Carlos Lisboa

Carlos Humberto Lehman de Almeida Behnoliel Lisboa Santos (born 23 July 1958 in Praia, Cape Verde), better known as Carlos Lisboa, is a former Portuguese basketball player and a current coach, usually considered the best basketball player to ever come from his country. He played as a guard and as a forward.

Born from a Jewish origin metropolitan Portuguese father and a German origin mother, he spent his youth in Mozambique, coming to Portugal, in 1974. He started his basketball career in the then Portuguese colony, at the youth levels of Sporting Lourenço Marques. After his coming to Portugal, he played at the youth categories of Sporting CP, entering the first team, still at the youth level. He would be a leading name for Sporting, from 1975/1976 to 1981/1982, where he won three National Championships and two Cups of Portugal. He played at Queluz for the two following seasons, winning a Championship and a Cup of Portugal.

Carlos Lisboa however would achieve the greatest success of his long career as a Benfica player, playing there from 1984/1985 to 1995/1996, ending it aged 38 years old. During this period, he went to win ten National Championship titles and five Cups od Portugal, and other titles at the League Cup and at the SuperCup.

He played 46 times for Portugal, from 1977 to 1992, but unfortunately never had the chance to show his talent at a major competition. The highest point of his career at this level was his presence at the Pre-Olympic Tournament in 1992, where Portugal finished 5th of 6 National Teams.

After ending his player career, he become a coach, and already coached Benfica, Aveiro Basket and Estoril Praia. Currently, Lisboa is the modalities director and coach of Benfica, being Portuguese champion.

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