Nebojša Jelenković

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Nebojša Jelenković
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Personal information
Full name Nebojša Jelenković
Date of birth (1978-05-26) 26 May 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Novi Sad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Obilić Belgrade 33 (1)
1999–2008 Litex Lovech 214 (6)
2007 Kuban Krasnodar (loan) 2 (0)
2008–2009 Spartak Trnava 27 (1)
2009–2013 Litex Lovech 79 (1)
Total 355 (9)
National team
1999 FR Yugoslavia U-21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nebojša Jelenković (Serbian Cyrillic: Небојша Јеленковић; born 26 May 1978) is a Serbian former professional footballer.

He has played more than 250 domestic games with Litex and holds the record for most domestic games played by a foreigner in the Bulgarian A PFG. He is also the first foreigner to become a captain of a Bulgarian team. In 2004 he obtained a Bulgarian passport.

Career[edit]

In Serbia[edit]

Young Jelenković joined the local team FK Novi Sad to start his youth career. In 1997 he signed with FK Obilić. During his first season with the team Jelenković became a champion of Serbia for 1997–98.

Litex Lovech[edit]

In 1999 Jelenković moved to Litex Lovech. He made his first appearance for Litex in a Champions League qualification match against Widzew Łódź, on 28 July 1999. His league debut came on 8 August, in a 1–0 loss against Slavia Sofia on the opening day of the 1999–00 season. On 20 November 1999, Nebojša scored his first goals, scoring twice in a 3–1 away win over Velbazhd Kyustendil. He scored his final goal of the season in a 6–0 win at home over Volov Shumen on 1 April 2000.

On 29 August 2002, Jelenković scored his first-ever European goal in a 3–1 away win over Lithuanian Atlantas Klaipėda in their 2002–03 UEFA Cup qualifying round second leg tie.[1] Three weeks later, he scored an own goal in a 1–0 home loss against Panathinaikos in the first round of the tournament.[2]

In 2006, Jelenković was on the radar of then Bulgarian manager Hristo Stoichkov as a prospective candidate for the national team, but eventually did not meet the eligibility criteria because of having appeared in matches for the FR Yugoslavia U-21.[3]

On 30 August 2007, Kuban Krasnodar confirmed Jelenković has joined on loan for three months.[4] He spent most of his time with Kuban on the bench, making only three Russian Premier League appearances. In December Jelenković returned to Litex and earned 12 appearances in the Bulgarian A PFG, scored one goal to the end of the season.

Spartak Trnava[edit]

At the end of 2007–08 season his contract expires and Jelenković signs with Spartak Trnava on a one-year contract for the 2008–09 season.[5] He earned 27 appearances playing in the Slovak Superliga, scored one goal and the team finished on third place.

Return to Litex Lovech[edit]

In 12 June 2009, Jelenković again comes back to Litex Lovech on a long term contract.[6] On 12 March 2011, he made his 250th appearance for Litex in the Bulgarian A PFG, in a 2–1 win over Pirin Blagoevgrad.[7] Jelenković announced his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2013

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Litex Lovech 1999–00 22 3 3 0 2 0 27 3
2000–01 21 0 5 0 26 0
2001–02 31 0 2 0 8 0 41 0
2002–03 23 0 6 0 4 1 33 1
2003–04 25 0 8 2 2 0 35 2
2004–05 28 0 2 0 4 0 34 0
2005–06 26 1 2 0 10 0 38 1
2006–07 22 1 5 1 6 1 33 3
2007–08 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 200 5 33 3 38 2 271 10
Kuban Krasnodar 2007 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Litex Lovech 2007–08 14 1 3 0 17 1
Total 14 1 3 0 0 0 17 1
Spartak Trnava 2008–09 27 1 2 0 29 1
Total 27 1 2 0 29 1
Litex Lovech 2009–10 24 1 3 0 2 0 29 1
2010–11 22 0 3 0 6 1 31 1
2011–12 20 0 2 0 3 0 25 0
2012–13 13 0 2 0 15 0
Total 79 1 10 0 11 1 100 2
Career totals 322 8 46 3 51 3 416 14

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