Antonio Rukavina

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Not to be confused with Ante Rukavina. ‹See Tfd›
Antonio Rukavina
Антонио Рукавина
Antonio Rukavina 1860 2009.JPG
Rukavina with 1860 München in 2009
Personal information
Full name Antonio Rukavina
Date of birth (1984-01-26) 26 January 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number TBD
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Bežanija 142 (26)
2007 Partizan 32 (4)
2008 Borussia Dortmund 19 (0)
2009–2012 1860 München 112 (1)
2012–2014 Valladolid 71 (2)
2014– Villarreal 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Serbia U21 8 (0)
2007– Serbia 29 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Antonio Rukavina (Serbian Cyrillic: Антонио Рукавина, born 26 January 1984) is a Serbian footballer who plays for Spanish side Villarreal as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Rukavina joined FK Partizan in January 2007 after an impressive spell with FK Bežanija, and eventually became team captain. On 5 January 2008, Rukavina was transferred to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a fee of €2.5m.[1] After one year Rukavina left Dortmund on 2 February 2009; he was loaned to TSV 1860 München until the end of the season. In July 2009, he transferred permanently to 1860 Munich, with Sven Bender making the opposite move to Borussia Dortmund in lieu of a transfer fee. In June 2012, he was released from 1860 Munich and signed for Spanish side, Real Valladolid, who recently won promotion to La Liga under the guidance of Rukavina's countrymen and former coach Miroslav Đukić.[2] On 8 July 2014, he completed his move to La Liga side Villarreal, signing a two-year deal.[3]

International career[edit]

Rukavina is a member of the Serbian national team after being called up from the U21 team.

He made his international debut for Serbian national team on 6 June 2007, in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match in Helsinki against Finland.

He was part of the Serbian 23-man squad at the FIFA World Cup 2010.

International statistics[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 7 0
2008 7 0
2009 4 0
2010 4 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 5 0
2014 1 0
Total 29 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rukavina completes Dortmund transfer". UEFA. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rukavina u Valjadolidu" (in Serbian). srpskifudbal.rs. 28 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Villarreal CF sign Antonio Rukavina". Villarreal C.F. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Milan Smiljanić
Partizan captain
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Stevan Jovetić