Aleksandar Kolarov

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Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov.jpg
Kolarov playing for Manchester City in 2012
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Kolarov[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 28)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Manchester City
Number 11
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Čukarički 44 (2)
2006–2007 OFK Beograd 38 (5)
2007–2010 Lazio 82 (6)
2010– Manchester City 86 (5)
National team
2006–2007 Serbia U21 11 (1)
2008– Serbia 49 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2014

Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbian pronunciation: [alɛksǎːndar kɔlǎrɔʋ]; born 10 November 1985) is a Serbian professional footballer defender who plays for English club Manchester City and the Serbian national team. Although primarily a left back, Kolarov can also operate anywhere along the left flank and is known for his overlapping runs on the wing and his ball striking ability.[3][4] He was named Serbian Player of the Year 2011.

Club career[edit]

Kolarov's football career started in the Red Star Belgrade youth system. He spent five years in the club, but never made the first team.

Čukarički[edit]

During January 2004, eighteen-year-old Kolarov moved across town to Čukarički, which played in the top-tier Serbia-Montenegro League. Signing a three-year contract, he finished out the 2003–04 season in the club's youth setup and during summer 2004 got introduced to full squad. Making 27 league appearances in his debut season, the youngster left a good impression, but couldn't help the beleaguered team avoid relegation.

He started the 2005–06 campaign for Čukarički in the second-tier league competition, but during the winter break controversially transferred to top-tier league club OFK Beograd.

OFK Beograd[edit]

Kolarov joined OFK Beograd in February 2006 and finished out the season with them, scoring his first league goal.

Lazio[edit]

In the summer of 2007, OFK Beograd sold Kolarov to Italian side Lazio (the third placed team in previous season's Serie A standings) for €925,000.[5]

Kolarov's first goal for Lazio came at the Stadio Oreste Granillo in Reggio Calabria on 30 September 2007, as he hit a rocket from 38 meters to secure a draw against lowly Reggina.[6] During his first season in Rome, the 21-year-old Serb also got to play in the UEFA Champions League for the first time, making his debut on 24 October 2007 away at Werder Bremen.

In his second season in Italy, Kolarov established himself as Lazio's first choice at left back, scoring a spectacular goal against Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.[7] It got even better for the Serbian in the second Derby della Capitale of the season. With Lazio 3–2 up, Kolarov received the ball in defence from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and proceeded to run the length of the pitch virtually unopposed. Having run 85 metres, Kolarov then slotted the ball past a hepless Doni in the Roma goal. Scoring in the penalty shootout in the 2009 Coppa Italia Final, thus helping Lazio win the trophy, capped a great season for the Serbian.

As the 2009–10 season drew to an end, Kolarov was instantly linked with a move away from Lazio with Manchester City and Real Madrid interested.

Manchester City[edit]

On 24 July 2010 it was announced that he had signed for Manchester City[8] for £19 million.[9] On 17 August 2010, Kolarov made his Premier League debut in a 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[10] On 18 January 2011, Kolarov scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 victory over Leicester City in the FA Cup while on 2 February 2011, Kolarov recorded his first Premier League goal from a free kick in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City. He played the full 90 minutes as City won the 2011 FA Cup Final.[11]

The summer 2011 arrival of Gaël Clichy to the club marginalized Kolarov's role in the squad and he saw his first team opportunities greatly reduced. On 14 September 2011, he scored an equaliser for City in the 1–1 draw against Napoli in their first 2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group Stage match.[12] On 1 October 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in the left-back slot against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 0–4 away victory in the Premier League. On 31 March 2012, he added another with a long-range swing which earned City a point against Sunderland at home, after coming back from 3—1 down.[13] He ended that season with 12 league appearances, enough for a medal, as Manchester City won the 2011-12 Premier League in dramatic circumstances on the last day of the season.[14] On 18 September 2012, he scored a free kick in a 3–2 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.[15] He went on to score in the League Cup loss to Aston Villa and in their match against Sunderland, he scored another free kick just five minutes into the match.

Kolarov scored from the penalty spot in City's 3—2 comeback victory over Bayern Munich in the final match of their Champions League group on 10 December 2013, securing his side a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in club history.[16] He scored his only goal of the 2013-14 Premier League season on 1 January 2014, netting past goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel as City defeated Swansea City by a score of 3—2.[17] On 11 May, he won his second Premier League trophy with Manchester City after making 30 appearances in the league, and 44 in all competitions. On 12 June 2014, Kolarov signed a new three-year deal with Manchester City, keeping him at the club until 2018.[18]

International career[edit]

Kolarov was a part of the successful Serbia under-21 side which reached the final of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands. As a key member of that side, Kolarov was named in the UEFA Team of the tournament. In the semi-final clash with Belgium, he scored a free-kick from long range.

He also represented Serbia at the 2010 World cup and played a major role in Euro 2012 qualifiers and friendlies. Kolarov was eventually rewarded for an impressive 2011 with the Serbian footballer of the year award.[19]

On 11 September 2012, he scored his first goal for Serbia during a 6–1 win against Wales in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.[20] On 7 June 2013, he scored from a free kick against Belgium in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Outside football[edit]

Transfer controversy[edit]

Kolarov's switch from FK Čukarički to OFK Beograd in February 2006, during the 2005–06 season winter break, was highly controversial. Under contract with Čukarički at the time, Kolarov filed a request to be released dated 31 January 2006 on the grounds of "contract expiry" even though it was good until January 2007. Soon after handing in his request to Čukarički, Kolarov publicly stated his desire to join OFK Beograd. Seeing that they had a disgruntled player on their hands, Čukarički set a €300,000 transfer fee for Kolarov due to the fact he still had one more year left on his contract with the club. OFK for their part simply ignored this fact and simply signed Kolarov without paying a fee. Over the coming years Čukarički took the case in front of Serbian Football Association (FSS), where all of their official complaints got rejected.

Year and a half later, during summer 2007, when Kolarov was sold by OFK Beograd to S.S. Lazio for €800,000, Čukarički president Aleksandar Mihajlović went public with an accusation that Kolarov "was stolen from Čukarički by OFK Beograd". For that, he was punished by Serbian FA on the verbal offence grounds and given a year-long ban on performing any functions in Serbian football.

The entire Kolarov case was featured in early 2008 on B92 television's investigative journalism programme Insajder that focused on criminal activities in Serbian football. The programme claims that Kolarov's case was part of a wide initiative by Serbian FA president Zvezdan Terzić (formerly the president of OFK) who made sure young promising players signed for OFK and then raise their transfer price by making sure they get playing time in the U-21 national team.[21]

Christmas videos[edit]

In December 2012 Kolarov appeared in a Christmas video uploaded to Manchester City's website, reciting the carol 'Jingle Bells' in a deadpan style that went viral on the internet.[22] Following the popularity from last year's video, in December 2013 Kolarov delivered his rendition of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' which also went viral following much anticipation.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2014[24]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia League Serbian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05 Čukaricki First League 27 0 ? ? - - 0 0 27 0
2005–06 Second League 17 2 ? ? - - 0 0 17 2
2005–06 OFK Beograd First League 11 1 ? ? - - 0 0 11 1
2006–07 Superliga 27 4 ? ? - - 2 0 29 4
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Lazio Serie A 24 1 4 2 3 0 31 3
2008–09 25 2 5 1 0 0 30 3
2009–10 33 3 2 1 5 1 40 5
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Manchester City Premier League 24 1 8 1 0 0 5 1 37 3
2011–12 12 2 1 1 5 0 8 1 26 4
2012–13 20 1 3 1 1 1 5 1 29 4
2013–14 30 1 2 1 5 1 7 1 44 4
League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Total Serbia 82 7 ? ? - - 2 0 84 7
Italy 82 6 11 4 - - 8 1 101 11
England 86 5 14 4 11 2 25 4 136 15
Career total 250 18 25 8 11 2 35 5 321 33

Honours[edit]

Lazio

Manchester City

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Player Profile: Aleksandar Kolarov". Premier League. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Pisa, Nick (26 July 2010). "Manchester City new boy Aleksandar Kolarov has an amazing shot on him – even referees should beware!". Daily Mail (UK). Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Video: Meet Manchester City's new signing Aleksandar Kolarov – Nine great goals and one great shot into the ref's kisser". Daily Mirror. UK. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
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  6. ^ "Football Italia-Reggina 1–1 Lazio". Channel 4 – Sport – via Internet Wayback Machine. 30 September 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Kolarov Goal On Lecce "Kolarov Goal On Lecce". Lazio4Arab.com – via YouTube. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
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  13. ^ "Man City 3 - 3 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
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  15. ^ "Real Madrid 3 - 2 Man City". BBC Sport. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Premier League: Manchester City open new year with victory away at Swansea". Sky Sports. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
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  21. ^ Insajder, Pravila igre, 2008
  22. ^ "Man City star sinks Jingle Bells". 3 News NZ. 4 December 2012. 
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