Friday, September 3, 2010

Portuguese Star Torres Died

The old glory of Benfica and the Portuguese national team football José Torres died early this morning, at age 71 after a long illness.

The striker played in Portuguese football during the 60s.

Torres was released in the Torres Novas in 1957 and two years later he moved to Benfica, where he played for 12 seasons.

Later he joined the ranks of Vitoria de Setubal in four years after he left for the Bonfim and ended his career in 1980 at the Estoril-Praia.

During his tour as a player, called the "good giant" because of his height and his reputation for easygoing, won nine league of Portugal, reached three European finals and took third place in the 1966 World Cup with the selection Lusa.

Torres was coach of Portugal, which managed to qualify for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, and Estrela de Amadora, Varzim and Boavista.

Benfica issued a statement on Friday which sent condolences to the family and friends of the former footballer and recalled the "outstanding contributions" from Torres to the club of "eagles" as well as the selection Lusa.

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