Osmar Santos

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Osmar Santos
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Born Osmar Aparecido Santos
(1949-07-28) July 28, 1949 (age 67)
Osvaldo Cruz, São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation journalist, painter

Osmar Santos (July 28, 1949) is a former painter and journalist from Brazil. He was a very successful radio and television sports commentator in the 1980s and early 1990s, known for his outstanding verbal fluency (estimated at over one hundred words per minute)[1] and for his numerous catchphrases, which still punctuate Brazilian football culture. Throughout his career, Osmar Santos worked alongside major sportscasters and media personalities, such as Galvão Bueno, Fausto Silva and João Saldanha. He also worked as TV host in a number of shows. Osmar Santos publicly supported Diretas Já, a political movement for direct suffrage in Brazilian presidential politics.

In 1994, Osmar Santos suffered a serious car accident traveling from Marília to Lins, when he was hit by a drunk truck driver.[2] He underwent extensive brain damage, having acquired right hemiplegia and Expressive aphasia, which rendered him unable to utter more than a limited selection of words. Osmar Santos then took up painting, and his art brut works are highly valued by collectors.[3]

He is commemorated by Troféu Osmar Santos, a football award given out annually.[4] Two of his brothers and a cousin work as sportscasters.


  1. ^ Jornal Debate - Caderno D
  2. ^ Luiz Malavolta; Luís Eduardo Leal; Mauro Tagliaferri (24 December 1994). "Locutor Osmar Santos sofre acidente no interior de SP" (in Portuguese). Folha de S. Paulo. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Papo de Bola Archived May 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Troféu Lance" (in Portuguese). Lance Net. Retrieved 27 February 2015.