Soccer / J. League

Bellmare acquire ex-Antlers striker Dinei

Kyodo

Shonan Bellmare have signed former Kashima Antlers forward Dinei, the J. League first-division team announced Friday.

The 32-year-old Brazilian scored one goal in four league games for Kashima last year and had one goal in six games this se ason before the club decided not to renew his contract in late July.

“I’m grateful from the bottom of my heart to Shonan Bellmare for giving me another opportunity to play in Japan. I felt the potential of this team when I faced them with Kashima this year,” Dinei said on Shonan’s website.

Bellmare are in the relegation zone, sitting 17th in the J. League’s season standings, two places and a point from safety with 11 games to go.