Cosmos Sign Croatian Star Kranjčar

Niko Kranjčar with Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese.
Niko Kranjčar with Cosmos Head Coach Giovanni Savarese.

The New York Cosmos have signed Croatian attacking midfielder Niko Kranjčar for the NASL Spring Season. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kranjčar, 31, has a long history of playing professionally throughout Europe. He was an integral part of then-Premier League side Portsmouth FC during the club’s FA Cup-winning 2007-08 campaign. He has also represented his country at every level, first as a U-16 player in 2000, and debuted for Croatia’s senior national team in 2004. His 81 caps and 16 goals to date are the tenth-highest and sixth-highest totals, respectively, in the history of the national team.

“I’ve enjoyed my time training with the Cosmos, working with these players and coaches has been a great experience,” Kranjčar said. “I think the style of play here suits me well, I and I’m excited to officially represent the club on the field this season.”

“Niko is not only a world class player, but also a fantastic human being,” said Cosmos Head Coach and Sporting Director Giovanni Savarese. “He has elite vision and technical ability with the ball at his feet, and we’re confident he can bring creativity to our approach in the attacking half of the field.”

Kranjčar spent six seasons in England split between Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 20 goals in 155 league appearances while playing under manager Harry Redknapp at both stops. In 2013 Kranjčar reunited with Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers on loan from Dynamo Kyiv, helping QPR achieve promotion to the Premier League via a Championship Playoff Final win against Derby County on May 2014.