The long-rumoured transfer of Joao Pedro Coimbra Fernandez to European giants Partizan has been confirmed by the player.
At 23 years old, Fernandez, who originally arrived in Novi Beograd from Barceloneta back in 2021, is extending his tenure in the Serbian capital by joining one of the continent’s most successful water polo clubs. Partizan’s storied history includes an impressive tally of 10 Serbian national championships and a remarkable 7 Champions League titles, cementing their status as a dominant force in European water polo.
Fernandez took to his Instagram to share the news with his followers:
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Having represented Brazil across various levels of competition, from youth to senior championships, Joao Pedro’s international experience is noteworthy. Notably, since his arrival in Belgrade, he has obtained Serbian citizenship, allowing him to don the Serbian colours on the international stage, starting from March next year (2024).
Joao Pedro shared his initial thoughts on the transfer in a sneak peek of his upcoming appearance on the Total Waterpolo Podcast, set to be released next week:
“It is an extremely traditional club. I think Partizan is going through a process of reestablishment they’re renewing the categories they are going from down again up. So for me to try to help them to go back again is very important for me to put my name in this story even though it’s for a short period. For me it would be very special. I had a dream when I was younger to go serve to play for a Partizan in my last years of my career but they came earlier than I expected and I think that’s going to be super special. It will be nice to play a different European competition now we will play in the Euro Cup. That’s something I never played, that’s something for sure is going to be very tough. We’re going to try to do some very good results in the league. It’s a new challenge for me so all good things can come from designing to develop myself as an athlete to developing myself as a goalkeeper. I can learn a lot. There are a lot of very good, capable coaches. A lot of young talents. They are training super Well, they’re very professional, very serious. So that’s something very important.”