Portuguese UEFA Cup hopefuls SC Braga and Vitória FC have signed untried players from Argentina and France.
Braga have secured Argentinian striker Maximiliano Bevacqua on loan from CA San Lorenzo de Almagro. Curiously, the 25-year-old has never appeared for the side he joined in his teens, spending his entire career on loan at clubs in Argentina's second tier. A record of 51 goals in the past three seasons – most of them headers – has convinced Braga coach Jesualdo Ferreira to make his move.
Vitória also welcome a new arrival after French goalkeeper Fabien Farnolle joined from FC Girondins de Bordeaux. The 20-year-old impressed coach Luís Norton de Matos during a one-week trial and the Setubal-based Portuguese Cup holders have decided to sign him permanently. Like Bevacqua, Farnolle has never played top-flight football.
The mood is less celebratory in Guimaraes, however, after Ghanaian forward William Tiero broke a bone in his foot during Vitória SC's friendly against FC Felgueiras. He is now likely to miss Guimarães's UEFA Cup first-round tie in September.