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Three players signed contracts after beginning this season training with the French footballers’ association UNFP. One of them is Romain Dedola, recently crowned as Best Player of the 2010 FIFPro Tournament.

 

Dedola is moving to Germany, where he signed a contract at FC Ingolstadt 04. Last season the club promoted to the 2. Bundesliga, the second professional level in Germany. Dedola signed for two years after a successful trial. ‘I want to repay the trust that FC Ingolstadt has given me with good performances. And I also want to learn the German language and establish myself here.’

 

Dedola showed his talent at the FIFPro Tournament, where he led Team UNFP to the championship. In the final against Spain, the 21-year old attacking midfielder opened the score. In the end the French won with 2-0.

 

Dedola came through the youth ranks of Olympique Lyon, the club that ruled the French Ligue 1 in the past decade, conquering seven championships. Unfortunately, the 1.68 metres tall midfielder never made his breakthrough in the first squad. Last season he played at Strasbourg in Ligue 2. 

 

 widthThe UNFP celebrated two other signings. Thomas Dossevi and Yves Deroff both came to terms with a new club. The Togolese striker and the French defender/midfielder played several matches for Team UNFP, but withdrew shortly before the FIFPro Tournament after being offered trials.

 

Dossevi (photo) joined Swindon Town on a one-year contract, with a one-year option. The Togolese World Cup veteran was on trial with the club from League One, the English third division. Last Saturday he scored twice in a friendly win over Nottingham Forest. 

 

Deroff stays in France. The 31-year old former player of Strasbourg and Guingamp put pen to paper at Angers, from Ligue 2.