Dušan Tadić (footballer)

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Dušan Tadić
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Tadić with FC Twente in 2012
Personal information
Full name Dušan Tadić[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-20) 20 November 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Bačka Topola, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 11
Youth career
AIK Bačka Topola
2002–2006 Vojvodina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Vojvodina 107 (29)
2010–2012 Groningen 68 (14)
2012–2014 Twente 66 (28)
2014– Southampton 5 (0)
National team
2008– Serbia 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2014

Dušan Tadić (Serbian Cyrillic: Душан Тадић; born 20 November 1988) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for English club Southampton and the Serbian national team. He is primarily a left-sided midfielder.[2]

Club career[edit]

Vojvodina[edit]

Dušan Tadić grew up honing his skills within the youth ranks of his hometown's club known as AIK Bačka Topola. Eventually he signed a professional contract with FK Vojvodina and played his first competitive matches in the Meridian SuperLiga at the age of 18.[3] While playing for Vojvodina, he gained invaluable experiences playing against great top-flight teams (even against Atlético Madrid) and playing almost four full seasons without any major injuries or incidents. His potential in big European games was displayed in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League qualifying phase when he scored a goal against Austria Wien when he was only 20 years old.[4]

Groningen[edit]

In 2010, Vojvodina sold Dušan Tadić to FC Groningen for the equivalent of €1.23 million. He had the third highest number of assists in Europe for the 2010–11 season. He played for Groningen from 2010 to 2012, before being transferred to FC Twente.

Twente[edit]

On 10 April 2012, it was announced that Tadić had signed for FC Twente in a €7.7 million move from FC Groningen.[5] In his debut game on 12 August 2012, he scored two goals against his former club.[6]

Southampton[edit]

Tadić became the first signing under new Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on 8 July 2014, signing on a four-year deal. He joined for an undisclosed fee, thought to be £10.9 million.[7] He made his competitive debut on 17 August in their first game of the Premier League season, playing 74 minutes of an eventual 2–1 defeat away to Liverpool before being substituted for fellow debutant Shane Long. Tadić assisted Southampton's goal through a one-two with goalscorer Nathaniel Clyne.[8]

International career[edit]

Tadić was first named in the Serbia national squad in 2008, aged 19. It was not until 2011 that he became a regular fixture in both the squad and the team, and was an integral part of the national side during Serbia's unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Tadić scored his first senior goal for his country in the 2014 World Cup Qualifying game at home to Wales on 12 September 2012 in a 6–1 victory, coming on the occasion of his eighth full cap.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club performance League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Other Total
2006–07 Vojvodina SuperLiga 23 3 5 1 0 0 28 4
2007–08 28 7 1 0 3 0 32 7
2008–09 29 9 1 0 2 0 32 9
2009–10 27 10 5 0 2 1 34 11
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Play-offs Total
2010–11 Groningen Eredivisie 34 7 3 0 0 0 4 0 41 7
2011–12 34 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 7
2012–13 Twente 33 12 1 0 13 3 4 1 51 16
2013–14 33 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 16
England League FA Cup Europe Capital One Cup Total
2014–15 Southampton Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total Serbia 107 29 12 1 7 1 126 31
Netherlands 134 42 6 0 13 3 8 1 161 46
England 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 246 71 18 1 20 4 8 1 292 77

International[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 9 1
2013 10 4
2014 5 1
Total 26 6

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Serbia's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 September 2012 Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad, Serbia  Wales
4–1
6–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 February 2013 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
1–1
3–1
Friendly
3. 6 February 2013 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
2–1
3–1
Friendly
4. 11 October 2013 Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad, Serbia  Japan
1–0
2–0
Friendly
5. 15 October 2013 Stadion Jagodina, Jagodina, Serbia  Macedonia
4–0
5–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 26 May 2014 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey, USA  Jamaica
1–0
2–1
Friendly

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