Delhi Dynamos FC have announced the signing of their first foreign player for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL). The club has secured the signature of Brazilian defensive midfielder Paulinho Dias.
Paulinho is a graduate of the Cruzerio Academy back in Brazil and has gone on to have stints at the likes of Ipatinga, Marilia, Joinville, Guaratingueta and Veranopolis subsequently.
Dias moved to Brazilian club Chapecoense in the summer of 2012 where he was an important member of the squad which won back to back promotions. After two successful seasons with Chapecoense, the Brazilian was bought to Athletico Paranaense in 2014 by the now Delhi Dynamos head coach Miguel Angel Portugal.
After a successful first year with the club, the midfielder has spent the last two seasons on loan at Bahia and Joinville before signing for the Delhi based outfit.
“I'm very excited to welcome Paulinho to the club! This is a player, coach Portugal immediately identified when he came aboard and I'm sure he can be a defensive anchor in our midfield. He will make his mark in the ISL like the other Atletico Paranaense players who came before him!,” Delhi Dynamos Director Rohan Sharma said in a press release.
It will be interesting to see if the midfielder can be a success after reuniting with his former coach Portugal. The Brazilian has a good long range shot on him and he will be expected to occupy the holding role in the Delhi Dynamo’s midfield.