|Full name||Lazar Marković|
|Date of birth||2 March 1994|
|Place of birth||Čačak, FR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lazar Marković (Serbian Cyrillic: Лазар Марковић; born 2 March 1994) is a Serbian footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal and the Serbia national football team as a striker or a winger. He was described by Andrea Stramaccioni as a player with exceptional qualities and impressive acceleration.
After playing for the youth selections of Borac Čačak, Marković joined Partizan in 2006 as a 12-year-old trainee. On 29 May 2011, coach Aleksandar Stanojević promoted Marković to the first team ahead of the final round of the 2010–11 SuperLiga, which Partizan played against Sloboda Užice. He was given the number 50 shirt. Marković was used as a second-half substitute for Joseph Kizito in his team's 2–1 win.
On 11 July 2011, together with Nikola Ninković, Marković signed his first professional contract with Partizan, on a five-year deal. Marković made his first appearance of the 2011–12 season in Partizan's opener against Shkëndija, in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, playing the last three minutes of the match. He scored his first senior goal in a league match versus FK Novi Pazar, on 13 August 2011. At the end of the 2011, Marković was voted Partizan's Player of the Year in a poll on the club's website. In his first full senior season, Marković made 26 league appearances and scored six goals. Despite the fact that he did not score any goals in the second half of the championship, Marković earned 2011–12 SuperLiga Team of the Year selection.
As Partizan appeared in the group stage of an UEFA competition for the first time since 2010, Marković appeared in all group fixtures and even impressed against the likes of Neftchi Baku, Rubin Kazan, and Internazionale. In the group stage, he assisted Saša Marković against Rubin Kazan on 6 December 2012. By the end of the 2012–13 season, Marković appeared in 19 league games and scored 7 goals and earned a place in the Jelen SuperLiga's Team of the Year selection for the second season in a row. Additionally, Serbian sports portal Mozzart Sport rated Marković among the 25 best players in the SuperLiga that season.
On the morning hours of 10 June 2013, FK Partizan president Dragan Đurić told Sportski žurnal that "Chelsea wants to loan Marković to Benfica for two years, and honestly speaking, I hope to God that they don't come to an agreement so that Lazar can stay six more months at Partizan"(sic). This statement was later misinterpreted by several non-Serbian sports news outlets, which incorrectly cited Đurić stating that "It is true, Chelsea will send Marković on a loan for two years" (sic). Approximately eight hours after the article was published by Sportski žurnal, Benfica's official website released a statement saying that Lazar Marković had penned a five-year contract with the club, not mentioning any loan deal with Chelsea. The earlier statements regarding a potential loan deal with Chelsea caused great confusion among journalists and followers of the transfer saga alike. On 25 August 2013, Marković made his debut for Benfica in 2–1 win against Gil Vicente, scoring a decisive goal at the 92nd minute that drew the game. In the third matchday, against Sporting at Alvalade, Marković scored the equalizing goal after an extraordinary dribble past three players, as the match ended in a 1–1 draw.
On 1 May 2014, in injury time of Benfica's Europa League semi-final second leg against Juventus, Marković was sent off for a fight with his opponent Mirko Vučinić. Neither were on the field of play at the time, Marković having been substituted and Vučinić still on the substitutes bench. He therefore missed the final through suspension.
In October 2009, Marković made his Serbia under-17 debut in the qualification round for the 2010 UEFA European Championship. In May 2011, he was part of the same team at the 2011 UEFA European Championship, which the country hosted.
Marković skipped the national under-19 selection and was immediately invited to the Serbian under-21 team for their qualification matches for the 2013 UEFA European Championship. He made his debut against Denmark on 11 October 2011.
On 24 February 2012, Marković was called up to the Serbian senior team for their friendly fixtures against Armenia and Cyprus. He debuted as a starter against Armenia on 28 February 2012, three days before his 18th birthday. He scored his first international goal for Serbia in a friendly match against Chile.
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- Partizan Belgrade
- Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Year: 2011–12, 2012–13
- SJPF Player of the Month: January/February 2014
- UEFA Europa League: 2013–14 Squad of the season
Notes and references
- Only official UEFA matches included
- Goal.com Andrea Stramaccioni: Markovic has exceptional qualities. 26 October 2012.
- "Braća Marković: Sanjamo Ligu šampiona!" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
- "JSL: Partizan pobedio i na rastanku" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Marković i Ninković profesionalci!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "Partizan osvežio vezni red svojim talentima, Ninkovićem i Markovićem" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 11 July 2011.
- "Four-goal Partizan too hot for Skendija". uefa.com. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- "Presrećni Marković" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "Marković najbolji igrač Partizana" (in Serbian). b92.net. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2012.
- "Lazović, Marković i Šimić predvode idealan tim Superlige" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
-  Mozzart Sport (Serbian): Idealnih 11 Superlige: Partizan pet, Voša tri, Zvezda, Hajduk i Srem po jednog predstavnika! (VIDEO) – 27 May 2013
-  Mozzart Sport (Serbian): TOP 25 najboljih fudbalera Superlige u izboru MOZZART Sporta (VIDEO) – 2 June 2013
- "КРАЈ САГЕ: Челзи позајмио Марковића у Бенфику на две године". zurnal.rs (in Serbian Cyrillic). 10 June 2013.
- "Partizan Belgrade Claim Chelsea Have Already Signed Serbian Youngster Lazar Markovic". caughtoffside.com. 10 June 2013.
- "Partizan: Chelsea own Markovic". http://msn.foxsports.com. 10 June 2013.
- "Lazar Markovic contratado pelo SL Benfica por cinco temporadas" [Lazar Markovic signed for five seasons]. http://aovivo.slbenfica.pt (in Portuguese). 10 June 2013.
- "Benfica contradict Partizan, claim they're signed Markovic to 5-year deal". weaintgotnohistory.com. 10 June 2013.
- "Benfica 2–1 Gil Vicente". espnfc.com. 25 August 2013.
- "SuperLiga – New signings shine as Lisbon derby ends in draw". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. 31 August 2013.
- "Juventus 0–0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
- "Janković pozvao Lazara Markovića" (in Serbian). smedia.rs. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Ćurčić zvao Markovića nije Lazovića" (in Serbian). b92.net. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Mali, malecni korak napred" (in Serbian). rts.rs. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
- "Pobeda Srbije za kraj 2012". B92. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Pobeda za ohrabrenje". RTS. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "UEFA Europa League squad of the season". UEFA.com. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- Lazar Marković at reprezentacija.rs
- Lazar Marković at utakmica.rs
- Lazar Marković at srbijafudbal.net
- Lazar Marković – UEFA competition record