Jordão in 1972
|Full name||Rui Manuel Trindade Jordão|
|Date of birth||9 August 1952|
|Place of birth||Benguela, Angola|
|Date of death||18 October 2019(aged 67)|
|Place of death||Cascais, Portugal|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
His professional career was spent mostly with two of the biggest clubs in the country, Benfica and Sporting. One of the most prolific strikers in the history of Portuguese football, he won the Silver Ball award twice, once with each team.
Born in Benguela, Portuguese Angola, Jordão moved in his teens to Portugal's S.L. Benfica, making his professional debut in 1971-72. He played eighteen games and scored seven goals in his debut campaign, appearingly slightly less in his second, but still contributing five goals as the club won back-to-back Primeira Liga titles, only losing one match over two seasons.
Jordão signed with Spanish side Real Zaragoza in the summer of 1976, scoring regularly but being relegated from La Liga. Subsequently, he returned to his country of adoption and joined Sporting CP.
Jordão enjoyed his best years with the Lions, scoring in double figures in six of his first seven seasons, which included a combined 57 goals in the seasons when the team won the league (1980 and 1982). At the age of 35 he moved to Vitória de Setúbal, reuniting with former Sporting teammate Manuel Fernandes, another prolific veteran goalscorer; he finished his career two years later, having scored 212 goals in the Portuguese top level alone.
In early 1972, Jordão won the first of his 43 caps for Portugal, against Cyprus in the 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Also in that year he was picked for the squad that lost the Brazilian Independence Cup, 0-1 to hosts Brazil.
On 13 November 1983, Jordão scored the decisive goal to beat the Soviet Union, as the national side won 1-0 in Lisbon and qualified for UEFA Euro 1984. In the final stages they reached the semi-finals, where the player scored twice against hosts France in Marseille on 23 June - Portugal led 2-1 with only six minutes to go in extra-time, after individual efforts and assists by Fernando Chalana, but eventually lost 2-3.
Jordão played his last international in 1989 at nearly 37, the same year of his club retirement. He had returned to the national team after several players were given punishments for the Saltillo Affair at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
After he retired, Jordão moved away from the football world and became a painter and a sculptor. He died on 18 October 2019 at the age of 67, having been hospitalised with heart problems in Cascais.Fernando Gomes, the president of the Portuguese Football Federation, delivered a statement describing him as "peerless".
|1||29 March 1972||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Cyprus||4-0||4-0||1974 World Cup qualification|
|2||6 July 1972||Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Soviet Union||1-0||1-0||Brazilian Independence Cup|
|3||14 November 1973||Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal||Northern Ireland||1-0||1-1||1974 World Cup qualification|
|4||9 October 1977||Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||0-1||2-4||1978 World Cup qualification|
|5||24 September 1980||Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy||Italy||1-1||3-1||Friendly|
|6||19 November 1980||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Northern Ireland||1-0||1-0||1982 World Cup qualification|
|7||17 December 1980||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Israel||2-0||3-0||1982 World Cup qualification|
|8||28 October 1981||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||1-1||4-1||1982 World Cup qualification|
|9||21 September 1983||Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal||Finland||1-0||5-0||Euro 1984 qualifying|
|10||13 November 1983||Estádio da Luz (1954), Lisbon, Portugal||Soviet Union||1-0||1-0||Euro 1984 qualifying|
|11||2 June 1984||Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal||Yugoslavia||1-0||2-3||Friendly|
|12||2 June 1984||Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal||Yugoslavia||2-1||2-3||Friendly|
|13||23 June 1984||Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France||France||1-1||3-2||UEFA Euro 1984|
|14||23 June 1984||Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France||France||1-2||3-2||UEFA Euro 1984|
|15||14 November 1984||Estádio José Alvalade (1956), Lisbon, Portugal||Sweden||1-0||1-3||1986 World Cup qualification|