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Our Fabulous FABIO makes the A-Leauge



We are all very proud of Fabio and wish him a fantastic future in the A-League.


From http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au:

Adelaide United's latest signing Fabio Ferreira said he will always follow the advice given to him by master coach Jose Mourinho wherever football might take him.

Ferreira, 23, has signed a one-year contract with the Reds to resume his professional career after a six-month spell with amateur side Dulwich Hill in Sydney.

Ferreira, a right-sided striker, spent four years as a Chelsea junior from 2005 after being discovered by Lisbon giant Sporting.

It was at the Stamford Bridge club, when he occasionally trained with the first-team squad, that Barreiro-born Ferreira crossed paths with the 'Special One' who incidentally hails from nearby Setubal.

"Mourinho is really a good and caring man and he is very different to the person people see on television," he said.

"He makes you feel good and comfortable and sometimes he came up to me to point out what I was doing right or wrong.

"One very important thing he told me was to give 100 per cent all the time because a footballer's career is short.

"That way I will never have any regrets and this will always be my attitude wherever and whenever I play.

"If I always do my best the rewards will come, Mourinho told me. I will never forget that."

Ferreira was rewarded with a contract after satisfying the Reds' coaching staff of his striking ability during a month's trial at Hindmarsh Stadium.

He already has had some game time with Adelaide, most recently in the 4-2 loss to Melbourne Victory in Launceston last week, and he has seen enough to be convinced that he has made the right decision.

"There is a big difference in standard between Dulwich and Adelaide," he said.

"I like it here first because I'm back playing for a professional club and secondly because Adelaide likes to play with two wingers and I can play on both flanks.

"I think we can do very well this season because we are very compact."

Ferreira's signing came too late for the Reds to include him in the AFC Champions League spot.

The side faces Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan in a two-legged quarter-final on 19 September and 3 October.

"Unfortunately I'm not in the Champions League squad because I signed too late and also because the club's three foreigner spots have already been filled," he said.

"So I'm registered only for the A-League."

See more here: http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/adelaideunited/news-display/Ferreira-caps-off-Reds-foreign-quota/48734


Our last year's keeper has been signed oversees, good luck Matt - we all wish you well!

From the Conwy Borough FC Website:

"Creating competition between the sticks is Australian goalkeeper Matt Kasbarian who was with Conference North side Vauxhall Motors last season before appearing briefly for Rhyl. “I’m really happy to sign for Conwy, I played at Y Morfa last season for Rhyl, and was impressed with the set up. I really have a good feeling about the place and look forward to working with Chris again.”

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From Stamford Bridge to Arlington Oval


By Lauren Ferreira.

Taking a chance across the other side of the world in an effort to reboot his career, Portuguese footballer Fabio Ferreira has chosen Dulwich Hill Football Club as his new stomping ground.

With speed and technical skill characteristic of European players, Ferreira has sent the club and its supporters into excitement frenzy, with his “show stopper” presence driving a buzz of anticipation around his every shot and dribble.

Scouted by Portuguese heavyweights Sporting Lisbon playing football on the streets of Barreiro, Portugal, Ferreira began his professional career at the tender age of 14.

By 16 years old, Ferreira had scored his most notable achievement in football to date, signing with English premier league club Chelsea FC, at the request of coaching figure Jose Mourinho.

When Ferreira wasn’t training among England’s elite, he was travelling around Europe representing Portugal in youth tournaments.

Moving up through the ranks, from the youth teams up to Chelsea’s reserves, Ferreira admits it was a time both rewarding and challenging.

“At Chelsea, I improved my skills and improved as a person. When I got there I was a kid, I was only 16 years old and I was alone and away from my family. And alone in a big club like Chelsea, it made me grow up, I had to grow up.”

Sydney based family and friends acted as the key catalysts encouraging Ferreira’s move to Australia, with the young footballer hungry for another shot at a professional career after Chelsea.

“My goal is to restart my career, and for me, that means getting into an A-league club. My family told me to come, but in the end it was my decision to come all this way. It is true what they said, Australia is a beautiful country.”

With resemblances to Cristiano Ronaldo, it is not surprising to the club and their president Joe Pinto that teams such as Sydney FC are itching to catch a preview of Ferreira’s “thrilling footwork.”

“He already trialled for the Jets and did very well. We’ve already had phone calls from Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory is coming up to see him at the next home game.

It’s all because it is rare for someone of his quality to be here in Australia and we should try and cherish it” says Mr Pinto.

Word has spread faster than a Ronaldo break down the sideline amongst the inner west and the Portuguese community, with supporters and media outlets descending upon Arlington oval to get a glimpse of A-grade Portuguese football pedigree in action.

With skill and a presence unseen in the third-tier super league competition, Dulwich Hill claim to have a diamond on their hands in 22 year old Ferreira, with his profile making him a rarity in Australian football.

“When we saw him it was like, we found a diamond and it’s rare to find a diamond like that.

He’s just so good on the ball and the way he runs with the ball reminds us of Cristiano Ronaldo” says club president Joe Pinto.

With Ferreira’s recent club performances “going beyond” expectations, his attitude and mentality are what has caught the club and supporters pleasantly off guard.

“I can’t see anything like that (attitude) in him to tell you the truth; he’s always up for a joke and treated everyone-from the youth teams, all the way up to the first grade- like equals” says Mark Pinto, Dulwich Hill FC team mate.

“He’s not a selfish person at all, let alone a selfish player. He’s a top bloke” says Chris Ferreira, fellow Dulwich Hill team mate.

This article appeared in the Inner West Courier on Tuesday 10th April 2012

Fabulous Fabio - Dully signs Shooting Star

fabio ferreira

Dulwich Hill F.C. has signed Portuguese striker Fabio Ferreira for the 2012 season. Fabio, 22 years old, brings to Dully the experience of playing for his country, representing Portugal at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He played with Sporting Lisbon, where Christiano Ronaldo and Nani also played, and in 2005 Chelsea snatched him, where he played in their academy and reserves teams. Scoring a bag of goals, Fabio’s speed and skill as a winger is what he is most renowned for – a perfect addition to our squad.

Fabio continues a long history of Dulwich Hill, bringing exciting players to Australia, not just to bolster the quality of the team, but so that we can all learn from their experience and enjoy watching them play. Fabio has already taken the field for Dully in pre-season trail games, and all at the club are very excited by what they have seen so far.

Fabio hopes to join the A-League, and there is interest from Sydney F.C., Central Coast and Brisbane Roar, so there will be more than the usual spectators at the games. This is an opportunity for all our players to show what they have to a wider audience.

Interest in Fabio has made it to the sports pages of "The Australian" newspaper.

Click HERE for "The Australian" Article 24/3/2012


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