Freddie Ljungberg will play in India for three months starting in September.
...Keen to share my knowledge and experience of the Premier League.— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) July 25, 2014
It is hard to call former Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg anything other than a club legend. He played in North London for nine years after joining from Halmstads in 1998, for a fee in the region of £3 million. During his time at the club he played over 300 games for The Gunners and scored plenty of goals. His most sensational season was 2001-02 - as he scored 17 goals in 39 appearances for the club that season.
His flamboyant personality and good looks also made him a celebrity off of the pitch. Unfortunately toward the end of his Arsenal career he struggled with persistent injury problems and after spells at West Ham, Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire, Celtic and Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse - Ljungberg retired in August 2012.
But now he has confirmed on his official Twitter account that he will come out of retirement after two years to play in the newly revamped Indian Super League.
He will play for three months for an as yet unnamed team...
Joining Indian Super League in September for 3 months to help promote football in India...— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) July 25, 2014
...Even though I am retired, the opportunity to play in India is really exciting...— Freddie Ljungberg (@freddie) July 25, 2014
He joins the likes of former Portsmouth goalkeeper David James and Liverpool cult hero Luis Garcia in deciding to make the move to India - a country hoping to finally embrace the sport and create a league which attracts players in the same way as those in the USA, Australia and the Middle East.
Ljungberg is now the latest star attraction to join the Indian revolution.