Santos warming up for Oxford United in 2007
|Full name||Georges Santos|
|Date of birth||15 August 1970|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|2000||West Bromwich Albion||8||(0)|
|2004–2006||Queens Park Rangers||74||(6)|
|2006–2007||Brighton & Hove Albion||11||(0)|
|2007||→ Oxford United (loan)||3||(0)|
|2002–2004||Cape Verde Islands||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:06, 6 December 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Georges Santos (born 15 August 1970 in Marseille) is a French-born Cape Verdean former professional footballer who played professionally between 1997 and 2009 as a defender and a midfielder. He now works as a freelance scout.
He notably played in the Football League for Tranmere Rovers, West Bromwich Albion, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers. Having also had spells with Toulon, Brighton & Hove Albion, Oxford United, Chesterfield, Alfreton Town, Farsley Celtic and Fleetwood Town.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Football scout
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Santos turned professional with Toulon, before moving to England to join Tranmere Rovers in 1998 who were managed by former Liverpool striker John Aldridge. He made his debut for Rovers on 8 August 1998 in a 2–0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the First Division. He went on to make 54 appearances for Rovers, scoring twice between August 1998 and March 2000.
West Bromwich Albion
On transfer-deadline day in 1999–2000 he moved to Gary Megson's West Bromwich Albion, where he helped the club preserve their Division One status in a toughly fought relegation battle that saw The Baggies and Grimsby Town scramble out of danger at the expense of Port Vale, Walsall and Swindon Town. After featuring in only 8 games for Albion and after refusing to commit to a long-term deal at Albion, he left the club in the summer of 2000.
Georges signed for Albion's league rivals Sheffield United soon after departing The Hawthorns. Santos was in and out of the Blades team and notched up 68 appearances with 6 goals scored during his time under Neil Warnock at Bramall Lane. During the 2001–2002 season his departure from Sheffield would be a career low point for Santos as he was one of three Sheffield United players sent off in the notorious Battle of Bramall Lane, a match against his former club West Brom that was abandoned when United's poor discipline had seen the team cut down to 6 players following the sending's off. With Goalkeeper Simon Tracey already off the field, the match had turned truly ugly in the 65th minute, when Santos, whom United had just brought on seconds earlier, was sent off for a high and poorly timed two-footed lunging tackle on Andy Johnson. With hindsight, one could have anticipated fireworks between the two; when Johnson was playing for Nottingham Forest in the previous season, he had fractured Santos' cheekbone and seriously damaged his eye socket with a swinging elbow. The two teams then scuffled on the pitch; in the melee, another United substitute, Patrick Suffo, was sent off for head-butting Derek McInnes. Soon after, United captain Keith Curle was fortunate to avoid a sending off after appearing to throw punches at McInnes. Warnock never selected Santos again and this was his final appearance as a Sheffield United player.
After remaining without a club until December 2002, Santos joined Grimsby Town, signing a deal until the end of the season. He notably scored his only goal for Grimsby in a 2–0 victory over local rivals and fellow relegation strugglers Sheffield Wednesday, towering above his marker to power home a header from the centre of the penalty area following a Stuart Campbell corner. Santos became a popular figure amongst the club's supporters and he was singled out for a lot of praise despite the club's overall poor form during the season. Initially signed as a midfielder, Santos had been drafted in as a makeshift centre half when Steve Chettle was ruled out for a lengthy period. He was usually paired with Jamaican youngster Simon Ford or player/manager Paul Groves who incidentally this season had adopted playing at centre half in opposed to his regular central midfield sitting. Despite the best efforts of Santos he was unable to help save the Mariners from relegation from the First Division, but went on to be awareded with the Player of the Season award for his stone wall like performances at the back. Despite winning this award and putting himself in the running for club captain for the 2003–2004 campaign, Santos rejected a new contract in order to stay in the First Division.
In the summer of 2003 he parted company with Grimsby and joined Joe Royle's Ipswich Town on a three-month contract. He made his debut on 8 August 2003 in the club's 1–1 league draw with Reading He stayed at Portman Road for the entire 2003–2004 season, scoring once against Cardiff City, and would go on to make a total of 36 appearances in all competitions.
Queens Park Rangers
George moved on again, signing a two-year contract at Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in summer 2004. He remained with Rangers for several seasons notching up an impressive 77 appearances, scoring 6 goals for the London based Loftus Road club. He would depart the club at the end of the 2005–2006 season.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Chesterfield
Santos joined Brighton & Hove Albion in August 2006, turning down an offer to return to former club Grimsby, something he later admitted in an interview as the biggest mistake in his career. Santos played only 12 times for Albion in all competitions before he joined Oxford United on 5 January 2007 on loan until the end of the 2006–07 season. He was released by Brighton in May 2007.
Alfreton Town, Farsley Celtic and Fleetwood Town
On 7 November 2007 he went on trial at Rotherham United but failed to impress the staff at Millmoor. He later joined Conference North club Alfreton Town for his first taste of Non-League football.
In January 2008 he moved to Farsley Celtic where he remained for the remainder of the 2007–2008 campaign. Despite being an integral part of the first team, Santos left the club only a few weeks into the 2008–2009 season.
Santos, although born in France, qualifies to play for Cape Verde through his parents, who are both originally from the islands. He made his international début for Cape Verde on 6 September 2002 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Mauritania.
Santos is currently working as an independent football scout.
- "Santos joins Blades". BBC Sport. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Santos signs for Mariners". BBC Sport. 2 December 2002. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Grimsby 2–0 Sheff Wed". BBC. 21 December 2002. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Santos signs for Ipswich". BBC Sport. 17 July 2003. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Cardiff 2–3 Ipswich". BBC. 29 November 2003. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
- "Santos seals QPR switch". BBC Sport. 1 August 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Brighton snap up defender Santos". BBC Sport. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Oxford sign Brighton star Santos". BBC Sport. 5 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
- "Chesterfield sign Rooney & Santos". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- "Santos Arrives on Trial". Millersmad. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
- "Farsley recruit Santos & Gardner". BBC Sport. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-23.
- "Santos comes to Town". Fleetwood Town F.C. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-29.
- "Cape Verde's Bramall battler". BBC Sport. 6 September 2002. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
- "Georges Santos interview". Total Tranmere. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2013.