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After weeks of negotiations, Thai media's premature announcements and a medical test, German Björn Lindemann celebrated his 28th birthday by signing with Thai Premier League club Army United FC for the 2012-13 season.  Stone Sports Management negotiated what is believed to be the first German to ever play in the TPL.  The contract also makes the left footed attacking midfielder the club's highest paid player.  Here is Lindemann signing his Army United contract at the club's offices:

Bjorn Signing

Check out Bjorn's first Thai interview with Sports Magazine:

Click Here For Thai League Online's January 26, 2012 Lindemann Announcement (Translated) 

Updated Media After the Jump:

Thai-Fussball's "Army United Officially Unveil Signings" - January 28, 2012 

Now it is fixed. German Bjorn Lindemann has signed a contract with the Thai Premier League side Army United. Together with the other new signings, he was introduced mid week. The board of directors forked out additional 20 million Baht for getting the foreigners under contract.

Just a few days ago Army United introduced his new entries. These include German Bjorn Lindemann. The 28-year-old midfielder successfully passed the medical and finally put pen to paper as his management confirmed towards us. Lindemann will be the first German professional in modern times  making his trade in professional Thai football. Together with the other new signings he pursued a 1-3 home defeat against relegation candidate SCG Samut Songkhram this weekend.

Lindemann, who will fly back to Germany this weekend, recently was under contract with German third division side Carl Zeiss Jena. Under mutual agreement both parties agreed to end contract by 31 December 2011. His new club Army United becomes his first one abroad. In the present course of his career among others he played for the 1.FC Magdeburg, SC Paderborn and VfL Osnabruck. At least, with latter he reached the German Cup quarterfinal in 2010. Signing with Army United his main task might be to feed Thailand's "goal phantom" Sarayuth Chaikamdee. The leading goal scorer of 2003 and 2005 just moved away from Bangkok Glass a few weeks ago on a 2 million Baht transfer fee. At this point we like to wish Bjorn all the best in his new "home" and we hope he not becomes a second Berkant Goktan. However, we already work on an exclusive interview with Lindemann.

Lindemann certainly will be able to talk to Daniel Blanco in German, another new entry. Though Blanco was born in Argentine, he started his career in the youth of Bayer Leverkusen back in the 90's and holds a dual citizenship. Till recently Blanco played for Cyprus side Ermis Aradippou. 

The budget of Army United for the season 2012 reaches a reportedly amount of 80 million Baht. 20 million Baht are added especially for the new foreign entries. Up to Recio Eduardo and maybe Kutt, the others might need time to settle and adopt with the league.

 Thai League Online's December 21, 2011 Article

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