12 August 2022, 16h19

Eternal Fernando Chalana


The ceremony honoring Fernando Chalana at Estádio da Luz took place this Friday, August 12. Filled with emotion and symbolism, this last farewell had the massive presence of supporters, Governing Bodies, Professional Football, Youth Football, athletes from the various sports of the Club and other personalities from the universe of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

The Little Genius represented the Glorioso during 13 years as a player, winning more than a dozen titles (6 National Championships, 2 Portuguese Cups, 2 Super Cups and 3 Honor Cups) and played with an eagle on his chest in 410 matches and scored 64 goals. But more than the numbers, the greatest legacy that Chalana leaves to all football lovers are the bewildering dribbles, the magic with the ball glued to his foot, and his unique geniusThe images will live on in history.

In respect to the memory of the former player and coach, SL Benfica's Board of Directors decided that the number 10 jersey will not be worn on the first team in the 2022/23 season. Thank you, Chalana!

Text: Editorial Staff
Photos: Isabel Cutileiro, Victoria Ribeiro e Tânia Paulo / SL Benfica
Last update: Saturday, August 13, 2022

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