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César Brito

César Brito
Personal information
Full nameCésar Gonçalves Brito Duarte
Date of birth (1964-10-21) October 21, 1964 (age 49)
Place of birthCovilhã, Portugal
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionStriker
Youth career
Covilhã
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1984–1985Covilhã?(15)
1985–1995Benfica100(21)
1987–1989Portimonense (loan)50(13)
1995–1996Belenenses25(9)
1996–1998Salamanca70(23)
1998–1999Mérida14(1)
1999–2000Covilhã1(0)
National team
1989–1993Portugal14(2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

César Gonçalves de Brito Duarte (born 21 October 1964), known as Brito, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.

Club career

Born in Covilhã, Brito started playing for local Sporting Clube, but soon attracted attention from national powerhouse S.L. Benfica, which signed the player in 1985. At the Reds he had a difficult start, going on to serve a two-year loan at fellow top-divisioner Portimonense SC.

Upon his return, Brito appeared mainly from the bench, barred by Swede Mats Magnusson. During the 1990–91 season his biggest moment at Benfica arrived, as he scored twice – as a substitute – to beat F.C. Porto away (2–0) and eventually clinch the national title, in a match that ended in a riot.[1]

Brito eventually left Benfica in the 1995 summer, after a 10-year link and only 23 league appearances in his last three seasons combined. After a good year at Lisbon neighbours C.F. Belenenses he moved to Spain, teaming up with a host of compatriots at UD Salamanca, namely offensive partner Pauleta. In his first season, already aged 32, he netted 15 goals in the second level, helping the club clinch La Liga promotion while combining with Pauleta for 34 successful strikes (the pair finished joint-first and fourth in the scoring charts).

In 1997–98, Brito appeared regularly as Salamanca eventually stayed in the top flight, then moved to modest CP Mérida in division two. He saw out his career at his very first club, retiring at almost 36.

International career

Brito gained 14 caps for the Portuguese national team during four years, and scored twice.[2]

César Brito: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 1991 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Finland 1–0 1–0 Euro 1992 qualifying
2 12 February 1992 Estádio de São Luís, Faro, Portugal  Netherlands 2–0 2–0 Friendly

References

External links

  • Profile at Zerozero
  • Stats at ForaDeJogo
  • BDFutbol profile
  • César Brito at National-Football-Teams.com
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