Ariel Rodriguez’s stellar season for Bangkok Glass in Thailand has earned him a call-up to the Costa Rican National Team.
The Ticos named its squad for their World Cup Qualifiers away to Trinidad & Tobago Nov. 11 and at home against the USA Nov. 15.
Rodriguez scored 21 goals in all competitions in his debut season in Thailand.
Osmar Barba Ibanez has been recognised once again as one of the best players in the K-League, earning a nomination for the 2016 K-League MVP Award.
The nomination is another in a long line of recognitions for the Spaniard who has established himself as one of the best central defenders and holding midfielders in Asia since his move from Buriram United to FC Seoul in 2014.
Osmar was named club captain at the beginning of the 2016 season and has lead his FC Seoul team with aplomb, currently sitting in second position on the table.
With Bengaluru FC becoming the first club in Indian history to enter the AFC Cup final, head coach Albert Roca was very satisfied with achievement.
Bengaluru FC defeated Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim 3-1 in the AFC Cup semi-finals on Thursday.
“It’s a great day. Perhaps today we can say that India is not just a cricket country anymore. Because there is a football shift and that’s something important and we are happy for that. Everyone is involved, not just us, but all teams in India, so it’s very important,” he remarked.
Striker Apostolos Giannou has been brought into the Socceroos squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Saudi Arabia (6 October) and Japan on Tuesday 11 October.
The Melbourne-born Giannou will join the likes of Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse and Mathew Leckie in the Caltex Socceroos attack for the two important clashes in Jeddah and then Docklands Stadium in his hometown of Melbourne.
Costa Rican forward Ariel Rodriguez Araya became the first Bangkok Glass FC player to score more than 20 goals a season after his solitary strike secured Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Sukhothai FC that lifted the Rabbits to third spot in Thai League table.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a profitable campaign in his first season at the 2014 FA Cup winners since singing from Deportivo Saprissa in his native country as he repays much of his transfer fee by racking up 21 goals so far in all competitions.