Suwon celebrates Ristikj; photo:

Stevica Ristikj plays final game for Suwon

Suwon celebrates Ristikj; photo: sportsseoul.comStriker Stevica Ristikj went out in style as he recorded a goal and an assist in his final game in a Suwon uniform.

Stevica Ristikj, who originally joined Suwon in the summer of 2011 from Russian side Amkar, played his final game for the club during today’s home encounter against Daejeon.  His contract expired following the game, meaning he now becomes a free agent.  Suwon and its fans celebrated Stevo, as they called him, by presenting him with a plaque and also a video celebration prior to the start of today’s game.  Ristikj then managed to go out in style as he collected a goal and an assist in a 3:1 victory over Daejeon.  In the 66th minute, Stevo was substituted and then given a standing ovation by the fans in attendance for his contributions over the past couple of years.  Over the past week, Suwon played three league games and Ristikj scored a goal in each of those matches.

Stevo’s assist (at 1:22) and goal (at 2:30) during today’s game:

Prior to joining Suwon, Ristikj had already played in South Korea earlier in his career with both Jeonbuk and Pohang.  Thus, he had a good reputation in the country as a solid footballer.  Suwon eventually brought him back to South Korea in the summer of 2011 as a solution to strengthen the attack for both domestic and international competitions.  Stevo quickly became a fan favorite with the Suwon fans, as was the case in his earlier stops with Jeonbuk and Pohang.  However, this season Suwon named a new manager and signed North Korean striker Jong Tae-Se who took away some of the playing time for Ristikj earlier in the campaign.  With Stevica being 31 years old, both sides agreed to go their separate ways and not to extend Stevo’s contract.

South Korean newspapers were reporting that Ristikj is likely to continue his career either in Japan or in some country in the Middle East.  In particular, Japanese side Kashiwa Reysol allegedly had scouts at the stadium, according to the same newspaper reports.

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