FC Goa, the Indian Super League (ISL) franchise representing one of India's most beautiful states, has roped in Rafael Dumas and Matheus Trindade Goncalves as their "Deadline Day" signing ahead of the third edition of India's most watched football tournament.
Dumas, a 21-year-old defender, has impressed Zico with his performances for the junior side in recent years according to reports. Dumas received a promotion to the senior team after helping Flamengo juniors win the Junior Campeonato Carioca in 2015, according to the club's official website. Being a left-footed player, Dumas can ply his trade either as a centre-back or also as left-back and will affectively act as cover for Fulganco Cardozo in the latter position.
Zico's imprint on the other signing, Goncalves, is tangible as well - considering the 20-year-old was a part of Flamengo too.
Not much is known about the medio volante, or central midfielder, except for the fact that he is a product of the Audax Rio academy, before sealing a move to The Vultures in 2013. He has since represented the youth teams of the Maracana-based side.
He has played in a variety of Brazil's junior tournaments, most notably winning the Campeonato Carioca Junior Cup in 2015, with Flamengo. As part of the U19 squad earlier this year, Goncalves participated in the Copa São Paulo de Futebol Júnior, in a match against arch-rivals Corinthians earlier this year, scoring a goal and aiding his team in winning the penalty shoot-out.
Goncalves, however, was in the news for totally converse reasons in 2015, when a training ground incident at Flamengo's headquarters left him unconscious, until revived by the physio. This was due to a clash of heads with Ecuadorian Erazo, while vying for a header off a corner. Another important member of training on that fateful day was former Chennaiyin FC marquee Elano.
Goa's belief in the youngster will be key to the fledglings success, as the Gaurs have signed him on as per records on a two year deal.
The duo will join the likes of Gregory Arnolin, Lucio and Luciano Sabrosa and Jofre Mateu in aiding the Virat Kohli co-owned Blues to a third successive knock-out round qualification, alongside possibly sealing the trophy for the Goans as well, this time around.