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Iličić officially became a member of Maribor



Slovenian football star Josip Iličić officially became a Maribor player today, the club from the Styrian capital announced on its website.

The 34-year-old former long-time member of Atalanta, Fiorentina and Palermo in in the Italian Serie A national championship, he signed a three-year contract with the champions.

Jojowelcome home,” they wrote on the website of the Maribor club. Ilicic is coming back in purple jersey, in in which he successfully performed between July and the end in August in 2010 and scored four goals and three assists in 11 games.

Played in 494 club matches to dateHe quickly became a favorite of the People’s Garden, excellent performances in for a short period, they allowed him to transfer to Palermo, where he played a prominent role until leaving for Fiorentina in the summer of 2013. He wore the purple jersey of the club from Florence for four years, and then transferred in Bergamo to Atalanta, where he left the biggest mark. In his club career, he has made 494 appearances to date, of which 77 were on Slovenian greens. in jersey of Interblock (66) and Maribor. He made 107 appearances for Palermo, 137 for Fiorentina, and 173 for Atalanta. He signed under 140 goals and 86 assists, the most right in jersey of the last club, for which he scored 60 goals and contributed 44 assists.

He made his debut for the Slovenian national team on the 11th. in August 2010, and since then he has made 80 appearances and scored 16 goals. It is the last time in played in the selected line on November 14 last year in the victory against Cyprus in qualification for the World Cup in Qatar. In recent years, he has had many problems off the football field.

This is how Ilicic said goodbye to the Atalanta fans, who keep him in very fond memory.  Photo: EPA

Šuler: It is a special bond between Josip and MariborAfter the outbreak of the new coronavirus pandemic, the experienced footballer also struggled with personal problems, as a result of which he took a long break from football. in In the last two years, he rarely played for Atalanta, which he officially left on the 31st. in August. After several weeks of negotiations and finding a common language, he has now agreed in Maribor. “This is a big event for everyone, it is about a matter that undoubtedly stands out of the box and means a lot. Not only for Maribor, but for Slovenian football in general. It is about a special bond that is woven between Josip and Maribor, which also led to of a positive outcome of a demanding challenge,” said Maribor’s sports director upon signing the contract for the website Marko Šuler.

It will take some time“The long-term contract confirms how serious the matter is. Josip really did not play for a while, he trained according to an independent program, and when the agreement is confirmed, we cannot yet announce with certainty the premiere on the field. Of course, he will need some time to reach the appropriate level of fitness. But he is coming with great motivation and desire, he is able to quickly adapt to the requirements, because he knows how to measure his efforts with his experience. We will not rush, but with our combined efforts we will do everything to see him together with the team on the field as soon as possible.” added Šuler.

Ilicic will be presented by the club in shopping center Europarkthe press conference will be held there at 5 p.m.

The people of Maribor will in to the next round of the Telemach First League in People’s garden was compared with Koper.

Source: Rtvslo

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