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Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:08

Parma make double Portuguese swoop for Brandao and Mario Rui

“This is a leap in my career” - Brandao

Italian club Parma are set to increase their Portuguese contingent after agreeing deals for Benfica left-back Mario Rui and international defender Goncalo Brandao.

The Gialloblu reached an agreement with fellow Serie A outfit Siena over a loan move for 24-year-old stopper Brandao (pictured) on Wednesday, bringing in the former Belenenses man on a one-year deal. Brandao, who missed out on a switch to Juventus last summer due to injury, was delighted to seal the move to the Ennio Tardini.

“I am happy. Parma had attempted to sign me in January but the deal fell through. Now, over the last day, the loan move has been agreed,” he said.

“Parma is one of the biggest names in Italy; they have won European competitions and always builds a team to play in Europe. It is a leap in my career. I have worked hard for this kind of opportunity in recent years and now, thankfully, it has become a reality. I am excited and just want to start the season.”

Related article: Brandao reflects on injury blow

Meanwhile, Maisfutebol reports that Parma have also signed Benfica full-back Mario Rui to a five-year contract. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Fatima in the Liga de Honra, but was out of contract this summer, and is believed to be in Italy putting the final touches on the move.

Parma already have two Portuguese on their books, with ex-Benfica midfielder Danilo Pereira, who spent last season on loan with Aris FC in Greece, and Filipe Oliveira, formerly of Braga, both recruited last summer.

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Comments (8)
8 Monday, 27 June 2011 17:26
Quaresma is a major European flop.
He wasn't a Benfica youth product, right.

Veloso is well on his way to being one.
According to Genoa's president, Eduardo might be one as well.

Let me add that Almeida isn't. He played well at Werder Bremen and wasn't a big money signing.
Then again, Veloso wasn't either.
7 Monday, 27 June 2011 14:27
Well, name those flops. Do you know what a flop is? It's someone who shows great promise but fails to deliver. The fact is that all portuguese academies have failed to deliver good talent consistently, that has nothing to do with flops.

A real flop would be, for example, Fábio Paim, who I had been following closely from young age. With better support he could have become amazing.
how long ago was that?
6 Saturday, 25 June 2011 19:35
Rui Costa and Paulo Sousa that was what 10 years ago man. The hell have benfica academy graduates done now outside of Portugal? That's my point. Flops.
5 Saturday, 25 June 2011 11:47
Disappointing record of flopping outside Portugal? Please. . . Based on which facts are you writing that?

Both Paulo Sousa and Rui Costa excelled outside Portugal, and although Manuel Fernandes didn't make the impact he should have (considering his potential) he's far from being a flop.

Ah, and for the record: I'm not a Benfica supporter, I support Académica de Coimbra.

By the way, Mário Rui spent only one year in Benfica's academy, he is mostly a Sporting youth player.
Verry Good point
4 Friday, 24 June 2011 12:51
gee dee, you bring up a good point.
Serie A clubs have always dismissed the Europa League and their 4th CL squad always got knocked out early. Meaning that their Top 3, Milan, Inter and ??? would have to preform exceptionally well in the CL in order to keep their coefficient up.
Unlike in the EPL, it didn't happen. In the EPL the Top 4 always seem to make it very deep into the CL, although they too ignore the Europa League, Fulham notwithstanding.

With Inter really going through and upheavel, Juve out of European play and Napoli finally back into it, it would mean that only Milan has any real shot.
Juve will be going hard after a CL spot since it will be down to three, as will Milan and Inter. I'm not sure if Napoli can play on all fronts and I know that Udi can't. With Roma also going through a change over, I could see France passing Italy in the coefficient and Portugal edging closer.
eh , a so so move for these guys
3 Friday, 24 June 2011 04:19
italy is a league on the decline , they will lose a team in the champions league in 2012-2013 , the portuguese league is not very far behind the french and italian leagues , good performances in the next couple of years will see us overtake these two leagues
2 Friday, 24 June 2011 03:18
Parma made a great deal for these two. Why weren't they pursued by any Portuguese clubs? Benfica will need some help at LB when FB leaves
Great news
1 Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:15
Goncalo Brandao is a pretty good CB but i'm not sure about Mario Rui. Benfica academy graduates have a disappointing record of flopping outside Portugal.

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