Serbia defender Petkovic signs with Sydney FC

Former Red Star Belgrade defender Nikola Petkovic has signed

with Sydney FC for the upcoming Australian A-League season.

Petkovic also had a three-year stint with Germany’s Eintracht

Frankfurt and was a regular in the Hapoel Tel Aviv side which

played in last season’s Europa League.

Sydney head coach Frank Farina said in a statement Thursday that

Petkovic ”can play anywhere across the back four and will give our

defense strength and depth … he will have a big influence on the

squad.”

On Wednesday, Sydney FC announced that former Juventus and Italy

star Alessandro Del Piero, in the second year of a contract with

the team, will be captain this season.