Ljubomir Fejsa

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Ljubomir Fejsa
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-08-14) 14 August 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Titov Vrbas, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 5
Youth career
2006 Hajduk Kula
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Hajduk Kula 58 (2)
2008–2011 Partizan 49 (2)
2011–2013 Olympiacos 20 (0)
2013– Benfica 16 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Serbia U21 23 (2)
2007– Serbia 17 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Ljubomir Fejsa (Serbian Cyrillic: Љубомир Фејса; born 14 August 1988) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for S.L. Benfica in Portugal and the Serbia national team.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

On 1 July 2008, it was announced that Fejsa finally signed for FK Partizan after the club was interested in him for over a year. He signed a five-year contract and was given the number 5 shirt for Partizan.[1]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 21 June 2011 Fejsa signed with Olympiacos F.C. with a transfer fee of 3 millions and signed a 3+1-year contract.[2] His first appearance was in a friendly 1–0 win against Galatasaray. He scored his first goal against Inter Milan during another friendly match. He showed good form at the beginning of 2011-12 season, and had impressive performances during the early stages of Champions League Groups. However he was injured during training and missed the rest of the season.[3]

During the 2012-13 season, when Leonardo Jardim was named the head coach of Olympiacos FC, Fejsa was regularly benched and barely made any appearance during the Portuguese coach stay at the club. In February 2013, when Leonardo Jardim was sacked by Olympiacos FC due to the crowds dismay because of the playing style of the team, coach Michel was hired and he immediately made Fejsa one of the starters.[4][5] He made decent appearances, despite being benched for most of the season and he was called back to Serbia national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Benfica[edit]

On 23 August 2013, Fejsa signed a five year contract with Benfica, for a reported fee of 4,5M€.[6] The deal was confirmed in an interview on Benfica TV by Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira.[7] He made his debut on 19 September 2013 on a Champions League match against Anderlecht.[8] He appear sporadically in the first half of the season, but with Nemanja Matić transfer to Chelsea, he became the sole option to the position, appearing far more regularly, until a injury in early April sideline him till 2015.[9][10]

International career[edit]

He made his senior international debut for Serbia under head coach Javier Clemente with a substitute appearance during the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier at home against Kazakhstan on 24 November 2007.[11] Also making late appearances during the Euro 2012 qualification process making features against Italy.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2008–09 27 0 3 0 5 0 - - 35 0
2009–10 20 2 3 0 9 0 - - 32 2
2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 - - 2 0
Total 49 2 6 0 14 0 - - 69 2
Olympiacos 2011–12 4 0 1 0 3 0 - - 8 0
2012–13 15 0 8 1 4 0 - - 27 1
2013–14 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - 1 0
Total 20 0 9 1 7 0 - - 36 1
Benfica 2013–14 16 0 2 0 7 0 2 0 27 0
Total 16 0 2 0 7 0 2 0 27 0
Career total 85 2 17 1 28 0 2 0 132 3

International[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2010 1 0
2011 3 0
2012 5 0
2013 6 0
2014 1 0
Total 17 0

Honours[edit]

Partizan
Olympiacos
Benfica

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fejsa novi član Partizana!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Ljubomir Fejsa signed for Olympiacos – Serbian (Cyrillic)
  3. ^ "Fejsa out, Vidic doubtful for key Serbia clash". fourfourtwo. 8 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ανακοίνωση της ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός" (in Greek). olympiacos.org. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Εποχή Μίτσελ στον Ολυμπιακό" (in Greek). olympiacos.org. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fejsa no Benfica por cinco milhões" [Fejsa in Benfica for five million]. desporto.sapo.pt. 23 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Vieira confirma: Fejsa é jogador do Benfica" [Vieira confirms:Fejsa is a Benfica player]. maisfutebol.iol.pt. 23 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Fejsa convenceu na estreia a titular: «Pulmão inesgotável»". maisfutebol.iol.pt. 19 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fejsa lesionado não viaja com o Benfica para a Holanda". noticiasaominuto.com. 2 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Fejsa pode não jogar mais este ano". zerozero.pt. 29 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Serbia 1-0 Kazakhstan". worldfootball.net. 24 November 2007. 
  12. ^ "Serbia 1-1 Italy". worldfootball.net. 7 October 2011. 

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