Middlesbrough: market moves
Pablo de Oliveira completes Boro move
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Middlesbrough Futsal Club have completed the signing of two time English Champion, Pablo de Oliveira.
De Oliveira, who has played for Kickers, Ipswich Wolves and Helvecia, winning the national title with the latter two will join Middlesbrough in September when he has recovered from a knee operation and will be Boro's fifth signing in the lead up to the transfer deadline.
"I got to know Pablo well when I took the under-14s to Perth and it was apparent that he has an unrivalled love for futsal and we stayed in touch since then. He has the desire not just to play and win, but to use his vast experience to help those around him. Our club is the perfect situation for him where he can really affect young English players for the good of the game, and still have a chance of success," said Shaw.
Pablo is currently recovering from injury and is aiming to be back in action in September, when he will be able to make his Boro debut in the home game against FC Barsa before having a shot at winning his third consecutive title!
Pablo's committment to English futsal is such that he is applying for citizenship so that he is eligible to play for the three lions in international matches. He has already representing England in a training friendly and he describes it as the proudest moment of his life.
You can read more about Pablo de Oliveira on http://pablodeoliveira.blogspot.com/ or view his youtube channel on http://www.youtube.com/user/PVGPOliveira.
Boro manager Damon Shaw has been busy in the transfer market with five signings to bolster his squad in the run up to the end of the season. Jamie Russell has signed on as a back-up goalkeeper, while Ben Amos is returning to the club after a year away. Mathew Payne and Pablo de Oliveira represent two big signings in English futsal and signal Boro's intent to challenge for honours this season, while Ignacio de Leon will join after the Errea International Futsal Cup.
"We've signed two players who will add international experience in Pablo and Nacho while Mat Payne will be a goal threat whoever he plays against. Jamie [Russell] is a young promising keeper and [Ben] Amos is returning to the squad after a year away, but we will be aiming to have Ben ready for next season as his fitness may be lower than we like. He will be an option should we need him, and a good one at that," summarised Shaw.
Boro sign Payne
Monday, 27 July 2009
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of striker Mathew Payne on a free transfer from Grimsby. Payne knocked back interest from FC Barsa and Sheffield FC to join the league leaders for the remainder of the season.
The transfer came about out of the blue after Mat Payne almost inspired Grimsby to a shock win over the table toppers with a double hattrick. Boro edged the game 9-8 and are three points off qualification to the national playoffs.
Matt Payne is the country's leading goalscorer with 19 goals in ten appearances in the FA Futsal League this season and will play out the remainder of 2009 as a Boro player including the Errea International Futsal Cup and should they qualify, the playoffs. Payne has scored in all but one game for Grimsby this season, but has been unable to stop the goals going in at the other end and Grimsby find themselves in a lower position than their attacking prowess deserves.
Grimsby is a leading town in futsal in England due to the work of manager Kevin Bryant who runs leagues at all age groups and putting together the best players for the national league team - Grimsby YMCA. They have failed to make an impact nationally as a team, but have produced players who can compete at the top. Ben Mortlock, former Boro captain and also from Grimsby is a regular in the England team and Mat Payne thinks his move to Boro will help him be noticed. With Grimsby YMCA only having two games left and are out of the running for a playoff place, Damon Shaw sees it as an opportunity for his team and his new player.
"It's a good move for both sides. He will be a goal threat against anybody as he has been all season and should he help us to the playoffs, he will be playing on the biggest stage, something I know he is keen to do. He'll improve with the quality of teams we will play in the Errea International Futsal Cup and the playoffs, and training with the team. He's keen to work on the defensive side of his game to become a more complete player and I think we can help him with that."
Boro have also added Ben Amos and Jamie Russell to their squad in a bid to challenge for the title and are finalising details with Uruguay international Ignacio de Leon from Universidad Catolica who will join the squad after the Errea International Futsal Cup.