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Daegu FC release Australian defender Ivan Franjic

2017/10/13 16:24

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SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korean football club Daegu FC said Friday Australian defender Ivan Franjic has been released by mutual consent.

Daegu said Franjic will leave the team after playing just two matches in the first-tier K League Classic. Franjic joined Daegu in July from Australian A-League side Melbourne City FC but reportedly had a difficult time adjusting to culture in South Korea.

Franjic made his A-League debut with Brisbane Roar in 2009 and became one of the best full backs in the league. He won three championships with Brisbane and was selected for the All-Star Team during the 2010–11 season. The 30-year-old right back moved to Russian side Torpedo Moscow in 2014 but returned to his homeland just a year later after signing with Melbourne City.

Franjic made his international debut for the Socceroos in 2012 and represented Australia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He also started against South Korea at the 2015 Asian Cup final and helped Australia clinch the title with a 2-1 victory. Franjic has 20 caps for Australia.

Daegu, newly promoted from the K League Challenge, are currently eighth in the 12-team league with a record of eight wins, 12 draws and 13 losses.

This photo provided by Daegu FC shows Australian defender Ivan Franjic. (Yonhap) This photo provided by Daegu FC shows Australian defender Ivan Franjic. (Yonhap)