His name was Domingos António da Silva but everybody knew him as Mascarenhas. Born in Angola, on 28 April 1937, he arrived in Portugal to play for Benfica but soon moved to Barreirense where he played three seasons. It was however at Sporting that he became famous as a great goalscoring forward, during the three seasons he spent in Alvalade, from 1962 to 1965.
He arrived at our club in July 1962, scoring on his debut the winning goal against Racing Strasbourg, in a Summer tournament. In total, he scored 80 goals in the 107 matches he played with the lion crest (48 goals in 59 official matches), having won the Cup Winners' Cup (and also a Portuguese Cup) in 1963/64. In that glorious campaign he scored 11 goals in 11 matches, still holding today the record of more goals in a single match of UEFA European cup competitions - 6, in the 16-1 win over APOEL Nicosia.
After leaving football he kept his connection with Sporting (he still played for Barreirense, CUF, Peniche and Riopele), not only through the inumerous hommages he received but also as a club official. He was described by those that knew him well as a kind gentleman, a great sportinguista that left an unforgettable mark in the club.
Mascarenhas passed away yesterday. RIP.