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Interviiew With Mario Jorge - Nov 14, 2004

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An interviwed with national team player Mario Jorge (190-G/F-77), conducted by Angela & Catherine of Before the season.

Ângela & Catherine: How did the love for game started?

Mário Jorge: I started playing in school, high school, 7th grade as part of the school sport. We
were a group of friends and colleagues who liked to play basketball, in a time when there was only soccer. We got togehter and played, however I was chosen to integrate the schools' team. We competeagainst other schools, and we were champions for the region of the south


A&C: Which was the first club that you represented? How was the experience? Good and bad moments?Mário Jorge: Around 13/14 years old I entered the Seixal club, where I formed until my years of senior. I passed all my years of formation in this club. It was in Seixal that I met Jorge Coelho, and we became best friends. I was guided by coach Mário Silva during some of my yearse. Looking back at it, I can say that it was a good experience, of which I have pleasant memories. I remember the first time that I entered into an European competition, already as senior. I was coached by Valentin, today Portugals' national coach, and we played against the Lugano, a team from Swiss. It was a unforgettable experience. As for bad memories, I remember leaving the club, and the reasons for why it happened. But to summed it up, I think that it was a for the most part a positive experience, where I formed myself as player.


A&C: Did you regret anything?

Mário Jorge: The only thing that I regret for myself in this life that I chose, since very early, was
when I left school,and didn't finish 12th year. I find that when we are young we do not think of the importance of education, but now I know that I should've attemped to conciliate the two things. No matter how hard it is to be able to make life through the basketball, it is necessary to have the notion that our education does not have to be put aside. With some force of will it is possible to do both, and not forget about the other. By the way, I advise anyone who wants to be an athele and make it their life, not to leave their studies, because you never know what life brings, and when you need to find other ways. Ah, but I think I will go  back to school and finish my 12yh year, when I have some time... (laughs)


A&C: How did Belenenses appear in your life?

Mário Jorge: Well, Belenenses appeared by the hand of the Prof (Jose Couto). It was the Prof. who approached me directly and asked me if I would be interested in representing the club. I did not know him personally, but Jorge (Jorge Coelho) had already told me about him. I think that he even spoke to him about me., who already had seen me before, in a game that I played against Belenenses (already with the Prof as the coach), which I played well (laughs...). the Prof explained to me what he intended of this team, and I had to ponder the pros and cons. It cost me a little to leave the club, because I was well accomodated. I also had a certain distrust in entering a team that previously had been always in the last places, while in Seixal we always tried to fight for the middle spots. It was a great risk that I would have to take, as well as all the other players and coaching staff. But I arrived at the conclusion that I needed to move, because I even started to have some problems in Seixal, and with the sprouting of this proposal, I decided to accept this new challenge in my life.


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