Aleksandar Prijović joins PAOK
PAOK FC announce the signing of Aleksandar Prijović from Legia Warszawa. The Swiss forward penned a deal of four-and-a-half years with the “Two-Headed Eagle”.
Born in Saint Gallen, Switzerland, on 21 April 1990, Aleksandar Prijović started his football career at the youth ranks of the local club. At the age of 16, he decided to leave his country and settle in Italy for the sake of Parma FC’s second-string team.
Six days after his 18th birthday, he made his debut in Serie A, in an encounter against Reggina Calcio. In the summer of 2008, he left for England. He was tried at Derby County FC, scored a hat-trick in a friendly game against Arsenal FC’s second-string team, thus getting the nod to continue his career on English soil.
However, a bureaucratic issue regarding his international clearance from Parma, as well as his military duty in the Swiss army didn’t permit him to join the Rams immediately. In January 2008 he joined Yeovil Town and featured in four matches for them without scoring. He was shipped then on loan to Northampton Town and conjured up 2 goals in 10 appearances.
He returned to Switzerland in early 2010 for the sake of FC Sion and stayed there for 18 months. He notched 7 goals in 46 encounters before been given on loan to FC Lausanne-Sport at the start of season 2011-12.
In the summer of 2012, he moved to Norway, joining Tromsø IL on loan. He went on to accumulate 10 goals in 37 games for the Norwegians who wanted to extend his loan deal, but couldn’t afford him. So, Prijović was on the move again.
His next destination was Swedish club Djurgårdens IF where he was reunited with his former coach at Tromsø IL, Per-Mathias Høgmo. The Swiss forward remained in Stockholm until the summer of 2014, registering 11 goals in 32 matches.
Another move was on the cards, as he travelled to Turkey to sign for second-tier Boluspor. He adjusted to his new surroundings very quickly, netted 16 goals in 31 games and caught the eye of many clubs.
Legia Warszawa announced his signing on 9 July 2015, marking the start of a new chapter in his adventures. In his first season in Poland, he won the domestic double and scored in the Polish Cup final against Lech Poznań. He concluded the season with 16 goals and 9 assists to his name in 47 encounters.
He continued on the same pace in the first six months of the current season. Despite enjoying less minutes on the pitch, he featured in 25 matches –all competitions included-, scoring 8 goals and providing 4 assists. He stood out in the UEFA Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund in Signal Iduna Park. His side was thrashed 8-4, but he netted twice.
Born in Switzerland to Serbian parents, Prijović kicked off his international career in the youth teams of Serbia. At the age of 19, he used his chance in nationality switch and played for the Swiss U20 and U21 national sides.