acted as interim at S.L. Benfica and led the club to the national championship, before Otto Glória took over.[4][5] In the Portuguese top flight he was also in charge of U.F.C.I. Tomar, S.C. Beira-Mar, Rio Ave FC, Académico de Viseu FC and F.C. Penafiel.

Cabrita served as Portugal's manager during nine matches starting in 1983, after the resignation of Glória.[6] He led a technical commission with three other members – José Augusto, António Morais and Toni – and coached the national side to the semi-finals at UEFA Euro 1984, where Portugal lost 2–3 to France in extra time.


Raja Casablanca


Cabrita died on 22 September 2014 because of respiratory failure, at the Hospital Beatriz Ângelo in Loures, Lisbon. He was 91 years old.[5][7]


  1. "Fernando Cabrita" (in Portuguese). Histórias CC Blogspot. November 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. "Portugal 2–2 Spain". European Football. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  3. "España, 5 – Portugal, 1" [Spain, 5 – Portugal, 1] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 3 April 1950. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. "Fernando Cabrita" (in Portuguese). Lacobrigolagos Blogspot. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  5. 1 2 "Faleceu Fernando Cabrita" [Fernando Cabrita has died] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  6. "Cabrita com a "castanha quente": "é um fardo bastante pesado..." [Cabrita with the "hot chestnut": "it is quite a heavy burden..."] (in Portuguese). Portugal Ferroviário. 28 September 1973. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  7. "Morreu Fernando Cabrita" [Fernando Cabrita has died] (in Portuguese). Record. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
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