Obina trains at Palmeiras and might be announced Monday

Better than Eto’o

Obina, scorer of some of the luckiest goals in history, is back to Brazil. 

After running through a battery of exams this Friday morning, he went on to the club’s weight room to train for a time. He’s very close to be officially announced as the newest Palmeiras reinforcement. The club got him on loan from Chinese team Shandong Luneng by paying a fee of US$ 300,000. Palmeiras also has the 1st option to buy the player if wanted, with a US$ 1m release clause in his contract.

Obina had a fame of being a goalscorer since his first professional appearance at Bahia state side Vitória. He is far from technically sound, and his fitness was always a problem, but he has a scent for the goal. In his last cameo in Brazil, when playing for Atlético-MG, he managed to record a 0.69 goal ratio, with 39 games disputed and 27 goals scored.

He really fits a need in Palmeiras, as they’ve been missing someone to take over Hernán Barcos place when the Argentinean striker is injured or sick. Palmeiras clearly missed him in the Brazilian Cup finals, as he was one of the players that could hold the ball in Coritiba’s attack. Obina is much more of a burner, but as long as he scores goals, even his troublesome participation in 2009 with Palmeiras, when he attacked a colleague on field, would be forgotten.


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