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Carlao returns for loan spell with APOEL

Brazilian defender Carlao has returned to former club APOEL on loan after he failed to shine at Serie A club Torino last season.

Carlao – who is regarded as one of the best defenders ever to play for the Cypriot club – is been seen as an attractive move during the summer transfer window especially in light of the injury problems to Nicholas Ioannou and the lack of match fitness to newly arrived Jesus Rueda.

On Monday, APOEL announced that the 31-year-old would be at the Nicosia club for the upcoming season.

Carlao has won two league titles with APOEL in the past and produced some impressive performances for his side during their Champions League campaign in 2014.

Back in January, Torino triggered a €500,000 release clause in his contract to take him to Turin but his time there was hampered by injury and the 31-year-old only made four appearances.

Carlao’s former clubs include Corinthians and French club Sochaux.

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APOEL – who recently changed coach Thomas Christiansen with Mario Been – take on Luxembourg opponents Dudelange in the second qualifying round of the Champions League this week and are looking to seal their place in the group stages of the competition for a fourth time.

Last season, APOEL clinched the league title for a record equaling fifth consecutive time and also made Europa League history by reaching the Last 16 of the competition.

Back in 2012, APOEL stunned the footballing world after reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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