Alexandre Monteiro de Lima, known as Alex, on Monday became the latest acquisition for Jamshedpur FC, being signed for the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) season.
Alex is a midfielder who comes at the back of a star-studded career across the world and becomes the club’s fourth foreign player (along with Aitroy Monroy, David Grande and Nerka Valskis). The strong and well-built playmaker is known for his ability to hold the ball, create chances as well as get into scoring positions.
The 31-year-old has the experience of playing in Asia with stints in the highly competitive K League 2 (South Korea) with Suwon FC and FC Anyang and most recently with Ho Chi Minh City FC in V League (Vietnam). Alex has amassed a total of 43 goals and 23 assists in a total of 337 appearances in his career.
The Brazilan expressed his delight on signing for JFC and said: “ I have played football across four continents. To now join this exciting league wearing the colours of one of the top teams of India makes me extremely proud. I can’t wait to meet my teammates. I want the fans of Jamshedpur to know we are going to fight tooth and nail to win the ISL. Let’s do this together.”
“Alex is a player of multiple capabilities. A team player, aggressive, smart, quick, a powerhouse. I could go on with a hundred adjectives and yet it would not be enough to describe him. He is an amazing talent who can unlock the toughest of defences. I remember I signed Alex when I was a coach at Houston and he did his job perfectly well for the club. I hope he will do the same here. A warm welcome to Alex. Wishing him a successful time with us,” said head coach Owen Coyle.
The Brazilan began his career with the youth system of Gremo Mauaense in Brazil. In 2008, he went on to sign as a professional player for FC Wohlen in Switzerland. He became a regular for the Swiss 1. Liga Club where he spent four years and enjoyed a spell on loan at FC Gossau of the same league.
Alex will be donning the jersey number 7 in the upcoming ISL.