BRAZIL’S KLAUS PAIS AND LUIS POLASTRI NETO EARN INVITATIONS TO CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA

BRAZIL’S KLAUS PAIS AND LUIS POLASTRI NETO EARN INVITATIONS TO CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA

Receiver and linebacker emerge from CFL Global Combine in Belo Horizonte

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL (March 7, 2020) – Receiver Klaus Pais and linebacker Luis Polastri Neto have become the first Brazilian players to be extended invitations to showcase their skills for Canadian Football League (CFL) general managers, coaches and scouts at the CFL Combine presented by New Era. This year’s event will take place in Toronto from March 26-28. Pais and Polastri Neto were among 18 players who participated in the CFL Global Combine in Brazil, conducted in partnership with the nation’s football federation, the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol Americano (CBFA).

“Our first global combine in Brazil was a tremendous success. Our partners at the CBFA organized a great event and we were able to meet a number of the country’s most talented players. It is our hope that this combine helped introduce the sport to more Brazilians and that our partnership helps pave the way for football to grow and develop across South America,” said CFL Chief Financial Officer and Head of Football Operations, Greg Dick.

“The CBFA is honoured to host the first-ever CFL Global Combine in South America,” said Felipe Pereira, Chief International Relations Officer of the CBFA. “We are thrilled at the prospect of one day seeing our players make their mark in Canada. We are confident that our partnership will bring many great opportunities to the Brazilian football community and will deliver impressive talent to the CFL.”

During the 2019 season, CFL rosters featured, for the first time ever, one designated ‘global player’ from outside the U.S. and Canada on each team’s active roster and as many as two more on their practice rosters. In 2020, the number of global players per team will increase to two on the active roster and up-to-three on the practice roster, with as many as 45 global players competing in the league.

Following the final CFL Global Combine in Mexico on March 15, the full list of global players invited to Toronto will be announced. Information regarding media availability during the CFL Combine can be found here. The 2020 CFL Global Draft will take place on April 16.

GLOBAL PLAYERS INVITED TO THE CFL COMBINE PRESENTED BY NEW ERA

Name

Position

Country

League/NCAA School

Aguemon, Jason

RB

France

LEFA (France)

Aiolupotea-Pei, Misiona

DL

New Zealand

Washington State

Anderson, Tony *

DB

France

NAIA

Billy, Bryan

DB

France

LEFA (France)

Bombek, Jan-Phillip

DL

Germany

Colorado State

Breidenbach, Sven *

OL

Germany

GFL (Germany)

Dalle Piagge, Lorenzo *

DL

Italy

FIDAF (Italy)

Donkor, Aaron

DL

Germany

Arkansas State

Engstrom, Malcolm

DL

Sweden

Superserien (Sweden)

Ford, Jake

P/K

Australia

Ouachita Baptist

Illetschko, Dustin 1

LB

Austria

GFL (Germany)

Izinyon, David *

LB

Great Britain

GFL2 (Germany)

James, William *

DB

Sweden

GFL (Germany)

Kensy, Marius

LB

Germany

GFL (Germany)

Konate, Michel ‘Junior’

RB

Denmark

Nationalliga (Denmark)

Krafft, Leo * 3

DL

Norway

NAIF (Norway)

Kyei, Micky *

WR

Finland

GFL (Germany)

Lee, Taku *

RB

Japan

X-League (Japan)

Liesen, Niklas *

LB

Germany

GFL (Germany)

Machino, Tomoya *

OL

Japan

KCAFL (Japan)

Madin Cerezo, Jean-Claude 1

WR

Spain

GFL2 (Germany)

Mahoungou, Anthony *

WR

France

GFL (Germany)

Mbeleg-Toonga, Glen

RB

Great Britain

GFL (Germany)

Meskell, Ryan

K

Australia

Hawaii

Milanovic, Aleksandar 2

OL

Austria

AFL (Austria)

Omi, Yoshihito

WR

Japan

X-League (Japan)

Pais, Klaus

WR

Brazil

BFA (Brazil)

Polastri Neto, Luis

LB

Brazil

BFA (Brazil)

Posunko, Oleksandr 1

DB

Ukraine

GFL2 (Germany)

Rodney, Justin

RB

Germany

GFL (Germany)

Sagne, Sebastien *

WR

Finland

GFL (Germany)

Schenderlein, Jonas

K

Germany

Concordia-Saint Paul

Takaya, Ryota

DL

Japan

X-League (Japan)

Vrede, Tyron

LB

Netherlands

North Dakota

Whitford, Joel

P

Australia

Washington

Yamagishi, Akio

LB

Japan

X-League (Japan)

Yamasaki, Takeru

P/K

Japan

X-League (Japan)

Zema, Joseph

P

Australia

Incarnate Word

* Recipient of a direct invitation following a CFL Global Combine
1 Attended the CFL Global Combine in Frankfurt, Germany
2 Attended the CFL Global Combine in Florence, Italy
3 Attended the CFL Global Combine in Copenhagen, Denmark

The CFL regular season kicks off on Thursday, June 11 with the Edmonton Eskimos hosting the BC Lions at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Friday Night Football debuts with a double-header on June 12 with the Toronto Argonauts visiting the Ottawa REDBLACKS before the Montreal Alouettes take on the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The season’s opening week concludes with a Saturday night prime-time rematch of the 107th Grey Cup as the defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers travel to Hamilton to face the Tiger-Cats.

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Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League
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