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Sorry, Daeone, but I have been quite busy and I have not had a chance to be around this forum lately. You have no reason to fret because Sporting has had many great players in the past. Though many of these names are not world renowned, they are still highly regarded as some of the best players Portugal has ever seen.

-Goalkeepers: When people talk of great Portuguese Keepers, mention will always be given to 4 great Sporting Goalies: Azevedo, Carlos Gomes, Carvalho, and Vitor Damas.
-Azevedo played in the late 40s
-Azevedo gave way to Carlos Gomes. Gomes was an amazing acrobat known for his diving stops. Not a soccer discussion in my family goes by without either one of my Uncles or my Father mentioning his name. The best story I ever heard was this: Sporting went to play an away game (either Academica or Porto). Gomes broke his arm in the 1st Half. Now this is the days of no substitutions. So, he goes into the locker room at the half, puts his bad arm in a sling, straps the sling close to his chest, and then goes out and pitches a shutout with ONE ARM!!!!!!
-As good as Gomes was, Carvalho was even better. Many regard Carvalho as the greatest keeper Portugal ever had. I believe he was the starting keeper for the ’66 World Cup team.
-Damas was a solid keeper, but was always overshadowed by his contemporary, Benfica’s Manuel Bento. Damas was Bento’s backup on the Seleccao, and played in the ’86 World Cup.

-The “Cinco Violinas”: This was the nickname of Sporting’s starting forward line in the 50s. Sporting at that time won an unheard of 8 out of 9 championships. If UEFA had started the Champions Cup only a decade earlier, Sporting probably would be mentioned in the same breathe as Real Madrid or Milan!!! The greatest of 5 violins was Travassos. He is considered the greatest "pre-Eusebio" Portuguese player.

-Another great Sporting forward was Peyroteo. He started in the late 30s, and held the single season scoring (37 goals) until Eusebio and Yazylade came along.

Finally, there was the great defender Morais. Morais was a versatile left-back, who could also play up front on the wing. He is famous for 2 things: 1) He scored the winning goal in the 1964 Taca das Tacas final directly off a corner kick and 2) his rough tackling that put Pele out of the 1966 World Cup.
 

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Marcoa,

Baia is very good, and I rank him very high. Now, obviously I never got a chance to see Carvalho play personally, but everyone I have ever talked too speaks just as high of him.

Also, if I recall when "O Jogo" On-line had their Team of the Century poll, he was voted ahead of Baia...
 
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