Guwahati: Indian Super League (IPL) side FC Pune City Friday signed Hungarian mid-fielder Krisztian Vadocz as a replacement for the injured John Goossens.
The 29-year-old Vadocz, who joined the team here ahead of its match against NorthEast United FC, has plied his trade for Odense Boldklub (in Danish Superliga) and CA Osasuna (in La Liga).
Born in Budapest, Vadocz made his professional debut aged 17, with hometown's Budapest Honvéd FC, and caught the eye of Ligue 1 outfit AJ Auxerre in the 2005 summer. In June 2007 AJ Auxerre released Vadócz and he joined NEC Nijmegen.
Later he went on to represent La Liga outfit CA Osasuna. In his first season, he did score some important goals for Osasuna, against UD Almeria and at Atlético de Madrid (4-2). In his three years with the Spanish outfit, Vadocz scored 9 goals in his 71 appearances.
He made his debut for both Hungary's under-21 and the national side in 2004. He netted his first goal for the latter a year later, in a 3-2 friendly win over Antigua and Barbuda in Miami, Florida.
On this development, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “John Goossens' presence will be sorely missed in the camp as well as on the field. But I have full confidence in Krizstian Vadocz's ability to fit into our setup.”
Chief coach Franco Colomba too sounded optimistic. “Goossens has been a remarkable player but then we have the season to look forward to and Vadocz's vast experience as a mid-fielder across various international leagues and at the international level shall bring the right balance to the FC Pune City team.”
Dutch national Goossens has been ruled out for the rest of the season, injuring his ribs during a match against Atletico de Kolkata at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata Nov 7.