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Whilst the Sandpit is back, we’re not quite fully up to speed yet getting stories off the production line. So we’re a little late with some sad news that recently emerged from Port. Hero of Klong Toei and one of the nicest blokes you’ll ever meet, Josimar has left the club.

In a sport that lives by lazy cliché. They don’t come much more overused and hackneyed than, ‘there are great goal scorers and there are scorers of great goals’.  Maybe not a perfect fit for the boy from Ipatingal. It’s certain that Josi will be remembered for scoring special goals and winning matches that will be spoken about for many years to come by Port fans, even if he didn’t put up record breaking numbers.

 

Josi being interviewed by The Sandpit

 

Josimar arrived for the 2017 season from Army and after a slow start, it was round seven and his fourth appearance against Ubon before he scored, however once he got going there was no stopping him. He went on to score 17 goals, the highlight being two volleys in a 3-2 win at Legoland. He departed at the close of the season, returning to Brazil. But he was soon back in Thailand, scoring regularly as PTT Rayong gained promotion to T1. The Brazilian stayed in the second tier, moving to Police for the start of the 2019 season, where 11 goals in 15 games by the midseason break, was reason enough for him to be the answer to the annual Port midseason striker crisis. Managing a further four Port goals, the undisputed highlight and one of the finest moments seen at the PAT was yet another strike against Muangthong. There have been finer goals scored at the ground but few have sparked such unrestrained joy from a scorer or on the terraces.

 

True passion, a goal that meant as much to the scorer as the fans.

 

A true gentleman of the game, as was clear in his  The Sandpit interview  and his goodbye message on Instagram

 

Josi says tachu to KlongToei

 

The Brazilian loved scoring against Muangthong as much as we love seeing them concede, managing 4 goals in 3 appearances. Here’s a recap of his derby outings.

 

  1. The 2017 Derby win, report, match highlights, the changing room party. One of the highlights of supporting Port in recent years, read this to recall just much we were underdogs going into derby matches a mere 3 1/2 years ago.
  2. The forgotten derby goal in a 1-1 draw in 2017 (jump to 11 mins) match report
  3. 2019 that goal (full match highlights), that celebration and that photo, and our match report.

 

It obviously goes without saying that Josimar leaves with the best wishes of everyone linked to the club. Hopefully we get to see him back playing at The PAT in the second half of the season to receive the farewell he deserves. We will be keeping his Sandpit player profile up for a few more days, before replacing it with an entry in our ‘Port Legends‘ page. A rare honour for a departed Port player, but well deserved.

 

Fellow Brazilian striker Heberty has also left Port.

 

James Clarke

James Clarke

Originally from England, James first came to Thailand in 2010 to escape big cities and spend time on beaches away from crowds. He now divides his time between living in Bangkok and wishing he was living in Bangkok.

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