Pavilhão Fidelidade, residence of basketball and curler hockey of Benfica, might be crammed with stars immediately, in the course of the half-time break of the nineteenth matchday of the Betclic League in opposition to 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 a protracted sickness, the Portuguese worldwide born in Mozambique in 1957 joins Carlos Lisboa, thought of the perfect 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 might inhabit it. However, Benfica invited greater than 80 individuals, together with former gamers, coaches and employees who shared with Henrique Vieira in the course of 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 beneath the eyes of many. members, members of the administration of Benfica, in addition to institutional figures of sport and Portuguese sport basically, 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 large pink tarp with the number 5 connecting, above the bench within the lateral enclosure, these immortalizing Válter Neves and Carlos Lisboa.
Considered the most effective references in Portuguese basketball, Henrique Vieira arrived at Benfica in 1981/82, after getting into Portuguese basketball by way of the doorways of the Académica (1976/77) having gone by way of Ginásio Figueirense and Atlético CP earlier than coming to Luz.
At that point, the symbol was removed from profitable 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 the most effective scorers ever, who left baskets in 1992 to simply 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.