By Peter Atencio
Fil-Spanish booter Carlos Alberto Martinez de Murga has created quite an impression after his first two days of scrimmages with the national pool.
National coach Hans Michael Weiss said the intensity which the 23-year old Martinez has shown will definitely make him one of the players to watch.
“This is similar to the impression I got when Angel (Guirado) first came to the team. He can make a contribution, without a doubt,” said Weiss after the joint practices of the Philippine Azkals men’s team and the national under-23 team were finished last Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial football pitch.
Martinez de Murga, whose mother hails from Quezon City, plays as a right back for the third division Racing Club Portuense in Spain. He arrived in Manila on Monday and immediately joined the practices.
Weiss added that he expects Martinez to show his full potential by next week when he has finally shrugged the effects of jet lag after traveling all the way from Spain.
His presence comes at a time when Guirado is taking a few months of rest before rejoining the Azkals by the late quarter of the year.
Martinez de Murga is one of seven Fil-foreigners seeking a slot in the national under-23 team.
Three Fil-Belgian booters, who national team manager Dan Palami got in touch with while on a scouting trip in Europe, arrived yesterday to try out for the national booters.
Among them is Johan Van Bossche, Jeffrey Christiaens and Angelo Verheye, who will be around when the national under-23 squad goes to Bacolod for a training camp.
Fil-German goalie Roland Mueller is expected to rejoin the team in time for its stint in the Long Teng Cup later this month. Brothers Mark and Matthew Hartmann are also seeking their spots in the squad. Published in Manila Standard Today