Basta playing for Udinese in 2009
|Full name||Dušan Basta|
|Date of birth||18 August 1984|
|Place of birth||Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Right back / Right winger|
|PKB Padinska Skela|
|Red Star Belgrade|
|2002–2008||Red Star Belgrade||97||(3)|
|2003–2004||→ Jedinstvo Ub (loan)||27||(9)|
|2008–2009||→ Lecce (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dušan Basta (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Баста; born 18 August 1984) is a Serbian professional football player who plays for Italian Serie A club S.S. Lazio. He often plays as a right fullback. Basta was a non-playing member of the Serbia and Montenegro squad at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
The first football step Basta made was when he was eight – in local football club PKB from Padinska Skela, the suburb where he lived and where he was born. He then signed for Red Star aged thirteen, becoming a part of one of the most talented generations in the history of Red Star's youth academy.
Red Star Belgrade
Basta signed his first professional contract at the age of 17, when he together with a few teammates from Red Star's youth team broke out into the senior squad. He made his professional debut on his 18th birthday (18 August 2002) in a 1–0 defeat from Sutjeska in Nikšić, Montenegro. In following second season, he played on loan in Jedinstvo Ub (along with Aleksandar Luković and Boško Janković). Over the season Basta displayed great technique, skills, and pass accuracy and very soon he became one of the most important players for Red Star Belgrade. In April 2005 Basta suffered an injury which kept him out of football for five months. By the end of his spell at Red Star, Basta won six trophies with Red Star Belgrade, including three domestic doubles.
In July 2008 he moved from Red Star Belgrade to Udinese. He played in pre-season friendlies. However, Udinese did not wish to allocate one of the two non-EU registration quota on Basta, and Basta moved to Lecce on loan from Red Star Belgrade, in order to borrow the quota from Lecce, likes his team-mate and countryman Aleksandar Luković.
After returning to Udinese in summer 2009, he became the starting right wingback soon after the season started instead of his usual midfield position. He made his debut on 23 September 2009 against A.C. Milan, replacing Mauricio Isla after 27 minutes. Udinese won the match 1–0. After injuries to Simone Pepe, he played as a right-sided midfielder in their 3–5–2 formation for a few matches. Basta was later injured and missed the whole 2010–11 Serie A season, meaning that Mauricio Isla secured Basta's place in the team.
Basta made his return after 18 months on 11 September, the first gameweek of the 2011–12 Serie A season. In that match the coach Francesco Guidolin rested Isla, using Basta as the right wingback in their 3–5–2 formation. He scored a goal, beating Lecce 2–0. In the next match, the first group stage match of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League, Basta returned to the bench. On 6 November 2011, Basta scored the first goal in a 2–1 victory against Siena. On 11 December 2011, the Serb headed in Udinese's second goal in a 2–1 victory against Chievo. He then scored a powerful shot against struggling Cesena.
He was in Serbia and Montenegro team for World Cup in Germany, but he did not play. For U21's selection of Serbia he played 18 games and he played on two European Under-21 Football Championship, First time in Portugal 2006 he reached semifinal, second time he became losing finalists in the Netherlands 2007. He was called up by the caretaker of the Serbia national football team, Radovan Ćurčić, for two friendly matches, against Mexico and Honduras, as a replacement for the injured Neven Subotić. Shortly after being called up, he suffered an injury. Ćurčić called up Nemanja Tomić, Adem Ljajić and Andrija Kaluđerović instead.
- As of end of 2013–14 season
|2002–03||Red Star Belgrade||First League||12||0||?||?||1||0||13||0|
|2003–04||Jedinstvo Ub (loan)||Second League||27||9||?||?||0||0||27||9|
|2004–05||Red Star Belgrade||First League||23||2||?||?||5||0||28||2|
|2008–09||Lecce (loan)||Serie A||7||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|Serbian national team|
|1.||6 February 2013||GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus||Cyprus||
|2.||15 October 2013||Jagodina City Stadium, Jagodina, Serbia||Macedonia||
||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Red Star Belgrade
- "Lecce lure Basta from Udinese". skysports. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
-  Novosti.rs: Basta potpisao četvorogodišnji ugovor sa Lacijom (Serbian) 23 June 2014
- "Petkovic puts faith in new faces". UEFA.com. 2005-03-20. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
- "Petković names squad for Tunisia test". UEFA.com. 2006-02-24. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dušan Basta.|
- Profile at La Gazzetta dello Sport 2009–10 (Italian)
- Profile at Football.it (Italian)
- Dušan Basta at National-Football-Teams.com
- Profile at reprezentacija.rs (Serbian) (English)