Less than a week remains for the latest edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) to kick off and squad rosters of the 10 teams are starting to taking shape.
Having had made their maiden appearance in the competition last year, Jamshedpur FC have been making some moves in the summer ahead of their second season in the ISL. Spanish coach Cesar Ferrando has taken over the reins at the club following Steve Coppell’s departure to ATK.
We take a look at the seven overseas signings the Steelmen have made so far.
Australia’s all-time leading goalscorer has signed for the club as a marquee player in a move that has generated plenty of headlines. The 38-year-old forward was a stalwart for Everton in the Premier League for eight seasons and has earned legendary status for Millwall with whom he enjoyed two separate stints including his first as a professional player in England. An excellent header of the ball, Cahill’s trademark goal celebration will be arriving on Indian soil sooner rather than later.
CARLOS CALVO SOBRADO
The 32-year-old winger has come up through the youth ranks of his hometown club Atletico Madrid. Having plied his trade primarily in the lower divisions of Spanish football, the winger’s goal clinched SD Huesca’s maiden promotion to LaLiga in 2009. He transferred to Italian side Udinese in 2010 but failed to make a single appearance after being sent out on loan back to Spain in both his seasons with the club.
The Spanish defender is now a well established face in the ISL having participated in three seasons of the competition already. The upcoming season will be his second with the Jamshedpur club for whom he made a total of 18 appearances last season while also grabbing a goal. Prior to his move to the Steelmen, Tiri spent two seasons with ATK and was a vital cog of their title-winning side of 2016. He began his career at Cadiz in Spain before signing for Atletico Madrid’s B team in 2012.
The Brazilian midfielder is another player which has been retained by the club going into its second ISL campaign. Like Tiri, Memo too appeared in all 18 matches played by Jamshedpur last season. This will be his third season in the ISL with his first coming with the Delhi Dynamos in 2016. The 30-year-old defensive midfielder has played for various Brazilian clubs for the large part of his career with his stints in India being his only overseas moves.
PABLO MORGADO BLANCO
One of the five Spanish outfield players in the ranks of Jamshedpur going into the season, Pablo Morgado will be marking his maiden stint abroad with the ISL move. The 29-year-old winger came up through the youth ranks of Valencia before stints with various clubs in the lower divisions of Spanish football. His last stint before his ISL move was with Valencia-based CF La Nucia who ply their trade in the fourth tier of Spanish football.
The 27-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder came up through the youth ranks of Collado Villalba and Atletico Madrid. Between 2009 and 2013, he played for Atletico Madrid’s B and C teams before signing for Real Zaragoza on loan in 2013. He spent his last four years at Albacete Balompie and Ponferradina in Spain’s second and third tier respectively prior to signing with the Jamshedpur-based club.
MARIO ARQUES BLASCO
Hailing from Alicante in Spain, Mario Arques is a midfielder by trade. The 26-year-old Spaniard spent his formative years at Villareal before stints with the B team of Valencia, Elche and Sporting Gijon. In 2015, he made his LaLiga debut with Elche in a 0-3 loss to Atletico Madrid. Arques' only stint abroad prior to his move to India came with Ukranian Premier League club FC Karpaty Lviv last year.