José Luís

José Luís
Personal information
Full name José Luís Lopes Costa e Silva
Date of birth (1958-05-17) 17 May 1958
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1974–1976 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1987 Benfica 161 (19)
1987–1991 Marítimo 122 (9)
1991–1993 Ovarense 20 (0)
Total 303 (28)
National team
1983–1985 Portugal 4 (1)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Timor-Leste
2005 Sabah
2005–2006 Marítimo B
2007 Lousada
2007–2008 South China
2009–2010 Dong Tam Long An
2010 Quang Nam

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

José Luis Lopes Costa e Silva (born 17 May 1958), known as José Luís, is a retired Portuguese footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

Club career

Born in Lisbon, José Luís was promoted to hometown's S.L. Benfica's first team at only 18, finishing his first season with 25 games, 20 starts and two goals as the club won the national championship. Until the end of his tenure he was irregularly used by the Eagles, his best years being 1983 to 1985 as he appeared in 57 matches combined – six goals – and won the 1984 league and the following year's Portuguese Cup; he also played the full 90 minutes in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup final's first hand, a 0–1 away loss against R.S.C. Anderlecht (1–2 on aggregate).[1]

Luís left Benfica in the 1987 summer and signed for C.S. Marítimo, competing in a further four top division campaigns and eventually amassing totals in the competition of 283 games and 28 goals. He retired in June 1993 at the age of 35, after two years with A.D. Ovarense in the second level.

Subsequently José Luís worked as a manager in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Vietnam, also coaching teams in his country's third division (including his former side Marítimo's reserves).

International career

José Luís played four times for Portugal during two years, his debut being on 21 September 1983 against Finland for the UEFA Euro 1984 qualifiers, scoring the fourth goal in a 5–0 home win. He was not, however, picked for the final stages in France, with the national team finishing third.

Luís was appointed at newly created East Timor national team in late 2004, coaching the country in its first-ever international competition, the 2004 Tiger Cup.

José Luís: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 September 1983 Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal  Finland 4–0 5–0 Euro 1984 qualifying



Personal life

José Luís' younger, brother, Jorge, was also a footballer. A striker, they shared teams in all the clubs the former represented.


  1. "José Luís" (in Portuguese). Ser Benfiquista. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
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