Al Ain forward Alex Brosque has left the Arabian Gulf League club to return to Australia with A-League club Sydney FC.
Brosque spent 18 months in the Garden City, helping the club to the league title and President's Cup trophy. However, his future was cast into doubt when Al Ain completed the signings of South Korean midfielder Lee Myung-joo and Bakary Sare on loan from CFR Cluj.
The 30-year-old is Sydney FC's record scorer with 35 goals over five seasons and links up again with the Sky Blues.
Brosque, who has signed a two-season deal, was part of the Sydney side that clinched the Premiership and Championship double in the 2009/10 A-League season.
"It's great to have a crowd favourite in Alex back at Sydney FC. His leadership and his quality will be an important ingredient in our club this year," head coach Graham Arnold said.
Brosque, who was passed over for Australia's World Cup squad, has played 21 times for the Socceroos with five goals.
Neto Berola has revealed the presence of new coach Jorginho at Al Wasl convinced him to join the club.
Brazilian striker, Berola, signed a one-year deal at the Zabeel Stadium on Monday night having agreed to move to the Arabian Gulf League club from Atletico Mineiro in his homeland.
The 26-year-old arrives in the UAE following four years with the Belo Horizonte side, although he had slipped down the pecking order over the last year with Brazil international Jo among their other forward options.
He therefore jumped at the offer of first-team football from a coach he describes as an idol back in the South American country.
“I am looking forward to play my first match with my new team,” he said.
“The reason I came to join the Cheetahs here was the presence of one of Brazilian football’s legends, coach Jorginho, in addition to the popularity of Al Wasl team.
“I also liked to have a new experience outside of Brazil, so I’ll try to adapt quickly with my new team.”
Beginning his reign as coach on Sunday, Jorginho had admitted his desire to bolster the club’s foreign ranks as he bids to bring the league title to the Zabeels Stadium for the first time since 2007.
The squad the World Cup winner inherited already includes Ricardo Oliveira, Edson Puch and Emmanuel Culio – meaning at least one of that trio will now be heading for the exit.
New Al Wasl coach Jorginho revealed he already feels at home in Dubai as he officially began work at the Zabeel Stadium.
The Brazilian World Cup winner – who agreed to take over the seven-time UAE champions in April – was speaking as he unveiled his backroom staff and four new signings.
Former Al Jazira defender Salem Masoud and Al Shaab’s Abdalla Saleh have both signed for three years, while Hazza Salem and Salem Abdullah have joined from Al Ain on a season-long loan.
Jorginho arrived back in Dubai over the weekend and says he has so far enjoyed the experience as he prepares to add more new faces to his Wasl squad.
“I am happy here in the UAE and I have enough time to search for foreign players,” he said.
“Everyone knows that the level of performance was not acceptable in the last season, and we will make the maximum effort to improve the image of the team next season.”
On signing his one-year deal with Wasl in mid-April, Jorginho vowed to bring the glory days back to a club that is yet to add to its seven league titles, in the professional era.
He reiterated his desire to bring the glory days back to the Zabeel Stadium but admitted it will be difficult to win the Arabian Gulf League title this season.
“It’s hard to tell the Al Wasl fans that we will win the championship at the moment, but I have a dream,” said the 49-year-old, who is the club’s 13th coach since they last lifted the title in 2007.
Masoud, meanwhile, revealed his gratitude to his former employers in Abu Dhabi while promising the squad would do whatever they could to ensure the Emperor finish as high up the table as possible.
“I spent a good time with Jazira,” he said. “Wasl are a big club and any player wishes to join them. We aspire to do well in the championship next season, Inshallah, we will achieve our goals.”
Jorginho will run the rule over his new players as their internal training camp continues in Dubai during Ramadan, although he is expected to freshen up the club’s foreign contingent.
Meanwhile, Al Shabab have confirmed Brazilian Caio Junior as their new coach for the 2014/15 season.
The former Jazira and Al Gharafa tactician takes over from compatriot Marcos Paqueta, who left the Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium following a disappointing end to last season.
Caio is no stranger to the Arabian Gulf League having coached Jazira to the President’s Cup title during a brief two-month reign at the end of the 2011/12 season.
“Al Shabab have contracted with Brazilian coach Caio Junior to train the first team for one season,” a statement on the Shabab website read late on Saturday night.
The Al Mamzar club are due to return to pre-season training on July 17, when the Brazilian will officially begin his duties.