Eric Botteghin signs deal

Central defender Eric Botteghin signed a four-year contract with Feyenoord at the Kuip on Thursday afternoon. The 27-year-old arrives from FC Groningen, where he played his last match in a 1-1 draw at home to FC Twente on Wednesday. The Brazilian, who has been given the number 33 shirt, will most likely be eligible to make his debut this Sunday against SC Cambuur in Leeuwarden.

Technical director Martin van Geel is very pleased to have landed Botteghin. ‘At FC Groningen has proven he is ready to take a step up. We are delighted with his arrival, which means that the centre back positions are very well covered.’

For the past two seasons Botteghin has been under contract at FC Groningen, where he won the KNVB Cup last season. Botteghin also won the Bronze Boot, making him the highest ranked defender in last season’s Footballer of the Year classification.

Eric Botteghin was born in Sao Paulo on 31 August 1987. He advanced through the youth academies at Grêmio Barueri Futebol and Internacional Porto Alegre before being snapped up by PEC Zwolle in January 2007. He played for two years at NAC Breda before switching to FC Groningen.

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