Vítor Damas

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Damas and the second or paternal family name is Oliveira.
Vítor Damas
Personal information
Full name Vítor Manuel Afonso Damas de Oliveira
Date of birth (1947-10-08)8 October 1947
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Date of death 13 September 2003(2003-09-13) (aged 55)
Place of death Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1961–1966 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1966–1976 Sporting CP 229 (0)
1976–1980 Racing Santander 131 (0)
1980–1982 Vitória Guimarães 56 (0)
1982–1984 Portimonense 53 (0)
1984–1989 Sporting CP 103 (0)
Total 572 (0)
National team
1969–1986 Portugal 29 (0)
Teams managed
1989 Sporting CP
1989–1990 Sporting CP (assistant)
1989 Sporting CP
1999–2000 Lourinhanense
2000–2001 Sporting B

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

Vítor Manuel Afonso Damas de Oliveira (8 October 1947 – 13 September 2003), known as Damas, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

During a 23-year professional career he was mainly linked with Sporting, but he also played for three other teams, including Racing de Santander in La Liga.

A Portuguese international for 17 years, Damas represented the country in one World Cup and one European Championship, both in his mid-to-late 30s.[1]

Club career

Damas made his professional debuts with hometown's Sporting Clube de Portugal at the age of just 19. After two years as a backup he became the capital side's undisputed starter, winning two leagues and three cups, including the double in 1973–74.

In the 1976 summer Damas moved to Spain, playing four years at Racing de Santander. He was also first-choice at the Cantabrians, spending his last season in the second division.

Aged nearly 33, Damas returned to Portugal, spending four years with Vitória de Guimarães and Portimonense SC (two apiece), after which he returned to Sporting. He still went on to produce five more respectable seasons, only losing his status in his final year to Uruguayan Rodolfo Rodríguez.

Following his retirement at almost 42, Damas remained at Sporting as goalkeepers' coach. Over the course of two separate seasons he acted as interim manager with the Lions, coaching the team to three wins, one draw and two losses.[2] He died aged 55 from cancer, in his hometown of Lisbon.

International career

Damas collected 29 caps for the Portuguese national team, from 6 April 1969 to 11 July 1986.[3] He was second-choice at both UEFA Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup, backing up S.L. Benfica's Manuel Bento; however, in the latter, the starter suffered a serious fibula injury in training, and he took the pitch for group stage losses against Poland (0–1) and Morocco (1–3).[4][5]



  1. "Vítor Damas – Futebol" [Vítor Damas – Football] (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  2. "Treinadores no futebol e títulos conquistados" [Coaches in football and titles won] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  3. Pierrend, José Luis (28 May 2009). "Portugal – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  4. Vítor DamasFIFA competition record
  5. "Leão elástico foi o mais velho em Mundiais" [Elastic lion was the oldest in World Cups] (in Portuguese). Observador. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
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