Romeo Fernandes on Sunday spoke of his delight in becoming the first Indian to feature in Brazil’s Campeonato Paranaense, less than three months after his arrival from Dempo SC.
The 22-year-old made his debut appearance for Atletico Paranaense in a 5-0 victory over Nacional PR, replacing Rafinha in the 69th minute.
“It was amazing to hear fans chant my name when I was warming up,” Romeo told Times of India. “It seemed like a dream to be making my debut in Brazil.
“I think I did reasonably well. Since I was playing my first competitive match for a club as big as Atletico Paranaense, and in Brazil, I was really excited.
“The football here is on an entirely different level. The intensity is so much more than what we are used to in India.”
Romeo, who last autumn showed impressive form for FC Goa in the inaugural Indian Super League, hopes the moment will lead to a national team call-up ahead of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“Let’s see what happens,” said the Goan-born winger, who is yet to earn a senior cap.