Global FC unveiled their new signings and jerseys on Friday in Skinny Mike’s Sports Bar in BGC.
Here are the three new players.
Raul Martinez is a 26-year old Mexican midfielder who has played in the Mexican second tier and has been a U23 national player for El Tricolor.
Curt Dizon is 20 years and is a full-blooded Filipino who was born and grew up in England. Dizon played in the second division of the UFL for Union Internacional Manila this season before transferring. He struck six times in the first round, including a strike against my beloved Air Force. Dizon’s father is from Pampanga and his mother from Makati. He says he understands Filipino “completely” and speaks a little. Dizon also played for Segovia in the Spanish Tercera Division, which is actually the fourth tier in Spain. Dizon is a lefty who can play attacking mid or in either wing.
Daisuke Sato is 19 years old and is born of a Fiipina mom and Japanese father. He played for the youth squad of J-League side Urawa Red Diamonds.
German Rodriguez, 25, is a centerback from Mexico who has played with Cruz Azul in the Mexican top flight. He wasn’t at the press con because he hadn’t arrived yet.
It can be assumed that Global’s link with the Mexicans is Jorge Kuriyama, Global’s Mexican-Japanese goalkeeper coach.
Global have parted ways with Iranian striker Mojtaba Miromohammadi and defender Hamed Kakavand, also from Iran. Carlie De Murga has also left and transferred to Ceres. He was at the press con, however, to say hello to his Global friends. Another player, little-used Marlo Cortes from Masbate, was also jettisoned during the transfer window.
“Nobody’s safe in Global and they know that” said Leigh Manson, Global’s coach. “We don’t have a starting eleven” he added, meaning to say that there is competition in every slot.
“We’ve done our homework with these players” said Dan Palami, Global’s president and CEO.
Global also has a new kit supplier, and it’s AtletA Sportswear, who have kitted up PBA D-League teams like NLEX, Boracay Rum and Hog’s Breath. AtletA is also the official supplier of the Singapore Slingers of the ASEAN Basketball League.
AtletA CEO Jericho Ilagan was in attendance and he says the uniforms are made of Philippine-made dri-fit fabric similar to that used by big international brands.
The new kit will also be used by Global’s youth teams in the UFL youth competition.
Ilagan says the kit uses a special shade of royal blue and he will make the shirts widely available.
Global will play with the new uniforms on Saturday night when they meet Loyola in an eagerly-awaited clash between the top two sides in the UFL.