His former club, Benfica, where he played for 12 years, announced his death Wednesday morning.
A soccer player representing the 1980s has passed away. Former Girondins de Bordeaux and Benfica player Fernando Chalana has died, the Lisbon club announced on Wednesday 10 August, the former attacking midfielder and Portuguese international was 63 years old. His cause of death has not been disclosed.
Fernando Chalana, o nosso Pequeno Genial, faleceu, aos 63 anos, na madrugada desta quarta-feira, 10 de agosto. pic.twitter.com/uWUGZzgWVe
— SL Benfica (@SL Benfica) August 10, 2022
A great Benfica player, Chalana was named ‘Portuguese Player of the Year’ twice, in 1976 and 1984. His striking mustache and short stature (1.65 m) earned him the nickname “Charanix”, derived from Asterix. France was also the star of the 1984 Euro. His selection stopped in the semi-final against France. The attacking midfielder then joined then French champions Girondins de Bordeaux.
Remains famous for his shot on goal in Dnipropetrovsk
However, the pocket player, weakened by injuries, never reached his full potential on the banks of the Garonne, and in three years he played around 20 matches. As a hero of the night in March 1985, his name is still remembered in Bordeaux.
In the quarter-finals of the European Champion Clubs Cup, Charana scored the decisive goal against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (3-5, 1-1 after extra time). A shot into the skylight…with a right foot, the pure left-hander qualified his team for the semi-finals of C1. Gironde was not far from Michel he Platini’s feat against Juventus (0-3, 2-0).