Vítor Manuel Afonso Damas de Oliveira (b. 1947, October 8)
Damas arrived at Sporting with 14 years old, and would become a eternal legend for the Lions, and would be known as one of the greatest portuguese goalkeepers in history.
Agile, feline, elastic, fearless and elegant, he became a myth for the Sporting fans, and the player with the most games with the green-and-white shirt, 456 official matches.
He debuted in the first team in 1967, with only 19 years old, on a game against Porto that ended 2-2. But only two years later he would win his effective place in the starting eleven. In this year, 1969, he won the Stromp Award for Best Athlete.
He would be Sporting's main goalkeeper for the next 8 years and also became captain of the Lions.
During this time he won the Primeira Liga twice, the Taça de Portugal three times, and reached a Cup of Winner's Cup semi-final.
One of the most epic "battles" of the portuguese football, were undoubtly, the clashes beetween Lions legend, Damas, and Eagles legend, Eusébio.
Beetween so many clashes, theres a legendary save from Damas, at a great header by Eusébio in 69/70 Primeira Liga, on a match that Sporting won 1-0.
Vitor Damas said about the save - "It was an important save that allowed us to win the match by 1-0, and become Primeira Liga champions. Eusébio greeted me in the end, and was whistled by Benfica fans".
You can watch that save in the following video, after the 40 sec.
Vitor Damas also played for the portuguese National Team.
One of his most epic match with the portuguese shirt was in the game against England, for the 1976 Eurocup qualification.
Vitor Damas made an tremendous performance, and many great saves in the match that would end 0-0. One of the saves can be seen at the end of this post.
In 1976, he was transfered for the spanish side, Racing de Santander were he played for 4 seasons.
Then returned to Portugal, to play in Vitória SC for 2 years, and Portimonense another 2.
And in 1984, he returned to Sporting.
He played for more 5 years, with the Lions shirt.
His last match was in November 1988, he was 41 years old.
In the next season he started working as assistant manager for the Lions, and did some games as an interine coach, until 1991.
He then returned in 1996, to be the goalkeepers trainer for another 3 years. And after a year off, he came back as assistant manager in the B team, in 2000/2001 season, before retiring.
In 2003, he died victim of cancer. But not before having his wish granted and seeing the new Estádio de Alvalade inaugural game.
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