The transfer window is open and the rumors are flying around again. The Portuguese daily “O’ Jogo” has announced that Benfica is interested in signing Mexican youth player Alan Pulido of Tigres UANL. Pulido is a 22 year old player who made his professional debut in 2010.
The Ciudad Victoria-native has played his entire professional career with the Monterrey-based squad making 82 professional appearances at the end of the Apertura 2013. In that time frame Pulido has made a name for himself scoring 31 goals.
Pulido made a name for himself in 2011when helped Tigres win the Apertura 2011 championship. That year he was part of the Mexican U-20 national team that won the CONCACAF tournament. He scored five goals during that tournament winning the top scorer honors. A few months later he and the Mexican team ended the Colombia 2011 FIFA U-20 in 3rd place.
His name grew brighter in 2012 when he took part in the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. A few months later he travelled to Hyeres, France and won the 2012 Toulon Championship, a youth tournament that took place right before the London 2012 Olympic Games. Unfortunately he was not a part of the London 2012 Olympic gold medal team, but he was one of the main players to take the team there.
Sporting Lisboa e Benfica is Portuguese soccer team based out of that nation’s capital. The team, along with Porto FC, is one of the strongest squads in Portugal. The eagles are not only top flight Portuguese football, but top European football as well. Founded in 1904, Benfica holds the record for most league titles with 32. They have also won 24 Portuguese Cups.
Benfica’s league achievements also include going 28 games undefeated in the 1972-73 season, 23 in consecutive order. That year, with the club’s most famous player, Eusebio, Benfica won 26 matches and drew two to have a perfect season.
If Pulido were to sign with Benfica he would be the second Mexican player to join the ranks of the club. Previously Francisco “Kikin” Fonseca played with the club during the first half of the 2006-07 season. However, Fonseca did not fare well with the team and returned to Mexico for the Clausura 2007 season with Tigres UANL.