23 September, 2007

Obscure South Americans de la Semana dos

Name – Deivid de Souza a.k.a Deivid and Alexsandro de Souza a.k.a Alex

Affiliation - Fenerbache, the team from Istanbul that isn't Galatasaray

Reason for coolness – The truly incredible bright yellow and black home shirt, and the fact that they are managed by Brazilian über-legend Zico, himself clearly one of the coolest players ever. Also, Deivid’s nick-name is ‘The Hulk’ and he wears the number 99 on his shirt. Not as good as 69 I’ll grant you, but still…

Reason for Obscurity – Weekly coverage of the Turkish national league is hardly high on anyone’s list of priorities. Apart from perhaps those of player’s parents, but only if there’s nothing else on.

Deivid is an ex-Santos striker, where he played alongside a young Robinho, who has just started his second year at the Turkish club with something to prove to both the support and the management. Technically as good as you’d expect from a Brazilian forward, his final product at Santos, Sporting Lisbon and now Fenerbahce has never really done him justice. However, a bright start to the current national season and a wonder-goal against Inter Milan in the first group game of the Champions League has shown what he is capable of. Quietly Zico has assembled an excellent squad at Fenerbahce, attracting the likes of Roberto Carlos, Ghanaian captain Steve Appiah and ex-Chelsea man Mateja Kežman from Spain, and if they manage a decent run in this year’s European competitions, Deivid will be the man to spearhead the attack.

Alex on the other hand has already proven himself at every club he has played for, winning literally countless awards throughout South America before his move to Fenerbahce in 2004. Since then, he has been voted most valuable player in Turkey for the last 3 years running, averaging more than a goal every other game from midfield. Furthermore, Alex has actually scored 21 goals in 67 appearences for the Brazilian national team, but for some reason hasn't played for them since 2005. Once again, if Fenerbahce are successful this season in Europe, it will be Alex pulling the strings, cast in a similar role to Steven Gerrard as talisman and match-winner. To see how immense his game truly is, enjoy this clip montage and pray your favourite team snaps him up soon: