SC East Bengal have completed their foreign signings for the new season with the arrival of Croatian forward Antonio Perošević.
Born in the city of Split in Croatia, Antonio represented NK Osijek’s youth teams at different age levels and made his debut for the senior team in the Croatian Prva HNL in 2010. He spent an additional eight seasons with the club in the top-tier amassing 122 appearances in which he scored 32 goals and assisted 12. He also represented the club in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers.
In 2017, Perošević moved to Hungarian club Puskás Akadémia FC and played in the Hungarian top flight which is referred to as Nemzeti Bajnokság I. A season later, he was sent out on loan to Al-Ittihad Kalba SC in the United Arab Emirates – however he did not end up making an appearance for the club.
Then in 2019, the now 29-year-old 5’11” centre-forward moved to Hungarian club Újpest FC and spent two more seasons in the Hungarian top tier. He won the Hungarian Cup with the club this past season. Overall in the Hungarian league, Antonio has featured in 57 matches with a return of six goals and five assists. He joins SC East Bengal from Újpest FC on a free transfer.
Perošević has represented Croatia at U-18, U-20 levels and has been capped twice for the senior national team. His signing marks the sixth and final foreign signing for East Bengal. The five other arrivals are Dutch midfielder Darren Sidoel, Nigerian forward Daniel Chima Chukwu, Croatian centre-back Franjo Prce, Australian centre-back Tomislav Mrcela and Slovenian midfielder Amir Dervišević.
Antonio Perošević, Stats, NB I 2020-21
|Total||Position||Minutes played||Goals||Assists||Shots / on target||xG||Passes / accurate||Long passes / accurate||Crosses / accurate||Dribbles / successful||Duels / won||Aerial duels / won||Interceptions||Losses / own half||Recoveries / opp. half||Yellow card||Red card|
|Antonio Perošević (19 apps)||CF, LW, RW,||1061||4||1||39/35.9%||3.58||241/77.6%||8/62.5%||19/26.3%||59/57.6%||329/40.4%||86/41.9%||23||149/22.8%||29/41.4%||5||0|