JORGE SOUSA – BUILDER
J orge Sousa was born in Porto, Portugal in 1938 where he started his professional career as a player for Porto which is one of the perennial powerhouse clubs in the Portuguese 1st division. He then played for Braga and helped them win the Portuguese Cup in 1967. He then went to play professionally in Venezuela for one season before coming to Canada in 1969 to play for Toronto First Portuguese where they went on to win the National Soccer League title. He then returned to Portugal’s 1st Division to coach Madeira for one season before returning to Canada permanently.
He continued to play in the Hamilton area for Vasco da Gama and Proto while starting a long career in the fitness industry and eventually spending 30 years at the Hamilton YMCA. Along with his involvement with the Ontario Soccer Association, His passion for the game continued as he volunteered his time to growing the game in the area by starting the first soccer school and introducing indoor soccer through the YMCA in 1980. Jorge’s coaching resume included Vasco da Gama, Ancaster and Hamilton United of the Provincial Soccer League in 1985.
Jorge was also the trainer and assistant coach for the 1983 Hamilton Steelers in their inaugural season in the CPSL.
In 2002, Jorge was given an award for outstanding contribution to the Hamilton & District Old-timers Soccer League which not only he volunteer countless hours to, he also played in the league up to the year of his passing in 2008. Jorge has left a lasting legacy in Hamilton soccer which will forever be remembered with this great honour of being inducted into the Hamilton Soccer Hall of Fame.