Nikola Sipcic, one game away from being fiftieth

If he plays in Vallecas on Sunday he will reach that figure with the Tenerife shirt with which he also adds three goals. In 45 of them he started.


On July 30, 2019, Tenerife announced the signing of Nikola Šipčić. That, at that time, a central unknown is one game away from playing his 50th official match with the blue and white jersey. Little by little, the Serbian has been gaining a hole in the line-ups, despite the fact that at first it was difficult for him to adapt.In these 49 games he has played so far, he started 45 of them, scored three goals, accumulated nine yellow cards and one expulsion (against Real Zaragoza, in July 2020). "It made me very happy to receive an offer from Tenerife. I chose it because it was the best. It meant playing in the Spanish league, and there is nothing better than that," he said on the day of his presentation.

It was Víctor Moreno, then the club's sports director, who discovered him and signed him from FK Rad Belgrade for three seasons that were extended a few months later until June 2024. Sporting de Gijón, Ponferradina and Numancia have been his victims for the moment scorers.

He debuted with the island shirt on August 17, 2019 with a defeat against Real Zaragoza (2-0). In the fourth day of that campaign he lost his place in the eleven, but on the 11th date he returned to the title. However, he continued without convincing until after his good Copa del Rey games he was already a permanent fixture for Rubén Baraja.

This season already adds 25 appearances, between the League and the KO Trophy. Last day, against Fuenlabrada, he was surprisingly a substitute, although he entered the final stretch of the game. It was the second time this season that he entered from the bench. If he plays in Vallecas, more than likely, it will be fiftieth.

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