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A ser verdade que vai ser criado um Troféu Cinco Violinos (tudo indica que sim), esta deve ser uma boa notícia para todos os sportinguistas, que só peca por tardia. Numa coisa temos de dar a mão à palmatória aos lampiões: o marketing deles está anos-luz à frente do nosso. Eles não têm quaisquer problemas em vender o seu «peixe», isto é, em promover o Eusébio por tudo o que é meios de comunicação. Há 4 ou 5 anos criaram mesmo uma Taça com o nome dele, e agora vemos finalmente o Sporting a fazer algo semelhante.Tendo o nosso clube tido o melhor quinteto de sempre da História do futebol português, é óbvio que devemos perpetuar a memória de Jesus Correia, Travaços, Peyroteo, Vasques e Albano, que tanto nos deram. E é bom que se faça isso quer para que os jovens sportinguistas conheçam a História do clube, quer como forma de divulgar o Sporting e os seus cinco astros lá fora, através de convites a clubes de grande nomeada. Assim, fiquei muito contente com esta iniciativa, que nos apanhou a todos de surpresa e poucos tinham esperanças de algum dia ver concretizada.De resto, penso que é quase um dever do clube construir uma estátua dos Cinco Violinos nas redondezas do estádio, é inadmissível que isso ainda não tenha sido feito...
Será que os Cinco Violinos tivessem jogado mais uns anos tinhamos limpo 5 canecos como o real madrid de di stefano???
Jesus Correia – o dois amoresAntónio de Jesus Correia , o «Necas», nasceu a 3 Abril de 1924 em Paço de Arcos e ingressou no Sporting em 1943, representando o Clube até 5 de Outubro de 1952, em partida com vitória do Sporting por 3-2 e um golo de Jesus Correia.A sua tarde futebolística de maior glória foi em Madrid, a 5 de Setembro de 1948, contra o Atlético de Madrid. O Sporting venceu por 6-3 e Jesus Correia marcou todos os golos da equipa, que chegou a estar a ganhar por 6-0.O grande jogador de futebol abandonou prematuramente a modalidade, aos 28 anos, por não lhe ser possível conciliar esta actividade com a sua outra grande paixão, o Hóquei em Patins, desporto no qual atingiu os títulos de Campeão da Europa e do Mundo.Ao serviço do futebol do Sporting Clube de Portugal, Jesus Correia conquistou sete Campeonatos Nacionais e três Taças de Portugal, tendo sido o extremo-direito da mais famosa linha avançada do futebol leonino e nacional: «Os cinco violinos».Faleceu a 30 de Novembro de 2003.
OS CINCO VIOLINOS: IN SEARCH OF SPORTING'S LOST WONDERSWe look back at Sporting Lisbon's record-breaking Five Violins: Fernando Peyroteo, Jesus Correia, Albano Pereira, Manuel Vasques and José TravassosWe are fortunate to live in an age where the heroic talents that grace the many lands who pay homage to football, will be (and have been) preserved by the pioneering digital era we currently occupy, enabling generations of fans to immerse themselves in the history of a sport that’s depth of narrative and legend run deeper than any other. One hundred years from now, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will not only be discussed with passionate fervour, but most likely, they will also be watched. They operate against a backdrop where every action is filmed, recorded, analysed, distributed, sold, pirated, tweeted, emailed and vined.Sadly, the stories of some legends came too soon before the age of film, their achievements slowly ebbing away, no longer able to be recalled from the dusty recesses of the mind. Perhaps, somewhere there stands a building, etched in smog, hidden but to those who know, that tends to these fading wonders. A place of respite and remembrance for the once mighty threads of football folklore. Imagine Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s Cemetery of Forgotten Books, ceiling high shelves, stacked with reports, footage, penned papers of note. All about football. If ever a place exists, then Sporting Club de Portugal’s quintet forward line of the 1940s, Os Cinco Violinos, should rest firmly in the bosom of football’s sanctuary. Fernando Peyroteo, Jesus Correia, Albano Pereira, Manuel Vasques and José Travassos, collectively known as the Five Violins, would provide Sporting Club with an almost uninterrupted period of domestic success during their time at the Estádio José Alvalade. And yet, despite their collective and individual feats, they appear cherished only by the fans of this unique Lisbon club. “We want this club to be a great club, as great as the greatest in Europe.” The words of the Sporting Club’s founder, José Alvalade rang heavy and true for the early years of the club’s history and for a while it seemed they would stand alongside the greats of Europe for many years to come, for at the helm of Sporting CP’s attack stood a player who would come to define the quintet and go on to set records few will ever match. Fernando Peyroteo’s route to the Iberian peninsula began in Humpata, south west Angola, where owing much to Portugal’s spice trade that had been forged by sea merchants such as Vasco da Gama, a number of Portuguese colonies began to develop along the coasts of Africa, thus paving a pathway for players such as Peyroteo and Eusébio to display their immense talent on the European stage. The striker would leave his hometown team of Sporting Luanda Club at the tender age of 19 to join Sporting CP in 1937, under the tutelage of then coach József Szabó (who, oddly, would finish his managerial career as national coach of Angola). Peyroteo was a beast of a man, whose barrelled chest and broad shoulders could have suited the rugby origins of the now famous white and green hoops that adorned the shirts. Hungarian coach, Szabó saw a physical mass that was keen to learn, and began shaping the young Angolan into the spearhead of Sporting’s attack. Szabó worked with Peyroteo with greater focus being placed on improving the forward’s fitness, implementing a training plan at a time when Portuguese footballers were not all at professional level. Szabó worked intensely on all aspects of the forward’s game and one wonders what the Hungarian saw in this raw talent from the African continent that caused him to set his mind to developing a training regime that bore hallmarks of the modern day approach to coaching. Operating in a national league that was only just progressing towards professionalism, Szabó’s coaching techniques appear visionary in his scope to breakdown and develop the individual aspects of a footballer’s performance, and would be worthy of further research. The age of professionalism casts a questionable eye over Peyroteo’s achievements during his career at Sporting CP, but a man can only be judged in the circumstances he find himself in and so must receive due praise all the same when achievements of merit are attained. Fernando Peyroteo scored 331 goals in 187 matches, and his 1.68 goals-to-game ratio is better than any player ever at that level. Better than Pelé, Eusébio, Müller, Ronaldo, all of them. His entire career is a perpetual ‘Best Of’ and if YouTube had been around in the mid-40s then one can only imagine a beautiful array of goals, spliced impeccably with some fitting classical overture reaching an epic number of hits. The naturalized Portuguese forward would be the focal point of so many moments of utter brilliance that to capture a few, gives a glimpse of the man’s unquenchable thirst for goals. A 14-0 decimation of Leca in February 1942 led to Peyroteo weighing in with an unprecedented nine goals. In his final season, the forward scored eight goals as Sporting CP swept aside Boavista in the 1948/49 season. He also tormented Académica who were put to the sword by the forward to the tune of five goals in 25 minutes. His record of 52 hat-tricks ranks third behind Gerd Müller and Pelé.He would represent the Lisbon XI on 15 occasions, tallying 40 goals, with an eight goal haul against Porto in 1940 being the pick of a most bountiful bunch. If the stamp of any great club player is by which their derby day performances are measured, then Peyroteo has that one well and truly sewn up in climactic fashion worthy of remembering. As the 1948 season drew to a close, Sporting needed to defeat bitter city rivals Benfica by three clear goals in order to be crowned champions. Step forward the aptly named ‘Goal Machine’, groggy from flu and hay fever-like symptoms that had left him bed ridden, unable to train. Four goals later, Sporting were champions with Peyroteo the only name on the scoresheet. These magnificent goalscoring feats give an indication of a man playing far beyond the level of his competitors, with his standout season, perhaps, coming in the 1946/47 campaign in which Sporting CP (in a 14 team league) scored 123 goals in 26 matches, averaging 4.7 goals per game, with Peyroteo scoring 43 in a 19 match campaign at an average of 2.2 goals per game. His final goal tally, inclusive of all Sporting’s matches, stands at 393 games played and 635 goals scored, with an average of 1.62 goals per game. Peyroteo’s short career, which would end at 31, deprived the eyes of Europe the opportunity to feast upon the wondrous talents of a truly unique goalscorer, and though footage of his performances is scarce, the legend of Fernando Peyroteo lives on. The unique nature of Sporting Club de Portugal multi-faceted involvement in sports lends itself perfectly to the next member of the Five Violins, António Jesus Correia.Known as ‘Dois Amores’, Correia had two loves in his life. Through his exploits in one, he would win 11 titles in his career, scoring 156 goals in 208 games, and currently stands in 8th in the Portuguese all time goalscorers list. In the other, he would win eight national championships, and represent his country 128 times whilst winning six World Cup titles, throughout the 1940s and 50s. The sport in which Correia would, controversially, choose over football at the age of 28, was roller hockey. Born in Paço de Arcos, he would eventually be spotted by Sporting CP’s coach József Szabó, who lived nearby, whilst training with his local hockey club. Szabó saw the technical movement needed in roller hockey as an ideal template from which to develop a football athlete. Correia would be immortalized for his single handed destruction of Athletic Aviación - later to become Atlético Madrid - when he would score all six in a 6-3 thriller in Madrid. One action of note that became synonymous with Correia’s play would be his pirouettes on the ball when in central position, enabling him to switch play from one side to the other. Perhaps the vision and quick movements needed in roller hockey provided him with a unique view of the football pitch. The decision for Correia’s career to follow the pathway of hockey is believed to have been made from a government sporting perspective, and can be perfectly justified in the tremendous success he achieved with the national roller hockey team. Yet fans will always be left wondering could have been if he stayed at Sporting. Happiness is a round ballAlbano Narciso Periera was a young man with difficult boots to fill. A left sided attacker, who arrived fresh faced from Seixal in 1943, he had the task of taking over from João Cruz, a club legend who had been part of the 1937/38 team that won Sporting’s first domestic championship. If records are anything to go by, Albano made the position his own and brought individual brilliance that would be loved by the Sporting faithful as a player who would delight the crowds with his nutmegging of opponents and an impressive return of goals and assists. Much was made of his control, dribbling ability as he would hug the touchline before springing to life with the ball at his feet. Despite his role to feed the ball to ‘Goal Machine’ Peyroteo, Albano’s ability enabled him to amass a goal tally of 153 league goals in 335 appearances, leaving him currently ninth in Portugal’s all-time top scorer records. A career at Sporting rewarded him with eight league titles, four Portuguese Cups and two Lisbon Championships. A player who remained at the club until he was 36, Albano epitomized the childlike love for the game which resides in us all. The final two players who make up this illustrious quintet personify the strength of a friendship borne out of sporting competition, for the careers of José Travassos and Manuel Vasques began at Sporting Lisbon in 1943 on the same day and inversely as their journey drew to a close, both players would lace up their boots for the very last time and announce their retirement on September 7, 1959. Manuel Soeiro Vasques was as close to football royalty in 40s Lisbon as you could get, with his uncle Manuel Vasques already an established Sporting great, scoring heavily throughout the 1930s. Vasques Jnr, had initially been tempted by the interests of Benfica only to heed the words of his uncle, who insisted on having any contract deals being ran by him, before a decision could be made. Thankfully, swayed by the words of his football idol, Vasques decided that Sporting was the club for him. Vasques operated in a loosely framed No.10 role, which ties in with the nickname ‘Malhoa’ given to him by coach Tavares da Silva, after the Portuguese painter of the late 19th-century, as it is clear from reports that Vasques provided the foil for the other four players to operate, and saw the football pitch as a veritable blank canvass, awaiting his brushstrokes. A player capable of scoring in all manner of ways, Vasques ranks third in the goal scoring charts of Portugal with a monumental 225 goals in 349 games. José Travassos is widely considered one of the greatest Portuguese players of all time, and if Vasques was the artist of the team, then Travassos was the engine. His signing for Sporting CP is shrouded in mystery as there exist several reports that cite kidnapping, FC Porto, being hid in Torres Vedras, involvement of the military, all as factors that disrupted his eventual move to the Estádio José Alvalade. The symbolic importance of Travassos’s career lay in his recognition on the international stage as much as his exploits for Sporting Club. Travassos would become the first Portuguese player to be selected in a FIFA team XI in a friendly against England in 1955, in which the combined XI ran out 4-1 winners. His career at Sporting Club mirrored that of his four compatriots, with a hat-trick against Benfica during a 6-1 win in his maiden season, endearing him to the fans immediately. Known to be of smaller stature, Travassos had amazing acceleration from his earlier days as a sprinter and he is acknowledged as operating in the inside left position of Sporting’s W-M formation, possessing the intelligence needed to dictate the pace of the game. ‘Ze of Europe’ left Sporting after 13 years, amassing 122 goals in the process, eight Portuguese leagues and two Portuguese Cups, and it is his ‘windmill kick’ against Porto that has been immortalized in the film The Lion Star (O Leão Da Estrela) by Arthur Duarte. A befitting and crowning glory of the Five Violins, is perhaps one bestowed upon them collectively by the very club they gave so much to, for it is a time honoured tradition that achievements of great merit are recognized by the Stromp Award, named after the great Francisco Stromp (who is worthy of an article himself) of the 1930s. For Sporting to recognize the quintet in this manner is a testament to their contribution to football.With the tumultuous onslaught of football we are forced to consume nowadays, it is easy to forget, and even easier to dismiss, the ways of old in favour of the new, and yet one hopes somewhere, small embers of intrigue are beginning to form in the inner sanctum of the mind and perhaps those wonderful players and teams of years gone by will afforded the appreciation they deserve.
Fernando Peyroteo scored 331 goals in 187 matches, and his 1.68 goals-to-game ratio is better than any player ever at that level. Better than Pelé, Eusébio, Müller, Ronaldo, all of them.