Aleksandar Dragović in 2012
|Full name||Aleksandar Dragović|
|Date of birth||6 March 1991|
|Place of birth||Vienna, Austria|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Dynamo Kyiv|
|2008||Austria Wien II||8||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dragović was born in Vienna to ethnic Serbian parents from Grocka, a neighbourhood of Serbian capital Belgrade. He is a fan of the Red Star Belgrade. He waited for and was never called up by the Football Association of Serbia, so when the Austrian Football Association called him up, he accepted. 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. 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.
Dragović started his career by playing in the youth teams of Austrian giants Austria Wien and started playing for their B-squad in 2007. One year later, he was taken up into Austria Wien's first team and quickly became a key player. He once acclamed that his favourite team, apart from Austria, is Red Star Belgrade.
As of 1 February 2011 Dragović transferred to FC Basel in the Swiss Super League. 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. At the end of the 2011–12 season Dragović won the Double, the League Championship title and the Swiss Cup 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, 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 seaon 2012–13 Dragovic won the Championship title and was Swiss Cup runner up with Basel.
On the 26th of July 2013, Dragović had signed a 5 year contract with the Ukrainian club FC Dynamo Kyiv.
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.
Honours and Titles
- Swiss Super League champion: 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Swiss Cup winner: 2011–12; runner up: 2012–13
- Uhrencup Winner: 2011
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- Haylett, Trevor (2013). "Basel take heart after Chelsea defeat". Eufa. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
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- SFV (2013). "Telegramm Schweizer Cup Final". Schweizerischer Fussballverband. Retrieved 2013-05-20. (German)
- Aleksandar Dragović player info at the official Austria Wien website (German)
- Profile on weltfussball.de (German)
- Aleksandar Dragović at National-Football-Teams.com
- Profile at FC Basel (German)
- Aleksandar Dragović on the website of the Swiss Football League
- Soccerway profile