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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Tulio Joins Grampus

As expected, former Urawa defender Tulio will be joining Grampus next season. Our General Manager, Kazumasa Kume, announced on Tuesday that he had agreed to join, although no official announcement was made until today, since Wednesday was national holiday in Japan.

Grampus Press Release (Japanese)

The rumoured salary of 120 million yen will make him our highest paid player and put him on the same salary as the manager.

ESPN: Japan defender Tulio swaps Urawa for Nagoya
Reuters: Japan defender Tulio agrees to join Nagoya

As was the case with Mu Kanazaki, the prospect of playing under manager Dragan Stojkovic seems to have been a factor in the decision. Let's hope the manager lives up to expectations next year, after a somewhat indifferent second year in charge. With Kanazaki and Tulio in the squad, the team should have a very real chance of challenging for the title, especially if they keep Maya Yoshida, and add another midfielder, as seems to be likely.

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