Alex Lima: I can help Jamshedpur FC win the Hero ISL trophy
Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) outfit Jamshedpur FC have roped in midfielder Alex Monteiro de Lima, simply known as Alex, for the new season and the Brazilian’s aim is to win his new club the coveted trophy under the tutelage of Owen Coyle. Alex has worked with Coyle during his time in America with Houston Dynamo, and he credits the Jamshedpur head coach for playing a part in his decision to move to the Hero ISL.
“Jamshedpur FC and I have something in common: We have yet to win a Championship. I think it is high time to do that and it is what I am coming to accomplish. I played for Owen Coyle in Houston and I look forward to reuniting with him. Apart from that, Jamshedpur deserves to win the championship. I think I can help with that,” the midfielder told sportskeeda.com.
The 31-year-old has a lot of experience playing in Asia, having turned out for South Korean sides Suwon FC and FC Anyang before penning a deal with Vietnam outfiit, Ho Chi Minh City FC. With several years of experience in the continent under his belt, Alex is of the opinion that the quality of football in Asia has been improving over the years in terms of competitiveness.
“Football in Asia is growing in competitiveness and the championships are interesting to watch internationally. And to be honest with you when planning my career as a professional athlete I also have to take the financial factor into account,” he said.
Jamshedpur FC nurture their youngsters in the famous Tata Football Academy and Alex believes that a proper youth setup is integral for the success of Indian football in the future. “Professionally structured youth development is essential for the future success of Indian football. I hope I get a chance to work with some of the youths at Jamshedpur’s academy,” the midfielder said.
Meanwhile, with the Hero ISL 2020-21 season a little over a month away, the Brazilian is looking forward to finally linking up with his teammates, a majority of whom have already landed in Goa. “We were in touch via messages, but the most important thing right now is to finally meet all of the team in person and to start working together,” Alex concluded.