IPL 2015: FC Goa sign Brazilian striker Rafael Coelho




Panaji, 29 October2015: FC Goa have officially announced the signing of Rafael Coelho Luiz for the rest of the Indian Super League (ISL) season two as a replacement for Victor Simeos de Oliveira.

FC Goa sign Brazilian striker Rafael Coelho

FC Goa sign Brazilian striker Rafael Coelho

Rafael, who started his career with Figueirense, played for the likes of Vasco da Gama and Avai FC in Brazil besides having the experience of playing in Asia. He featured for Guangzhou R&F Football Club and Changchun Yatai FC in the Chinese Super League besides having a spell with Buriram United Football Club in the Thai Premer League.

Head coach Zico is yet to access the new striker to his satisfaction of when the player is able to play his first game for FC Goa after arriving from Brazil on Wednesday, while having problems with the striking department for the Goan side’s next match against FC Pune City on Friday.

Darryl Duffy has suffered from a hairline fracture to his shin in the match against Mumbai City FC, Reinaldo has an ankle injury and Victorino Fernandes has a groin injury while CS Sabeeth too is not a 100 percent.

This leaves Zico with the options of Joaquim Abranches, who hasn’t played a single minute in this season’s ISL, and Thongkhosiem Haokip currently available at his disposal.

“I am very happy for the opportunity to be here. All my team-mates received me very well. I hope to give my best and help the team to become champions. I have a lot of trust and confidence in the team after seeing how the team is working very hard and I hope to do my part as well,” said Rafael on being the latest edition to the Gaurs’ family.

Given his fitness, Victor Simoes was expected to be the team’s main striker. He scored a couple of goals in FC Goa’s pre-season in Dubai and was Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli SC’s joint top scorer in the 2011-12 Saudi Professional League with 43 goals in 58 games.

Zico too had earlier acknowledged, “It is a pity because Victor Simoes is such a good player. I know him for so many years. We tried to help him recover from his injury. We will miss him in our team because he could have been a very good asset.”

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Author:

Aspiring Media Enthusiast, Cricket Tragic, Football Fanatic, Avid Reader, Amateur Photographer & Wannabe Sports Writer.

Cricket

ICC Champions Trophy Final 2017: India vs Pakistan – Live Cricket Score

ICC Champions Trophy Final 2017: India vs Pakistan – Live Cricket Score

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on June 17th, 2017

The two cricket giants of Asia; India and Pakistan will lock horns against each other at the epic ICC Champions Trophy finale match at the Oval on Sunday. India ..

Football

Match officials for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 appointed

Match officials for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 appointed

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on August 18th, 2017

With only two months to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 trios of match officials, represent ..

Tennis

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Rafael Nadal vs Stan Wawrinka: French Open Men’s Final 2017 – Preview

Posted by: Atish Home Chowdhury on June 11th, 2017

The stage is set for the mouth-watering and nail-biting clash of the two Tennis stalwarts of the current era; Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka. This will be the u ..

F1

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Life Lessons learned from Sports & Fitness #TOSBDay

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on September 26th, 2016

Held on Sept 1st, The Outstanding Speakers’ Bureau (TOSB) Twinterview consisted of sports panelists such as Mark Gallagher (Public Speaker on F1 race), Shayam ..

Boxing

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Boxing Federation of India successfully concludes AIBA Course and Examination

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on February 24th, 2017

Rohtak, February 24, 2016: In continuation to produce the AIBA certified Coaches, Referees and Judges; Boxing Federation of India successfully organised the AIB ..

Other Sports

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Indian athletes begin impressively at 22nd Asian Athletics Championships

Posted by: Vikram Kamboj on July 6th, 2017

Indian interests on the opening day of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships were high with national record holder Muhammed Anas easing into the semi-finals of ..

One stop guide to all the latest sports news, reviews, opinions, fixtures and live scores from India and around the world.

Copyright © 2017 | The Sports Mirror