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António Augusto da Silva Veloso (born January 31, 1957 in São João da Madeiramarker) is a retired Portuguesemarker footballer who played in various defensive positions, most notably with S.L. Benfica.

A gritty defender, he was also a Portugal international, and is the father of Sporting Clube de Portugal midfielder Miguel Veloso.

Club career

Veloso starting playing football with hometown A.D. Sanjoanense, then moved to S.C. Beira-Mar for a further two seasons.

He joined Portuguese League giants S.L. Benfica in 1980–81, and was an everpresent fixture until his retirement, helping the capitalmarker side to seven leagues and five cups. Veloso also played at the UEFA Cup final in 1983, as Benfica lost to R.S.C. Anderlecht 1–2 on aggregate and, most notably, in the 1988 European Champions Cup final, where he missed the penalty shootout attempt that gave PSV Eindhoven the final win (5-6).

An injury left him out of the team that surprinsingly reached the 1989-90 final, lost to A.C. Milan. Veloso retired at 38, after 15 seasons with Benfica and more than 500 overall appearances. He subsequently became a coach, managing Benfica's seniors late in 2001-02, then moving to its B team, which folded soon after.

International career

Veloso had 40 caps for Portugal, making his debut in a 2–1 win over Scotland, on November 18, 1981, in a 1982 World Cup qualifier. He played at Euro 1984, where Portugal reached the semi-finals, and was left outside the 1986 World Cup team, due to a doping test that was later proved to be fake.

His last game was a 2–2 draw with Spain on January 19, 1994, in a friendly match, aged 36.


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