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Pyramids FC sign Brazilian duo Arthur and Carlos Eduardo

Egyptian Premier League side Pyramids FC have signed Brazilian duo from Chapecoense and from Goias EC.

Arthur has been somewhat of a journeyman as he played for eight different teams in the past six years, including teams such as Brazilian giants Flamengo.

The 26-year-old joined Chapecoense in February 2017, playing 57 games across all competitions in which he scored 13 goals and provided 11 assists. The winger is Chapecoense’s top goal-scorer this season, having scored four goals in 12 games.

Meanwhile, Eduardo has joined the re-branded club for a reported six million dollar transfer fee. The 21-year-old was promoted to Goias EC’s first team in 2015 and has played a total of 58 games for the Brazilian Serie B outfit, scoring 17 goals and providing six assists.

Pyramids F.C have already acquired seven other players including another Brazilian duo Lucas Ribamar and Marcos da Silva ‘Keno’ as well as several Egyptian starlets such as Ismaily’s Mohamed Fathi, El Dakhleya forward Naser Mansi, Mohamed Farouk from Arab Contractors, Mohamed Magdy ‘Afsha’ from Enppi and Syrian defender Omar Al Midani.

By signing the four Brazilian players the team have now completed their foreign quota, meaning that they can’t sign any non-Egyptian players unless he’s Palestinian or Syrian.

Brazilian manager and former Botafogo coach Alberto Valentin was announced as the head coach of the former Al Assiouty Club during their press conference on Thursday.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Mohamad

    June 29, 2018 at 7:02 PM

    Great, the cash/talent injection and the added the competition will be a great thing for the Egyptian football.

    • Ahmed

      June 29, 2018 at 9:48 PM

      I agree. Despite the huge numbers being thrown around and some people fearing that clubs won’t be able to buy players anymore, I think this is a step in the right direction. This league needs to privatize or at least have an overhaul in how the clubs are owned and financed. Having an owner from overseas also doesn’t mean that the club is not Egyptian anymore like some people say. When the owner leaves the club is not leaving with him, it stays in Egypt.

      I am hoping that Pyramids FC finds success in the coming years and that this experience entices Egyptian millionaires and foreign investors to buy more clubs. This is one of the ways Egyptian football can grow..through increased competitivity of the league. More clubs with money equals tougher competition and eventually an overhaul of the most lacking feature in the Egyptian PL..the youth system.

      Considering the foreign players quota stays in place and that, logically in the current state of affairs, there is only a limited amount of quality players (IMO not even enough to make two potential league winners of the same quality), clubs with money like Zamalek, Ahly and Ahram will find themselves confronted with the reality and the need of developing players. Smaller clubs like Ismaily, Masry, and other ones will also see that there is a profit to be made and a potential to grow by selling players at 2-3M$. This money is going to be useless to them because they can’t spend it all on foreign players and the quality players are limited…solution: use the money to create more quality players in order to compete and make even more profit.

      Finally, for those saying there should be a ceiling imposed by the FA for the price of players, this is not the solution. You can’t intervene in the free market. The solutions lies more towards the route FIFA took in Europe with the Financial Fair Play or how the German League is run. While you can’t tell clubs to not spend big money, you can make sure they break even by making enough profit to match their spendings or surpass it. For clubs like Ahly, Zamalek, and Pyramids FC, this will mean that you have to produce enough quality in your squads to be able to sell to European clubs because nobody in Egypt other than those three will buy from them at prices even close to make them break even.

      Overall this experience is a good one if the EFA can handle it properly by letting it take place and applying some of the things applied in Europe in terms of FFP or ”break-even financials”

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