DAVID SMITH - Monday, June 27, 2016
Nermin Crnkić has added another country to his list of European destinations, returning to the country of his birth after having signed with Bosnian top-flight club FK Sarajevo for their upcoming season.
The team announced the signing over the weekend, indicating that he had already linked up with the first-team squad as they prepare for the upcoming season.
The speedy winger joined the team over the weekend on a free transfer after his contract with previous club ŠK Slovan Bratislava expired without being renewed.
By moving to the capitol of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Crnkić is set to play in the fourth country since joining Swedish club Färila IF from the Michigan Bucks in 2011. His other stops have included the Czech Republic and Slovakia, where he played nine games for Slovan during the first half of this year.
During the course of splitting his time last season between Czech club FK Jablonec in the fall and Slovan in the spring, he played a total of 24 games between league, domestic and European cup competitions, registering a total of three goals and four assists.
After officially signing with the club on Saturday, Crnkić wasted no time in jumping straight into the action, having started and scored once in Sunday's pre-season warm-up game, an 8-0 thrashing of local amateur club FK Vratnik.
Sarajevo, who are traditionally one of the stronger teams in the country, missed out on European qualification after finishing fourth in the standings of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina last season.
The league has a relatively early start, with the first round of fixtures to take place the weekend of July 23 and 24. They face a tough first two weeks, initially taking on city rivals FK Željezničar, who finished fifth last season, in the heated Sarajevo Derby. This is followed by a home game against reigning league champions HŠK Zrinjski Mostar.