One of the most talented, bewildering, and exciting football players in the history of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Fernando Chalana wore the Sacred Mantle for a total of 13 seasons (1974/75-1983/84 and 1987/88-1989/90). The Little Genius, who made his official debut for the first team on March 7, 1976, aged only 17 years and 25 days (at that time, no one so young had ever played in the Portuguese 1st Division), was six times National Champion with an eagle on his chest and also won two Portuguese Cups, two Super Cups, and three Honor Cups. Before his 18th birthday, Chalana, who would become one of the legends of the National Team, made his first international appearance for Portugal on November 17, 1976, at Estádio da Luz.
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Eternal Little Genius!
The ceremony honoring Fernando Chalana, the Little Genius, took place this Friday, August 12, at Estádio da Luz. Previously, Chalana's body had been in state in the Basílica da Estrela, from where the funeral procession departed. 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. Thank You, Chalana!
12 August 2022
Thank you, Chalana!
12 August 2022
A heartfelt tribute to Chalana
Fernando Chalana's body lies in state in the Basílica da Estrela, in Lisbon, since late this Thursday afternoon, August 11. President Rui Costa, members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's governing bodies, former teammates, and other figures from the universe of the Club and Portuguese society were present at the wake. The exequies continue on Friday, with the celebration of a mass at 2:15 pm, followed by a funeral procession to Estádio da Luz, where the stands will be open for a heartfelt tribute to Chalana (3:30 pm).
11 August 2022
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