Melbourne Heart Picks Orlando Engelaar

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Australian professional football club Melbourne Heart has announced the signing of 14-time Dutch international Orlando Engelaar as their leading player for A-League 2013-2014.

Orlando Engelaar
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The 33-year-old Engelaar will join the Australian club after having spent a long career with the European football club, including PSV Eindhoven and FC Schalke 04.

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi said the center midfielder will offer an impressive play in the midfield.

"I am confident that Orlando will be one of the most accomplished midfielders that has come to play football in Australia," Aloisi said in a statement on Friday.

"You don't pull the strings in the midfield for the Dutch national team unless you have some special qualities," he added.

Engelaar is known for his heading ability and height, standing 1.96 meters tall.