NEUFC have finally made a foreign signing and it’s about time given all other teams had gone about the transfer business way before them. In what should be a comforting piece of news for NorthEast United fans, the club has sealed the deal for Brazilian attacking midfielder Marcio de Souza Gregório Júnior, popularly known as Marcinho.
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The 31-year-old will become the first foreign signing for the club for the 2017-18 Indian Super League season. When asked, a source close the club quoted a club official as saying “We are going to make some big announcements soon. As regards any particular player, we will let you know by the end of this week.” With the signing of eight overseas players mandatory for ISL clubs, NorthEast are yet to get off the blocks and with their delay in signing a foreign player has tested the patience of the club’s fans all summer. He had a spell with South Korean side Gyeongnam FC for six months and therefore, will not be a complete stranger to Asian conditions.
Marcinho has played at top Brazilian clubs like Corinthians and last played at Turkish second division outfit Gaziantepspor. He has also played in Bulgaria with CSKA Sofia and Russia with FC Ufa. The attacking midfielder can play on both flanks as well as his favoured central position.
NorthEast United are one of the only two clubs to have never made the ISL playoffs. Can this season be any different for the Highlanders with an impressive signing like Marcinho?