Chennaiyin FC sign former Bundesliga striker Petar Sliskovic

CHENNAI: Chennaiyin FC have signed former FSV Mainz striker Petar Sliskovic ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season.

A graduate of FSV Frankurt’s youth academy, Sliskovic made his professional debut aged 19 in the Bundesliga with FSV Mainz and played for the club for five seasons, until 2015.

The announcement comes just after Chennaiyin FC’s side were bolstered by the services of Ghanaian striker Kwame Karikari.

Welcoming Sliskovic to the club, Chennaiyin FC co-owner Vita Dani said: “Petar Sliskovic is a great addition to our team. Having played at many different clubs in Germany with some of the best coaches and players, Sliskovic also has the experience that some of our youngsters can feed on.”

Sliskovic mainly plays as a centre-forward and has 136 goals and 16 assists to his name in 359 games. Most of his career he played highly competitive football in Germany.

He was also part of the FSV Mainz side that emerged as Bundesliga U-19 champions in 2008-09.

Apart from FSV Mainz, the 6’4″ forward has also played for several other German clubs, including Hallescher FC, Viktoria 1889 Berlin and MSV Duisburg.

“I’m very happy with my time at Chennaiyin FC. It’s a great club to go to, I’ve heard. And I will give everything to make sure we succeed,” Sliskovic said ahead of his first spell in India.

FC Aarau are the only non-German club Sliskovic has played for so far in his 12-year career. The 31-year-old spent two seasons at the Swiss club, starting in 2014-15 and featured in 31 appearances for them in all competitions, registering five goals and two assists.

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