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PAULAO, a Brazilian Top Foreign Aid, Officially Joined in Evergrande Football Club

 Date:2011.03.03   Publisher:Evergrande Group

On the evening of March 2 (morning of March 2, local time in Brazil), Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club officially announced the formal signing of a four-year contract with PAULAO (full name: Paulo Marcos de Jesus Ribeiro), main Center Back of Gremio Porto Alegre of Brazil, with the transfer fee of 3.5 million U.S. dollars. The player will directly go to Korea to join in the football team on March 6.

PAULAO, a Brazilian player, 25 years old, with the height of 187cm and the body weight of 82kg, played for Gremio Porto Alegre of Brazil previously, numbered 3, acting as the main Center Back. In 2008, the player began to act as the primary main force of Brazilian League A. In 2010, he helped Gremio Porto Alegre \rank in the fourth place in Brazilian League A, and Gremio Porto Alegre accordingly successfully returned to 2011 South America Liberator Cup. In addition to his excellent defence awareness, the player also has outstanding physical ability and technical competence, and has a nickname “PAULAO TANK”. He was the first of the team to appear on the playground. What’s more, he is a “gentleman player” who can reasonably utilize the rules on the playground, and rarely got foul markers (he only got 3 yellow markers when he played for Gremio Porto Alegre). In addition, he is strictly self-disciplinary in the personal life, and has been a training model in the team and a player who is the most welcomed by the fans. With such personal details, we believe PAULAO is a top foreign aid we have always been seeking for who is in his prime and in his vocational rising period.

Since its establishment, Evergrande Football Club has been constantly trying and exploiting on the professionalism and marketization. It is a common mature operation mode of honored professional clubs in Europe by virtue of investment and introduction of young players with growth value and appreciation space to share the growth gains of players. In this international player transfer, Evergrande could win in the competition with many professional clubs from Brazilian League A and Russian Premier League in the commercial auction and transfer negotiation, with its patience, sincerity and absorption highly recognized by the opponent clubs and players.

As early as half a year ago when the Club introduced foreign aid for the first time, we have focused on this potential player, and constantly deepened the understanding on the performance of the player through professional scouts. Now we finally select to sign with PAULAO, which is in conformity with one of our principles for foreign aid selection, “focusing on strength rather than reputation, and focusing on potential rather than seniority”. We’d like to select players with strength appropriate for the long-term development of the team just like Muriqui who joined in last year, capable and young with great development potential.

We firmly believe that with the participation of PAULAO, the solid defence strength of the team can be further enhanced, and the playing tactics can be enriched, so as to bring more splendid games for everybody and help Guangzhou Football achieve good results in the Chinese Super League of new competition seasons!

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