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Mário Coluna

Personal information
Full nameMário Esteves Coluna
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7.7 in)
Playing positionInside-left/Left-half
Club information
Current clubRetired
NumberN/A(10 then 6)

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Mário Esteves Coluna (-ptˈmaɾiu kuˈlunɐ; born August 6, 1935 at Inhaca, Portuguese East Africa) is a former Portuguese and Mozambican footballer. His nickname is "O Monstro Sagrado" ('The sacred monster').

Coluna was first noticed in Mozambique, playing at Desportivo of Lourenço Marques, where he was assigned to Benfica in 1954/55, the team he played until 1969/70. He won 10 National Championships, in 1954/55, 1956/57, 1959/60, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1966/67, 1967/68 and 1968/69, and 6 Cups of Portugal in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1962, 1964 and 1969. He won the European Cup twice with Benfica, in 1961 and 1962, and also played in the finals of 1963, 1965 and 1968, this last time as the captain. In the 8 of December 1970, Coluna made is farewell game in Estádio da Luz with Benfica before moving to Lyon. In this tribute to his career, were invited to play some of the biggest football stars back then (Cruiff, Hurst, Suarez, Bobby Moore, and many others).

He played 57 times for the Portugal national team, scoring 8 goals. His first appearance was in a friendly match with Scotland on May 4, 1955, losing 0-3, and his last on December 11, 1968, in a 2-4 defeat to Greece, in a World Cup qualifying match.

Coluna captained the legendary team of the "Magriços" in all, except the second, of the games of the World Cup 1966 finals, where Portugal reached third place.

He also played for Lyon, in France, in 1970/71 and 1971/72, before retiring.

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