09 October 2019, 18h11
When questioned if his passion was for music as a whole or for the instrument, he said…
“I think it's for music because I started playing since I was little in the Casa Pia Band. I started playing bombardon, a metal instrument, and then I got an invitation to really get into the music. I was given three instruments to choose from: cello, viola and violin. chose the cello because it was bigger and harder to play.”, he shared.
Nuno Tavares grew and both passions went hand in hand until a certain age.
“14, 15 years old. The club where I was sent a letter so I could leave school early. If the school allowed it, very well; if not, I had to play until 6:30 pm and would missed practice. It was approved, people understood and twice a week I would leave early to go to practice”, he explained.
Meanwhile, Benfica opened the doors of football for him and then he had to make the hardest decision.
“When I saw they were putting trust in me… I was given a chance at Benfica… so I had to decide: whether grab the instrument or football. I chose football”, he stressed.
“I came to Caixa Futebol Campus [mow Benfica Futebol Campus] and I realized I had to take football more seriously. Even unintentionally, I had to leave music behind”, said Nuno Tavares.
Text: Marco Rebelo
Pics: Tânia Paulo / SL Benfica
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The origin of the bow
At Sport Lisboa e Benfica, the fans’ bow is a tradition which has its roots in the Summer of 1970, and it persists. In a journey to Far East, the reds beat Japan by 4-1, and, after the final whistle, the Princes of Japan broke the protocol and entered the pitch to salute the players. Back to Portugal, and with the ban of Estádio da Luz, it was at Jamor, against CUF, that Benfica players thanked the fans with a bow for the first time.