António Livramento

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António José Parreira do Livramento (born Évora, 28 February 1943 - Lisbon, 7 June 1999) was a Portuguese rolley hockey player and coach. An amazing forward, he's revered in the roller hockey world as the greatest player ever on his sport, in the same way as Wayne Gretzky in ice hockey.

Player career[edit]

He first started to play football, when he was invited to play roller hockey at Futebol Benfica, in 1959, as he did. He represented Benfica, from 1959/60 to 1969/70, and after a year absent, from 1971/72 to 1973/74, Banco Pinto & Sotto Mayor, from 1974/75 to 1975/76, Sporting, for 1976/77, Amatori Lodi, in Italy, for 1977/78, another time for Sporting, from 1978/79 to 1980/81.

He start to play at the youth category of Portugal, in 1960, being considered the best player at the Youth Rink Hockey European Championship. He soon was called for the main team, winning the Rink Hockey European Championship, in 1961, and the Rink Hockey World Championship, the following year. During his long career, Livramento was capped 209 times, scoring 425 goals, from 1961 to 1977. The sad incident with a Spanish player at the 1977 Rink Hockey Championship final, decide him to leave the National Team.

He won 3 titles of Rink Hockey World Championship, in 1962, 1968 and 1974, and 7 titles of Rink Hockey European Championship, in 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1973, 1975 and 1977.

Coach career[edit]

After ending his playing career, he started a coach career. He was the coach of Bassano Hockey 54, in Italy, from 1984/85 to 1985/86. He would be also the coach of Sporting and Portugal National Team, winning 3 titles of World Champions, in 1982, 1991 and 1993, and 3 titles of European Champions, in 1987, 1992 and 1994. He resigned after the unsuccessful presence at the World Championship 1995 edition.

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