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Lokomotiv Mezdra snap up Simoes, Fonseca and Mareco

MezdraBulgarian club Lokomotiv Mezdra have reacted quickly to the sale of Rui Miguel and David Silva to CSKA Sofia by recruiting three Portuguese players ahead of the second half of the season.

Mezdra sold Miguel and Silva to CSKA last week, having brought the duo to Bulgaria last summer, but have now agreed deals for defender Hugo Simoes, midfielder Nuno Fonseca and forward Toze Mareco, who agreed a one-and-a-half year deal on Wednesday.

“The club gave me a lot of confidence and made a lot of effort to bring me here,” said Toze Mareco. “The team is doing very well in the championship, three points away from the UEFA Cup, and that was very enticing. I want to play lots of games and try, of course, to score goals.”

The forward, who arrives having previously represented Zwolle, in Holland, and Spanish outfit Alaves, says that arriving during the extended Bulgarian winter break is a help. “It allows me to prepare well, which is essential,” he said, with the team not set to renew their league season until next month.

As well as Nuno Fonseca, who arrives from Romanian football, and ex-Pampilhose defender Hugo Simoes, forward Mareco will also have another Portuguese team-mate at Lokomotiv, with forward Fausto having been with the club since the summer.

In what is becoming a regular occurrence when young Portuguese footballers leave the country, Mareco finished by assessing his compatriots, with the aid of a dig at football in his homeland. “Fonseca and Simoes are players of great quality, and two more clear cases of a lack of opportunity in Portugal.”

26 January 2008, by Sean Gillen

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