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Anderson Salles, defender and free-kick expert

Brazilian defender Anderson Salles arrived in Indonesia early February, signing for Bhayangkara FC. After less than a month with his new club, he already scored four goals including three fantastic free-kicks. Read his story.

Anderson Salles, Brazilian defender, plays for Bhayangkara FC in Indonesia

Fabrice Deschamps
From Amsterdam

What is always great with domestic cups is that you can be sure you will get great stories. The Piala Indonesia, the main domestic cup over there, is no exception to this statement. Now that we are reaching the quarter-finals and the tension is growing - check the games on mycujoo, the atmosphere in the stadiums is unbelievable -, let us tell you about Anderson Salles, Brazilian player of Bhayangkara FC.

Central defender who just turned 31, Anderson has made most of his career in his motherland. Raised in the famous Santos FC known for having grown Pele, Robinho or Neymar, among other big names, Anderson then travelled around in his country, having known no less than nine clubs. Including Vasco da Gama or Goias, and earning a few trophies such as the Paulista championship, the Carioca championship or the Goiano championship.

Yet, Anderson needed a new challenge and decided to move to Indonesia this winter. Early February, he was recruited by Bhayangkara FC, an Indonesian club from Liga 1. "I am very happy about this new challenge in my career, he told torcedores.com upon arrival. Everything is very new but I am certain I am going to adapt very quick. I want to give it all and help the club reaches its objectives".

Anderson Salles, Brazilian defender, celebrates scoring a goal with Bhayangkara FC (Indonesia)

4 goals in a month

Well, the least we can say is that the adaptation was fast indeed. Not only the big guy brought some solidity in the defense, but within barely a month, he already scored four goals. Including three on magnificent free-kicks, in the Cup.

The first one on 19 February, in stoppage time of the round 16 first leg against PSIS Semarang. His team was 1-0 up away but this second goal was the cherry on the cake. And what a cherry...

"I am very happy I could score and help the team. Our goal was to win that game and we did, still we will need to play a great second leg to ensure the qualification", said the Brazilian who was elected best defender of the Paulista Championship in 2014.

Surely Joko Ribowo, the Semarang goalkeeper, had a few nightmares after this goal conceded in the very last seconds. But in fact, it was just the start... Five days later indeed, PSIS Semarang, at home, scored very early in the game, restoring their fans’ hopes for a possible remontada. But that was until the 25th minute and this new piece of art of Anderson.

Around the hour, Bhayangkara FC was 2-1 up and in a very good position to qualify. New free-kick, 25 meters away. Anderson is around the ball, you can literally feel Ribowo sweating. But surprise, the Brazilian player leave it to Lee Yunjun, his Korean teammate who sent the ball in the opposite top corner. Ok, that’s it now, game over ! Mmmh, not exactly...

Insatiable, Bhayangkara kept on pushing and got a new free-kick five minutes before the end of the game. Guess what ? Anderson took it and delivered THIS :

"I have been practicing free-kicks regularly when in Brazil. That's my strength. And here in Indonesia, I continue to work on my skills at training. And that makes me happy when that work pays off during the games !", Salles said to Tribunnews.com after the game. Keep on training Anderson, a few more like that and your team might be in the Cup final !