Alvaro Santos joined HIF in 2000 and made a total of 117 league matches during two stints at the club, which he scored 41 goals.
It was the largely down to the Brazilians performances in the HIF team that won SM Gold in 2011 and the Champions League games in 2000 that have given him legend status among the HIF fans.
After putting his football boots on the shelf and starting a soccer school in his home country Brazil, 27-year-old Santos will now return to Helsingborg in a new role.
“We and he feels that it would be positive if he “came home”. says HIF’s club director Mats-Ola Schulze to Fotbollskanalen.se.
“He’s a fantastic person who means a lot to the club. He’s a very big personality and a HIF icon. Now he will move back to Sweden with his family and pressure him. The most important thing is that he arrives first. He will play a role in the youth set up and will also help us on the social side with our project called HIF In The Community.” continued Schulze.
In Helsingborg’s set up there are several old players, not least coach Per-Ola Ljung, assistant coach Christoffer Andersson and goalkeeper trainer Daniel Andersson. The club now believes that Alvaro Santos can help develop the youth section.
“We aim to build both tomorrow’s players and leaders in our youth structure, and we are strongly assured that there is a high calibre coach in Alvaro so this feels great.” Concluded Schulze.