Pune Football Club confirmed the signing of Equatorial Guinea international and former Villarreal CF B striker Raúl Iván Fabiani Bosio for the 2013-14 season on Monday.
29-year-old Bosio joins playmaker Douhou Pierre as the second player in the foreign quota. He also became the first European player to sign for Pune FC.
Bosio,born in Spain,has had a successful season with Valencia-based club Huracán CF in the Segunda Division-B (Third Division),during which he guided them to the play-offs final only to lose out on promotion due to the away goals rule.
Standing at 6 foot and 6 inches,he is the tallest striker ever to be signed by the club.
Pune FCs head of operations,Chirag Tanna said,We are very happy to have signed Raul. He has an excellent record in Spain (Segunda and Segunda B) and we believe he has the necessary attributes to succeed in the I-League.
The striker who arrived in the city on Sunday,said,Im happy to be in India and be a part of Pune FC,which is one of the top clubs. I am willing to put in a lot of effort and want to help Pune FC win the league. I will try to score as many goals as possible,
The striker started his career at top-division side Villareal CF (2001). He was later promoted to their B team (2003) and started playing in the second division.
Thereafter,he plied his trade for several Segunda-Division B clubs – Moralo CP,CP Cacereño,UD Lanzarote,CD Teruel and Villajoyosa CF,establishing himself as a proven goal scorer. He also had a short stint in Greece at Panachaiki FC in 2008.
Born to a Spanish father and an Equatorial-Guinean mother,Raúl holds both Spanish and Equato-Guinean nationality. In 2011,he was naturalised to play for the Equatorial Guinea national team for the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
The striker made two appearances against eventual champions Zambia in the group stage and against Ivory Coast in the quarters during the Cup of Nations. Overall in his career,he has made a total of six appearances for Equatorial Guinea.