Djordjic watching an AIK match in 2013
|Full name||Bojan Djordjic|
|Date of birth||6 February 1982|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger
|2001–2002||→ Sheffield Wednesday (loan)||5||(0)|
|2002–2003||→ AGF (loan)||26||(0)|
|2003–2004||→ Red Star Belgrade (loan)||24||(1)|
|2010–2011||→ Videoton II||3||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:57, 24 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Bojan Djordjic (Serbian Cyrillic: Бојан Ђорђић, transliterated as Bojan Đorđić; Serbian pronunciation: [bojan dʑordʑitɕ], born 6 February 1982) is a Serbian-born Swedish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League.
Life and Career
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia, to Serbian professional footballer Ranko Đorđić, Djordjic started his career at IF Brommapojkarna before moving to Manchester United in 1999 as a youth player. Although considered a budding talent, he only made two appearances for United, but was awarded the club's Jimmy Murphy Player of the Year Award at the age of 18. He also scored a memorable chip against Celtic 15 May 2001 coming on as a substitute for Ryan Giggs in Tom Boyd's testimonial game which United won 2–0 at Celtic Park.
He was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday, Aarhus GF and Red Star Belgrade, where he scored his first senior goal against Odense BK in the 2003–04 UEFA Cup before moving to Rangers in January 2005 on a free transfer. On 9 January 2005 he made his full debut against Celtic in the Scottish Cup. However, injuries limited his chances to establish himself in the first team at Ibrox and he moved to Plymouth Argyle on at the end of the 2004–05 season having made four league appearances during Rangers title winning campaign. Other club interested in the winger was Stockholm-based side AIK, the club that Djordjic supports.
On 24 August 2006, after spending just over a season at Plymouth, Djordjic was placed on the transfer list by manager Ian Holloway as a result of his sometimes lax attitude towards the team when playing and training. He was promised the opportunity to get back into the first team once his attitude improved.
Djordjic finally returned to the starting lineup after he scored 8 goals in 5 games for the reserves and after exactly a 3-month absence, on 18 November 2006, scoring in the 5th minute in a 1–1 away draw at Southend United. He was removed from the transfer list the following week, and went on to score in the next two consecutive games (Leeds United and Luton Town).
On 19 October 2007, Djordjic's contract was terminated by mutual consent due to lack of first-team opportunities. On 13 November, it was officially announced he had signed a two-year deal with Swedish club AIK. His first season for the club has not been what he was hoping for with several injuries and on 13 September 2008 he was injured once again and missed the remaining eight matches of the season. His first match for AIK was against Kalmar FF on 30 March 2008 in the first game of the 2008 season. During the 2009 transfer season, Djordjic was approached by Maccabi Haifa which offering him a contract, however Djordjic rejected saying that he wanted to stay with the club in his heart AIK.
Due the start of the season of 2010, AIK was underperforming as defending champions. This led that club was struggling to avoid relegation. The coach Mikael Stahre left for Panionios GSS and lots of criticism where aimed at the teams bad performances. On 28 June media reported that the Hungarian club Videoton had bought both Djordjic and Martin Mutumba. The director of the Hungarian club compared Djordjic with Roberto Baggio and Mutumba was compared with Ronaldinho. The transfer led to many speculations in media, especially since AIK had appointed the Scottish manager Alex Miller only a couple of days before the transfer were made. The players claimed that it was Mr. Millers decision to let the players go, but the organization of AIK claimed that they got such a good offer that they could not refuse to sell. One year later, he terminated his contract that would have expired 2013.
Djordjic joined Blackpool on a two-year contract in June 2011, reuniting him with manager Holloway. "Ollie (Ian Holloway) is one of the few managers to get the best out of me and I always thought about that," he said. "It's a big step when you're 29 to come back to English football to a club that's just been relegated from the Premier League." In December 2011 it was reported by the Daily Mail that Blackpool had been referred to the PFA for paying only £90 per week as wages to Bojan Djordjic with all additional payment being appearance-based – a claim Djordjic later said had been fabricated. His salary is believed to be a minimum of around £160,000 annually, with before bonuses. He cancelled his contract with Blackpool by mutual consent on 9 January 2012. On 4 February, he signed an agreement with Royal Antwerp.
- Red Star Belgrade
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