Midseason hirings revamp V-League teams

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V-League and First Division clubs on Tuesday completed their registrations list, with a few teams hiring some excellent new players in order to better their showing in the second of half of this season.

Most notably, relegation-threatened V-League club Navibank Saigon (NSG) has taken on three good foreign strikers, including Leandro Cruz and Marcelo De Souza from Duque de Caxias in Brazil's second-tier league.

It was Cruz and Souza who helped Caxias win the Binh Duong Television Cup championship last year.

Cruz scored the opener in the 2-1 win over V-League side Dong Tam Long An in the final match while Souza scored three goals in sm important games at the tournament.

Locally established players Antonio Carlos and Huynh Kesley Alves of V-League clubs Dong Tam Long An (DTLA) and Binh Duong have said Cruz and Souza are excellent players.

The third foreign player that has joined NSG is Forfi from Cameroon. He used to play in Germany and is expected to contribute to helping NSG avoid being relegated to the second-tier First Division.

The Ho Chi Minh City-based club has welcomed the arrival of Brazilian-Vietnamese goalkeeper Phan Van Santos and midfielder Van Khai from DTLA.

The 2003-04 V-League champions Hoang Anh Gia Lai has two new foreign strikers. One of them is Mario Mijatovic from Croatia. Mijatovic, who stands 1.98 meters, scored a goal in a friendly between his Austrian club Lask Linz and Spain's La Liga club Real Madrid on Lask Linz's 100th birthday in 2008.

V-League club Hoa Phat Hanoi has hired  three new foreign players. The most notable of them is William, a 31-year-old striker from Bundesliga I club Eintracht Frankfurt.

The German top-tier side finished the 2009-2010 season in the 10th position in the league and came to Vietnam for two friendly matches earlier this month.

They beat Vietnam's national football team 2-0 at Hanoi's My Dinh Stadium on May 12 and defeated V-League club DTLA 3-1 at Ho Chi Minh City's Thong Nhat Stadium two days later.

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