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Burmese club in bid to sign ex-Premier League players

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Zeyar Shwe Myay FC is putting in a bid for an on-loan signing of two Swedish players, veterans of the English Premier League, club general secretary Than Zaw says.

dinbarandlarsonThe club had made bids for striker Henrik Larsson, formerly of Barcelona and Manchester United; and winger Freddie Ljungberg, who was with Arsenal; and the players had as yet failed to respond, Than Zaw said.

“Our chief coach is Swedish so he has close relationships with both players, and he has talked to them [over the loan bid],” Than Zaw told Mizzima.

Larsson, 39, is currently managing Swedish professional club Landskrona, which is playing in the second highest Swedish Football League, and Ljungberg, 33, is currently playing with Chicago Fire in the US Major League Soccer.

Ljungberg, who played in the English Premier League for 10 years with Arsenal and West Ham before moving to the US league, said he could return to English football next month once his commitments in America had ended, Eurosport UK reported.
Zeyar Shwe Myay is owned by Win Myint, the owner of Shwe Nagar Company Limited and coached by Stefan Hansson. Club authorities said it had sustained financial losses in previous years along with other clubs in Burma, but they refused to give any details.

Although the club authorities confirmed they were trying to sign the two Swedish players, Burmese football fans thought that the bid was highly unlikely to succeed.

“The money that a Burmese football club can offer to the players is too low for them,” Myanmar National League (MNL) Stefan Hansson said.

Moreover, four foreign players have signed with Zeyar Shwe Myay for the season next year, meaning the club had reached its quota limit determined by MNL.   

“Players such as Larsson and Ljungberg are too old to play in football leagues in Europe, and even if they want to continue to play, they will choose to play in football leagues such as J League or the Thai Premier League …  rather than play in Burma where human rights abuses are very common,” a Burmese football fan said.   


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