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Former Portugal winger Simao joins ISL Former Portugal winger Simao joins ISL club

June 25, 2015 18:31 IST

To replace Spanish Capdevila at John Abraham-owned NorthEast United

Simao Sabrosa

Portugal's Simao Sabrosa celebrates his goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

Former Portugal and Barcelona winger Simao Sabrosa has signed up as NorthEast United's marquee player for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL), the team said on Thursday.

The 35-year-old Europa League winner has been without a club since last year and will replace World Cup-winning defender Joan Capdevila as the ISL team's big-name signing.

Simao made 85 appearances for Portugal and was part of the side that finished runner-up at the 2004 European Championship. He also won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2010.

NorthEast United finished bottom in the inaugural season of the eight-team competition.

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