Branko Bošković

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Branko Bošković
Бранко Бошковић
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Personal information
Full name Branko Bošković
Date of birth (1980-06-21) 21 June 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Bačka Topola, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rapid Wien
Number 32
Youth career
0000–1996 Mogren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Mogren 31 (8)
1999–2003 Red Star Belgrade 123 (30)
2003–2006 Paris Saint-Germain 36 (3)
2004–2005 Paris Saint-Germain B 6 (3)
2005–2006 Troyes (loan) 19 (0)
2007–2010 Rapid Wien 104 (19)
2010–2012 D.C. United 43 (1)
2013– Rapid Wien 27 (4)
National team
2002–2005 Serbia and Montenegro 12 (1)
2007– Montenegro 25 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 February 2012

Branko Bošković (Cyrillic: Бранко Бошковић), (born 21 June 1980 in Bačka Topola) is a Montenegrin footballer playing for the Austrian club Rapid Wien.

Career[edit]

Club[edit]

Bošković started his pro career in 1996 with the Budva outfit FK Mogren, which was competing in lower Yugoslav division at the time. After playing there for two-and-a-half seasons, Branko earned a dream move to Red Star Belgrade in December 1998.

In his four-and-a-half seasons in Belgrade, he twice helped his team win the Serbo-Montenegrin Football League, in both 1999–2000 and 2000–01, as well as the Yugoslav Cup three times in 1999, 2000 & 2002. Additionally, he marked himself out as a talented and creative midfielder with a nose for goal, all of which earned him a series of national team call-ups. Still, his single most famous moment while at Red Star came during the 2002–03 UEFA Cup Second Round versus Lazio when he scored a goal in the return leg.

Bošković's stellar performances at Red Star got him plenty of attention from abroad, and he moved to French giants Paris Saint-Germain during summer of 2003 but failed to get a first team place upon arrival. Following the two-year stay at PSG – spent mostly out of the first team picture – he accepted a season-long loan to play with Troyes where he spent the entire 2005–06 season. After his loan spell ended, Bošković and PSG parted ways, and he spent a six-month period training with FK Rad.

In January 2007, he signed a contract with Rapid Wien until the end of the 2006–07 season.[1] After impressing during the second half of the 2006–07 season Bošković re-signed with the club. During the 2007–08 season, Bošković was a key player helping the club capture the Austrian league title. As a result of his play, he signed a two-year extension in March 2008. During his time with Rapid, Bošković appeared in 122 official matches and scored 24 goals.

Bošković signed as a Designated Player with D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the United States on 14 June 2010.[2] Bošković made 43 appearances, 21 starts and finished with two goals and seven assists over three seasons. Following the end of the 2012 season, Bošković and D.C. United mutually agreed to part ways, with Bošković citing a desire to return to Montenegro for family reasons.[3]

He returned to his former club Rapid Wien in January 2013.[4]

International[edit]

He made his debut for FR Yugoslavia against Brazil, in a friendly played 27 March 2002. He played his last match against South Korea in a friendly on 16 November 2005. In total he played 12 games – eight friendlies and four Euro 2004 qualifying matches – for FR Yugoslavia. He scored one goal for Yugoslavia, coming in a 1–2 loss against Azerbaijan on 11 June 2003 during Euro 2004 qualifying.

With the formation of Montenegro, he was selected to the Montenegro national team, debuting for the nation in its first-ever match in March 2007 against Hungary. He was captain in the European Championship qualifier against England at Wembley in 2010, which ended in a goalless draw, his last international match to the end of 2011. He played again against Belarus in a 1-1 draw in 2013. He played for the first time in World Cup 2014 qualifier against Poland and provided an assist for Damjanovic. He scored an extraordinary own goal 'for' England in a 2014 World Cup qualifier at Wembley which ended 4-1 against Montenegro.

International goals[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 11, 2003 Shafa Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 1–0 1–2 Euro 2004 Qualifying

Montenegro[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 March 26, 2008 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Norway 2–0 3–1 Friendly match

Honours[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade

France Paris Saint-Germain

Austria SK Rapid Wien

Statistics[edit]

Season Club League National Cup European Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Comp Apps Goals
Matches Goals
1997-1998 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Mogren 22 8 - - - 22 8
1998-1999 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FK Mogren 9 0 - - - 9 0
1998-1999 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 6 1 C3 6 1
1999-2000 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 31 9 C3 31 9
2000-2001 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 32 9 C1/C3 32 9
2001-2002 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade 28 2 C1/C3 4/1 0/0 33 2
2002-2003 Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade 24 8 C3 6 1 30 9
2003-2004 Serbia and Montenegro Red Star Belgrade 2 1 C3 1 1 3 2
2003-2004 France Paris SG 24 3 2 0 - - - 26 3
2004-2005 France Paris SG 12 0 2 2 C1 4 0 18 2
2005-2006 France Troyes AC (Ioan) 19 0 1 0 - - - 20 0
2006-2007 Austria Rapid Wien 10 0 - - - 29 4
2007-2008 Austria Rapid Wien 11 4 - - - 11 4
2008-2009 Austria Rapid Wien 27 6 - - - 27 6
2009-2010 Austria Rapid Wien 29 3 C3 6 0 35 3
2010 United States D.C. United 13 0 - - - - - 13 0
2011 United States D.C. United 4 0 1 2 - - - 5 2
2012 United States D.C. United 24 1 2 0 - - - 26 1
2012-2013 Austria Rapid Wien 10 1 0 0 - - - 10 1
2013-2014 Austria Rapid Wien 19 3 1 0 - - - 20 3

Appearances and goals counted correct as of 6 October 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bošković to return with Rapid". UEFA.com. 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  2. ^ "United Signs Montenegrin Midfielder". Miami Herald. 2010-06-15. 
  3. ^ "DC United and Branko Boskovic Mutually Agree to Part Ways". DC United. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Heimkehr nach Hütteldorf: Boskovic kehrt zurück (German)". SK Rapid Wien. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 

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