Fernando Gomes (footballer)
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Fernando Gomes Footballer

Fernando Gomes
Personal information
Full name Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes
Date of birth (1956-11-22) 22 November 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Porto, Portugal
Height 1.74 m (5 ft  in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1972-1974 Porto
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974-1980 Porto 158 (123)
1980-1982 Sporting Gijón 27 (12)
1982-1989 Porto 183 (164)
1989-1991 Sporting CP 63 (31)
Total 431 (330)
National team
1975-1988 Portugal 47 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes (born 22 November 1956) is a Portuguese retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

He achieved great success with Porto, during the late 1970s and 1980s. In the Primeira Liga he represented Sporting as well, and also spent two years in Spain with Sporting de Gijón.

The recipient of nearly 50 caps for Portugal, Gomes represented the nation in one World Cup and one European Championship.

Club career

Showing great ability since entering FC Porto's youth academy, Porto-born Gomes scored twice in his first-team debut against G.D. CUF, in 1974. Except for a brief La Liga stint with Sporting de Gijón, when most key players left the Estádio das Antas in support of director of football - later president - Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa,[1] he was on all important moments of the rebirth of the club: the 20-year Primeira Liga drought end in the 1978-79 season, the first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final against Juventus F.C. in 1984 and, while he missed the 1987 final of the European Cup against FC Bayern Munich after breaking a leg days before, he scored five times in the side's victorious campaign, including the important second against FC Dynamo Kyiv in the semi-finals; he recovered still in time to play in the European Supercup against AFC Ajax and the Intercontinental Cup against Peñarol, on both occasions captaining the winner and scoring the opening goal in the latter game for a 2-1 win.[2]

In addition, Gomes also won five leagues, three Portuguese Cups and three domestic supercups. Due to personality clashes with Porto's board of directors he signed with Sporting CP,[3] ending his career in 1990-91 after still netting 22 goals in his final season and also helping the Lions to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup, aged 34.

Gomes retired with Portuguese League totals of 404 matches and 318 goals.[4] His nickname, "Bi-bota", was given after the two European Golden Boot awards he received, in 1983 and 1985.[5][6] He remained the best goalscorer in the national territory for more than two decades only behind S.L. Benfica's Nené, and later returned to Porto, going on to work with the club in an ambassadorial role.[7]

International career

For the Portugal national team, Gomes scored 13 goals in 47 games from 9 March 1975 until 16 November 1988. His final appearance occurred against Luxembourg for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, netting the only goal at the Estádio do Bessa.

Gomes was part of the squads at both UEFA Euro 1984[8] and the 1986 World Cup, being one of the few players that did not defect the national side after the latter competition (following the infamous Saltillo Affair) and ending his international career two years later.

Fernando Gomes: International goals[9]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 1978 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Belgium 1-0 1-1 Euro 1980 qualifying
2 26 March 1980 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 3-1 4-1 Euro 1980 qualifying
3 10 October 1982 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Poland 2-0 2-1 Euro 1984 qualifying
4 5 September 1984 Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal  Bulgaria 1-0 1-0 Friendly
5 12 September 1984 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholms län, Sweden  Sweden 0-1 0-1 1986 World Cup qualification
6 10 February 1985 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 0-2 1-3 1986 World Cup qualification
7 10 February 1985 National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Ta' Qali, Malta  Malta 1-3 1-3 1986 World Cup qualification
8 12 October 1985 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Malta 1-0 3-2 1986 World Cup qualification
9 12 October 1985 Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal  Malta 3-2 3-2 1986 World Cup qualification
10 5 February 1986 Estádio Municipal de Portimão, Portimão, Portugal  Luxembourg 2-0 2-0 Friendly
11 19 February 1986 Estádio Primeiro de Maio, Braga, Portugal  East Germany 1-3 1-3 Friendly
12 23 September 1987 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholms län, Sweden  Sweden 0-1 0-1 Euro 1988 qualifying
13 16 November 1988 Estádio do Bessa, Porto, Portugal  Luxembourg 1-0 1-0 1990 World Cup qualification

Style of play

Apart from being technically a good player, Gomes' talent resided on a fantastic positional sense, which made him very dangerous inside the six-yard box.

Personal life

Gomes once quoted: "Scoring a goal is like having an orgasm."[10] Benfica striker Nuno Gomes, who played in the 90s/2000s, chose that nickname in deference to him.[11]

Gomes at the moment is the Scouting and Youth Department director at FC Porto.






  1. ^ FC Porto. O Verão quente de 1980, que esfriou a relação no futebol (FC Porto. 1980's hot summer, when football relations turned cold); i, 6 August 2010 (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Toyota Cup 1987 Archived 11 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine; at FIFA
  3. ^ Cunha, Pedro Jorge (28 April 2014). "1988/89: FC Porto sem troféus e dez campeões europeus a chorar" [1988/89: FC Porto without trophies and ten European champions crying] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "A melhor época de sempre de Mário Jardel" [Mário Jardel's best season ever] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 6 May 2002. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Fernando Gomes: uma Bota de Ouro com orgulho e memória" [Fernando Gomes: a Golden Boot with pride and memory] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Award winners". European Sports Media. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Fernando Gomes lembra play-off de 2016/17 e aborda rumores sobre Herrera" [Fernando Gomes remembers 2016/17 play-off and addresses Herrera rumours] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 17 December 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Platini faz a diferença em meia-final de sonho" [Platini makes the difference in dream semi-final] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 4 October 2003. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "Fernando Gomes". European Football. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ 1/16 final Taça de Portugal - Quarta-Feira, 20 de Janeiro de 2010 - Freamunde, 1 (Bertinho 60m) vs SC Braga, 3 (F. Oliveira 58m, Moisés 72m e Matheus 79m) (Portuguese Cup Last-32 - Wednesday, 20 January 2010 - Freamunde, 1 (Bertinho 60m) vs SC Braga, 3 (F. Oliveira 58m, Moisés 72m and Matheus 79m)); Pacto Factual, 22 January 2010 (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Vinagre, Hugo (2 January 2019). "Nuno Gomes: "Tive propostas de Itália e Inglaterra. Respondi que só falavamos depois de me reunir com o Benfica"" [Nuno Gomes: "I had offers from Italy and England. I replied that there would only be conversations after I met with Benfica"] (in Portuguese). Playboy. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ Claro, Paulo; Preston, Simon; Nunes, João; Di Maggio, Roberto. "Portugal - List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2017.

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