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Clubs don't have to waste money overseas

29 Dec 2003(Mon)

It still surprises me how much money Japanese clubs throw away on foreign players, especially from Brazil, whom they seem to know little about.

Maybe it's because they think it's glamorous and exotic to bring in a new Brazilian, and they hope to hit the jackpot by finding a future national team star.

Other clubs are learning their lesson, though, and some of the transfers, or proposed transfers, I have heard about recently suggest common sense is prevailing.

First there is Amaral, released by FC Tokyo and now with Shonan Bellmare.

This is a smart move by Bellmare, as they know exactly what they are getting. Amaral might be old, 37, but he has demonstrated he is a true professional, gives everything for the team, keeps himself fit and inspires the younger players.

Signing a known quantity makes more such sense than in putting your trust in an agent with only money on his mind.

I also hear Gamba Osaka are trying to sign Sidiclei from Vissel Kobe. He's another J.League "veteran," and I have always been impressed with his attitude and play.

He may not be a "star," but he is a reliable, dedicated professional who can play at the back, in midfield and score goals.

Gamba have thrown billions of yen down the drain on foreign players, but with Sidiclei they know they would be getting value for money.

Another one looking for a club is Marcelo Baron.

He is not being retained by Cerezo Osaka, despite a reasonable haul of nine goals in his first season, and is attracting interest from J1 and J2 clubs.

Baron, too, has always done his job, first with Ventforet Kofu in the JFL, then JEF United and Shimizu S-Pulse.

He has always scored goals, and is a hard-working, conscientious player.

The club that signs him, just like with Amaral and Sidiclei, will be getting a good deal.

As I said before, clubs don't have to gamble consistently overseas, when they often end up losing money to agents and overpaid, over-rated Brazilians.


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