Disappearance of Fernando Chalana, former player of Bordeaux and Benfica

Benfica Lisbon’s emblematic player, whose colors he wore for 13 years (1974-1984 and 1987-1990), Fernando Chalana died on Wednesday at the age of 63, the club announced. The Portuguese had passed through Bordeaux, who communicated “his deepest condolences to his family and loved ones”between 1984 and 1987. He had also been crowned champion of France with the Girondins in 1985.

The Lisboète had also worn the jersey of the selection 27 times. He was part of the Portugal team in 1984, which reached the semi-finals of the Euro before losing to France (2-3 ap). He had been elected in the type team of the tournament.

After his playing career, he held several positions within Benfica. “Pequeno Genial” (“little genius” in Portuguese) had notably acted on the bench in 2008.


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