Finland’s Kauko signs for ATK Mohun Bagan directly from Euro 2020
Joni Kauko, who played for Finland in Euro 2020, will soon be seen playing in the Green-Maroon jersey of 2020-21 Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) finalists ATK Mohun Bagan. The Mariners made an agreement with him on Thursday after Finland finished third in their group and exited the tournament.
Many star footballers have played in the Hero ISL but it is rare for a footballer to sign a contract with an Indian club within three days of playing in the Euro Championship. The central midfielder featured in all three games for Finland. They beat Denmark in their opener before losing to Russia and Belgium, the world number one team in the FIFA rankings.
The 30-year-old played in four age groups before playing for the senior team of Finland. He played the last three seasons for Danish club Esbjerg. Kauko also has several goals to his name in club football.
ATK Mohun Bagan will have to play in the AFC Cup soon and Kauko will be available for the prestigious continental club competition. After the addition of Kauko, the strength of Antonio Lopez Habas' midfield will definitely increase manifold.
After completing the deal, Kauko left a message for ATK Mohun Bagan fans. "Hello Mariners. This is Joni Kauko. Greetings from Finland. I am really excited to join the historic club, ATK Mohun Bagan. I am looking forward to learning about the fascinating culture of India. So see you soon, Mariners. Take care," he said.