Kolarov playing for Manchester City in 2012
|Full name||Aleksandar Kolarov|
|Date of birth||10 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|Current club||Manchester City|
|1999–2004||Red Star Belgrade|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:23, 19 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbian pronunciation: [alɛksǎːndar kɔlǎrɔʋ]; born 10 November 1985) is a Serbian professional association football defender who plays for Premier League side 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. He was named Serbian Player of the Year 2011.
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.
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.
Kolarov joined OFK Beograd in February 2006 and finished out the season with them, scoring his first league goal.
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 40 meters to secure a draw against lowly Reggina. 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. 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.
On 24 July 2010 it was announced that he had signed for Manchester City for £16 million. On 14 August 2010, Kolarov made his Premier League debut in a 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. 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.
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. On Saturday 1 October 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in the left-back slot against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 4–0 away victory in the Barclays Premier League. He then added another with a long range swing which earned City a point against Sunderland at home. On 18 September 2012, he scored a free kick in the 3–2 defeat at Real Madrid. He scored in the league cup loss to Aston Villa. In the game against Sunderland, he scored a free kick 5 minutes in.
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.
- As of 16 March 2013
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2010–11||Manchester City||Premier League||24||1||8||1||0||0||5||1||37||3|
- Score and Result lists Serbia's goals first
|1.||11 September 2012||Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad, Serbia||Wales||1–0||6–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||7 June 2013||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–2||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Manchester City
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.
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.
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- Insajder, Pravila igre, 2008
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