Djibril’s last dance? Ex-Liverpool forward Cisse signs for US Panathinaikos Chicago … the 13TH club of the 39-year-old’s career after leaving Swiss Division Three outfit Yverdon Sports three years ago
- Djibril Cisse has been without a club since he left Yverdon Sports in 2018
- He was due to join AC Vicenza in 2018, but a move ultimately fell through
- But now the 39-year-old has signed for the American Panathinaikos Chicago
- Cisse also played for the Greek side Panathinaikos, scoring 47 goals for the club
Djibril Cisse has signed for the American fourth-level Panathinaikos Chicago after almost three years out of football.
The 39-year-old has been without a club since he left the Swiss third division Yverdon Sports in 2018.
But PAO Chicago – who plays in the semi-professional National Premier Soccer League – announced the signing of the former Liverpool striker, the 13th club of his career, by posting on Twitter, ‘Once Green, Always Green.’
Djibril Cisse has signed for the American fourth level Panathinaikos Chicago
The 39-year-old has been without a club since he left the Swiss Yverdon Sports in Division Three in 2018
The club’s season kicks off in May and was founded by Dimitrios Chronopoulos and his son Denny, who are supporters of the Greek outfit and namesake Panathinaikos, based in Athens.
Cisse played for the Greek giants for two years between 2009 and 2011, scoring 47 goals in 61 games and top scoring in the Greek league in both seasons to help his side win one Super League title and one Greek cup.
The Frenchman joined six more clubs – including QPR – after leaving the Greek giants before joining Yverdon.
He said he was disappointed in 2018 that he was not offered an extension from the Swiss club after finishing as the top scorer in the third division with a total of 24 goals.
Cisse (left) also played for the Greek Panathinaikos for two years between 2009 and 2011
‘I still want to play, but I can’t afford to take a year off. So if a nice project presents itself quickly, I will continue, ‘he explained Swiss newspaper La Region for his last game for the club.
He would then join AC Vicenza, now known as LR Vicenza, after leaving the Swiss side, but a move to the now Serie B team ultimately fell through.
Cisse came to Liverpool from Auxerre in Ligue 1 in 2004 for £ 14 million, but a string of injuries, including a broken leg, limited him to just 24 goals in 82 games.
Last month, Cisse revealed he could have had his foot amputated if medical staff hadn’t given a quick thought in Blackburn, where he suffered a double fracture.
Cisse joined Liverpool in 2004 but was unable to make a major impact due to injuries
‘I had a fracture and the bone broke and came on top of the other. My blood circulation was not working and reached my foot ‘ he told talkSPORT
‘The doctor said to me,’ I’ll have to narrow the fracture. ‘ I didn’t know what he was talking about so I just said ‘do what you gotta do’. He counted to three and tugged on my leg.
‘Everything went fine and I think a few months after I said’ why did you do this? ‘. He said ‘your blood circulation at your foot was being irrigated, I don’t know if this is the right word. He said it should be amputated after 30 minutes to an hour. ” So thanks to the doctor. ‘