Manuel Vasques
Personal information
Full name Manuel Soeiro Vasques
Date of birth (1926-07-29)29 July 1926
Place of birth Barreiro, Portugal
Date of death 10 July 2003(2003-07-10) (aged 76)
Place of death Portugal
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1946 CUF
1946–1959 Sporting CP 278 (190)
1959–1960 Atlético 4 (1)
Total 282 (191)
National team
1948–1957 Portugal 26 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Manuel Soeiro Vasques (29 July 1926 – 10 July 2003) was a Portuguese footballer who played as a forward.

Club career

Born in Barreiro, Setúbal District, Vasques joined Sporting CP in 1946, from local club G.D. CUF. During his spell in Lisbon he appeared in 349 games all competitions comprised and scored 225 goals, being part of an attacking line dubbed Cinco Violinos (Five Violins) that also included Albano, Jesus Correia, Fernando Peyroteo and José Travassos and winning ten major titles, including eight Primeira Liga championships.[1]

In the 1950–51 season, Vasques led the scoring charts at 29 goals to help the Lions win the domestic league 11 ahead of second-placed FC Porto.[2][3]

International career

Vasques won 26 caps for the Portuguese national team over nine years, netting eight times. His debut came on 21 March 1948 in a 0–3 friendly loss against Spain, in Madrid.

Personal life

Vasques' uncle, Manuel Soeiro, was also a footballer. He too played for Sporting and Portugal.[4]


  1. ^ Roseiro, Bruno (29 July 2017). "Quem eram os Cinco Violinos, a famosa linha avançada que marcou mais de 1.200 golos?" [Who were the Five Violins, the famous forward line who scored more than 1.200 goals?]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  2. ^ Marques, Sara (16 February 2015). "O dia em que os cinco violinos marcaram 12 golos" [The day the five violins scored 12 goals] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. ^ Claro, Paulo; Preston, Simon; Nunes, João; Di Maggio, Roberto. "Portugal – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Vasques". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 21 August 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2020.