Vicente Lucas

Personal information
Full name Vicente da Fonseca Lucas
Date of birth (1935-09-24) 24 September 1935
Place of birth Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1967 Belenenses 293 (12)
National team
1959–1966 Portugal 20 (0)
Teams managed
1981−1982 Belenenses

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

Vicente da Fonseca Lucas (born 24 September 1935), known simply as Vicente, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Playing career

Born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, Vicente played for C.F. Os Belenenses in 13 Primeira Liga seasons, making his debut in 1954 and winning the Portuguese Cup six years later. He gained 20 caps for Portugal, his debut coming on 3 June 1959 in a 1–0 win against Scotland.[1]

Vicente was picked for the squad that appeared in the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. As his nation's team went on to finish in third position, he played in all the group stage games plus the 5–3 quarterfinal win against North Korea;[2] he was accused of fouling Pelé in the 3–1 group stage win, when it was in fact his teammate João Morais who was responsible.[3]

Vicente quit football after the World Cup due to a serious eye injury after a piece of glass hit the organ in a car accident, aged only 30.[4] He was remembered for several perfect markings of the best players of his time without making any foul, and was cited by Pelé as the greatest defender that he ever played against.[5]

Managerial career

From 1979 to 1981, Vicente coached in the fourth division, spending one season apiece with Clube Desportivo Amiense and G.D. Sesimbra.

In the 1990–91 season, he was one of four managers as his beloved Belenenses could not avoid top flight relegation – he was in charge for only one game, a 1–2 defeat.[1]

Personal life

Vicente's older brother, Matateu, was also a footballer. A striker, he played 13 years with Belenenses (sharing teams with his sibling during ten), and also represented the Portuguese national team.[6]


  1. 1 2 Parabéns Vicente. (Happy birthday Vicente.); Belém até Morrer, 24 September 2007 (Portuguese)
  2. Vicente LucasFIFA competition record
  3. Pelé; International Football Hall of Fame
  4. Vicente - Belenenses & Portugal NT Legend; Portuguese Futebol, 23 December 2008 (Portuguese)
  5. Vicente: «O próprio Pelé dava-me os parabéns» (Vicente: «Pelé himself would congratulate me»); Record, 3 July 2011 (Portuguese)
  6. Grande Vicente! (Great Vicente!); Os Belenenses Blogspot, 27 May 2009 (Portuguese)
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