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Former SS Lazio star Mauricio: Who is Johor Darul Ta’zim’s new signing from Brazil?

Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim FC has announced the capture of Mauricio dos Santos Nascimento. The 30-year-old will be part of the JDT squad who will become the first from their country to play in the AFC Champions League. But who exactly is this Brazilian defender and what will he add to the Southern Tigers roster? 

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Johor Darul Ta’zim will have two battles on their hands when the new season commences in a few months’ time. One is on the closer and familiar domestic turf where they have done it all before but will still be expected to put up a strong showing once again and defend their Malaysian Super League title as well as bring home the cup.

The other will be fought on uncharted territories as they step out onto the showpiece continental event where they will be up against the big boys of Asian football. It will be an intimidating challenge, but when the enemy on the other side is stronger than you are, the only option you have is recruiting stronger and fresher mercenaries.

And so JDT have turned to Mauricio, a Brazilian who has worn the colours of some of the most established names in European club football — SS Lazio in Italy, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and Spartak Moscow in Russia. We take a closer look at the South American’s footballing journey so far as he looks to take the Southern Tigers to glory in his latest assignment.