When they beat Barito Putera in the second week of BRI Liga 1 2021/2022, supporters seemed to forget that Bali United had a new attacking midfielder.
That’s because the midfielders of the Tridatu Sergeant Team played quite well in the match against Barito. However, the presence of a Brazilian midfielder whose full name is Eber Henrique Ferreira de Bessa, could be two different sides of the coin.
On the one hand, Eber could become a trump card for Bali United’s game or even appear to flop. What is clear, the public cannot judge Eber Bessa first.
Apart from not being played, Eber has not yet joined Bali United. From the latest news, the 29-year-old attacking midfielder has left Brazil for Indonesia.
That means his travel visa to Indonesia has been issued. However, the coach of Bali United, Stefano Teco Cugurra, still cannot reveal further when Eber will arrive.
What is clear is that against Persib Bandung in the third week, Eber Bessa is impossible to play. “He’s been waiting a long time and has taken care of everything in Brazil. Just waiting for the visa. When the visa came out, he left,” said Teco.
Eber will join directly with Melvin Platje et al. in Jakarta. Then what are the interesting facts of the new Bali United midfielder born in Belo Horizonte? Here is the review.
During his professional career, it was recorded that Eber Bessa had joined three different teams in the Portuguese League. Starting from Maritimo, Vitoria de Setubal, until finally joining Clube Desportivo Nacional which competed in the Portuguese Pro Liga or the second caste competition.
His career had gone uphill while still strengthening Vitoria de Setubal who was in 16th position in the 2019/2020 Primeira Liga standings. However, Vitoria had to be relegated to the Pro Liga this season.
Two seasons in uniform with Vitoria Setubal, Eber did not disappoint. He played 71 times scoring four goals. In addition, Eber Bessa was trusted to wear the number 10 jersey there.
If we look further, it seems that Teco has a big role to play in bringing Eber Bessa to Bali United. In 2014, Eber was loaned to Phuket FC from Cruzeiro. However, he has yet to get playing minutes there.
Incidentally, the loan period was only a few months before Cruzeiro was finally released to a Portuguese club, CS Maritimo. He spent four seasons at the club that was founded in 1910. Back in Phuket, at the same time Teco sat in the coach seat.
Phuket FC was Teco’s second club in Thailand during his six-year adventure there before moving to Persija Jakarta in the 2017 league 1.
“Yes, we had cooperation there (Phuket FC). He came on loan from a big Brazilian club, Cruzeiro. At that time he was very young, “explained Teco.
From data adapted from the Transfermarkt.com website, Eber Bessa can be said to be a versatile player. Statistics show, Eber had played in eight different positions. Starting from the attacking midfielder as his original position to the defensive midfielder.
Only as a defender and goalkeeper he never played. As an attacking midfielder, he has played 79 times. Followed by the central midfielder with 33 appearances. As a number nine, he only played once.
If you look at his playing position, at Bali United, only Stefano Lilipaly has experienced playing in eight different positions.