Ranko Despotović

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Ranko Despotović
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-01-21) 21 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Loznica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Alavés
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Loznica 64 (21)
2003–2007 Vojvodina 64 (21)
2004–2005 Mačva Šabac (loan) 32 (10)
2008 Rapid București 8 (4)
2008–2010 Murcia 35 (8)
2009–2010 Salamanca (loan) 24 (4)
2010–2011 Girona 34 (18)
2011–2013 Urawa Red Diamonds 25 (1)
2013–2014 Sydney FC 17 (6)
2014– Alavés 5 (2)
National team
2007–2011 Serbia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ranko Despotović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ранко Деспотовић; born 21 January 1983) is a Serbian footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo Alavés as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Loznica, Serbia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Despotović made his professional debuts with local FK Loznica aged only 17, and proceeded to score almost 30 goals overall in his first three years, subsequently being acquired by bigger FK Vojvodina.

After parts of seasons loaned to lowly FK Mačva Šabac he returned, having a stellar 2006–07 season, helping the club to the third place in the league and coming up second in the domestic cup; to help achieve this, he topped the nation's goal charts by scoring 17 goals.

In January 2008, Despotović signed with FC Rapid București in Romania, and continued abroad for the ensuing summer as he joined Spain's Real Murcia for three years and 1.5 million. He was brought to the club by head coach Javier Clemente, who became aware of the player while coaching the national team of Serbia.[1]

For the 2009–10 campaign Despotović stayed in the country and its second division, moving on a season-long loan to UD Salamanca.[2] The following year, still in that category, he led Girona FC with 18 goals (seventh-best in the competition) as the Catalans finished comfortably in mid-table.[3]

On 1 July 2011, Despotović signed for Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds.[4][5] In late 2013, following an unsuccessful trial at former club Girona,[6] he moved to Sydney FC, after being convinced to join by former Vojvodina teammate Nikola Petković. He made his debut for his new team against Wellington Phoenix FC, coming on as a substitute and scoring the 2–1 winner in injury time.

On 7 July 2014 Despotović returned to Spain, joining second level's Deportivo Alavés.[7]

International career[edit]

Despotović made his debut for Serbia in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan, a 1–0 home success on 24 November 2007.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2014[9][10]
Club Season League Cup1 League Cup2 Continental3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Loznica 2000–01 14 2 0 0 14 2
2001–02 21 6 0 0 21 6
2002–03 29 13 0 0 29 13
Total 64 21 0 0 64 21
Mačva Šabac (loan) 2003–04 15 4 0 0 15 4
2004–05 17 6 0 0 17 6
Total 32 10 0 0 32 10
Vojvodina 2003–04 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
2004–05 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
2006–07 24 17 5 3 0 0 29 20
2007–08 16 4 1 0 4 4 21 8
Total 64 21 8 3 4 4 76 28
Rapid București 2007–08 8 4 0 0 8 4
Murcia 2008–09 35 8 0 0 35 8
Salamanca 2009–10 24 4 3 0 0 0 27 4
Girona 2010–11 34 18 1 1 0 0 35 19
Urawa Red Diamonds 2011 14 0 1 0 5 4 20 4
2012 11 1 1 0 0 0 12 1
Total 25 1 2 0 5 4 32 5
Sydney FC 2013–14 17 6 17 6
Career total 303 93 14 4 5 4 4 4 326 105

1Includes Copa del Rey. Emperor's Cup.

2Includes J. League Cup.

3Includes UEFA Cup qualification.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Despotović predstavljen u Mursiji" [Despotović signs for Murcia] (in Serbian). B92. 4 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Despotovic y David Cuéllar se marchan al Salamanca" [Despotovic and David Cuéllar move to Salamanca] (in Spanish). Marca. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Charles escala en el podio de los goleadores extranjeros" [Charles reaches podium of foreign top scorers] (in Spanish). El Día de Córdoba. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Despotovic: traspàs històric" [Despotovic: historic transfer] (in Catalan). Girona FC. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  5. ^ ランコ デスポトビッチ選手、加入決定 (in Japanese). Urawa Red Diamonds. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Despotovic, a un paso de volver al Girona" [Despotovic, on the verge of returning to Girona] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "El Alavés incorpora a sus filas al delantero serbio Ranko Despotovic" [Alavés add Serbian striker Ranko Despotovic to ranks] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Clemente names 10 debutants for Serbia's final qualifier". Reuters. 22 November 2007. Archived from the original on 19 December 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "R. Despotović". Soccerway. 
  10. ^ "Ranko Despotović". Worldfootball. 

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