Former Portuguese footballer Luís Boa Morte has been interviewed by outlet Mais Futebol this Friday.
Among the many topics discussed, he responded to several questions about his time at Fulham, which he considers to be the best of his career.
Asked about how he joined the Craven Cottage side, Boa Morte said: “When it came to the 2000/01 season, the Southampton coach said he didn’t count on me and I had to find a solution. After having won the Premier League, FA Cup, etc… I end up having no club. I had to grow up fast. I agreed to go to Fulham for a ten day test and I stayed.”
That’s when he agreed that his time at Fulham was the ‘happiest’ he had in England, where he also played for Arsenal, Southampton, West Ham United and Chesterfield.
“Yes, I even became a team captain. It was not normal, especially at that time, for a foreigner to be captain. Then we went up from the Championship to the Premier League and had a good period in the history of the club.”
Quizzed about the game he remembers most, Boa Morte chose a West London derby, which was also his favourite goal scored in England: “What struck me the most… At Fulham, maybe our win against Chelsea (2005/06), in which I scored the goal.
“It mattered, even because Fulham had not won at Chelsea for 27 years. These are clubs with a neighbouring rivalry with history. Every time I go to London the fans remember this game. But my most beautiful goal was against Newcastle. We won there 4-1.”
Boa Morte signed for Fulham on a loan deal from Southampton in 2000, and was signed on a permanent €2.3m move a year later. He made 199 appearances for the club, having scoring 32 goals. In January 2007, he was sold to West Ham.