|Full name||Fernando Mendes Soares Gomes|
|Date of birth||22 November 1956|
|Place of birth||Porto, Portugal|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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, 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.
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, 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. His nickname, "Bi-bota", was given after the two European Golden Boot awards he received, in 1983 and 1985. 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.
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 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.
|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|
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.
Gomes at the moment is the Scouting and Youth Department director at FC Porto.