R.I.P. Jorge Santoro Herrmann
Posted: 28 February 2011 Time: 07:48
Former Moroka Swallows, Lusitano and Giant Blackpool coach Jorge Santoro Herrmann died on Saturday of a heart attack, aged 66.
The Brazilian came to SA in 1964 to play for Mario Tuani's NFL Hellenic alongside his compatriot, the late Walter Cesar Nogueira da Silva and two years later the pair formed a formidable combination up front for Highlands Park, guiding them to the League, Cup and Champion of Champions treble. However, the Belo Horizonte-born star, voted one of the country's 1965 Footballers of the Year, was involved in an almost fatal road accident whilst on holiday in Rio de Janeiro, breaking numerous bones and although he did recover from being hit by a speeding car – was never the same again. The temperamental South American coached Swallows in 1980 but was sacked despite just two losses in 17 games, before a short spell at troubled Inter-United earlier known as Lusitano. He returned to the Birds at a later stage but was always involved in some sort of controversy. He was once stoned by his own fans following a 4-1 hammering by Witbank Black Aces - with supporters accusing him of fielding the 'wrong' players and playing to the wrong system. His four sons, Ari, Ilan, Yoanatan and Jorge junior, once a U-17 international, were all recognised footballers, some recently trying to help their chain-smoking father back into the game – but in the end he succumbed to poor health.