Samba Magic returns to the Premier Division as Brazilian Eduardo Pinicelli joins the Bit O' Red


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For the second season in a row, the League of Ireland Premier Division will have some Brazilian Samba flair after Sligo Rovers announced that they have signed former Fluminense midfielder Eduardo Pinicelli on a one-year deal.

Starting off his career at Fluminense, the now 34-year-old Pinicelli who once played alongside the great Brazilian attacking star Romario, has also managed to have playing stints in Malaysia, Italy, Colombia and Sweden before most recently playing in Cyprus with Ethnikos Achna.

A midfielder with a keen eye for special goals as seen in this video below, Pinicelli joined up with Gerard Lyttle’s Sligo Rovers last week after impressing former Sligo Rovers hitman Vinny Faherty, who quickly notified his old boss of a potential possibility to sign the talented midfielder after a recent training run out with the Brazilian in Cyprus.


“Vinny got in touch to let us know about Eduardo and his possible availability.” Gerard Lyttle told

“Prior to that it was just a conversation where he had asked Eduardo would he ever consider a move to Ireland. Vinny said he could be available in the summer and he told Eduardo about the club and life here.

"We watched Eduardo, did research, and his technical ability is awesome. I also checked it out with a contact of mine in Cyprus and he said he would probably be out of reach for Sligo Rovers.”

However, despite once believing his new man may have been too difficult for Sligo Rovers to sign, Lyttle pursued the deal and said that a deal was practically finalised before his arrival at the Showgrounds last week and is hoping that he can bring a calming influence among teammates and supporters alike.

“We pursued it and I built up a relationship with him over a couple of weeks. Eventually he asked his club could he move on in this window and the deal was pretty much agreed before he came here.

“He can play anywhere in midfield and I see him fitting into the middle of the park as an eight or a six. He comes with tremendous leadership qualities and was the former captain of the club in Cyprus. Eduardo is a calming influence on the pitch and he brings that wealth of experience that some of the young lads can learn from.

“He doesn’t train like a 34-year-old or play like one. He is in great condition and we’re excited we have him here. This is a big statement for us that we can attract a player of his calibre. He still has that mentality where he wants to win. He’s a family-type man which is something I really like. It’s another player I think our supporters will really look forward to seeing play for Rovers.”

Also Speaking to on his decision to move to the Bit O’ Red, Pinicelli has said that he has been impressed with the club set-up so far and believes the advice he received from Vinny Faherty has already been vindicated.

“I made a life choice firstly to come to Ireland. Everything I was told about Sligo by my friend Vinny was good, from the club to the place. I see now what he means.

“Everyone has been so good, they have made me very welcome and the players and coach are very nice people. The coach gives very good training sessions.

“This is a big change for me in my life to move to Sligo. I used to say that I’m a dreamer. I know Sligo did not do too well last year. But they survived and that is all that matters. And I’m still a dreamer. So, my expectation is to be the best you can.”

With Gerard Lyttle already lining his new recruit up as a potential dressing room leader, Pinicelli has said that he doesn’t want to force it too soon as he believes that these things should be natural occurrences.

“I think this just happens naturally. As they trust me, by my quality and my strengths on the pitch, then yes. You don’t choose a leader. It becomes natural. I am happy to be here. I bring with me my mentality for victory. That is what I want to bring to Sligo Rovers.”

Sligo Rovers supporters can see their new signing make his first appearance as a Bit O’ Red player in tonight's friendly against First Division Galway United this evening with a kick off time of 7.45pm.