Pune, Aug 14 (IANS) Pune Football Club have signed Ryuji Sueoka and Luciano Sabrosa for the upcoming 2014-15 I-League season.
Japanese midfielder Sueoka joins Pune FC after spending the previous season with East Bengal, while Brazilian defender Sabrosa spent last season with Mohammedan Sporting.
Both players bring in their long-standing experience and are the first foreign recruits to be signed under new coach Karim Bencherifa. Incidentally the duo were also part of the Salgaocar FC side which won the I-League under Bencherifa in 2011-12.
Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna said: "We are very glad to have signed Ryuji and Luciano for the 2014-15 season. Both players have won the I-League and Federation Cup and that experience will be invaluable to our young squad."
"Both are good players, and above all good humans too. And their experience will help, guide the youngsters at Pune FC," said Bencherifa.
Sueoka thus becomes the third Japanese player to play for Pune FC after Arata Izumi (2009-12) and Daisuke Nishiguchi (2012-13). On the other hand, Sabrosa is the second Brazilian after Edmar Figueira (2009-11) to wear the red of Pune FC.