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Carlos Manuel Correia dos Santos (born Moita, 15 January, 1958) commonly known by Carlos Manuel is a retired Portuguese football player and is a current football manager. He was one of the best Portuguese offensive midfielder's of the 1980s being a key figure both for Benfica and the Portuguese national team participating in the Euro 1984 and the 1986 FIFA World Cup finals. He was chosen by Portuguese sports newspaper Record as one of the best 100 Portuguese football players ever.

Club career

He first attracted attention while playing for CUF and for FC Barreirense and moved to Benfica in 1979/80. Here he won three championships, Primeira Divisão, in the 1982–83, 1983–84 and 1986–87 seasons, as well as three Cups of Portugal, in 1985, 1986, and 1987. He also played at the UEFA Cup finals, in 1983, lost to Anderlecht. During his time at Benfica.He quit the national team after the "Saltillo Affair" and played for Benfica until the 1987–88 season, during which he moved to FC Sion in Switzerlandmarker. He later returned to Portugal, playing for Sporting Lisbon for the 1988/89 and 1989/90 seasons, before moving to Boavista FC, where he stayed until 1991/92. He played the last two seasons of his career at GD Estoril-Praia. He finished his playing career in middle of the 1993–94 season, to become a football manager.The biggest club he coached was Sporting Lisbon, where he was relatively unsuccessful.

International career

For the Portuguese national team, the "Selecção Nacional", he played 42 caps and scored 8 goals.Carlos Manuel debuted for the national team on March 26 1980, in a 1–4 1982 World Cup qualifying defeat to Scotland. Three of them were particularly memorable: the goal in the 1–0 win over Poland in Wrocławmarker on October 28, 1983, which helped Portugal to qualify for Euro 84; the shot in the historic 1–0 victory over Germany in Stuttgartmarker on 16 October 1985, which secured qualification for the 1986 World Cup, and the goal in the 1–0 win over England in the first game of the finals in Mexico. However, the 1–3 loss to Morocco on 11 July 1986 meant the elimination of Portugal from the tournament and turned out to be Carlos Manuel's last cap for his country, at the age of just 28.

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