TOKYO - Japan defender Tulio has put the boot into his J-League team Urawa Reds, blasting the failure of club officials to sign any big-name players. The 28-year-old lashed out at the club's transfer policy after the Reds sold fellow Brazilian-born player Alex to rivals Nagoya Grampus. "There's something wrong with the front office," Tulio told Japanese media on Tuesday. "Everyone is leaving and they don't buy any new players. That's not how you win titles." Left midfielder Alex obtained Japanese citizenship to play for Japan at the 2002 World Cup the country co-hosted with South Korea. The 32-year-old joined Nagoya earlier this week. "They simply let a player who has the experience of playing two World Cups leave," said Tulio. "It's too late now to bring in a replacement for (Alex). To be honest it's very sad." Urawa were J-League champions in 2006 and won the Asian Champions League in 2007 but Japan's best-supported side are 10 points off the pace this season. Tulio also criticised Reds manager Volker Finke's policy of relying on young players brought through the club's youth system. "I can't wait around three years for players to mature," he said. "I might have retired by then. Urawa is a club that needs to be winning titles and winning them now."
4 August 2009
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