Starosta looks simply Braziliant!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ben Starosta, who marked subsequent 16 million AC Milan signing Pato out of an Under-20 World Cup game last summer Ben Starosta, who marked subsequent 16 million AC Milan signing Pato out of an Under-20 World Cup game last summer

League Two wingers should hold no fear for Ben Starosta - not when you've marked a multi-million pound Brazilian out the game.

Starosta, who joined City on loan from Sheffield United earlier this week, claimed the prize scalp of Alexandre Pato during the Under-20 World Cup last summer.

Poland shocked Brazil 1-0 in the opening group game and Starosta played a key role in shutting down an 18-year-old already being tipped as the next Samba superstar.

Starosta said: "Pato played left wing against me and I kept him quiet all game - and now he's just moved to AC Milan for £16million!

"It's weird how things like that can happen. So on paper I shouldn't have trouble with anyone but unfortunately football's not like that."

Starosta fared much better than Napoli as Pato, nicknamed The Duck', marked his Milan debut last week with a goal in a 5-2 win in Serie A.

"Beating Brazil was the best experience of my life to date. Playing in front of 60,000 and winning the game was very emotional," said the City recruit.

"I just burst into tears at the end of the match. I was too busy crying and celebrating to remember to swap his shirt!"

Starosta qualifies for Poland through his grandfather. He came to the attention of the Polish selectors in 2004 when he was named player of the tournament in the prestigious Milk Cup youth competition in Northern Ireland.

He said: "It wasn't a complete shock when the call eventually came. I have family in Poland and have been over there quite a lot.

"I can speak Polish words and little sentences but when you're playing football you just get on with it. The other players all like to learn English, so we help each other."

Starosta, who spent the first five months of the campaign on loan at Brentford, cannot wait to savour the buzz of playing at Valley Parade.

He said: "When you're in this league, everybody's looking forward to the Bradford game because of the crowd. Great crowds make for a great atmosphere and that was definitely another reason why I came here.

"I virtually played every game at Brentford, so I know what this league is all about. Hopefully I can push on in the second half of the season and show everyone what I'm about."

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