28 Jul 2022 | 08:01 | Football
Bengaluru FC on Friday announced the signing of Australian centre-back Aleksandar Jovanović on a one-year contract ahead of the 2022-23 season. The 32-year-old, who has represented clubs in six different countries, becomes the Blues’ seventh signing under Simon Grayson, and meets AFC’s criteria as a foreigner. outside of the club’s Asia in the squad. Born in Sydney, Jovanović began his youth career with APIA Leichhardt, and went on to sign his first professional contract with the Parramatta Eagles in 2006.
In 2008, he moved abroad for the first time, signing with Serbian club Vojvodina SuperLiga. Between 2008 and 2011, Jovanović had three loan spells in the Serbian league, switching to FK Palic, FK Veternik and RFK Novi Sad respectively during that period.
“I am delighted to represent Bengaluru FC and really look forward to meeting the players, staff and supporters. I was approached with the idea of moving to India and joining the BFC and it was immediate. ie caught my attention.
“I’ve heard a lot about the club because I have friends who have played here, and they have only positive things to say about the club and the League. I can’t wait to get started,” said Jovanović said, after completing the formalities of his transaction.
After briefly playing with Hajduk Kola in 2011, Jovanović crossed the border again, moving to BEC Tero Sasana (now Police Tero FC) in Thailand.
From 2013 to 2015, Jovanović moved to South Korean teams Suwon FC and Jeju United, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2016. A second time at Jeju United will be followed by a move out. another foreign country, this time for the Bosnian Premier League team. Zeljeznicar Sarajevo.
Jovanović, 196 cm tall, is one of Australia’s best players to the K-League, having registered more than a century of appearances in two separate seasons with Jeju United.
Most recently, he signed for A-League rookie Macarthur FC, finishing sixth in their first campaign in the League.
Jovanović is expected to join new signings such as Javi Hernandez, Roy Krishna, Faisal Ali, Amrit Gope, Hira Mondal and Prabir Das, when the Blues regroup for pre-season preparations later this month.
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