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Mário Coluna
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Coluna in 1969
Personal information
Full name Mário Esteves Coluna
Date of birth (1935-08-06)6 August 1935
Place of birth Inhaca, Mozambique
Date of death 25 February 2014(2014-02-25) (aged 78)
Place of death Maputo, Mozambique
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1951–1954 Desportivo Lourenço Marques
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1970 Benfica 364 (89)
1970–1971 Lyon 19 (2)
1971–1972 Estrela Portalegre
Total 383 (91)
National team
1955–1968 Portugal 57 (8)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mário Esteves Coluna ( 6 August 1935 – 25 February 2014) was a Portuguese footballer. He played mainly as a central midfielder.

He spent most of his career with Benfica, appearing in 525 official games and scoring 127 goals during 16 professional seasons. Dubbed Monstro Sagrado (Sacred Monster) he won 19 major titles with his main club, including ten national leagues and two European Cups.

Coluna represented Portugal at the 1966 World Cup, playing nearly 60 times.

Coluna died on 25 February 2014 at the age of 78 in Maputo, after not being able to overcome a pulmonary infection.

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