Spanish midfielder Francisco Jose Sota has been brought in as a replacement for Amir Dervišević at SC East Bengal. The 31-year-old attacking midfielder Fran Sota joins the Red & Gold Brigade for the rest of the ISL 2021-22 season.
From the province of La Rioja in Spain, Fran Sota spent his formative years at the academy of CA Osasuna and transitioned to the reserves team of the club in 2009.
Francisco spent all of his career in the Spanish third division – what was earlier called the Segunda División B. Apart from CA Osasuna B, he was part of SD Leioa for nearly four seasons and had stints at Racing Ferrol, CD Tropezón, SD Logroñés, SD Logroñés among others.
Overall, he has made 284 appearances in the Spanish third division and in the Copa Del Rey cup competitions. He has scored 35 goals and assisted six.
Prior to joining SC East Bengal, Sota was playing for CD Calahorra up until July of 2021.
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