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Artur Jorge, Porto coach who won the European Cup in 1987, has died

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Artur Jorge, Porto coach who won the European Cup in 1987, has died

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Artur Jorge, the Portuguese coach who led Porto to the European Cup title and led the national team for two spells, has died. He was 78 years old.

Jorge’s family reported his death in a statement to the Portuguese media, including public television RTP. They indicated that Jorge “died peacefully, surrounded by his closest relatives” after a long illness.

Easily recognized by his bushy moustache, Jorge was the first Portuguese coach to win the European Cup when Porto defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in Vienna thanks to two late goals, the first coming from an audacious backheel by Algerian striker Rabah Madjer.

He led Porto in two stages — from 1984-87 and 1989-91 — and won the Portuguese league three times with the team. He also won the French league title with Paris Saint-Germain, and managed clubs in Spain, Holland, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

As national coach, he coached Portugal for two spells in the 1990s. He also coached Switzerland at the 1996 European Championship. He also managed Cameroon.

Jorge made 16 appearances for the national team as a striker, winning four league titles and two Portuguese Cups with Benfica, where he was the top domestic scorer in 1970-71 and 1971-72.

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