The second edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) may be about four months away, yet the franchises are leaving no stone unturned in ensuring they head into the period with the best squads possible, whilst ensuring a smile may be firmly fixed on their fans faces.
In line with this thought, FC Goa continue to make strides in the transfer market. Sunday brought about the confirmation that the Goan franchise had snatched away Jofre Mateu from the gaze of Atletico de Kolkata, according to The Times of India. The Goan franchise have also roped in goalkeeper Eliton Andrade to replace Jan Seda.
35-year-old Jofre plied his trade under the watchful gaze of coach Antonio Lopez Habas and quickly became a lynchpin in the middle of the park for the Kolkata team in their title winning team. He started his career at the famed La Masia academy in Barcelona and made his first team debut in the final game of the 1997-98 season, wherein he scored the lone goal for his side in a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of UD Salamanca.
He only made on further first team appearance, opting to jump ship and join the Segunda division team Levante UD with whom he attained promotion to the La Liga in 2004. He joined Espanyol in the 2005-06 campaign, one which saw him lift his first piece of silverware in the form of the Copa Del Rey helping side avoid relegation in the process.
He made appearances for four more clubs in Spain’s lower tiers, viz. Vallodolid and Girona, as he finally accepted a contract with Atletico de Kolkata in last year’s ISL. He made 12 appearances for the Red and Whites, scoring one goal.
Amongst the Goan club’s newest signings as well is Elinto, who joins from Duque de Caxia in Brazil. Andrade was a former Marsaille reserve custodian, with whom he won the French League once and the Coupe de La Ligue, akin to the League cup, twice.
He had begun his career at the Brazilian club Centro de Futebol Zico Sociedade Esportiva (CFZ) which, coincidentally enough, was founded by Zico the present FC Goa manager. “Elinton reached the CFZ do Rio in the category junior and has always been a exemplary professional. For me, he was one of the best goalies we had, if not the best. Safe and dedicated, he gave confidence to the team and secured important victories. I wish him success in personal and professional life and also great saves,” reads a testimonial by the gaffer himself, on Andrade.
Another testimonial, this time by Julio Cesar the former Brazilian and Inter Milan number one elucidated, “I was fortunate to work with Elinton at Flamengo and soon realized how professional he was and the talent he had. Honestly I was very proud to see him working in Europe."