Er­bil FC in­tro­duces two Span­ish Foot­ballers

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Er­bil Foot­ball Club signed two Span­ish play­ers with a view to re­in­forc­ing its de­fense and for­ward lines for the Iraqi premier league and the AFC Cup.

The two play­ers, Jorge Go­tor and Borja Ru­bi­ato, were in­tro­duced to the me­dia at a press con­fer­ence held on Jan­uary 11 at the Franso Hariri Sta­dium. Dr. Ab­dul­lah Ma­jeed, Pres­i­dent of the Er­bil Club, dis­cussed the club>s plans and up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and an­swered re­porters’ ques­tions.

Go­tor and Ru­bi­ato have be­come the first two Spa­niards to play in the Iraqi league af­ter they signed a one-year con­tract with league lead­ers, Er­bil. Er­bil de­cided to add these two play­ers to its squad af­ter em­ploy­ing Liver­pool’s for­mer fit­ness coach, Gon­zalo Ro­dríguez Gar­cía, at the start of the sea­son.

«We want to show a bet­ter per- for­mance level, which is why we signed these two new play­ers. We in­tend to com­pete hard this year in or­der to win the ti­tles,» said Dr. Ma­jeed.

The 26 year-old de­fender, Go­tor, re­cently sev­ered his ties with Se­gunda División B side CD Sar­iñena to move to Iraq in an at­tempt to re­launch his ca­reer.

Jorge Go­tor Blas was born in Zaragoza in 1987. Although he pro­gressed through the youth ranks of lo­cal club Real Zaragoza, he only man­aged to play for the B-side. While he never made a first team ap­pear­ance, he was named on the bench against Va­len­cia and Real Val­ladolid in the 2007-08 La Liga sea­son.

He moved to RCD Es­panyol in 2008, where he ap­peared for the club’s B-side, and then moved to Real Mur­cia for the 2010-11 sea­son.

At this club, he played only once in the Copa del Rey at the San­ti­ago Bern­abéu against Real Madrid, where he was up against Cris­tiano Ronaldo, Karim Ben­zema and Gon­zalo Higuaín. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Go­tor ended up on the los­ing side, with Es­te­ban Granero, Higuaín, Ronaldo, Ben­zema and Xabi Alonso scor­ing to in­flict a 5-1 de­feat on Go­tor’s side.

Since then, he has played for Getefe CF “B”, Atlético Baleares and Club De­portivo Gui­juelo. In Au­gust of this year, he signed a one-sea­son con­tract with CD Sar­iñena.

Borja Ru­bi­ato was born in 1984 in Madrid and be­gan his ca­reer with Las Rozas. He has played for sev­eral other clubs in­clud­ing Osasuna B, Getafe B, Cobeña, Atlético Madrid B, Cádiz, Huesca, ,Oviedo, Zamora, Al­calá, and the San An­to­nio Scor­pi­ons.

The play­ers ex­pressed

their hap­pi­ness at join­ing Er­bil and hope they can have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the team’s re­sults and per­for­mances.

At the press con­fer­ence, the club pres­i­dent also ex­pressed his sad­ness at the de­ci­sion made by the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) which pre­vents Er­bil from play­ing its AFC Cup home matches at its own ground.

Ma­jeed blamed the Iraqi Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for an on­go­ing FIFA ban that pre­vents in­ter­na­tional matches be­ing played on Iraqi soil due to se­cu­rity con­cerns.

“The de­ci­sion was shock­ing for us and un­ex­pected. We will try hard to per­suade the AFC to let us play our matches at our own sta­dium. We should prove that Kur­dis­tan is safe and com­pletely dif­fer­ent from the rest of Iraq.”

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