ISL 2020-21: Jamshedpur FC ropes in Brazilian midfielder Alex

The 31-year-old player, Alexandre Monteiro de Lima, has scored 43 goals and made 23 assists in a total of 337 appearances in his career.

Brazilian midfielder Alexandre Monteiro de Lima will play for Jamshedpur FC in the ISL.   -  TWITTER | ISL

Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Jamshedpur FC on Monday announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Alexandre Monteiro de Lima as its fourth foreigner for the upcoming season.

The 31-year-old player, also known as Alex, has the experience of playing in Asia with stints in the K League 2 (South Korea) with Suwon FC and FC Anyang and most recently with Ho Chi Minh City FC in V League 1 (Vietnam).

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The midfielder has scored 43 goals and made 23 assists in a total of 337 appearances in his career.

“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,” Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle was quoted as saying in the club website.

“He is an amazing talent who can unlock the toughest of defences. I remember I signed him when I was a coach at Houston and he did his job perfectly well for the club and I hope he will do the same here. A warm welcome to Alex. Wishing him a successful time with us,” Coyle added.

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He will be Jamshedpur FC’s fourth foreign recruit along with Aitor Monroy, David Grande and Nerka Valskis.

The Brazilian began his career in the youth system of Gremio Mauaense in his country and in 2008, he went on to sign as a professional player for FC Wohlen in Switzerland.

The big moment for Alex came in 2012 when the USA’s Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire FC signed him. He made 82 appearances for them.

In 2015, he was signed by Houston Dynamo, under the tutelage of Owen Coyle and played for the club till 2017.

The team qualified for the MLS Playoffs in 2017 and subsequently progressed to the Western Conference finals. However, it missed out on the MLS Cup final with a loss to Seattle Sounders FC.

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