FC Žalgiris, now preparing for the fourth Champions League campaign in a row, announced a new player – 28-years old Romanian international Liviu Antal.
Antal will wear 17th number Photo: FC Žalgiris
Experienced winger started his professional career in Concordia Chiajna, then moved to Targu Mures and in 2009–2012 played a few very solid seasons in Otelul Galati. With this club Antal once became the champion of Romania and had six appearances in the Champions League group stage matches.
In 2012, a newcomer of Žalgiris moved to Vaslui, where in 2013–2014 season scored 15 goals and clinched the Liga I top scorer title. After that Antal continued his career in Genclerbirligi, Hapoel Tel Aviv, CFR Cluj and was loaned to Beitar Jerusalem and Pandurii Targu Jiu. Also, Antal has one cap in Romanian national team, where he played in a friendly game against Paraguay in 2011.
„I know that Žalgiris is the best club in Lithuania, which won four Lithuanian Championship titles in a row and played in the Champions League. My hope is to contribute to the Žalgiris results and help to achieve its aims“, said Antal.
The sporting director of the Club Mindaugas Nikoličius was really excited about the new acquisition: „We are happy that Liviu decided to join Žalgiris – it is a very experienced player and we hope that his experience will help us in the upcoming challenges. We are happy about our strong relations with Romanian football. Deivydas Matulevičius moved to Pandurii, Jakub Wilk to Vaslui, earlier Žalgiris added Adi Rocha and now – Liviu Antal. Also, it is interesting that in the upcoming Champions League matches with Ludogorets he will face up his countrymen – Cosmin Moti and Claudiu Keseru“.
Antal will wear 17th number and his debut is expected to be in the LFF Cup match against Atlantas Klaipėda on 24th of June.