Slobodan Rajković

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Slobodan Rajkovic
Personal information
Full name Slobodan Rajković
Date of birth (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 32
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 OFK Beograd 37 (1)
2007–2011 Chelsea 0 (0)
2007–2008 PSV (loan) 13 (0)
2008–2010 Twente (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2011 Vitesse (loan) 24 (0)
2011– Hamburger SV 31 (1)
National team
2007–2010 Serbia U21 8 (0)
2008– Serbia 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 August 2013

Slobodan Rajković (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Рајковић) (born 3 February 1989) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a centre back for German Bundesliga club Hamburger SV.

Club career[edit]

Born in Belgrade, Rajković started his career with OFK Beograd. He was included in the club's first team at the age of 15. During his second season in the first team, Rajković's reputation grew so such that in November 2005 the English Premier League club Chelsea decided to pay €5.2 million (₤3.8 million) for the 16-year old centre-half; a world record at the time for a player under 18 years of age.[citation needed]

Under the terms of the deal, Rajković stayed at OFK Beograd as a loaned player from Chelsea until the end of the 2006–07 Serbian SuperLiga season.

Loans to Eredivisie[edit]

During June 2007, Chelsea decided to loan Rajković to PSV Eindhoven ahead of the 2007–08 season, as part of the deal surrounding Alex's move to Chelsea.[1]

After the year-long loan spell at PSV, the Dutch club wanted to extend the loan period for another year, but Chelsea declined due to the lack of playing time Rajković was receiving in his season at Eindhoven.

Rajković, however, still returned to the Eredivisie. On 9 July 2008, FC Twente agreed a one-year loan deal with Chelsea.[2]

After spitting at a ref at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Rajković was banned for 12 months by FIFA. In June 2009, his loan was extended until June 2010.[3]

On 23 August 2010, Rajković transferred to another Dutch Eredivisie club, this time Vitesse together with his former Chelsea team mates Nemanja Matić (who is now a back at Chelsea F.C.) and Matej Delač on a season-long loan.[4]

Chelsea[edit]

Having returned to Chelsea prior to the 2011–12 season at the request of new manager André Villas-Boas, Rajković played his first game in a Chelsea shirt in a friendly against Wycombe Wanderers on 12 July 2011 at Chelsea's Cobham Training Centre. Rajković played the second half and scored his side's third goal, volleying home a Yuri Zhirkov corner.[5]

Four years after signing for Chelsea, Rajković still was not eligible for either a work permit or an EU passport so is not allowed to play in matches open to the public (hence why he played in the closed door game with Wycombe, but couldn't play against Portsmouth).[6] But Slobodan finally made his debut in a pre-season friendly game against a Malaysian XI, in which he played the whole of the first half. He also played against Kitchee SC in the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

Hamburg[edit]

On 23 August 2011, Rajković joined Bundesliga club Hamburger SV from Chelsea on a four-year deal for € 2 million.

International career[edit]

By the age of sixteen he was a regular in the Serbia national under-21 football team. He was the youngest player ever to appear in a qualifying match of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[7] On 17 June 2007, during the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which the Serbia national under-21 football team eventually finished as runners-up, Rajković was part of a controversial second goal for England. He was lying on the ground, injured, and while Serbian players expected their rivals would kick the ball out of the field, Matt Derbyshire went on against a bewildered Serbian defence to score the second goal of the night for England, provoking a turbulent reaction from the Serbian players.

Style of play[edit]

Rajkovic is known as a highly aggressive player. After his arrival to Hamburg, he stated in an interview: I like to play more aggressive than the referees like. He is very short-tempered, thus receives a lot of bookings.

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia League Serbian Cup Europe Total
2004–05 OFK Beograd Super Liga 6 0 ? ? 0 0 6 0
2005–06 20 1 ? ? 2 0 22 1
2006–07 11 0 ? ? 1 0 12 0
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2007–08 PSV Eindhoven (loan) Eredivisie 13 0 0 0 5 0 18 0
2008–09 FC Twente (loan) 13 1 0 0 3 0 16 1
2009–10 10 0 0 0 3 0 13 0
2010–11 Vitesse (loan) 24 0 3 0 0 0 27 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2011–12 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 16 1 1 0 0 0 17 1
2012–13 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2013–14 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
League Cup Continental Total
Total Serbia 37 1 ? ? 3 0 40 1
Netherlands 60 1 3 0 11 0 74 1
Germany 31 1 1 0 0 0 32 1
Career total 128 3 4 0 14 0 146 3

International[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2010 2 0
2011 7 0
2012 2 0
2013 1 0
Total 14 0



Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

PSV Eindhoven
FC Twente

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blues to place defender at PSV". jesternix.net. [dead link]
  2. ^ "FC Twente huurt Rajkovic van Chelsea" (in Dutch). FC Twente. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "FC Twente huurt Rajkovic opnieuw". FC Twente (in Dutch). 17 June 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Op weg naar Vitesse: Rajkovic en Matic" (in Dutch). Vitesse. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 3 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0". Chelsea FC. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Raj has been Slobbing around". London: The Sun. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ In May 2010, Rajković was called up to the Serbian national team for the first time when he was announced in the 30-man Serbian world cup squad. U21 Championship: Facts and figures by UEFA[dead link]

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