Mumbai: Mumbai City FC on Tuesday announced the signing of two overseas players from Brazil and Romania for the third season of the Indian Super League.
These overseas stars are said to be strategic additions to further strengthen the defense of the team. Their experience will provide a rock-solid base for Mumbai City FC in the upcoming season.
Roberto Volpato Netto, originally a Brazilian goalkeeper, was part of the team that finished runners-up in the CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana in 2013. Netto has amassed a lot of on-field playtime, garnering valuable experience in top Brazilian and Portuguese leagues, including having played for pedigreed clubs such as Vasco da Gama. At 6′ 4″, the goalkeeper makes for a formidable figure at the goal post.
Lucian Goian, the former U-21 centre back for his home country has spent the majority of his career playing in the top division of the Romanian League and emerged a two-time Romanian Cup Winner, including the most recent one in 2015-16.
Goian recently played under new coach Alexandre Guimaraes at the Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda. He has played for top clubs such as Dinamo Bucure?ti in the UEFA Champions League, and comes in with a lot of experience at the best level.
Alexandre Guimar es, Mumbai City FC coach said, “Lucian and Roberto form an integral and solid part of our team. They have both played at the highest levels and provide great awareness and experience in the centre-back and goalkeeping departments respectively. I know Lucian very well from having coached him in China, and I can’t wait for Roberto and him to join the rest of the squad and defend the fortress.