António Augusto Serra Campos Dias Da Cunha

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António Augusto Serra Campos Dias da Cunha (born 1933 in Beira, Mozambique) is a Portuguese businessman. Established in Portugal since age nine, he always remained connected to Mozambique, where he posteriorly established many businesses and gave support to social institutions. A Licentiate in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, he practiced various sports while a college student, alternating between football, handball and basketball. In rugby he went to participate in the national championship of the 1st division. He associated with the Sporting CP at invitation of Emídio Pinheiro, a former President of the General Assembly. Still before the Carnation Revolution he became a friend of José Roquette and, later, went with him to the Direction of the SCP. In August 2000, he assumed the Presidency of the club and of the Patrimony Managing Society of Sporting as the 45th president, succeeding José Roquette, who had transformed the club into a Sport Anonymous Society. Under his presidency started at the end of 2001 the works of the new Estádio José Alvalade and Sporting was national champion in soccer in the season 2001/2002. During his tenure he became notorious for his complaints of "the fault is the system's" often when the club suffered defeats that were not directly caused by its own. He resigned in 2005 in solidarity with manager José Peseiro and was succeeded by Filipe Soares Franco. Da Cunha is not a member of any political party, but is connected to the Socialist Party, and has publicly supported the presidential candidacies of Mário Soares and Jorge Sampaio.
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