Aleksandar Dragović

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Aleksandar Dragović
Dragović with Austria in 2012
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Dragović
Date of birth (1991-03-06) 6 March 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth Vienna, Austria
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Kyiv
Number 6
Youth career
1997–2009 Austria Wien
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Austria Wien II 8 (2)
2009–2011 Austria Wien 67 (1)
2011–2013 FC Basel 78 (5)
2013– Dynamo Kyiv 39 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Austria U-17 11 (2)
2008–2009 Austria U-19 6 (2)
2009– Austria 35 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Aleksandar Dragović (born 6 March 1991) is an Austrian footballer currently playing for Dynamo Kiev as a defender. He is well known for his performances as a tough-tackling centre-back while playing for FC Basel.

Club career[edit]


Dragović started his career by playing in the youth teams of Austrian giants Austria Wien and started playing for their B-squad in 2007. As of 1 February 2011 Dragović transferred to FC Basel in the Swiss Super League.[1] He made his team debut in the 3:0 home win over FC St. Gallen. At the end of the 2010–11 Swiss Super League season Dragović won the Swiss Championship title with FC Basel. In July 2011 he played with his new club in the Uhrencup and won the tournament. He scored his first Super League goal in the 3–0 home win against Servette FC on 1 October 2011.[2] At the end of the 2011–12 season Dragović won the Double, the League Championship title[3] and the Swiss Cup[4] with Basel.

During Basel's 2012–13 season the team missed their Champions League aim. But in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Basel advanced as far as the semifinals,[5] meaning that they played a total of 20 European matches. Dragović missed solely the second leg of the semi-final at Stamford Bridge due to a yellow card suspension, but had played in all the other European ties.

In the domestic championship he played in 32 of the 36 games. He scored three goals in the domestic league this season, all three being against Servette. At the end of the Swiss Super League season 2012–13 Dragovic won the Championship title[6] and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.[7]

Dynamo Kyiv[edit]

On 26 July 2013, Dragović had signed a 5-year contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv.

He has been linked with a move to Premier League giants, Manchester United and Arsenal FC during the Winter Transfer Window of 2015. [8]

International career[edit]

Dragović at a match against Iceland (2014)

Dragović also used to be part of the national under-17 and under-19 Austrian teams. He was called up for the national team of Austria for their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Romania, but due to an injury he was unable to play. He was called up again by the Austrian head coach Dietmar Constantini for the match against Serbia. He made his international debut in this match on 6 June 2009. Dragović scored his first goal on 18 November 2014 in a 1–2 home defeat to Brazil.

Personal life[edit]

Dragović was born in Vienna to ethnic Serbian parents from Grocka, a neighbourhood of Serbian capital Belgrade.[9][9] Dragović attracted serious public criticism when he slapped the Swiss Bundesrat (Swiss Federal Council) Ueli Maurer several times on his head during the celebrations subsequent to the Cup Final in May 2012.[10] After he made further condescending comments stating that he was very reluctant to apologize and said that "on the inside everybody knows, so I believe, that it was very, very much fun doing it", he had to travel to the Bundeshaus in Berne and apologize personally to Ueli Maurer.[11]



Austria Wien
Dynamo Kyiv



  1. ^ "Aleksandar Dragovic kommt zum FCB" (in German). FC Basel Internetseite. 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Weber, Dominik (2011). "Souveräner FC Basel schlägt Servette Genf mit 3:0" (in German). FC Basel Internetseite. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Jetzt hat Basel den Titel auf sicher" (in German). 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Matchtelegram FC Basel 1893 5:3 FC Luzern" (in German). 2012. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Haylett, Trevor (2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". Eufa. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  6. ^ a b Schifferle, Michael (2013). "Season review: Switzerland". Eufa. Retrieved 2013-06-10. 
  7. ^ SFV (2013). "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final" (in German). Schweizerischer Fussballverband. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
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  12. ^ a b c "A. Dragović". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Best Defender 2012". Golden Player. Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Europa League team of the group stage". UEFA. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 

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