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FC Pune City sign Argentine midfielder Robertino Pugliara

By: Aveek Chakraborty
FC Pune City sign Argentine midfielder Robertino Pugliara

Pune, Sep 13: Indian Super League (ISL) side FC Pune City on Tuesday confirmed the signing of Argentinean midfielder Robertino Pugliara for the upcoming season.

The 33-year-old midfielder began his professional career in Argentina with San Lorenzo and in his later years, his most prosperous time was in Indonesia at Persija Jakarta, where he helped his team to win the domestic cup for two consecutive years (2011 & 2012).

Apart from Jakarta he also played in many Indonesian top clubs like like Persiba Balikpapan, PSM Makassar, Persib Bandung and Persipura Jayapura.

He also played against former I League champion Bengaluru FC in the AFC Cup 2015 as a Persipura Jayapura player where he netted 3 goals in tow matches against the Bangalore Blues.

After penning down the deal, the Argentine midfielder expressed his delight to join the Indian side and suggested he is eager to player alongside Indian youngsters.

Pugliara said: "I am turning a new page in my career. Having played in Indonesia for most of my career, adapting to a new culture, new style will be a challenge I will relish. I have seen one of the top Indian players during my AFC matches and I was very impressed with the quality.

"I am looking forward to playing against some of the best Indian talents donning the Orange and Purple in 2017-18 Indian Super League.

Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City also chatted about the signing of the South American player. He said: “Robertino is an experienced, creative and versatile midfielder. His penchant for making runs into the box and high work rate makes him a threat to the opposition. We welcome him to FC Pune City. “

Pugliara became the fifth South American signing and eighth foreign player signing at the club for the Orange and Purple side following the signing of players like Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelinho, Diego Carlos and Jonathan Lucca.

Story first published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 14:48 [IST]
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