A lot of Fulham fans hold Boa Morte with a lot of affection after giving us six and a half years of skill, aggression, and many magical moments including that goal against Chelsea. Judging from this interview he did with the Official website, it appears to be mutual. Boa Morte’s been training at the club to maintain his fitness levels after being released by South African outfit Orlando Pirates and took the time to say a few words. Check out the quotes below.
Boa Morte, who played in a World Cup for Portugal, featured in Fulham’s Best Premier League XI, voted for by fans and an accolade he appreciates; he clearly still holds the club in great esteem:
“Thanks to all the supporters who voted for me. Every time I played against Fulham I always got a good welcome from the fans and I’m really pleased with that. In England I played for four clubs; Arsenal, of course, I appreciated because they were the team that brought me to England but Fulham definitely is my team because it was here that I lived all my best moments.
“I would say that winning the Premier League and the FA Cup, and the Charity Shield twice, at Arsenal was massive. And it was good for someone who had just arrived in England to play in the Premier League with big players. That was quite difficult for me but at Fulham I won the Championship – the old Division One – and the Intertoto Cup, which was important as we wanted to play in Europe in the UEFA Cup. Plus all the other moments I lived at Fulham in the six-and-a-half years that I played here and lived here. That was massive for me, so Fulham is definitely my Club in England. “
The 35-year old seems impressed by the steps the club have taken off, as well as on, the pitch since he was last at Motspur Park:
“The Training Ground looks a million dollars. I’m glad that our Chairman has invested a lot in the Club because it looks really nice now. I’m glad that the Club has stepped forward and the place looks really nice and well set up. I was pleased to see that we’ve got planning permission for the new stand so everything seems to be going in the right direction. I think we could end up being a massive Club.”
Boa Morte was disappointed with the result against West Ham – perhaps partly fuelled by the very poor time he spent in claret and blue following his switch from Fulham:
“I watched the match against West Ham but didn’t see the game against Norwich – which was obviously a great match – and I watched the match against Manchester United. The Team played really well at Old Trafford – they got beat – but they played really well. The match against West Ham wasn’t that good and I was really sad that they didn’t beat West Ham United – I really wanted Fulham to win! But, for sure, this weekend against West Bromwich Albion, the players will give the best answer for the defeat against West Ham.”
He concedes that his performances dwindled when he left the banks of the Thames, but hopes it doesn’t mark our memories of him:
“At the end of the day, after leaving Fulham I never really got back to the levels that I reached here. I hope that the Fulham supporters always remember me as a guy that lived everything on the pitch and always fought for the Club. I always wanted to win but, whatever happened, by the next match I was always ready to play and fight for the result again.”
As for what’s next, well there’s nothing on the horizon:
“I haven’t got any immediate plans at the moment. I’m training here with Fulham; last week was with the First Team and this week with the Reserves to just keep fit before I decide what I’m going to do in the future. I haven’t hung up my boots but if I have to then that will be a sad day.”
Hopefully we see him some time against West Brom!