Brazil­ian soc­cer player ad­justs to life in China

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Front Page - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing Con­tact the writer at cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Brazil­ian foot­ball player Eleíl­son Farias de Moura, who is one of the best de­fend­ers in the China Su­per League, said he en­joys his life in China.

Eleil­son, born in Nova Era - a Brazil­ian mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the state of Mi­nas Gerais - in 1985, has played for the Jiangsu Sainty Foot­ball Club for six years. As the for­eign player who has been play­ing for Sainty the long­est, he no longer feels that he is a for­eigner.

“The club pays me well, and the train­ing place is just five min­utes away from where I live,” said the 29-year-old, who lives in Nan­jing, cap­i­tal city of Jiangsu prov­ince. “People here are very friendly. When I come across fans on the street, they al­ways praise me which makes me feel that my years in China are mean­ing­ful.

“Both my wife and I are sat­is­fied with our life in China,” con­tin­ued Eleil­son, whose wife just had a baby girl, Mola, last month.

“My wife is now tak­ing care of the baby girl in Brazil,” Eleil­son said. “They will come to China next year to live with me.”

Eleil­son said he sel­dom goes out to bars to have fun. In­stead, he spends most of his spare time at home with a dog, which he has kept for al­most a year.

“I keep a healthy life to main­tain a good phys­i­cal con­di­tion,” he said. “I be­lieve I can play for the club un­til I re­tire.”

Eleil­son, whose con­tract with Sainty will be up in 2015, said he hopes to re­new his con­tract with the club.

“Ac­tu­ally, I don’t mind chang­ing my na­tion­al­ity to play for the na­tional team of China,” Eleil­son said. “They treat me so friendly and make me feel at home.”

Wang Chuan­song, an of­fi­cial with Sainty, said Eleil­son has con­trib­uted greatly to the club, and that Sainty ap­pre­ci­ates his work.

“We thank him for leading the team into one of the best clubs in China,” said Wang. “We will try our best to make sure that his life in China is com­fort­able and happy.”

Though hav­ing been spent six years in China, Eleil­son said he prefers Brazil­ian food and of­ten cooks meals af­ter train­ing.

“Like China, Brazil has its own cul­ture of food. Brazil­ian food tastes nice and it com­forts people.”

Eleil­son said that he thinks both Ger­many and the Nether­lands have a good chance of be­com­ing the cham­pion of this year’s World Cup. “Brazil may also have a chance,” he said.

Eleil­son said he hopes that his daugh­ter can learn Chi­nese and con­trib­ute to the friend­ship be­tween Brazil and China.

“She will be study­ing in an in­ter­na­tional school in Nan­jing, learn­ing both Chi­nese and the na­tive lan­guage. I’m look­ing for­ward to the fam­ily life when she comes to China with her mother.”

XIN­HUA

Eleíl­son Farias de Moura (left), Brazil­ian player of Jiangsu Sainty Foot­ball Club, plays at a Chi­nese Su­per League game against Bei­jing Guoan in Bei­jing in this June 2012 file photo.

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