Danko Lazović

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Danko Lazović
Danko Lazović 2013.jpg
Lazović playing for Rostov in 2013
Personal information
Full name Danko Lazović
Date of birth (1983-05-17) 17 May 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Kragujevac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Partizan
Number 27
Youth career
Radnički Kragujevac
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Partizan 60 (20)
2000–2001 Teleoptik (loan) 23 (7)
2003–2006 Feyenoord 41 (9)
2005–2006 Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 9 (0)
2006 Partizan (loan) 11 (5)
2006–2007 Vitesse 32 (19)
2007–2010 PSV Eindhoven 82 (24)
2010–2013 Zenit St. Petersburg 51 (17)
2013 Rostov (loan) 11 (2)
2014– Partizan 18 (12)
National team
2002– Serbia 45 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Danko Lazović (Serbian Cyrillic: Данко Лазовић, born 17 May 1983) is a Serbian footballer who plays for club Partizan as a forward or a winger. Lazović represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Lazović started playing football at his hometown club Radnički Kragujevac, before joining Partizan at the age of thirteen. In his first senior season, Lazović made eight league appearance for Partizan, and also played for Teleoptik on loan. His loan at Teleoptik helped Lazović his career development, leading to become a regular player at Partizan. Lazović made his European debut in a UEFA Cup qualification match round one against Santa Coloma on 23 August 2001. In the Champions League qualification match against Hammarby in a 1–1 draw in the first leg, Lazović scored the second goal in the match in a 4–0 win in the second leg. After Partizan elimination by German giant Bayern Munich in a 6–1 on aggregate, the club would go UEFA Cup. At the UEFA Cup, he made two appearance and scored in a 3–1 win over Slavia Prague in his second appearance on 31 October 2002. At the end of the season, Lazović led the club win the First League of Serbia and Montenegro, winning two in the row, after a previous season. At Partizan, Lazović had enjoyed three successful seasons at Partizan, making 60 appearances and scoring 20 goals for the club.

Feyenoord and Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

After an impressive form at Partizan, Lazović would join Feyenoord in the summer of 2003 for €7 million. On the opening of the season on 17 October 2003, he scored on his debut and the clubs first goal of the season, in a 2–1 win over N.E.C. and scored his first brace in his Feyenoord's career in a 3–2 win over Utrecht on 25 January 2004, bringing his fifteen games without scoring. At the last game of the season, Lazović scored his first hat-trick in his Feyenoord's career, in a 7–1 win over relegated side Zwolle. The next season, Lazović scored his first goal of the season and would score another, also setting up a goal for Dirk Kuyt in a 7–2 win over De Graafschap. However at his time at the club, Lazović found it difficult to break into the first team squad at Feyenoord and moved onto Bayer Leverkusen in summer transfer 2005 on a loan deal.[1] After the move, Lazović says he is expecting to resurrecting his career.[2]

In the first round of DFB-Pokal, Lazović scored a hat-trick on his competitive debut in a 8–0 win over Rot-Weiß Erfurt. However, he also failed to settle in at Bayer Leverkusen,[3] and returned to FK Partizan in January 2006 on a six-month loan deal. He had a decent half-season at his old stomping ground, scoring five league goals, but various reports continued about his apparent disruptive dressing room influence. In early May 2006, after the last league match of the season, Lazović was reportedly involved in a training ground bust up with teammate Niša Saveljić with bad blood even continuing later during lunch at the training facility.[4]

Vitesse[edit]

Over the summer of 2006, Lazović returned to the Eredivisie, this time with Vitesse.[5] Vitesse paid Feyenoord €1.5 million for the forward, and Feyenoord agreed to pay the first year of his salary. On the opening game of the season, Lazović scored on his debut in a 2–1 win over Sparta Rotterdam[6] (which he scored against them once again but a brace in a 3–0 win on 6 April 2006) and scored the following week (on 26 August 2006) in a 3–1 over AZ. Lazović scored his first hat-trick in the Dutch League for two years in a 4–0 win over Heracles Almelo on 23 September 2006. Lazović scored a goal and set up a goal for Anduele Pryor in a 2–2 draw but he was received a straight red-card, just minutes before half-time against Excelsior on 28 October 2006. Lazović was involved in the squad that beat Ajax 4–2, as he scored for himself and set up two goals for Mads Junker and Youssouf Hersi respectively. To the dismay of many Feyenoord fans Lazović had an excellent season at Vitesse, rediscovering his scoring touch and being a serious contender for the league's golden boot for most of the season and was also the club's top scorer.

PSV Eindhoven[edit]

Lazović, in the shirt of PSV Eindhoven, holding a ball.

He attracted attention from PSV Eindhoven early on,[7] before moving to them at the end of the season for €6.6 million, signing a five-year deal. Lazović took over the number 9 jersey from legendary forward Patrick Kluivert, who was released and went to Lille OSC.[8][9] At PSV, he earned a nickname Lazoflap due to his moderate appearance.

On the opening game of the season, Lazović scored twice on his debut in a 5–0 win over NEC. In the opening game of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, he scored in a 2–1 win over CSKA Moscow. As PSV's campaign in the Champions League went poor, resulting the club go to the UEFA Cup. In the third round of UEFA Cup, he scored and set up a goal for Timmy Simons in a 2–0 win over Helsingborgs in the first leg. In the second leg, he scored again in the same result in the first round. The club would progress in the UEFA Cup until Italian side Fiorentina at the quarter final. At the end of the season, the club would win the title after scoring against his former club Vitesse in a 1–0 win.

The following season, he scored his first goal of the season and would score again in the match, as PSV would beat De Graafschap 3–0. In November 2008, he would soon involved a conflict with manager Huub Stevens after setting up a goal for Ibrahim Afellay against Ajax, he appeared to allegedly to insult Stevens and after the match with PSV lose 4–1, he fined for showing dissent.[10][11] Eventually, he would apologise and the two would bury the hatchet.[citation needed] On the last game of the Champions League Group Stage, he scored the club's only goal in match as PSV lose 3–1 against Liverpool. However later in the season, the club couldn't win another title and surrendered it to AZ Alkmaar.

Lazović (second right) in training for PSV Eindhoven with teammates.

The following season, he scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Willem II on 26 September 2009. On 11 November 2009, he earned a hat-trick of setting up goals for Ola Toivonen (twice) and Otman Bakkal in a 5–1 win over ADO Den Haag. On 6 December 2009, he scored his last goal for the club in a 2–0 win over RKC Waalwijk, previously scoring against Sparta last week in a 3–2 win and ten days, he also score his last competitive goal in a 2–0 win over Cluj. He would make his last league appearance in a 1–1 draw against Sparta and also last competitive appearance in the Europa League in a 3–2 win over Hamburger SV in the second leg, assisting a brace for Toivonen and Danny Koevermans. However, PSV was eliminated in the Europa League over away goal.

Zenit[edit]

Lazović in the Zenit shirt ahead of a match.

On 3 March 2010, Zenit completed the transfer of the striker from Eredivisie club PSV almost for €5 million.[12][13] PSV general director Jan Reker said: "Danko Lazović told us about the interest of Zenit about a week ago. We've since discussed his situation several times and have eventually decided to cash in on him".[14]

Lazović made his Russian Premier League debut for Zenit on 13 March 2010 against Krylia Sovetov Samara, coming on as a substitute in the 54th minute for Konstantin Zyryanov.[15] Two weeks later, Lazović made his first impact on the scoresheet, delivering a perfect ball to set up Danny for the first goal against Dynamo Moscow. His first goal however, did not come until 9 July 2010 against Alania Vladikavkaz, as he helped Zenit to a 3–1 away victory.

On 30 September 2010, he scored a double against AEK Athens in the Europa League at the Petrovsky Stadium. He scored from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute, beating AEK goalkeeper Giannis Arabatzis then added his second in the 57th minute, poking home a cross from Vladimir Bystrov.[16] On 14 November 2010, he scored the Championship-winning goal against Rostov in the 40th minute, helping Zenit win its second Russian Premier League title in four years. Lazović finished the season with five goals in the Russian Premier League and seven in total. He tied with Georgi Peev of Amkar Perm for second-best assistant in the RPL with seven assists.

In 19 June 2011 during a 2–0 win over Volga, Lazović made headlines when he was tasered by the police with an electric baton after he tried to throw his shirt into the stands, that left a burn mark under his right shoulder blade. Television footage shows the Lazović (with no shirt) being approached by police officers as he moved towards the away fans after the match.[17] Afterwards, he was quoted by Sport Express newspaper, claiming "I simply went to give my shirt to the fans after the game when a policeman appeared behind me and hit me in the back with an electric shock, I don't know why this happened. Maybe he thought I was one of the fans" Because of the police action, the club would made the accusation to the police, which they deny wrongdoing. Andrei Shmonin, deputy police chief of public security police in Nizhny Novgorod, says the police stepped between the players and the fans, with arms outstretched. In his hands was a stun gun, but it was not used.[18] There was evidence by the medical commission, that Lazović did receive an electric shock from the police and also said the diagnosis that Lazović received was electrical accident and first-degree burns on the right subscapular region.[19] Later in his Zenit's career, he was among three other player to be left out of the squad to the training camp in Zenit’s first pre-season training camp.[20] Also, Lazović first team opportunities would soon be limited due to goalscoring form striker Aleksandr Kerzhakov and several new signing, leading him to be placed in the reserves.[citation needed]

Upon his return to Zenit, Lazović continued to remain out of the first team spotlight, as he trains separate from the first team. He was linked with PAOK[21] and Legia Warsaw[22] In November 2013, Lazović announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.[23]

Rostov[edit]

On 27 February 2013, just one day before the Russian transfer deadline, it announced that Russian Premier League side Rostov on loan, until the end of the 2012–13 season.[24] In his first appearance of the 2012–13 season, he made his debut for Rostov, playing in the left wing, in a 0–0 draw against Alania Vladikavkaz.[25] At the end of the season, Lazović returned to the club following a loan spell with Rostov.[26]

Partizan[edit]

After leaving Zenit Saint Petersburg, Lazović returned to Serbia to rejoin Partizan on a free transfer, which he signed a two-year deal.[27][28]

International career[edit]

Lazović at the Serbian national team.

Lazović made his international debut for the Serbian national team on 27 March 2002, in a friendly match against Brazil in Fortaleza. He scored 11 times in 43 matches he played for the national team.

When Serbia and Montenegro split, Lazović represented Serbia, and scored the first goal ever in international football for the new team; an equaliser in their friendly against the Czech Republic on 16 August 2006 in Uherské Hradiště, which they went on to win 3–1.

In March 2011, two weeks before a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Northern Ireland, Lazović decided to retire from the national team at the age of 27, choosing to focus on his club Zenit. On the same occasion, his club colleague from Zenit Aleksandar Luković also made the same announcement.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 September 2014[29]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other[30] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Teleoptik (loan) 2000–01 23 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 7
Partizan 2000–01 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2001–02 26 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 9
2002–03 26 11 2 1 6 3 0 0 34 15
Total 83 27 2 1 0 0 7 3 0 0 92 31
Feyenoord 2003–04 23 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 26 6
2004–05 18 3 2 1 5 0 0 0 25 4
Total 41 9 3 1 0 0 7 0 0 0 51 10
Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 2005–06 9 0 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 3
Partizan (loan) 2005–06 11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 5
Vitesse 2006–07 32 19 2 1 0 0 5 2 39 22
PSV Eindhoven 2007–08 31 11 0 0 12 3 0 0 43 14
2008–09 27 8 2 2 3 1 1 1 33 12
2009–10 24 5 3 1 11 1 0 0 38 7
Total 82 24 5 3 0 0 26 5 1 1 114 33
Zenit 2010 20 5 5 1 11 3 0 0 36 9
2011–12 31 12 3 0 6 0 1 0 41 12
Total 51 17 8 1 0 0 17 3 1 0 77 21
Rostov (loan) 2012–13 11 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 2
Partizan 2013–14 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6
2014–15 8 6 1 0 8 3 0 0 17 9
Career total 338 115 22 10 0 0 66 14 7 3 432 142

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 1 0
2003 0 0
2004 3 0
2005 0 0
2006 6 3
2007 8 2
2008 6 2
2009 9 3
2010 10 1
2011 0 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 2 0
Total 45 11

International goals[edit]

As of 28 September 2014[29]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2006 Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty, Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic  Czech Republic 1–1 1–3 Friendly
2. 6 September 2006 Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw, Poland  Poland 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qual.
3. 11 October 2006 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Beograd, Serbia  Armenia 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qual.
4. 17 October 2007 Tofik Bakhramov Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan 1–6 1–6 UEFA Euro 2008 qual.
5. 21 November 2007 Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Beograd, Serbia  Poland 2–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qual.
6. 6 February 2008 Philip II Arena, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia  Macedonia 0–1 1–1 Friendly
7. 19 November 2008 Partizan Stadium, Beograd, Serbia  Bulgaria 6–1 6–1 Friendly
8. 10 February 2009 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–2 0–2 Friendly
9. 12 August 2009 Super Stadium, Atteridgeville, South Africa  South Africa 0–2 1–3 Friendly
10. 14 November 2009 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 0–1 Friendly
11. 3 September 2010 Tórsvøllur, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 0–1 0–3 UEFA Euro 2012 qual.

Career honours[edit]

Partizan

PSV Eindhoven

Zenit

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lazovic set for Leverkusen". Sky Sports. 10 August 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lazovic out to impress". Sky Sports. 22 August 2005. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lazovic leaves Bayer". Sky Sports. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Vujičin, Igor (4 May 2006). "Tuča Saveljića i Lazovića?" (in Serbian). b92.net. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vitesse land Lazovic". Sky Sports. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vitesse start with win". Sky Sports. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "PSV chase Lazovic". Sky Sports. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lazović cheered by PSV move". UEFA.com. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Danko Lazovic: "Eindelijk komt mijn droom uit"" (in Dutch). PSV.nl. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Danko Lazovic neukt de moeder van Huub Stevens" (in Dutch). EnDanDit. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Lazovic houdt van fetish" (in Dutch). Dumpert.nl. 19 November 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Данко Лазович – игрок "Зенита"" (in Russian). fc-zenit.ru. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Official: Danko Lazovic Leaves PSV For Zenit St. Petersburg". Goal.com. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Reactie Fred Rutten op vertrek Danko Lazovic" (in Dutch). PSV.nl. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  15. ^ "Матч Кр. Советов 0 — 1 Зенит". RFPL. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Zenit zip proves too much for AEK". UEFA.com. 30 September 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 
  17. ^ "Police accused of tasering Zenit St Petersburg's Danko Lazovic". The Guardian. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Шмонин: в руках омоновца был электрошокер, но он не применялся" (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Подтверждён факт причинения вреда здоровью Лазовича" (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Lazović, Huszti, Rosina and Borodin not invited to training camp". FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 5 June 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Lazovic: currently train separately from the "Zenith"" [Лазович: на данный момент тренируюсь отдельно от "Зенита"] (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  22. ^ ""Legia" considering purchasing Lazovic "Zenith"" ["Легия" рассматривает возможность приобретения Лазовича у "Зенита"] (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Lazovic: waiting for completion of the contract with "Zenith", which then - I do not know" [Лазович: жду завершения контракта с "Зенитом", куда потом — не знаю] (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  24. ^ "Danko Lazovic continues his career in the "Rostov"" [Danko Lazovic seguirá su carrera en el FC Rostov] (in Spanish). FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Alaniya vs. Rostov 0 - 0". Soccerway. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "Shikunov: negotiating the transition to another club Golendy" [Шикунов: ведутся переговоры о переходе Голенды в другой клуб] (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  27. ^ Lazović po treći put među crno-belima at partizan.rs, 20-1-2014 (Serbian)
  28. ^ "Lazovic agreed the signing of "Partizan"" [Лазович договорился о подписании контракта с "Партизаном"] (in Russian). Chempionat.com. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "D. Lazović". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  30. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Dutch playoff, Johan Cruijff Shield

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