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Frankfurt delighted to have Canadian striker Occean signed, sealed and delivered

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It’s not every day when a Bundesliga club holds a major news conference — and one of the features is a new Canadian signing.

The rumour mill turned into fact Tuesday, when Eintracht Frankfurt revealed Canadian striker Olivier Occean as one of its new signings in a splashy presser. Even though Occean is 30 years of age, he has a new three-year deal with Frankfurt. He was introduced to the local media along with Japanese signing Takashi Inui.

“I am very proud to be here and play in the Bundesliga with Eintracht,” Occean was quoted on the cluib’s official site (CLICK HERE). “That’s a big challenge, which I’m very happy. I’m hoping for a good season and we will win as many games and team at the end with a solid position in the table.”

“I had not expected that the transfer would go so well,” said Frankfurt manager Armin Veh. “He is a real gain for the team and I am delighted that he will play this season for us.”

Occean was the only Canadian to find the back of the net in the country’s first two CONCACAF second-round World Cup qualifiers. He headed home a perfect cross from David Edgar to give Canada a 1-0 win in Cuba early in June.

Occean finished tied for the lead on the Bundesliga 2. scoring charts last season. Occean’s exploits helped SpVgg Greuther Furth stun all of Germany by not only earning promotion, but winning the second-division title. Ironically, Frankfurt finished second to SpVgg Greuther Furth on the table. But, Frankfurt is a traditional Bundesliga team; its relegation was a blip. It has more money, more prestige than the smaller SpVgg Greuther Furth. And a sizeable transfer, reportedly worth more than a million Euros, does well for the small club’s bank account.

 

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