Kolkata, 11th November, 2015: Atlético de Kolkata who won a thriller against Kerala Blasters FC in an away tie yesterday is all set to be bolstered by marquee Hélder Postiga re-joining the side after recuperating from his strain in Portugal and the Atlético de Madrid facilities in Spain. The team management also announced the addition of another striker to the squad, Dejan Lekić, from Serbia. Lekić is part of the Serbian national team and has played for La Liga sides like CA Osasuna and SD Eibar. Lekić will be joining the side in place of Josemi who would not be able to take part in the rest of the tournament due to an injury. Hélder Postiga will be joining the side in Delhi tomorrow, prior to the last away match of Atlético de Kolkata against Delhi Dynamos FC.
“Postiga will definitely add the enthusiasm to the side after our good performance yesterday against Kerala Blasters FC. He has recuperated well and hopefully will be in action very soon. I am also looking forward to Lekić who seems a good prospect for the team is also expected soon to join the side.” – Antonio Lopez Habas, Head Coach, Atlético de Kolkata
“We welcome Hélder Postiga back to the squad. His presence on the field was felt during the very first match of this season where he scored two beautiful goals. Also the red and white fans in Kolkata will be able to watch his moves closely as we have back to back home matches lined up after our last away match against Delhi Dynamos FC. We are looking forward to some brilliant football from Dejan Lekić who will add fervor to our front and increase the goal scoring opportunities.” – Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata
About Dejan Lekić
Dejan Lekić is a Serbian footballer who plays as a striker. He was born on 7th June 1985. Lekić has been a member of the Serbian national team since 2009. After appearing for Metalac Kraljevo and Zemun, Lekić joined Red Star Belgrade in the 2009 summer, after scoring 26 goals with Zemun in the 2008–09 campaign. He made his debut for the club on 16 July 2009, starting in a 1–0 away win against NK Rudar Velenje, for the season’s UEFA Europa League.
On 6 August 2009, in a third qualifying round match against Dinamo Tbilisi, Lekić scored a own goal which gave Dinamo a two-goal margin, but later netted a hat-trick for Red Star as the club claimed their place in the play-offs.
On 25 June 2010 Lekić signed a five-year deal with La Liga side CA Osasuna, for a € 2.6 million fee. He made his debut in the competition on 29 August, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 0–0 home draw against UD Almería; he scored his first goal on 23 January of the following year, in a 2–3 away loss against the same team.
On 13 January 2012, Lekić scored a first-half goal in a 1–2 home loss against FC Barcelona for the campaign’s Copa del Rey. Roughly a month later, also against the Catalans, he scored a brace in the surprising 3-2 home success.
In July 2012, after two years playing in Spain, Lekić rescinded his link with the Navarrese outfit, and signed for Turkish Gençlerbirliği. In August 2013, he agreed a one-year loan to Sporting de Gijón, team of the Spanish Segunda División. He eventually returned to his parent club, rescinding his link in August 2014.
On 1 September 2014, Lekić signed a one-year deal with SD Eibar, newly promoted to the top level.
About Atlético de Kolkata
Atlético de Kolkata is the winner of the first edition of Indian Super League. The franchise’s dedication and commitment towards a sustainable growth of football is on top of its agenda. Atlético de Kolkata leverages on the over 100-year experience of Atlético de Madrid’s sporting model of academies which enables them recognize and empower talent from the very grassroots. The franchise has Atlético de Madrid, Prince of Kolkata, Ex-captain, Indian cricket team, Mr. Sourav Ganguly; notable industrialists and luminaries Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group; Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia Group and Mr. Utsav Parekh, Chairman, SMIFS Capital Markets Ltd as its co-owners.