Erbil FC introduces two Spanish Footballers
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.”