Panaji: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Goa on Tuesday announced the signing of three new Brazilian players — defender Rafael Dumas and midfielders Richarlyson and Trindade Goncalves — for the third edition of the tournament.
The 21-year-old Dumas has been loaned from Brazilian side Flamengo where he plays as a centre half. Having played in the junior side of the famed Brazilian team and helping the side win the Junior Campeonato Carioca in 2015, he was promoted to the senior team where he has made one appearance so far.
Impressed by his performances in the junior league, FC Goa head coach Zico gave him the opportunity to join the Indian side alongside veterans Gregory Arnolin, World Cup winner Lucio and Luciano Sobrosa.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Goncalves, who played in the Copa Sao Paulo de Futbol Junior against rivals Corinthians, scored a goal while also converting a penalty in the shootout to win the contest.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Goncalves is adept at shielding the defensive from attacks using his speed and technique.
Richarlyson is the most decorated of the three players. Having represented the national team on two occasions, he has also won numerous domestic titles including the Brazilian league in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with Sao Paulo.
The 33-year-old is a versatile player and while he plays predominantly in front of the defence, he can also slot in comfortably in the heart of the defence or at left full back. With experience on his side, he will be an asset to Zico’s team during the ISL.