Boško Janković

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Boško Janković
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Janković with Genoa in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hellas Verona
Number 11
Youth career
1996–2002 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Red Star Belgrade 74 (24)
2003–2004 Jedinstvo Ub (loan) 28 (21)
2006–2007 Mallorca 28 (9)
2007–2008 Palermo 27 (2)
2008–2013 Genoa 83 (14)
2013– Verona 18 (2)
National team
2003–2007 Serbia U21 29 (11)
2006–2012 Serbia 31 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2012

Boško Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бошко Јанковић; born 1 March 1984) is a Serbian footballer playing as a midfielder or striker for Verona and the Serbia national football team. He is at his best going forward and is equally at home playing in the centre or either wing. He is an attacking minded player, with the tendency to take long shots and free kicks.

Club career[edit]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Having gone through all age groups in Red Star Belgrade youth setup, 18-year old Janković earned his first taste of full squad action throughout fall 2002, during first half of 2002–03 season under head coach Zoran Filipović.

However, over the winter 2002–03 break in January 2003, Janković was loaned out to lower division side Jedinstvo Ub along with Dušan Basta and Aleksandar Luković in order to gain valuable experience through regular playing time. Over the next season and a half in Ub, he excelled in attacking midfielder position, scoring 21 league goals in 28 matches. At the beginning of 2003–04 league season, Jankovic along with a group of other Red Star youth players was registered both for Red Star and Jedinstvo, which in practice meant that he trained with Red Star during the week while playing league matches for Jedinstvo on Saturdays. However, following the winter break, head coach Slavoljub Muslin decided to discontinue this practice making the players both train and play with Jedinstvo.[1]

All the success prompted new head coach Ljupko Petrović and the rest in Red Star management to bring Janković back during summer 2004, ahead of the 2004–05 season. The move paid immediate dividends as he scored a spectacular free kick goal versus PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of UEFA Champions League 3rd Round qualifying. He followed that up with a notable domestic season in which he scored 10 goals in 25 appearances, showing early signs of the things to come and establishing himself as one of the more important players on the league winning Red Star roster.

Janković truly came into his own throughout the 2005–06 season under head coach Walter Zenga, increasing his league scoring output to 12 goals in 26 appearances while also providing steady service from the right wing to Red Star strikers, most notably Nikola Žigić. At the end of the 2005–06 season, Janković was named Player of the Year.

By this time, he also became a staple in the Serbia-Montenegro under-21 national team with all the exposure leading to increased interest in Janković from abroad. As a result, rumours of a summer 2006 sale became perisistant. Still, he started the 2006–07 league season with Red Star, however after only one match, Janković was sold to RCD Mallorca in August 2006 for €3 million.

RCD Mallorca[edit]

The 23-year-old's excellent form shown during the 2006–07 season with Mallorca has caught the attention of both FC Barcelona and Valencia CF, but Janković played down the rumors and suggested he wanted to stay a year or two at Mallorca before making a move for one of the major clubs. In his first season with Mallorca, Jankovic was able to score 9 goals in 28 appearances being himself the top scorer of the Mallorquin team. Chelsea F.C. were rumoured to be very interested in the youngster and some scouts appeared at the Under 21 Championship Final to watch him.

However, on 28 June Italian Serie A club Palermo announced they have signed the Serbian midfielder to a five-year deal.[2] The transfer fee paid to Mallorca was said to be €8 million.[3]

U.S. Città di Palermo[edit]

Janković made his scoring debut for Palermo in the UEFA Cup match, but his debut season in Sicily was a disappointment, as he rarely got opportunities to prove himself in the first half of the season, though his playing time and quality of play improved somewhat during the second half of the season.[4]

Genoa[edit]

On 1 September 2008, he signed for Genoa CFC on loan from Palermo.

In the summer of 2009, Genoa reportedly exercised a clause in his loan contract to buy full ownership of the player and thus make the deal a permanent one.[5] However, Janković got injured at the start of the season after making only three league appearances. He played for Genoa until summer 2013. when he completed his transfer to Hellas Verona.

International career[edit]

Janković scored his first goal for Serbia vs Portugal in a Euro 2008 Qualifying match on 28 March 2007. He then followed up with another goal vs Finland in another Euro 2008 qualifying match on 2 June. He recently competed in the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship where he scored a goal vs the Czech Republic in Serbia's second group B match and led them to 2nd place in the tournament. After the tournament he was named in the 'UEFA Team of the tournament'.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season[6]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 2002–03 14 3 ? ? 0 0 14 3
2003–04 4 0 ? ? 0 0 4 0
Jedinstvo Ub (loan) 2003–04 28 21 ? ? 0 0 28 21
Red Star Belgrade 2004–05 28 9 ? ? 6 1 34 10
2005–06 26 12 ? ? 7 1 33 13
2006–07 2 0 0 0 4 0 6 0
Total 74 24 ? ? 17 2 91 26
Mallorca 2006–07 28 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 9
Palermo 2007–08 26 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 30 3
2008–09 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 27 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 31 3
Genoa 2008–09 25 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
2009–10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2010–11 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2011–12 30 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 6
2012–13 19 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 4
Total 83 14 4 0 0 0 0 0 87 14
Verona 2013–14 18 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 19 2
Career total 258 72 7 0 19 3 0 0 284 75

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2006 1 0
2007 9 3
2008 9 1
2009 5 1
2010 1 0
2011 3 0
2012 3 0
Total 31 5

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 28 March 2007 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Beograd, Serbia  Portugal 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2. 2 Jun 2007 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–1 0–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3. 17 October 2007 Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 1–3 1–6 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
4. 31 May 2008 Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Germany 0–1 2–1 Friendly
5. 1 April 2009 Stadion Partizan, Beograd, Serbia  Sweden 2–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

References[edit]

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