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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 8, 2008

Sobis ready for challenge after Al Jazira move

Brazilian Rafael Sobis is relishing the challenge of playing in the Middle East after joining UAE League side Al Jazira from Real Betis.

Sobis, who recently won a bronze medal at the Olympics with Brazil, left the Spanish club for around 10million euros and insisted the switch will not affect his international prospects.

'First of all, I'm happy to play for Al Jazira and in UAE as football has developed rapidly in UAE recently,' said the 23-year-old, who scored four goals in 17 starts for Betis last season.

'It is a positive move for me and I hope it will be successful. Playing for Al Jazira is a new challenge for me and I hope that I can enjoy good performances with them.

'I will try my best to win a lot of titles with Al Jazira whether in the local or continental championships.'

He added: 'Personally, I'm not afraid of losing my place in the national team.

'Coach Dunga is a smart coach and he follows all the Brazilian players wherever they are playing and that's why I'm confident that I will maintain my position in the national team.'

Sobis was unveiled at a press conference alongside fellow Brazilians Marcio Rozario and Fernando Baiano, with the latter admitting the prospect of working under coach and compatriot Abel Braga influenced his decision to join Al Jazira.

'I have heard a lot about Al Jazira and about football in UAE,' said Baiano.

'This is why I was motivated to join Al Jazira and I know a lot about coach Braga and his tactical approach.'

Rozario added: 'It's a great honor to join Al Jazira. I hope I can have a great season and lead them to titles by producing good performances at the heart of defence.'

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