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Ergilio Hato – Sport Museum

Ergilio Hato

Ergilio Hato

Ergilio Pedro Hato (7 November 1926 – 18 December 2013), also known as Pantera Negra (black panther), was a goalkeeper from Curaçao and the Caribbean football in the former Netherlands Antilles. was well known in the Caribbean its reputation achieved beyond the boundaries of the region, to the point of being able to be one of the best goalkeepers in the history of world football.

He refused to become a professional football player turning down offers to large teams, including Ajax Amsterdam, Feyenoord Rotterdam and Real Madrid Club de Fútbol.

The Dutch publishers SWP have released a book about Mister Hato and his life. More to be found at http://web.archive.org/web/20070929134838/http://www.sportgericht.nl/489.html this publishing is to be considered the only publication in book form about Hato, in Dutch and Antilian language.

Honours

  • The Ergilio Hato Stadium in Willemstad, Curaçao was named after him.
  • The Hato International Airport in Willemstad, Curaçao is also named in his honor, the second passion of Ergilio was the aviation.
  • Central American and Caribbean Games Bronze Medal (1): 1946
  • Central American and Caribbean Games Gold Medal (1): 1950
  • Pan American Games Bronze Medal (1): 1955
  • CCCF Championship Silver Medal (1): 1955