Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro signs for Pune City

Alfaro began his pro career with Liverpool FC (Uruguay’s national premier division club) in 2006, and was the top-scorer for two seasons.

Alfaro: 'FC Pune City has good plans in place and I hope my stint with them is fruitful'.   -  RITU RAJ KONWAR

FC Pune City announced Emiliano Alfaro as the first foreign signing for Indian Super League 2017. The Uruguayan made his mark last season with north-East United FC, five goals in 13 appearances in ISL 2016 and plenty of admirers for skill and vision. He has prior experience in Uruguay, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.

Alfaro began his pro career with Liverpool FC (Uruguay’s national premier division club) in 2006, and was the top-scorer for two seasons. He represented Uruguay in a friendly against Italy in 2011, performances on the pitch earning him Italian club Lazio, for whom he played for three seasons. He returned to Liverpool in 2014-15.

The striker said: “It was a good season in ISL last year and its time for me to find a new challenge. FC Pune City has good plans in place and I hope my stint with them is fruitful and can make an impression.” FCPC head coach, Antonio Habas, said:“Alfaro is a complete player who we feel is rightly suited to our style.”

The Spaniard said: “He is very smart in making attacking moves and is also solid in defence when needed.”  Gaurav Modwel, FCPC CEO, observed: “Alfaro has a penchant for finding back of the net. He is adept to lead line of attack for the team and his game awareness is something that we were very impressed with.” The Pune franchise, owned by the Rajesh Wadhawan Group,  plays home games at Balewadi stadium.