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Mário Wilson

Personal information
Date of birthOctober 17, 1929(age 87)
Place of birthLourenço Marques, Mozambique
Playing positionMidfielder

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Mário Wilson (born October 17, 1929 in Lourenço Marques, today's Maputo, Mozambique) is a retired football player and a former coach of the Portuguese squad, Académica de Coimbra, Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Vitória de Guimarães, among other football teams. As a player, he played for clubs such as Académica de Coimbra and Sporting Clube de Portugal. He earned the nickname of "O Velho Capitão" (Portuguese for: "The Old Captain"). After his retirement from professional football he started up businesses such as the health club Mr. Wilson and the Escola de Futebol Mr. Wilson (youth football school), in the Lisbon area.

In the 1975 76 season, he became the first Benfica's Portuguese football coach to win the Portuguese Football Championship title. In 1995/96, he won the Cup of Portugal, again with Benfica.

He was the national team coach during the Euro 1980 qualifyings, failing to progress to the main tournament.

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