Pavilhão Fidelidade, residence of basketball and curler hockey of Benfica, might be full of stars immediately, throughout the half-time break of the nineteenth matchday of the Betclic League towards Oliveirense, paying tribute, posthumously, to Henrique Vieira , former captain, coach and one of many components of the dream groups that, within the Nineteen Eighties, returned the spark that the eagles had misplaced.
Died on July 7, 2022, aged 65, sufferer of an extended sickness, the Portuguese worldwide born in Mozambique in 1957 joins Carlos Lisboa, thought-about the very best Portuguese basketball participant of all time, and Válter Neves, one of many everlasting captains of the incarnated curler. hockey, who’s now the sports activities supervisor of Clube da Luz, till now the one Benfica athletes whose jerseys, on this case number 7 and number 2, respectively, had been taken.
Unlike Lisbon and Válter, the tribute to Henrique Vieira didn’t occur at a time when the latter base may inhabit it. However, Benfica invited greater than 80 folks, together with former gamers, coaches and workers who shared with Henrique Vieira throughout the 11 seasons during which he contributed, as a participant, to win seven titles, a Portuguese Cup, a League Cup and a Supercup, and in 5 others that, as a coach, he’ll once more be instrumental in serving to the eagles return to trophies with two National (*5*), a Hugo dos Santos Cup, two Supercups, two António Pratas trophies and one Luso-Angolan Supercup.
In the interval between Benfica’s welcome to Oliveirense – a membership that Henrique Vieira additionally guided for eight seasons to their first successes and who additionally paid tribute when the reds went to play at Oliveira de Azeméis – estimated to be under the eyes of many. members, members of the administration of Benfica, in addition to institutional figures of sport and Portuguese sport generally, the ceremony will happen on the sector, with the presence of relations of the deceased participant and necessary numbers of the membership that make up the enormous crimson tarp with the number 5 connecting, above the bench within the lateral enclosure, these immortalizing Válter Neves and Carlos Lisboa.
Considered top-of-the-line references in Portuguese basketball, Henrique Vieira arrived at Benfica in 1981/82, after coming into Portuguese basketball by the doorways of the Académica (1976/77) having gone by Ginásio Figueirense and Atlético CP earlier than coming to Luz.
At that point, the logo was removed from successful titles since 1975. Vieira’s expertise, strengthened by the return of Fernando Marques, the acquisition of Carlos Lisboa, José Carlos Guimarães, who lent the sunshine he introduced from baskets in Angola, and by Hélder. The expertise that Silva modified the prospects for basketball in Luz, the place he’s the third participant with essentially the most video games, behind Lisboa and José Alberto. He remains to be top-of-the-line scorers ever, who left baskets in 1992 to just accept a profession as a coach, a occupation during which he additionally introduced the style of the titles of Ovarense and Oliveirense, an emblem which now proves the immortality of a star.