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Relegated Grampus signs Brazilian trio, appoints future president

Kyodo

Relegated Nagoya Grampus announced the signing of three Brazilian players Wednesday, while also revealing the appointment as adviser of a Toyota Motor Corp. senior official, Koki Konishi, who is set to be promoted to club president next spring.

Defender Charles, 28, joins from Ceara, while 26-year-old midfielder Felipe Garcia and 30-year-old forward Washington join from Brasil de Pelotas. Both clubs play in Brazilian second-tier Serie B.

Konishi, 57, will become the club’s adviser effective Thursday and is expected to succeed Shinichi Sasaki as president in April following a shareholders’ meeting.

On Nov. 10, Kazumasa Kume resigned as president and Hisao Nakabayashi, a former senior Toyota official, stepped down as senior director.

Grampus, which suffered its first relegation in the J. League in October, is set to appoint Kawasaki Frontale manager Yahiro Kazama as its new coach and has signed veteran Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Hisato Sato.