Portuguese football icon Helder Postiga is back in Indian Super League as Atletico de Kolkata's marquee player.
A Portuguese international footballer since 2003, Postiga represented his country in two World Cups and three European Championships, helping the nation reach the final at Euro 2004. Postiga made a resounding entry as the youngest marquee player in his first ISL and although it was cut short due to a grave injury, he created a lasting impact in the mind of his Indian fans in the opening game of the season, scoring twice in a 3-2 win versus Chennaiyin FC. The team management also announced the retention of two key players in the team ranks, Borja Fernandez and Javi Lara, today, who played stellar roles in taking ATK to greater heights on the field, along with the signing of left back Keegan Pereira on loan from Bengaluru FC and left winger Abinash Ruidas on loan from East Bengal.
"On behalf of the team management, we welcome home Postiga within the Atletico de Kolkata family for the second time as our marquee player for the 2016 season of ISL. Postiga has been in electrifying form and fitness and his sheer ability to score goals made us go back to him and seal the deal. The red and white brigade fans were unfortunate to miss his on field camaraderie with our Indian players and skills last season owing to his injury. But this year the ATK management feels that it will be an altogether different sight to see him charge with the ball. We would also like to thank Atletico de Madrid for their support in recruiting the International Players." - Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atletico de Kolkata
Postiga recently played in Primeira Liga for the top flight team Rio Ave F.C in Portugal and made 11 appearances scoring 5 goals helping his side qualify for the Europa League. His career shaped up at FC Porto's youth team when he joined the squad in 1998 and continued to progress ever since. He has also played in Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruna as a striker. Having significant experience in the European football circuit, Postiga besides representing his National Team Portugal, also played for clubs like Porto, Valencia, Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur beside others. He will be strengthening the new look Atletico De Kolkata side and will be seen charging towards the opponent’s goal as a striker.
"Postiga is a big name for any team and his presence will definitely bolster the team for the season ahead and also allow the Indian and International players to learn from him about the way he goes about preparing for a major tournament like ISL. He has been playing good football of late and we hope he will be in his finest form once he is in India. Along with Postiga the presence of Borja and Javi will add fervour to the midfield. Borja had been the mainstay for the team’s midfield and orchestrated many moves which yielded positive results in the last two seasons. I am enthusiastic with two more Indian players like Keegan and Abinash who will be donning our colours and eagerly looking forward to the pre-season now in Spain." - Mr. Jose Molina, Head Coach, Atletico de Kolkata.
Get ready for a fantastic season ahead!