At 39 years old, Djibril Cissé is still!
The formula used by the Panathinaikos of Chicago, a club of the National Premier Soccer League (the American fourth division), to announce the arrival, from July 20, of the former French international (41 caps, 9 goals), really falls short. timely.
The player will join the northern United States next July.
A tireless traveler, with ten clubs in sixteen years of professional career, Cissé will therefore cross the Atlantic for the first time.
And it's not really a surprise that his choice turned to the metropolis of Illinois.
Created by the Greek diaspora, his future club maintains close relations with Pana d'Athènes, where the former player of Auxerre, OM, and Liverpool put on the studs successfully and effectively for two seasons between 2009 and 2011 (55 goals in 89 games).
Once Green, Aways Green.
- PAO Chicago (@chicago_pao) April 12, 2021
A role yet to be determined
The surprise therefore does not come from the destination, but rather from his decision to resume service.
Seriously injured on numerous occasions (two double fractures of the tibia fibula), Cissé stopped his professional career in October 2015. At the beginning of the following year, he even had a prosthesis fitted to treat his painful hip, which he suffered from. allows you to replay, as a semi-amateur, in Swiss D3 with Yverdon (2017-2018), a formation with which he scored 27 goals.
At the end of this experience, he was to sign, in August 2018, for a year (and an optional additional year) in Vicenza in Italy.
Without action, lack of registration of the club in the league.
If Cissé's role is yet to be determined, the American team has already announced that the 39-year-old will soon organize a three-day summer camp for young people, but also adults from the Illinois.
It remains to be seen whether or not, the former AJA, after trying, in vain, a comeback in France in order to approach the milestone of 100 goals in Ligue 1, will tread well, even occasionally , one last time the grounds in official competition.