António José Matos started, in 1967, a connection of pure passion with football. Born in Conchada, he was a player, coach, referee (football and futsal), director and even commentator and announcer at the old “Rádio Santa Cruz”. At the end of the 2018/2019 season, he put an end to a career spanning more than five decades.
“The ball was the most precious thing. Football was our company and our bane ”. The two phrases will appear in the work “O Futebol ea Minha Vida” (Football and My Life), a book that will contain the memories of António José Matos.
The first touches on António José Matos' ball took place in the Conchada district, in Coimbra, still in childhood.
Born on May 23, 1950, he created, with the one who is nicknamed "King Sport", a connection that marked his life. In a “mind-boggling trip”, he guarantees, the final result of an equation marked by victories, draws and defeats resulted in an exit that makes him “very proud”.
His 19-year playing career began at Sporting Coimbra's juniors in 1967 and ended at ACDR Meãs in 1986.
From central defender to advanced, the seniors' door opened at Eira Pedrinha. “Coach José Rocha Dinis played a very important role at the beginning of my career”, he recalls.
After several clubs, and two champion titles in the “1st Division of AF Coimbra, which is now the Honor Division”, he explained, after “hanging up his boots” he embraced a new challenge: being a football coach.
Thirty years as a coach
“Training, for me, is wonderful. Being able to enjoy and transmit my knowledge, my wisdom about the sport, was very important ”, he guarantees.
You can read the full report on the story of António José Matos in the print and digital edition of DIÁRIO AS BEIRAS