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Friday, 10 September 2010 13:13

Mario Sergio handed Metalurh Donetsk captaincy

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Ukrainian Premier League club Metalurh Donetsk have named Portuguese defender Mario Sergio as their new captain, following the sale of previous skipper Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Armenian international Mkhitaryan left Metalurh in a big money move to Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving coach Nicolay Kostov with the task of deciding which player would take the armband. “29-year-old right-back Mario Sergio has become the new captain of our team,” read a statement released by the club.

The honour is reward for two years of consistent service in Donetsk provided by Sergio, who arrived in Ukraine from Naval in the summer of 2008. Previously, the defender, who started his career with Pacos de Ferreira, had taken in spells at Sporting and Vitoria Guimaraes, while also earning 16 caps for Portugal at under-21 level.

Sergio is one of three Portuguese at Metalurh, with former Academica winger Filipe Teixeira having signed for the club on a two-year deal this summer after leaving West Brom in England. Defender Joao Pedro dos Santos Goncalves - known as China - has been with Metalurh since last summer, when he left Belenenses.

After a poor start to the new campaign, Metalurh have won their last three league games, and sit in 5th place in the Premier League after eight rounds of matches. The team will be looking to match their performance of 2008/09, when they qualified for European competition with a top four finish.

By Sean Gillen

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