Aco Stojkov signs deal with Zob Ahan from Iran

Aco Stojkov is introduced by Zob Ahan; photo: zobahanclub.comFormer Macedonian national team player Aco Stojkov has opted to continue his career in Iran after signing a 1 year deal with top division club Zob Ahan.

The 29-year-old Aco Stojkov was introduced by Zob Ahan earlier on Tuesday after signing a 1 year deal with the club from Iran.  Stojkov was a free agent this summer after his contract expired with Swiss side Aarau.  Aco waited several months to make a decision on his new team which is now known in Zob Ahan.

Stojkov was once a highly regarded young player in his hometown city of Strumica who eventually signed with Italian giants Inter at the age of 18.  Both Stojkov and Goran Pandev were snapped up by Inter from their hometown club of Belasica.  Aco was actually considered a better prospect than Pandev at that time but his career never panned out as expected.  Aco has bounced from team to team throughout his career and his next adventure will take him to Iran with Zob Ahan.

The 2012/13 Iranian season has already started and Zob Ahan has gotten off to a bad start with three consecutive losses.  The club management has reacted to the poor start by signing Stojkov to strengthen the attack.  Zob Aham finished in 6th place out of 18 teams last season.

Aco has won 41 caps for the Macedonian national team in which he has scored 5 goals.  However, his last appearance for the senior national team came on 11 August 2010 in a friendly against Malta.  John Toshack, the current manager of Macedonia, has expressed no interest in calling up Stojkov during his time as coach and that stance is likely to stay the same moving forward.

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