Dejan Damjanović

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This article is about the footballer born in 1981. For the footballer born in 1986, see Dejan Damjanović (footballer born 1986).
Dejan Damjanović
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Damjanović playing for FC Seoul
Personal information
Full name Dejan Damjanović
Date of birth (1981-07-27) 27 July 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Beijing Guoan
Number 27
Youth career
1995–1996 Dinamo Pančevo
1996–1998 Sinđelić Beograd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Sinđelić Beograd 33 (8)
2000–2003 Železnik 13 (0)
2001–2002 Lasta Sremčica (loan) 21 (10)
2002–2003 Srem Beograd (loan) 8 (0)
2003–2006 Bežanija 76 (37)
2004–2005 Radnički Jugopetrol (loan) 18 (4)
2006 Al-Ahli (loan) 8 (7)
2007 Incheon United 26 (14)
2008–2013 FC Seoul 181 (116)
2014 Jiangsu Sainty 14 (5)
2014– Beijing Guoan 10 (6)
National team
2008– Montenegro 24[1] (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Dejan Damjanović (Cyrillic: Дејан Дамјановић; born 27 July 1981), nicknamed Boske, or simply called Dejan is a Montenegrin football forward who plays for Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

Early life[edit]

Damjanović was born in the town of Mostar, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (modern Bosnia and Herzegovina) on 27 July 1981.[2] During the Yugoslav Wars, he moved to Serbia, firstly to Pančevo and then to Belgrade.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

He made his debut for Sinđelić Beograd in 1998. He scored 6 goals in 21 matches in his first season. He moved to FK Železnik in 2000 and later also played with FK Radnički Beograd and FK Bežanija in the First League of Serbia and Montenegro.[3] He played one season in the Saudi Arabia with Al-Ahli Jeddah and in summer 2006 he returned to Serbia and played with FK Bežanija in the debut season of the Serbian SuperLiga. During the winter break, by early 2007, he moved to South Korean football club Incheon United FC.

FC Seoul[edit]

Then, he signed a contract with FC Seoul in December 2007.[4]

He managed to score two goals against Manchester United in United's tour of Asia. However, FC Seoul lost 3-2, United's goals being scored by Wayne Rooney, Federico Macheda and Dimitar Berbatov.[5]

Damjanović was second highest scorer in the K-League in 2007, 2008 and 2009. With 23 goals for Seoul in 2011 season, he was crowned league top scorer.[6]

In January 2012, Guangzhou R&F F.C. in Chinese Super League offered $5,000,000 to FC Seoul for Damjanović, but it was rejected by Seoul. Damjanović scored his 100th career goal with FC Seoul from a penalty goal, along with the 101st in the same match over a 3-1 win against his former club Incheon United on 28 May 2012. On 25 July 2012, He became top scorer in K-League foreign player history by scoring his 105th goal in the match against Daejeon Citizen. The previous record holder is Saša Drakulić who made 104 goals in K-League.

In the first match of the 2012 K-League, Damjanović was substituted out after 22 minutes against Daegu FC. It had been speculated that the FC Seoul manager, Choi Yong-Soo, and Damjanović had a rift. Damjanović wanted to leave but FC Seoul would not let him. However, as time went on, FC Seoul issued an official statement by Choi saying there was no tension between the two.

He finished the 2012 K-League season with many accolades and records broken. He scored 31 goals in 40 appearances, thus breaking the record held by Kim Do-Hoon in 2002. He won the league with FC Seoul as well as becoming the Golden Boot winner, a spot in the K-League Best XI in the forward position, and the K-league MVP.

In the January 2013, IFFHS ranked Damjanović 7th in the world for most goals in a top-division league surpassing players such as Zlatan Ibrahimović, Robin van Persie, and Wayne Rooney.[7]

In September 2013, Damjanović scored in both of two legs of the AFC Champions League quarter finals against his former team Al-Ahli Jeddah. His scoring continued against the first leg of the semi-final against Esteghlal. [8]

Despite scoring in both legs of the 2013 AFC Champions League Final against Guangzhou Evergrande, FC Seoul lost on away-goals and thus ending the competition as runners-up.

Jiangsu Sainty[edit]

He transferred to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Sainty in December 2013.[9]

Beijing Guoan[edit]

On 17 July 2014, Damjanović transferred to fellow Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan.[10]

International career[edit]

Damjanović while playing for Montenegro in 2012

His first international as a Montenegrin football player was against Italy on 16 October 2008. He scored two goals in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification against Cyprus.[11][12] He made his third international goal at 2014 World Cup qualification match against Ukraine on 16 October 2012.

On 26 March 2013, during a 2014 World Cup qualifier, Damjanović would once again prove vital as he came on, as a substitute, for Mitar Novaković in the 46th minute. Twenty minutes later he would score his fourth international goal against England to end the match in a one-one draw letting Montenegro keep the lead with 2 above England in the group stage.

On 6 September 2013, during a 2014 World Cup qualifier, Damjanović provided the only goal for the Montenegrin side as they tied 1-1 Poland in Warsaw, Poland.

On 11 October 2013, during a 2014 World Cup qualifier, Damjanović provided the only goal for the Montenegro side as they lost 4-1 to England in Wembley, England.

Career statistics[edit]

Club career[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 3 December 2013

Club Season K League Classic KFA Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Incheon United 2007 26 14 1 4 1 - 10 5 2 N/A N/A N/A 40 20 3
Incheon
Total
26 14 1 4 1 - 10 5 2 0 0 - 40 20 3
FC Seoul 2008 29 15 6 1 0 - 4 0 0 N/A N/A N/A 34 15 6
2009 23 14 1 2 0 - 2 0 0 9 5 - 36 19 1
2010 28 13 7 1 0 - 7 6 3 N/A N/A N/A 36 19 10
2011 30 24 7 3 3 - 0 0 0 9 5 - 42 32 7
2012 42 31 4 2 0 - - 0 0 - 44 31 4
2013 29 19 5 2 1 - - 13 7 - 44 27 5
Seoul
Total
181 116 30 11 4 - 13 6 3 31 17 - 236 143 33
Career total 207 130 31 15 5 - 23 11 5 31 17 - 276 163 36

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Montenegro's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2009 Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium, Larnaca  Cyprus 1–2 2–2 2010 World Cup qualifier
2. 2–2
3. 16 October 2012 Olympic Stadium, Kiev  Ukraine 1–0 1–0 2014 World Cup qualifier
4. 26 March 2013 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  England 1–1 1–1 2014 World Cup qualifier
5. 6 September 2013 National Stadium, Warsaw, Warsaw  Poland 1–0 1–1 2014 World Cup qualifier
6. 11 October 2013 Wembley Stadium, London  England 1–2 1–4 2014 World Cup qualifier
7. 05 March 2014 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Ghana 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al Ahli Jeddah
FC Seoul

Individual[edit]

FC Seoul

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
South Korea Yoo Byung-Soo
K League Top Scorer
2011, 2012, 2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
South Korea Lee Dong-Gook
K League Most Valuable Player
2012
Succeeded by
South Korea Kim Shin-Wook