Thursday, May 17, 2007

Is Barcelona's Deco Heading to Kadikoy?

Yesterday we reported that Spanish giants Barcelona are in the race to sign Fener star Tuncay Sanli. Today, it seems that the deal could be a trade of sorts, as Fenerbahce has now been linked to landing Barca superstar Anderson Luis "Deco" de Souza.

Turkish media outlets Milliyet and Sabah are reporting that a deal to send Deco to Kadikoy to join Fenerbahce could indeed be in the works. If so, Deco would join a growing cast of Brazilian stars to wear the navy and yellow, as well as play for Brazilian legend Zico. Deco was born in Brazil, but plays nationally for the Portugese national team. The 29-year-old midfielder could fill a needed void for Fenerbahce.

Some of Deco's individual awards include:

Fifa World Club Cup Golden Ball: 2006; UEFA Champions League MVP: 2003/04; UEFA Best Midfielder Award: 2003/04 and 2005/06; European Silver Ball (Second position of the European Player of the Year Award): 2003-04; Portuguese Footballer of the Year: 2004; South American Sportsman of the Year : 2006.

What Others Have Said About Deco:

"Deco doesn't talk a lot but when he does everybody listens" - Lionel Messi on Deco.
"World class" - José Mourinho on Deco.
"I think one of my bigger mistakes when in Brazil was not signing Deco. Now that we are with Portugal, I am glad I did not." Scolari on not inviting Deco to the Selecao during his tenure as head Brazilian coach.
"My choice of Deco had to do with his technical and professional qualities and his strong determination in reaching the objectives," - Scolari on the inclusion of Deco into the Portuguese National Squad.
"Deco is the barometer of our season, when he is in form the quality of the game rises, when he is not so good the team as a whole performs less well" - Barça Coach Frank Rijkaard on Deco.
"He's a great player. It would be foolish to underestimate him" - Ex-Celtic coach Martin O'Neill on Deco during the 2002-03 UEFA Cup Final.


Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

Deco is the star that Fenerbahce needs (especially if we would lose Alex and Tuncay). However, it's so hard to bring him to Fenerbahce. So many Italian and Spanish clubs want him.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Do you think we will lose Alex?

9:58 AM  
Blogger Emre Kizilkaya said...

I was thinking so. But....

Today Aziz Yildirim talked both to Zico and Alex's manager Figer. It is said that he guaranteed that Alex and Figer will stay at the club.

3:40 PM  

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