Eintracht Frankfurt have continued to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season after they announced the signings of Olivier Occean and Takashi Inui on Tuesday in anticipation of their Bundesliga return.
Olivier Occean, who fired Greuther Fürth to the top of Bundesliga 2 last season, has put pen to paper on a three-year contract lasting until 30th June 2015. The Canadian first made an appearance in German football during the 2010/2011 season with Kickers Offenbach (30 games/16 goals). The burly centre-forward also enjoyed a spell in the USA with Vermont Voltage (02/03; 30/19) before moving to Norway in 2004 with Odd Grenland (46/22) and spending four years (2006-2010) with Lillestrom SK (91/34).
The Canadian international has made 23 appearances for his country's national team since 2004, scoring five goals in the process. Sporting director Bruno Hübner was pleased with the qualities that Occean brings to the table: "As an aerially powerful, towering striker Olivier meets all the requirements set forth by head coach Armin Veh. We're delighted that with Occean we've managed to sign another player from our head coach's wish list."
Japanese player with potential
Inui has also received a three-year contract with Frankfurt that will run until 30th June 2015. The Japanese attacking midfielder impressed many with his performances last season for VfL Bochum after he went on to score seven goals in 32 Bundesliga 2 matches.
The 24-year-old had previously played in the Japanese J. League for Cerezo Osaka and Yokohama F. Marinos, before moving to Germany in the summer of 2011 to join VfL. "In Bochum Takashi showed that he has an incredible amount of potential. We're pleased that he's willing to put that to good use with Eintracht Frankfurt."
(www.bundesliga.de - 05.07.2012)