Darko Lazović

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Not to be confused with Danko Lazović.
Darko Lazović
Darko Lazovic.jpg
Lazović with Red Star in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Čačak, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Red Star Belgrade
Number 8
Youth career
1996–2007 Borac Čačak
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Borac Čačak 42 (6)
2009– Red Star Belgrade 103 (21)
National team
2011–2012 Serbia U21 11 (4)
2008– Serbia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2012

Darko Lazović (Serbian Cyrillic: Дарко Лазовић; born 15 September 1990 in Čačak) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a winger for Serbian SuperLiga club Red Star Belgrade. In international competition he competes for Serbia.

At the age of 21, he was recognized as the best young player of the Serbian Superliga for 2011.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Borac Čačak[edit]

From the age of six, Lazović began to train in the youth academy of FK Borac Čačak. By the time he played for the junior team, he was attracting the attention of scouts from outside of Čačak. On 2 March 2008, he made his senior debut for Borac Čačak under head coach Milovan Rajevac in a league match against Hajduk Kula. He scored his first competitive goal for Borac Čačak on 22 March 2008 in a Serbian Superliga match against Vojvodina. In February 2009, Lazović trained with the first-team of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for a couple of days, and by 10 February Borac coach Ljubiša Dmitrović told the press "For all I know, Lazović has been transferred to Tottenham".[3] However, a contract was never signed, and domestic club Red Star Belgrade took the initiative.

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

2009–10 season[edit]

While at Borac, Tottenham Hotspur, Hertha BSC and Red Star Belgrade all showed interest for Lazović. Finally, in June 2009, Lazović signed a four-year contract with Red Star Belgrade. He missed the start of the season due to injury and made his debut in the third round of the championships, on 12 September 2009, against FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac. He came off the bench in the 65th minute to replace Nikola Vasiljević. He scored his first goal for Red Star on 23 September 2009, in the sixteenth Serbian Cup match against Mladost Apatin. Red Star went on to win 6–1 and Lazović scored a brace.

2010–11 season[edit]

Initially, however, he did not got much play time, but upon arrival of coach Robert Prosinečki he got the opportunity to show his skills. In December 2011, he was named as best young player in the Serbian Superliga. He played an important role in Red Star's 2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying campaign, as he played some great games which got his team to the play-off round of qualification, where Red Star lost to Stade Rennais.

2011–12 season[edit]

In the semi-final of the 2011-12 Serbian Cup, On 11 April 2012, he scored a goal after a dazzling dribble against eternal rivals Partizan Belgrade, in a game which Red Star won 2–0.[4] That year, Red Star would go on to win the 2012 Serbian Cup Final. On 4 July 2012, Lazović extended his contract with Red Star by three years, to 2015, and ended speculation about his possible transfer to FC Dynamo Moscow or Paris Saint-Germain.[5] Despite Red Star not winning the league, it was a memorable year as for the second year in a row that Red Star pushed to the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League qualifying phase, during which Lazović contributed with assists against FC Naftan Novopolotsk as well as playing solid matches against AC Omonia and FC Girondins de Bordeaux.

2012–13 season[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Lazović remained in the starting eleven even after the departures of coaches Robert Prosinečki and Aleksandar Janković. Even with the arrival of Ricardo Sá Pinto, Lazović remained unchallenged in Red Star's starting lineup and scored a total of four goals through the regular season. On 18 May 2013 in a match against Partizan, he suffered a season-ending knee injury eight minutes into the game.[6]

2013–14 season[edit]

While Lazović was injured, Ricardo Sá Pinto voluntarily resigned from Red Star, and new coach Slaviša Stojanovič was enthusiastic about giving Lazović some playing time as soon as his injury allowed. On February 22, 2014, Lazović played his first competitive match after eight months of injury and made an assist against FK Javor.[7] On April 12, 2014, Lazović scored a hat-trick against FK Čukarički.[8]

International career[edit]

After being called up by coach Radomir Antić, Lazović made his first appearance for Serbia on 14 December 2008, in a friendly match against Poland. He did not play for the national team until four years later when he came in as a substitute in the 76th minute against France during a friendly match on 31 May 2012.[9] On 5 June 2012, during his third game for the senior team, he scored an impressive goal against Sweden which was disallowed by the referee.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Borac Čačak Superliga 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
2008–09 28 3 2 1 5 1 35 5
2009–10 Red Star 9 1 0 0 0 0 9 1
2010–11 16 2 3 0 0 0 19 2
2011–12 27 7 6 1 4 1 37 9
2012–13 23 4 2 1 6 0 31 5
2013–14 14 5 0 0 0 0 14 5
2014–15 14 2 2 0 0 0 16 2
League Cup Continental Total
Total Serbia 145 27 15 3 15 2 175 32
Career total 145 27 15 3 15 2 175 32

International[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 0 0
2012 3 0
2014 1 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star

Individual[edit]

  • Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year (1): 2011–12

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moja Crvena Zvezda – Darko Lazovic najbolji mladi igrac u JSL (Serbian: Darko Lazovic is the best young player in the JSL) Retrieved 12 December 2011.
  2. ^ Mozzart Sport :: JSL: Lazovic najbolji mladi igrac, priznanje i Markovicu (Serbian) Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  3. ^ [1] B92 Sport – Fudbal – I Totenhem želi Lazovića? 10 February 2009
  4. ^ [2] Sportal (Serbian): KS: Lazović i Borha potopili Partizan (FOTO+VIDEO) – 11 April 2012
  5. ^ [3] B92 Sport – Fudbal – Darko Lazović potpisao do 2015. – 4 July 2012
  6. ^ [4] Sportske (Serbian): Kraj sezone za Lazovića – 19 May 2013
  7. ^ [5] Dnevnik: На крилима надахнутог Дарка Лазовића (Serbian) 22 February 2014
  8. ^ [6] Sportske: JSL: Crvena zvezda - Čukarički (uživo) (Serbian) 12 April 2014
  9. ^ UEFA – Friendlies 2010–12 – France Serbia 2:0 Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  10. ^ 101 great goals – A brilliant volley that never was: Darko Lazovic Serbia vs Sweden Retrieved 5 June 2012