Football

Published: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 6:25:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 1, 2014 MYT 6:31:26 PM

New Selangor hitman Rangel relish title challenge

Selangor's new signing Paulo Rangel (centre) from Brazil aims to help his team bring back the glory days to the 32-time Malaysia Cup champions. - Filepic

Selangor's new signing Paulo Rangel (centre) from Brazil aims to help his team bring back the glory days to the 32-time Malaysia Cup champions. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Selangor’s new striker Paulo Rangel is ready to help bring back the glory days for the Red Giants.

Selangor, who have won the Malaysia Cup a record 32 times, have gone three straight seasons without silverware and they are hell bent on ending their title drought.

The Klang Valley side have boosted their squad with several signings but the most impressive is the swoop for the prolific Brazilian striker Rangel.

Rangel moved from Thai Premier League side Muangthong United to Perak on loan in the second transfer window in April last year.

In his seven-month spell with the Seladangs, Rangel scored 13 times in 18 appearances and helped the team finished seventh in the Super League.

The 28-year-old player said he is excited to be playing for one of the biggest teams in Malaysia and hopes he can handle the high expectations.

“I’m happy to play for Selangor. The fans have welcomed me with open arms,” said Rangel, who converted a penalty in the 2-1 win over Armed Forces in a friendly match on Tuesday.

“Selangor are a big team and they want to be champions again after finishing empty handed for some time. I really hope I can bring success to Selangor. We have played several pre-season matches and I think I’m fitting in well with the team.”

The Red Giants’ other signings are – goalkeeper Farizal Marlias, Hamsani Ahmad, Azmi Muslim, Rizal Fahmi Abdul Rosid, Shahrom Abdul Kalam, Abdul Hadi Yahya, Andik Vermansyah, Mohd Syamim Othman, P. Rajesh, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, A. Thamil Arasu and Australian defender Steve Pantelidis.

The Brazilian said he will not be weighed down with the pressure to deliver the goals.

“I’m used to the high expectations ... Selangor are a big team and they want to win titles and I take the expectations as a motivation,” added the 1.88m tall striker.

Rangel added that having compatriot – midfielder Junior Aparecido who was signed from Phuket FC – in the team is another plus for him.

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