Tributes: Mario Esteves Coluna (August 6, 1935-February 25, 2014)
Phillipe Mahut (March 4, 1956-February 8, 2014)
Over a month after Eusebio, another Benfica and Portugal Legend, Mario Coluna has passed away. RIP.
Also in the beginning of this month, former French defender Phillipe Mahut passed away. RIP
Unless you followed French soccer in the early 1980s you most probably would not be familiar with Mahut.
He was a defender who made his name at FC Metz and was part of France’s 1982 World Cup squad. He only earned 9 caps from 1981 to 1983. He was mostly regarded as a defensive cover option by Michel Hidalgo.
(Magazine / Language : World Soccer, November 1963 / English, By Jorge Rivera)
(Magazine / Language : Calcio 2000, Issue 18, April 1999 / Italian )
(Book / Language : 100 Melhores do Futebol Portugues, Vol II, Author Rui Dias, 2002 / Portuguese)
(Mario Coluna in an interview with BBC prior to the 1968 Champions Cup Final at Wembley vs. Manchester United)
Photo from: 100 Melhores do Futebol Portugues, Vol II, Author Rui Dias, 2002(Mario Coluna)
Photo from: Onze, Issue 69, September 1981
(Phillipe Mahut during his first cap for France vs. Frank Vercauteren, September 9, 1981, World Cup Qualifier, Belgium 2-France 0)
Photo from: Mondial, new series, issue 30, August 1982(Phillipe Mahut after joining AS Saint Etienne in the summer of 1982)