Bordeaux supporters, especially Lisbon Benfica supporters, are in mourning. Former attacking midfielder Fernando Challana passed away on Wednesday, August 10, at the age of 63. It was his favorite club, Benfica, who announced the sad news on their website. “Pequeno Genial”, He started his professional career with the Portuguese club in 1975. After becoming a regular player in the team, he won many titles such as the Portuguese League, the Cup and the Portuguese Super Cup. The year 1984 was of particular significance in his career. At 25, he was crowned for the second time as Portuguese footballer of the season. During the summer, he participated in the Euro Championships and made a deep impression, especially with an exceptional performance in the semi-finals against Les Bleus in the Vélodrome. A performance that allowed him to sign an astronomical sum of 18 million francs with the Girondins de Bordeaux, a record at that time in France.
“He’s a very nice guy, with a sarcastic sense of humor. A very nice boy with whom I stayed friends. He was always in a good mood”Gernot Rohr, who knew the player well, was remembered in the columns of our colleagues from SoFoot. Unfortunately, it is often infected in Bordeaux. “In France, the preparation was more violent than in Portugal. Perhaps that is what spoiled it”, recalls Didier Koueko, Girondin’s sporting director at the time. He played his first league game only in February 1985 with the FCGB. He left a few imprint on Girondins history and ended up returning to Benfica in 1987, before ending his career at Belenenses, then at Estrella Amadora in Liga de Honora (Portuguese second division). At the end of his career, he returned to Benfica.As a technical component related to football“.
Fernando Challana, or Noso Pequeno Genil, Valicio, Os 63 Anos, Na Madrugada desta Quarta Vieira, 10 de Agosto. pic.twitter.com/uWUGZzgWVe
– SL Benfica (SL Benfica) August 10, 2022