THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

Belenenses (Ases Do Futebol 1970-71)

mourinho-cabral12 February ~ José Mourinho's father, José Manuel – commonly known as Felix – had moved from his home-town club, Vitoria Setubal, to Belenenses of Lisbon in 1969 when his son was six. "José felt this change deeply," Felix said later. "When I told him the news of my transfer he burst into tears." Mourinho senior was already 30 when he joined Belenenses but he had a successful spell there, culminating in a cap for Portugal as a substitute against Ireland in 1972. To judge by the state of his goalkeeping deputy, Felix may not have much difficulty in maintaining his first-team place. Though you sense that Victor Cabral would be the first to be asked if the club needed someone to play the saxophone at an official function.

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