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 general managers, coaches and scouts at the CFL Combine.
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.
“The CBFA is honoured to host the first-ever CFL Global Combine in South America,” Felipe Pereira, Chief International Relations Officer of the CBFA, said.
“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. The 2020 CFL Global Draft will take place on April 16.
List of Global players currently invited to the CFL Combine in Toronto
|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)|
|Milanovic, Aleksandar 2||OL||Austria||AFL (Austria)|
|Nielsen, Steve||OL||Denmark||Eastern Michigan|
|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|
|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