Stanko Svitlica

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Stanko Svitlica
Personal information
Full name Stanko Svitlica
Date of birth (1976-05-17) 17 May 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Kupres, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1991-1993 Bačka Bačka Palanka
1993-1994 Vojvodina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1996 Partizan Belgrade 1 (0)
1996–1997 Čukarički Stankom 14 (4)
1997 Le Mans UC 72 8 (0)
1998 Proleter Zrenjanin 9 (1)
1998-1999 Spartak Subotica 16 (1)
1999-2000 Ethnikos Asteras 21 (1)
2000-2001 Čukarički Stankom 28 (13)
2001-2003 Legia Warsaw 60 (40)
2004 Hannover 96 3 (1)
2004–2006 LR Ahlen 38 (11)
2006-2007 Wisła Kraków 2 (0)
2007 Čukarički Stankom 9 (0)
2008 Srem 15 (7)
2009 Banat Zrenjanin 12 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 15, 2009.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stanko Svitlica (Serbian Cyrillic: Cтaнкo Cвитлицa ; born May 17, 1976 in Kupres) is a retired Serbian football player.

Career[edit]

A journeyman striker who played in a host of clubs in his native Serbia, as well as France and Greece, usually without much success, before Dragomir Okuka brought him to Legia Warsaw in the summer of 2001. Svitlica took a while to settle in Warsaw: in his first season he scored 10 goals in 28 games in all competitions, but his goal against Wisła Kraków won the championship for Legia that year. After the average first season, his talent suddenly exploded in 2002. In his second season in Poland he scored excellent 29 goals in 38 games (24 in 29 in the league), becoming the first ever foreigner to win the golden boot in the Polish Ekstraklasa. His goalscoring form continued in 2003 (11 goals in 16 games) and during the winter break Legia decided to cash in and sold Svitlica to Hannover 96. Despite an impressive start (Svitlica scored against Bayern Munich beating Oliver Kahn just 3 minutes into his debut), his career in the Bundesliga never really took off and Hannover offloaded him after just half a year. After 2 years in LR Ahlen in the 2nd Bundesliga Svitlica tried to return to Poland, this time with Wisła Kraków, but struggled for fitness and after just 2 games returned to Serbia. He retired from football in 2009 and is now an agent.

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