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Friday, 12 June 2009 12:55

Braga’s Paulo Jorge joins Apoel Nicosia

Defender adds to growing contingent of Portuguese in Cyprus

Paulo JorgeBraga stalwart Paulo Jorge has become the latest Portuguese footballer to head east and join the Cypriot championship. Jorge has signed a two-year contract with Apoel Nicosia, the current champions of Cyprus.

 

The central defender leaves his hometown club, Sporting Braga, after almost 10 years at the Arsenalistas, to embark on a new phase in his career in the capital of the island nation.

 

Jorge has had a season to forget, making playing just one match due to injury and falling out of favour with coach Jorge Jesus. But the rugged defender made a total of 147 appearances for the club and played a pivotal role in the Braga’s recent climb to prominence as Portugal’s fourth best team.

 

The capture of Jorge by Apoel Nicosia is another example of Cypriot football’s ability to attract high-profile Portuguese players. Earlier this week Omonia Nicosia signed former Benfica and Hearts midfielder Bruno Aguiar.

 

Paulo Jorge will be the third Portuguese in the Apoel squad, joining compatriots Helio Pinto and Nuno Morais. Apoel are the most successful club in Cypriot football history having won 20 championships and 19 cups.

 

by Tom Kundert

 

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