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MLS: Wizards Allocated Bosnian Midfielder Sabanadzovic
January 29th, 1998 12AM

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The Kansas City Wizards have been allocated Bosnian midfielder Refik Sabanadzovic from Major League Soccer. Sabanadzovic, who can play both in defense and in midfield, was a starting member of the Yugoslavian national team that competed at Italia '90. That squad reached the quarterfinals before losing to Argentina on penalty kicks. He has played for top-level teams in both Yugoslavia and Greece, most recently with Olympiakos Piraeus in the Greek First Division. Olympiakos won the league title in 1996. "What more can you say about a player that has played in the Champions League and the World Cup, " said Wizards GM Doug Newman. "His reputation has grown since he was given the assignment of marking Diego Maradona in the 1990 World Cup. We think he adds a great deal to our defensive scheme." Sabanadzovic, 32, began his professional career with Zeleznitsar of the Yugoslavian First Division. He moved to Red Star Belgrade in 1987, and played all 120 minutes in the clubs 1991 European Cup triumph over Olympique Marseille of France. He moved to Greece in 1991, where he played for AEK Athens and won championships in 1992, 1993 and 1994. "Refik is a player that is very, very experienced, and is a rare commodity," said Wizards head coach Ron Newman. "Preki knew what kind of player he was and what experience Refik had, and brought him to our attention. I think he will fill an important role in our defensive make-up."


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