“I Really Missed the Port Fans!”: The Return of Josimar


As we speculated on 3 June, 2017 top scorer Josimar Rodrigues has now officially returned to Port on an 18-month deal taking him to the end of the 2020 season. With Port on a poor run and Jadet’s preferred 4-5-1 regularly becoming a 4-6-0 for obvious reasons, Port need a known quantity who can play as a lone striker, and Josi certainly fits the bill. Opinion seems to be divided on whether a player who hasn’t played at the top level in Thailand for two years is the man to rekindle Port’s title ambitions, but if he can bring his 2019 T2 form with him, he will surely get goals and do a good job of holding the ball up for his teammates. And most importantly in the current climate, he’ll actually play as a striker. Just imagine that.

I had a quick chat with Josi yesterday on his return, and found him very happy to be at the PAT again. “I’m very happy and excited to be back” he told me. “I really missed the Port fans – in Thailand there are no other fans like Port fans.” He’s also happy for more practical reasons – “There is no traffic between my home and the PAT!” he laughed – obviously a much easier commute than Police Tero. And he has big ambitions for his second spell at Port: “My goal is to help the club become champions and enter into club history.”

You couldn’t meet a nicer guy in Thai football, so all of us at The Sandpit wish Josi every success in his return to the club and hope to see him starting against Chiang Rai on Sunday.


Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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