ISL: Kerala Blasters FC sign Bosnian defender Enes Sipovic

Enes Sipović becomes the second foreign signing at Kerala Blasters FC joining Uruguayan midfielder Adrian Luna who was announced last week.

Sipović will become the first Bosnian player to don the yellow shirt. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Arnab Mukherji | Jul 31, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Kerala Blasters FC have announced the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina central defender Enes Sipovic ahead of the 2021/22 edition. The towering 6’6′ defender joins the Kerala-based franchise after a one-year stint with ISL club Chennaiyin FC. Sipovic joined the Romanian club SC Otelul Galati, after advancing through the youth ranks of Bosnian club Zeljeznicar in Sarajevo. The footballer won the 2010-11 Romanian top-division championship title with SC Otelul Galati, in his debut season.

After six successful seasons at Otelul Galati, Sipovic enjoyed stints at KVC Westerlo (Belgium), Ittihad Tanger & RS Berkane (Morocco) and Ohod Club (Saudi Arabia). He then returned home for a brief spell at his boyhood club FK Zeljeznicar, before playing for Umm Salal in Qatar.

Sipovic featured regularly for Chennaiyin FC, playing 18 matches in the ISL last season. A former Bosnia and Herzegovina U-21 international, the towering 6’6′ defender will become the first Bosnian player to don the yellow shirt. Sipovic becomes the second foreign signing at the Kerala-based franchise, joining Uruguayan midfielder Adrian Luna who was announced last week.

“I am so excited to join one of the biggest clubs in India, with an army of amazing fans. I must say that my actions speak for myself, so on the field, I will be LOUD,” stated the Bosnia and Herzegovina central defender.

Kerala Blasters FC’s Sporting Director, Karolis Skinkys termed Sipovic as a “reliable defender who was strong on set pieces.”

“Enes is a reliable defender, strong on set pieces and positioning. I know that he can adapt to Indian conditions very well and he is an excellent team player. He showed huge motivation to represent Kerala, so I’m happy and looking forward to working with him soon,” read Skinkys’ message.

Recent addition of Adrian Luna

The Kerala-based franchise recently announced the signing of midfielder Adrian Nicolas Luna Retamar. The Uruguay attacking midfielder joins Kerala Blasters FC from Melbourne City on a two-year contract. Luna made 24 appearances for Melbourne City in the A-league last season. He notched three goals and four assists, having begun his career as a footballer at the youth academies of Club Atletico Progreso, Montevideo Wanderers, and Defensor Sporting in Uruguay.

Luna was eventually promoted to Defensor’s U-19 and the first team in 2010. This was followed by loan stints at Spanish clubs Espanyol, Gimnastic, and CE Sabadell for the midfielder, before returning to Defensor in 2013. After two more seasons at the Uruguayan club, he moved to Mexico. Luna represented Tiburones Rojos and Venados FC, before signing for Australian outfit Melbourne City in July 2019. The footballer made 51 appearances over two years for the Melbourne-based club.

“Very happy to join Kerala Blasters, the great family with the best fans in the country without a doubt. I am looking forward to training and meeting my teammates and all the technical staff,” said Luna indicating his excitement.

Skinkys termed Luna as a player with great calibre, and someone who would certainly make the team stronger.

“Adrian Luna is a player with great calibre, and I am sure that this will make our team stronger. Apart from being a good playmaker and smart operator in tight spaces, I liked that Adrian is a hardworking player who always cares about team performance. So, I would like to welcome Adrian to join the Kerala Blasters family,” he stated.

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