Marko Baša

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Marko Baša
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Personal information
Full name Marko Baša
Date of birth (1982-12-29) 29 December 1982 (age 31)
Place of birth Trstenik, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lille
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Trstenik PPT 35 (25)
2000–2005 OFK Beograd 81 (4)
2001 Proleter Zrenjanin (loan) 12 (0)
2005–2008 Le Mans 95 (6)
2008–2011 Lokomotiv Moscow 49 (1)
2011– Lille 78 (8)
National team
2005 Serbia and Montenegro 3 (0)
2009– Montenegro 24 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2013

Marko Baša (Cyrillic: Марко Баша, born 29 December 1982) is a Serbian-born Montenegrin footballer who plays as a centre back for Lille and the Montenegro national team.

Club career[edit]

Marko Baša playing for Montenegro in a friendly match against Iran.

Lille[edit]

On 23 June 2011 Marko Baša returned to France after three years in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow, signing a contract with 2010-11 Ligue 1 champions Lille.[1]

He is first choice for centre back. He scored his first goal for Lille against Olympique de Marseille in Trophée des champions. His team lost 4:5.

He scored his first goal in Ligue 1 for Lille on 23 October, against Olympique Lyonnais. His team won 3:1. He scored again in a 3:2 victory over Ajaccio on 3 December.

International career[edit]

U21[edit]

Baša won Olympic qualification by finished runner-up at 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

He was part of the Serbian and Montenegrin 2004 Olympic football team that exited in the first round, finishing fourth in Group C behind gold-medal winners Argentina, Australia and Tunisia.

Serbia and Montenegro[edit]

Baša has capped for Serbia and Montenegro in 2005. All were friendlies. He has also played for Serbian and Montenegro national team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

In the years after the dissolution of Serbia-Montenegro state union, Baša's international loyalty remained unclear. He received a call-up from Serbia national team by head coach Javier Clemente for the away friendly against Czech Republic on 16 August 2006 (first match since Montenegro left the state union)[2] but did not show up - apparently because of an injury. Since then, his international loyalty was often a subject of press speculation, but he did not receive any more official call-ups from Serbia.

Montenegro[edit]

In March 2007 he was frequently quoted in Montenegrin press (namely Vijesti daily) saying that he wants to play for Montenegro, but he made himself unavailable for their inaugural match on 24 March 2007 due to, as he said, "objective circumstances".[3]

Then, in late May he apparently did not respond to Montenegrin football officials' attempts to get in touch with him and as a result he wasn't included in the team that went to Japan to play in Kirin Cup.[4]

Finally, Baša received a call-up from Montenegro for their friendly against Slovenia on 22 August 2007 but did not show up.

Only in February 2009, new information appeared that Baša is considering appearing for Montenegro again if he gets a call up after Montenegro national team coach Zoran Filipović insistence. He received a call-up against Italy in March 2009, and made his debut as starter.[5][6]

He plays regularly for national team.

Personal life[edit]

Marko Baša was born in Trstenik, in central Serbia (at the time part of SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia). His father is from the town of Vranjina in the Cetinje municipality in central Montenegro. His mother is from Trstenik.

Marko and Miloš Krasić are close friends.

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