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Bosnian defender Enes Sipović signs for Kerala Blasters

Bosnian defender Enes Sipović signs for Kerala Blasters
Enes Sipovic | Source: ISL Media

Kerala Blasters have brought onboard Bosnian defender Enes Sipović who was at Chennaiyin FC last season.

Born in Sarajevo, the six foot five inch centre-back spent his formative years at the academy of local club FK Željezničar Sarajevo. He turned pro with Romanian club Oțelul Galați in 2009 and helped them to the top-tier Liga I title in the 2010-11 season.

Sipović left Oțelul Galați in early 2015 and over the next few years played club football in Belgium and Morocco before returning to his hometown club FK Željezničar Sarajevo in 2019 for a brief period. Enes then switched over to Qatari top division club Umm Salal SC from where he joined Chennaiyin FC ahead of the 2020-21 ISL season.

The 30-year-old is the first Bosnian player in the ISL and featured in 18 of the 20 matches Chennai played in their league campaign last season. He joins the Blasters on a season-long contract.

Analyst’s Take

Sipovic is strong, good in the air and can be a rock at the heart of the defence.

After the disaster class in the defence last season, KBFC are hoping a more consistent and no-nonsense approach from their new signing.

Potential weaknesses in his game are his lack of pace and a slight shortage in his ball playing ability – massive indications of the kind of football we can expect from the Blasters this season.


Enes Sipovic, Stats, ISL 2020-21 League Stage

Total played18
Minutes per game82
Scoring frequency0 min
Goals per game0
Shots per game0.7
Shots on target per game0.1
Big chances missed1
Big chances created0
Key passes0
Accurate per game22.3 (77%)
Acc. own half16.8 (87%)
Acc. opposition half5.6 (58%)
Acc. long balls2.6 (41%)
Acc. chipped passes1.7 (45%)
Acc. crosses0.1 (100%)
Clean sheets4
Interceptions per game0.8
Tackles per game1.4
Possession won0
Dribbled past per game0.7
Clearances per game3.7
Error led to shot0
Error led to goal0
Penalty goals conceded0
Succ. dribbles0.0 (0%)
Total duels won4.3 (60%)
Ground duels won1.6 (48%)
Aerial duels won2.7 (69%)
Possession lost6.9
Was fouled0.2
Red cards1

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