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Josip Iličić is already posing in the purple jersey of Maribor

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Signed a contract until the summer of 2025

Slovenian football star Josip Iličić officially became a football player of Maribor on Tuesday, the club from the Styrian capital announced on its website. In the afternoon, “Jojo” already presented himself in a purple jersey with the number 72.

The 34-year-old former long-term member of Atalanta, Fiorentina and Palermo in the Italian Serie A national championship has signed a three-year contract with the Slovenian champions, i.e. until the end of the 2024/25 season.

“Jojo, welcome home,” they wrote on the website of the Maribor club. Iličić is returning to the purple jersey, in which he played successfully between July and the end of August 2010, scoring four goals and three assists in 11 games. 12 years ago, the man from Kranj wore the number 27, but now the purples gave him the number 72, with which he became famous in Serie A.

Played in 494 club matches to dateHe quickly became a favorite of the People’s Garden, and his excellent performances in a short period allowed him to transfer to Palermo, where he played a prominent role until he left for Fiorentina in the summer of 2013. He wore the purple jersey of the Florence club for four years, then transferred to 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 the Slovenian pitch in the jersey of Interblock (66) and Maribor. He made 107 appearances for Palermo, 137 for Fiorentina, and 173 for Atalanta. He scored 140 goals and 86 assists, the most in the shirt of the last club, for which he scored 60 goals and contributed 44 assists.

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



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 the last two years he rarely played for Atalanta, which he officially left on August 31. After several weeks of negotiations and searching for a common language, he has now landed 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.

The club will present Iličić in the Europark shopping center, the press conference will be held there at 5:00 p.m.

The people of Maribor will face Koper in the next round of the Telemach First League in Ljudské vrt.



Source: Rtvslo

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