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Jorge Bastos (73): billiards fan and friend of all players

Posted by on May 19, 2020

Jorge Bastos (73): billiards fan and friend of all players

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Jorge Bastos from Portugal, a huge billiard fan and friend of all players

VILA NOA DE FAMALICÃO - The passion for his sport started at the age of 13 and has been an ever lasting love for Jorge Bastos. The 73-year-old Portuguese former teacher is one of the best known appearances in and around the billiard arenas in World Cups and other major events. The Olympic ideal (most important thing is not to win, but to take part) is his motto. The love for three-cushion took him to all corners of the world. Jorge Bastos is a modest player, huge fan, promoting his sport all days and a friend of many players.

The question was: who are your favourite players, Jorge's answer: ohhh, there are so many. And then he mentions all top 20 players from the rankings. Typically Jorge Bastos. His top three then? Frédéric Caudron, Dani Sánchez, Semih Sayginer. And another statement: I feel sad with the current situation in global billiards, but I don't really want to have a comment. ''I just want to promote my sport as much as I can, whenever and wherever.''

The Corona crisis has disrupted his rhythm. Jorge Bastos rests in the situation as it is now and wonders if he still wants to return in the international competitions. Maybe one or two World Cups? Kozoom had an interview with Jorge Bastos: about his life, his travelling around the world, his billiard career and many friends.

Passport:
Name: Jorge Rui de Aguiar Tavares Bastos
Age: 73
Relation: single all his life
City: Vila Noa de Famalicão
Profession: retired teacher at secondary schools
Billiards player since: age of 13

Kozoom/Frits Bakker: How is life for you nowadays in the city where you live, not so far from Porto? Can you move freely in your town, or is there a strict lockdown?
Jorge Bastos: I spend most of the time at home. In my city, most people mainly are moving who have to go to work. My country reopened the restaurants yesterday (this Monday), children and secondary schools have started, like transports, shops, with rules (masks, washing hands). I went out only 2 or 3 times to go for a take away to a restaurant. I can move, but I am very careful.

Kozoom/FB: Do you miss billiards, the tournaments, the matches, the players, your friends? Can you play yourself? Are there billiard clubs in your hometown? Do you meet friends to face for billiard matches?
Jorge Bastos: Yes, of course I miss billiards and the friends. There is one club in my city, but it is closed. The government allows only sports in open air. I have not play billiards since 13th of March.

Kozoom/FB: What age did you start playing billiards? For which clubs, when for the first time internationally? What was the best level you reached?
Jorge Bastos: I started playing at the age of 13, in the billiard rooms in cafés in my town and later in Porto when I entered the university. My first official match was in 1969 when I was 22. I played for FC Porto around 15 years and afterwards for FC Senhor do Padrão-Matosinhos, Ateneu Comercial do Porto. Most of the time I played in Famalicence Atlético Clube in my city. My first international event was Sevilla World Cup in 2004. My best ever level was 0.750 general average.

Kozoom/FB: How many World Cups have you played in your billiard career so far? And other tournaments in the world? What are the matches you still remember? Which major billiard players were your opponents in all those years?
Jorge Bastos: As a player, I visited 40 World Cups. Furthermore the Verhoeven Open in New York in 2017, Royal Pro tournaments in Portugal, Greece and the Netherlands. I remember a match with Antonio Montes in Porto, that I won (better to say: he lost...). And most famous opponents, Dong Koong Kang, Jakob Sörensen, Carlos Crespo and very strong Korean, Turkish and Vietnamese players of wich I can't remember the names.

Kozoom/FB: What can you tell about the early years of your life? How did you grow up, sports other than billiards? Your career as a teacher, other hobbies?
Jorge Bastos: The times at school as a student were the best of my life. And as a teacher, I have circulated around in Portugal in many places. It was good to learn the different ways of life. My other hobby's throughout the years: internet, facebook, youtube, table tennis, football. But of course, surfing on internet, looking for billiards. Kozoom, Amigos da Carambola, Billiards TV, Bert's billiard page, Carompedia, news and videos in all kinds of carom billiards.

Kozoom/FB: What are your favorite players in the world of three cushion?
Jorge Bastos: I can't choose, sorry for that. To be honest: my top 3 are Frédéric Caudron, Dani Sánchez and Semih Sayginer. But please let me continue with Marco Zanetti, Dick Jaspers, Tayfun Tasdemir, Murat Naci Coklu, Jae Ho Cho, HaengJik Kim, Myung Woo Cho, Quyet Chien Tran, Nguyen Quoc Nguyen, Dinh Nai Ngo, Raymond Burgman, Jean Paul de Bruijn, Roland Forthomme, Nick Polychronopoulos, Filipos Kasidokostas, my 'hermanos' Ruben Legazpi, Javier Palazón, David Martinez, Juan Zapata, Josep Maria Mas, Eddy Leppens, for the Portuguese players Paolo Andrade, Jorge Theriaga, Rui Costa and Joao Ferreira. And of course: the king of them all, Raymond Ceulemans.

Kozoom/FB: How do you feel about current developments in billiards? The separation UMB/PBA in 2019, the turbulent year for billiards in general?
Jorge Bastos: I feel sad about the actual situation and I would like all the players to participate in all the tournaments they want.

Kozoom/FB: How does Portugal look like now as a billiard country in the world? FC Porto is a wonderful club, known from major organizations. How strong is the federation, any young players coming up?
Jorge Bastos: We live in a very small billiard country, we only play three cushion and there is not a great motivation and support. Most of the work is made by the clubs. There are some promising young players thanks to FC Porto's good work. Young guys like José Miguel Soares, Jorge Costa, Hugo Costa, Ricardo Pinto, Goncalo Rodriguez, Manuel Sousa.

Kozoom/FB: What are your plans for this year, when the borders are open again and tournaments will continue? Looking forward to play more World Cups?
Jorge Bastos: I think billiards season is finished in Portugal. And for me, next season: maybe I will retire from official matches and only play one or two international events.

Kozoom/FB: What would you like to say to all your friends in the billiard world?
Jorge Bastos: To my friends all around the world, I would like to say: hello everybody, keep calm, practice a lot, take care, be happy. I want to see soon, better and better pieces of art.

Thank you, Mr. Jorge Bastos, see you around very soon.

Jorge Bastos when he visited New York for playing the tournament in Carom Cafe

Jorge nowadays, in Corona era

Jorge Bastos in his young years at school: first line, third from left.

 

 

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jorgerui
jorgerui
Hello Kozoom
I am the third from left, first line.
I was born and live in Vila Nova de Famalicão - Portugal
Thanks Kozoom. I feel myself like a VIP now ☺️
Hope to see you soon

Message 1/3 - Publish at May 19, 2020 2:05 PM - Edited at May 19, 2020 2:11 PM

jorgerui
jorgerui
Hello
My town
VILA NOVA de FAMALICÃO

Message 2/3 - Publish at May 21, 2020 10:10 PM

Dreibandspieler
Dreibandspieler
Jorge Rui de Aguiar Tavares Bastos !!
Unsually I don’t post, but in this case it’s a personal thing! Players like Jorge are what gives an open worldcup that extra something. A player which simply enjoy playing and watching the game and likes to talk with friends on very different spots on the globe. These type of player is very important for our community, gives us the feeling to be a billiard family.
I am looking forward to see him again in one of the next worldcups and to talk with him a couple of words, most of the time in the smoking area

Herbert (UMB)

Message 3/3 - Publish at May 21, 2020 10:15 PM - Edited at May 21, 2020 10:17 PM

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