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 FERNANDO LAGE 1952-1957 
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Name: Fernando Lage


Country: :MOZ: Mozambique
Club: Desportivo de Lourenço Marques
Position: *AMF, SS
Side: RF/BS
Age: 25-30 years (??/??/1927)

Height: 173 cm *
Weight: 70 kg *

Attack: 85
Defence: 60
Balance: 76
Stamina: 77
Top Speed: 80
Acceleration: 81
Response: 71
Agility: 82
Dribble Accuracy: 88
Dribble Speed: 83
Short Pass Accuracy: 81
Short Pass Speed: 72
Long Pass Accuracy: 81
Long Pass Speed: 73
Shot Accuracy: 81
Shot Power: 78
Shot Technique: 80
Free Kick Accuracy: 74
Curling: 71
Header: 75
Jump: 70
Technique: 87
Aggression: 81
Mentality: 77
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 86

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition: 5
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Consistency: 6
Growth type: Standard

P03 - Trickster
P07 - Early Cross
S02 - Passer
S15 - Shoulder Feint Skills

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Dribbling - Playmaking - Passing

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Balanced

Fernando Lage is considered the greatest ever Mozambican player. He played from 1944 to 1960 with the club Desportivo de Lourenço Marques, winning three championships between 1944 and 1946 as footballer, five more between 1952 and 1960 as footballer-coach. He scored 57 goals in 90 matches. He played with Eusébio at the end of the 1950s. He was an inside but it's said that he was seen covering every other role, even the defender and goalkeeper positions. He played also other sports like Basketball, Tennis and Athletics, winning 56 trophies and 108 medals.
Fernando Lage was compared to Eusébio. Benfica's former striker even said that Lage was a way better player and compared him to Alfredo Di Stéfano, adding that he was spectacular when he orchestrated the game in the midfield. He could control the ball perfectly with both feet and in every way, shining with his eclecticism and magic touches. He showed his fantastic technique not only using his feet but also his chest and head while his vision of the game was simply unique. He created chances but wasn't really a great scorer even though his number of goals may tell different. English legend Stanley Matthews once went to play some matches in Africa in 1953, including one against Fernando Lage's team and he was incredibly surprised when he saw the Mozambican making feints that he never imagined were possible to execute. Matthews considered Lage as one of the best inside forwards he ever played against so he invited him to England where he would've had a bright future but Lage refused. The same happened when several Portuguese teams offered him a contract. He had a family, a job, he loved his country and for these reasons he never went abroad. Short tribute to Fernando Lage

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