Cypriot Champions League representatives APOEL secured a major signing on Monday after unveiling former Liverpool and Roma left back John Arne Riise.
APOEL – who reached the group stages of the Champions League for the third time in their history – will compete in a tough group alongside Barcelona, PSG and Ajax and coach Giorgos Donis was keen to bolster the left-back position. Riise, 33, enjoyed huge success with Liverpool including an FA Cup triumph and a Champions League medal during seven years at Anfield. He has also played for Monaco, Roma and Fulham – where he was released last summer.
He also enjoyed trophy success in France with Monaco.
“The main reason I chose APOEL is because they are offering me a new challenge to my career,” the Norwegian international told APOEL’s official website. “The fact that they will be playing in the Champions League and be challenging for trophies [in Cyprus] is the ambition of every player. This is a great opportunity for me to play top European football and APOEL are offering me the chance to play once again in the Champions League. This is something that I wasn’t expecting. I cannot wait to go up against Barcelona, PSG and Ajax in what will be a tight group.”
APOEL had famously reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League back in 2012 after shock wins over Porto, Zenit and Lyon.
“I always want to win trophies,” he continued. “I am a footballer and I want to be a winner. I hate losing. APOEL therefore shares the same ambitions as me...Both myself and my family cannot wait to come to Cyprus.”