Portimonense have announced the return from Japan of two former players, both of whom will add much-needed class and experience to the coming season’s starting eleven.
The now 30-year-old Fabrício arrived in the Algarve in 2012 and enjoyed his most successful campaign with 15 top-division goals during the 2017/18 season prior to a lucrative move to Urawa Red Diamonds. The popular Brazilian striker looks set to take the place of the departed Jackson Martinez.
South American compatriot Maurício played 44 games in central defence for Portimonense in 2014/15, the today 28-year-old attracting the attention of FC Porto on the back of some impressive performances. That transfer did not work out too well and, following a spell at Marítimo, Maurício joined Fabrício at Urawa Reds in 2017. Both players should have few problems fitting in at their old home.
Portimonense are still waiting for confirmation of their Liga NOS reinstatement vis-à-vis Vitória de Setúbal’s exclusion from the professional ranks, but the club is confident of a positive decision from the sports court of arbitration (TAD) in the face of mounting allegations of financial irregularities against their rivals.
Meanwhile, manager Paulo Sérgio’s men will have their first pre-season run-out at the Municipal Stadium against Sporting this Friday (August 28) behind closed doors. The Lisbonites, who lost to Farense over the weekend, are currently enjoying a 10-day training camp at the Cascade Wellness Resort in Lagos.
By SKIP BANDELE