I -League: FC Bengaluru United signs Luka Majcen and Pedro Manzi ahead of the upcoming season- FC Bengaluru United has added Luka Majcen and Pedro Manzi to their ranks ahead of the upcoming domestic season. The BDFA Super Division Champions will be hoping to see the duo bring valuable experience for the team as they focus on securing an I-League spot this season.
FC Bengaluru United will kickstart their careers when the I-League outfit begins its preparations for the Durand Cup. The highly anticipated tournament is set to see FC Bengaluru United join 15 other teams and battle them for the prestigious cup in Kolkata next month.
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The foreign duo will be eager to repay the faith FCBU has played in them and add firepower to the attack for the upcoming season. Luka Majcen joins Bengaluru United as a free agent after a stint with Churchill Brothers. The 32-year-old played in I-League last season where he finished as the second-highest goal scorer. The Slovenian forward scored 11 goals and registered two assists last season.
Speaking on joining Bengaluru United, Majcen said, “I am delighted to join FC Bengaluru United for the new season. The club has a clear goal and vision about where they see themselves in the coming years – which is to be playing in the I-League. My objective is to help the team win and achieve this goal together with my new teammates. I am excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to working with Head Coach Richard Hood, whose reputation as one of the sharpest coaches in Indian football precedes him.”
Pedro Manzi on the other hand featured for Chennai City FC during the 2018-19 I-League season. The Spanish forward ended up being the Golden Boot winner bagging 26 goals and helping the team with the I-League.
After joining Bengaluru United, Manzi was also quoted saying, “I am very happy to return to India and play for FC Bengaluru United. Bengaluru has a great sporting culture, and the fans really support their team. I would like to use all my career experience to help the team grow, whether it is with my offensive tactical play, assists for goals, and also the way I apply pressure with my defensive skills,”
He added, “Being part of the FC Bengaluru United journey will help me in my own professional journey. I was excited to accept this challenge and look forward to playing a leading role in guiding the club to the I-League. It was very easy for me to accept the offer after speaking to their head Coach, Richard Hood, and General Manager, Somanna CS.”