Samba Striker in Green & White: In the coming two seasons Austria's most decorated club can look forward to calling on the talents of 19-year old Brazilian Joelinton (full name: Joelinton Cassio Apolinário de Lira). Standing 186cm tall, Joelinton made his professional debut in 2014 for home town club Sport Club do Recife, before moving to the German Bundesliga and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the start of last season. Now Joelinton makes a two-year loan move to Hütteldorf after successful negotiations between Hoffenheim and a Rapid delegation.
Sporting Director Andreas Müller is convinced the young Brazilian will prove a real strengthening element in the squad: "Joelinton now has the traditionally tough first season in Europe out of the way and has a burning desire to prove what he can do. He’s a powerful, athletic player, who, in the mould of a traditional striker, should bring plenty of menace in front of goal. Normally we’d have a tough time securing a player of his talents at his age, hence I’m extremely happy that we reached this agreement with Hoffenheim for the next two seasons."
Joelinton has moved straight into training with his new teammates after quickly passing routine medical checks. On his new surroundings he said: "I'm looking forwards to getting to know my new teammates and the whole club in general. I've heard that I can look forward to an amazing atmosphere at the home games. I hope that I can make plenty of appearances and score goals and play my part in a successful era for my new club," said the Brazilian, who turns 20 on August 14 and who will wear the number 34 shirt.