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Cândido de Oliveira

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Full nameCândido Fernandes Plácido de Oliveira
Date of birthSeptember 24, 1896
Place of birthFronteira, Portugal
Date of deathJune 23, 1958(age 61)
Place of deathStockholm, Sweden
Playing positionMidfielder

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Cândido Plácido Fernandes de Oliveira (24 September 1896 in Fronteira - 23 June 1958 in Stockholm) was a Portuguese football player, coach, and sports journalist.

Oliveira was educated at Casa Pia. He played for Sport Lisboa e Benfica from 1911 1920, moving then to Casa Pia Atlético Clube in 1920, of which he was one of the founders. He had his only cap for the Portuguese national team, in the first game ever of the Selecção das Quinas, on 18 December 1921, a 1 3 loss to Spain in Madrid, a game in which he captained.

Oliveira was also a successful coach of Sporting Clube de Portugal, and was in charge, for several times, of the Portuguese national squad.

He was one of the founders of the sports newspaper A Bola in 1945. He also published several books about football.

His opposition to the Portuguese fascist regime landed him several stays in prison, including an imprisonment at the infamous Tarrafal prison.

He died on June 23, 1958 in Stockholm, Sweden of lung disease when he was covering the 1958 FIFA World Cup for A Bola. He felt ill a few days before, and even received hospital care, but his spirit of mission brought him back to the stadiums and Swedes when he returned to the hospital, it was too late. The Portuguese Super Cup was named the SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira in his honour.

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