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Former Man United player Bojan Djordjic confirmed for ISL


New Delhi: Former Manchester United player Bojan Djordjic will play in the the inaugural season of the Hero Indian Super League, the organisers said today.

Djordjic, 32, joined United at the age of 17 in 1999 and stayed at the club till 2004. But, he made only two appearances for the Premier League club.

“Hero Indian Super League confirms the participation of former Manchester United player Bojan Djordjic for the inaugural season. The winger-cum-attacking midfielder will feature among the 49 players in the ‘central international player draft’ to be held on August 21st 2014 in Mumbai,” the organisers IMG-Reliance said in a release.

“Playing in the Indian Super League will be a great adventure, a chance to meet new people and help them to become stronger in a sport that has been my passion for my whole life,” said the left-footed Swede, who once was named United’s Young Player of the Year at the age of 18.

Djordjic joined United in 1999 at 17 from Brommapojkarna, a Swedish second division club near his Stockholm home. United spotted Djordjic playing in Under 17 European Championships for Sweden against England.

Within a year, Djordjic earned the rare distinction of being United’s Young Player of the Year. By 2001, he was named in United’s first team squad on a regular basis.

Over the last 15 years, Djordjic has gained vast international experience having played competitive football in England, Scotland, Serbia, Denmark, Sweden and Hungary.

Known as a creative midfielder and a set-piece specialist, Djordjic has played key role for his respective teams in winning four league titles in four different countries — the domestic doubles with Glasgow Rangers (Scotland), Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) and AIK in Sweden and won the League Championship in Hungary for Videoton FC.

He was also instrumental in making Plymouth Argyle FC a strong Championship side during his time in England.