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Brazilian forward released from V. League club after disappointing performance

By Hoang Nguyen   January 27, 2021 | 01:00 am PT
Brazilian forward released from V. League club after disappointing performance
Claudecir plays for Hong Tinh Ha Tinh in V. League 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Duc Hung.
Hong Linh Ha Tinh has parted ways with forward Claudecir following poor performances in the first two V. League games this season.

Claudecir dos Reis Rodrigues Júnior, commonly known as Claudecir, left the club after just two games into the new season without scoring any goal. In Ha Tinh’s first V. League 2021 clash, he missed two consecutive penalties, which led to the club losing 1-2 to Than Quang Ninh. He maintained his poor form with a clear miss in the second match against HCMC FC, which his club lost 0-2 to.

Although Ha Tinh coach Pham Minh Duc said Claudecir was simply unlucky, the club still decided to end his contract.

Claudecir has played in Vietnam since 2016. He won the domestic club title with Quang Nam FC in 2017. The forward became the top scorer of the season with 12 goals. However, he lost his form in the next two seasons, scoring only six goals.

The Brazilian moved to Hai Phong FC at the start of 2020 before being loaned to Quang Ninh in the second phase. Claudecir joined Ha Tinh in the transfer window for the 2021 season.

Since all V. League clubs already had already appropriated the maximum number of foreign players in their squads, it proved nearly impossible for the 31-year-old to find a new home this season.

After releasing Claudecir from the club, Ha Tinh immediately signed Jamaican striker Chevaughn Walsh. Just one day ago, Walsh was released by Thanh Hoa FC for not fitting with the club’s playing style.

Thanh Hoa also found Walsh’s replacement straight after by signing Kosovan midfielder Gramoz Kurtaj, whose contract with Nam Dinh FC was terminated Saturday. Nam Dinh said Kurtaj was fired from the club for refusing to play, while the 29-year-old midfielder denied the accusation, stating "his muscles were tired after being quarantined for two weeks."

In another move, Nam Dinh has recruited Ivorian striker Oussou Konan as a replacement for Kurtaj. The 32-year-old is expected to sign a one-year contract with the club.

As regulated by Vietnam Professional Football JSC, which is responsible for the Vietnam men's, women's, Olympic, and youth teams as well as national competitions, clubs can freely change foreign players before entering the fourth round of domestic tournaments.

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