Former striker Manuel Duarte, one of the players called up by the Portuguese football team for the 1966 World Cup in England, died today at the age of 77, a family source told Lusa.
Settled since 1972 in Fafe, in the district of Braga, the ‘skinny’, international in two preparation games for the World Cup, but without a single minute in the tournament in which the ‘quinas’ team was third classified, suffered from “a weak health condition that has deteriorated in recent days,” added the same source.
Born in Vale de Azares, in the municipality of Celorico da Beira, in the district of Guarda, Manuel Duarte ’emerged’ for football at Académica, a club for which he debuted in the main Portuguese championship at the age of 17, in the 1962/63 season.
The forward moved to Leixões in 1964 and, in both seasons with the Matosinhos emblem, scored 14 goals in 38 matches, having secured the call-ups to the Portuguese national team at the end of the second year, in the summer of 1966.
Manuel Duarte transferred to Sporting in the 1966/67 season, in which he scored 11 goals in 21 games, before losing ‘space’ the following season and staying with the record of two goals in 14 games until the end of the 1969 season. /70.
The forward represented FC Porto in 1970/71, having played two ‘blue and white’ games, Varzim in 1971/72 and AD Fafe, the city club where he would stay between 1972 and 1978.
Father of Jorge Duarte, midfielder who represented Fafe, Tirsense, Desportivo das Aves, Vitória de Guimarães, Moreirense and Leixões, the former spearhead was a coach after finishing his football career.
Manuel Duarte’s funeral is scheduled for 16:00 on Saturday, in the parish church of Fafe.
Source: Futebol 365 – Notícias by www.futebol365.pt.
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