Kolkata: Finally Atletico De Kolkata has signed there marquee player for the upcoming season of ISL. Portugese Striker Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga. On Wednesday, he has been signed by the ATK bosses as per the sources. Born on 1982, the thirty three year old striker has played for the Portugal National Side since 2003. Postiga is said to have started his career in FC Porto before the turn of the Century. In Primeira Liga his 49 goals in 185 matches caught the eye of many football fans and experts. Postiga represented Portugal in many matches and played in 2 World Cups and 3 European Championships. He was also the part of the side which reached the Euro 2004 final. For Portugal, he scored 27 goals in 71 appearances.
Although the names of Diego Forlan, Kaka and Drogba were doing the rounds in the ATK interior, the ATK officials settled for someone like Postiga to concretise their striking force. The ATK team so far stands like this : Helder Postiga (Marquee), Iain Edward Hume, Borja Fernandez ,José Miguel González Rey, Ofentse Nato, Jaime Gavilán Martínez, José Luis Espinosa Arroyo, Sameehg Doutie, Juan Calatayud (Goalkeeper), Valmiro Lopes Rocha, Javi Lara, Jewel Raja,Sushil Kumar Singh, Syed Rahim Nabi, Nadong Bhutia, Clifford Miranda, Denzil Franco, Mohan Raj Nallapan, Baljit Singh, Arnab Mandal, Arata Izumi,Rino Anto, Amrinder Singh, Augustin Fernandes,Lalchhawnkima and Kunzang Bhutia.
Postiga last played for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña as a striker. Having significant experience in the European football circuit, Postiga besides representing his National Team Portugal, also played for clubs like Porto, Valencia, Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Tottenham Hotspur beside others will be joining Atlético De Kolkata and will be seen charging towards the opponent’s goal as a key striker.
“On behalf of the team management, we welcome Postiga in the Atlético de Kolkata family as our marquee player for 2015 season of ISL. Postiga’s sheer ability to score goals as a striker made us take notice and seal the deal. It will be an altogether different sight to see him charge with the ball and we believe he will win over the fans of the red and white brigade”. We have finally selected our 26 players and look forward to an exhilarating season ahead. We would also like to thank ATM for their support in recruiting the International Players,” said Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata
“The presence of Postiga will definitely bolster the team for the season ahead and also allow the Indian and International players to learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL. He will have an altogether different experience when he plays in front of Kolkata’s football aficionados. I am sure Postiga’s presence will make the city and ATK fans proud,” said Antonio Lopez Habas, Head Coach, Atlético de Kolkata