Monday, January 14, 2008
Portuguese midfielder flies in for Ipswich trial
Ipswich has formally requested from Ricardo Fernandes and his current club APOEL Nicosia to grant him permission to undertake a trial period at Portman Road. His club have already given their permission.
Fernandes, 29, played for Sporting Lisbon where he was hailed as one of Portugal's brightest young prospects.
After only one season there he was signed by Jose Mourinho and became a key member of Porto who famously won the double of the Champions League and Portuguese League title during the 2003-2004 season. He came on as a substitute during the Champions League Final.
During his one season at Porto he made 18 appearances scoring one goal. He is noted for his surging runs, accurate passing and is considered lethal at set pieces.
In his first year with his current club he has scored 9 times with an amazing 30 assists. In his second season Ricardo scored 13 goals as he helped APOEL to the League Title.
According to the APOEL FC site the trial is expected to last until Wednesday, 16th January when the player will return to Cyprus.
Ricardo Fernandes Fact File:
Date of birth : April 21, 1978 (age 29)
Place of birth : Moreira de Cónegos, Portugal
Playing position: Attacking/Creative Midfielder