Global confirm Hartmann, Sanchez signings

United Football League (UFL) giants Global have confirmed the signings of Philippines international Mark Hartmann and Spanish striker Rufino Sanchez.

Izzdin holds up a strong challenge by Hartmann.

By FOX Sports staff

Global, UFL champions in the 2012 season, had to settle for a runners-up finish last term as they ended the campaign three points behind Stallion Sta. Lucia.

However, they are currently contending for the RHB Singapore Cup and face Brunei's DPMM FC in the quarter-finals at the end of this month.

And their hopes of progressing to the last four have been given a boost after it was confirmed on their official website that they had secured the services of Sanchez on a one-month loan deal from Stallion.

The Spaniard finished last season with 18 goals to his name and was awarded both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards for being the Most Valuable Player and top scorer respectively.

His presence up front will certainly be very important given it is uncertain Sudanese striker Izzeldin Elhabbib will be available for the clash, especially after he reportedly missed their opening-round game against Warriors FC due to visa problems.

Elhabbib's replacement for that match, Jordan Robertson, scored in what turned out to be a 2-0 win for Global but has since left the club and returned to his native England.

While Sanchez is only temporarily on Global's roster, they did manage to complete the permanent addition of Hartmann, who joins from Loyola Meralco Sparks.

The attacking midfielder, who recently captained the Philippines Under-23 side in a friendly against Singapore, enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2013 and netted 13 goals to finish as the Sparks' second-highest scorer behind Phil Younghusband.

Nonetheless, it appears that he will be ineligible to play in the remainder of the Singapore Cup campaign as he is cup-tied, having played for Loyola in their 3-0 win over Harimau Muda in the first round.

Global also confirmed the signings of versatile defender Emil Mucanda from Pasargad, along with Loyola Under-19 duo Amani Aguinaldo and Paolo Bugas.

Club owner Dan Palami is confident the quintet will be able to make a positive impact in the coming season.

"We are happy to have signed such quality players, who will certainly play important roles in our bid to win more trophies," he said.

"I am sure that the Global supporters will welcome them with open arms."

The first leg between Global and DPMM will take place at the Jalan Besar Stadium on July 24, before both sides meet again at the same venue three days later for the return encounter.

Image courtesy of FAS (Muhammad Yusuf)



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