Jamshedpur FC of the Indian Super League has brought in Brazilian central defender Eli Sabia for the new season, after the footballer spent four seasons with fellow club Chennaiyin FC. The stopper made his ISL debut for the Marina Machans in 2016 and led them to the final in the 2019-20 ISL.
Jamshedpur FC completed the signing of Brazilian central defender Eli Sabia as the club continued the team building process for the upcoming football season. Eli will be Jamshedpur’s fourth foreign acquisition, along with Peter Hartley, Alex Lima and Nerijus Valskis.
“I see Jamshedpur as a club and a city with great ambition. I want to do my best for the team and the fans who are so passionate about the team. I want to compete to win every match and compete for the highest honor for the club and the fans,” Eli declared with delight when he signed for Jamshedpur.
The 32-year-old comes with four Indian Super League (ISL) seasons to his name with his time at Chennaiyin FC before joining Jamshedpur, where he also helped his team to the 2019-20 ISL final and the Super Cup in 2019. 2019.
Jamshedpur FC Head Coach, Owen Coyle was delighted to reunite with the Brazilian. “Eli is one of the best defenders in the ISL. He is an excellent personality and a real team player. He has been playing in the ISL for 4 seasons, one with me, and comes with a series winning mentality. Like Peter, he has a great command in defense and is very organized. Its tall and robust presence provides so much sturdiness and security at the rear. I look forward to working with him again,” he said.
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Eli began his career with local club Paulista, progressing through the youth ranks before appearing for the senior team. He had several high-profile loan spells during his time with Paulista, including one with top-division Swiss outfit FC Lausanne in 2007-08, alongside stints with Brazilian giants Santos and Atletico Paranaense. At Santos in 2009-10, he was teammates with Brazilian superstar Neymar, who was enjoying his breakthrough season at the time.
Eli has been given jersey number 13 by the club and will be joining his teammates as they prepare for the season, which kicks off in the coming weeks.
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