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Kralj back at Partizan

Published: Thursday 5 June 2003, 13.57CET
Ivica Kralj is back at FK Partizan for a third spell after joining on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven.
Published: Thursday 5 June 2003, 13.57CET

Kralj back at Partizan

Ivica Kralj is back at FK Partizan for a third spell after joining on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven.

Goalkeeper Ivica Kralj has returned to Serbo-Montenegrin champions FK Partizan for a third spell after signing a one-year contract.

Free transfer
Kralj, who joins on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven, said: "I feel like I have never left. Partizan is my second home. I have come for one year but I am not hiding my wish to extend the contract next season. I want to become a regular in the team and return to the national team."

Previous spells
Kralj first joined Partizan in 1987 from FK Arsenal Tivat, staying for eleven years. After spells with FC Porto, FK Radnicki Niš and PSV Eindhoven, he returned to Partizan on loan from the Dutch side early in the 2001/02 before returning to the Eredivisie club. However, he did not play a single game for PSV in the season just finished.

Champions League ambition
The 30-year-old, capped 45 times by the former Yugoslavia, is now looking forward to UEFA Champions League football with Partizan, who will enter the tournament in the second qualifying round, hoping to become the first side from their nation to reach the group stage. "We finally want to qualify for the Champions League," Kralj said. "For years we have been trying to get into the competition and now we are experienced enough to get there."

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