Guirado joins Ceres FC

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


SPANISH defender Juan Luis Guirado, who displayed a superb performance in the last AFC President’s Cup in Bacolod City, is reported to be joining Bacolod-based Ceres-La Salle FC in the upcoming season of the United Football League.

As reported by El Correo de Burgos, a Spanish newspaper, the Fil-Spanish defender who last suited up for CD Burgos in 2013 season has signed a two-year deal with Ceres FC which has been promoted to the First Division.

While on loan with Ceres FC, which represented the Philippines during the AFC President’s Cup, Guirado made two goals in three games against Rimyongsu SC of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei’s Tatung FC, and Turkmenistan’s HTTU Asgabat.

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Another Spain-based newspaper, Diario de Burgos described Guirado’s performance as outstanding in the last AFC tournament that led Ceres-La Salle to offer Guirado a two-year contract.

"My interest started almost as a joke and I finally made an offer for two seasons,” Guirado told El Correo de Burgos.

Guirado also described to Diario de Burgos that football in the Philippines is now the third most popular sport in the country next to boxing and basketball.

Late last month, Ceres FC also signed up 23-year-old Fil-Belgian Jeffrey Christiaens and Spanish forward Adrián Gallardo.

While Christiaens’s transfer made him the fifth player from the league’s defending champion, Global FC, Gallardo is the first full-blooded Spaniard to suit up for the Bacolod-based club.

Christiaens, born in Brussels, Belgium, first saw action in Philippine soil in 2011 as part of the Under 23 squad during the Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia before suiting up for the Azkals a year later.

Gallardo, meanwhile, has scored six goals in 19 games for the CD Fernando in the La Liga.

Aside from CD Fernando, Gallardo also played for Union Sporting, Chiclana CF, Oporto, Industrial Jerez, Cadiz B, Athletic Sanluqueño and Cádiz CF.

Although he has not yet formally signed his contract with the Ceres-La Salle FC, Gallardo is already very excited and looking forward to joining the team. (HGD)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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