Ognjenovic back in the big time

FC Dynamo Kyiv have signed a one-year contract with Serbo-Montenegrin international Perica Ognjenovic.

Revival wanted
The 26-year-old forward is hoping to kick-start his career with the hope of winning back his international place. If all goes well, Dynamo could extend his stay by a further three years. Ognjenovic came to prominence with FK Crvena Zvezda in 1995. National-team recognition followed and he figured for Yugoslavia at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Madrid move
In January 1999, Ognjenovic signed for Real Madrid CF but things did not work out in Spain as he played only 12 matches in three years. In early 2002, he tried his luck in Germany with 1. FC Kaiserslautern before a brief spell in China this summer.

Confidence in ability
He returned to Europe before the start of the 2003/04 season but has been without a club since. "This is my return to the big time," Ognjenovic said. "I trust myself and I have not lost any ability. Kiev is the right environment for me.

Focused on work
"I will be concentrating on work and work alone. The arrival at Dynamo will be a new start for my career. I want to earn back my place in the national team and be regarded as a good player and not just a forgotten talent."

European hopes
Ognjenovic will be ineligible for Dynamo's UEFA Champions League group stage campaign but could be registered if they make it through to the knockout phase. After four matchdays, Dynamo are second in Group B, one point behind Internazionale FC.