Mumbai: Mumbai City FC has signed on Haitian defender Frantz Bertin, French striker Frederic Piquionne and Spanish defender Cristian Bustos for the Indian Super League Season 2 commencing on October 3.
The three high-profile signings come with extensive international experience and knowledge that will provide the team much-needed strength and force to the team, managed by Anelka, a media release said today.
Mumbai City FC, coached by marquee manager and player Nicolas Anelka, start their campaign against FC Pune City on October 5.
Bustos, a Spanish professional footballer, played for RCD Mallorca as a defensive midfielder and would be Mumbai City FC's hard man, a tough tackling centre midfielder.
Piquionne, a French striker, plays for Martinique at the international level and represented them in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and was part of the 2012 Caribbean Cup squad.
He has also represented France in a friendly match against Austria in 2007 and had last played as a forward for US Creteil in Ligue 2.
He has also played for numerous clubs like Golden Star of Martinique,Nmes Olympique, Rennes, AS Saint-Etienne, AS Monaco, Lyon, Portsmouth, West Ham United, Doncaster Rovers and Portland Timbers.
Bertinis, a Haitian footballer, plays for Greek club Aiginiakos FC as a central defender. Born in Paris, he started his career with FC Red Star Saint-Ouen and finished his formation in Italy with Juventus FC.
In 2003, Bertin moved teams and countries, signing up for Racing de Santander in Spain. During his two-year stint with the Cantabrian club, he was mainly in the reserves, but still contributed with 15 games (13 starts) in the 2004-05 season.
He continued playing for CD Tenerife in the second division and Atletico Madrid B and Benidorm CF in the third. In 2008, he joined FC Luzern in the Swiss Super League, but left in the following transfer window, signing with OFI Crete in Greece.