Stefan Babović

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Stefan Babović
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Babović with Feyenoord in 2010
Personal information
Full name Stefan Babović
Date of birth (1987-01-07) 7 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Ivangrad, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
Voždovac
Number 8
Youth career
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Partizan 36 (4)
2006–2008 OFK Beograd 42 (9)
2008–2010 Nantes 33 (0)
2009–2010 Feyenoord (loan) 10 (1)
2010–2012 Partizan 51 (12)
2012–2013 Zaragoza 9 (0)
2013– Voždovac 21 (3)
National team
2003 Serbia and Montenegro U17[1] 3 (1)
2004–2006 Serbia and Montenegro U19[1] 5 (0)
2006–2008 Serbia U21[1] 15 (5)
2007–2008 Serbia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stefan Babović (Serbian Cyrillic: Стефан Бабовић; born 7 January 1987) is a Serbian footballer who plays for Voždovac in the Serbian SuperLiga.

He primarily plays as an attacking midfielder or a winger, and can play on either side of the pitch.

Club career[edit]

Partizan and OFK Beograd[edit]

Babović came through the youth ranks at Partizan and made his professional debut during the 2003–04 season; he also played for Teleoptik on dual registration. On 8 January 2005, a day after his 18 birthday, Babović signed his first professional contract with Partizan, on five-year deal.[2] He was also a part of the team that won the 2004–05 national championship. After the retirement of Dragan Ćirić, Babović was given the number 10 shirt for the 2005–06 season. During that season, which was turbulent for the club, he played 23 league matches, scoring three goals. In August 2006, Babović left Partizan after a disagreement with coach Miodrag Ješić.[3][4]

After falling out with Partizan, Babović as a free agent signed with OFK Beograd on a four-year contract.[5] He quickly fit into a new ambient and played great for the club, which coincided with his fantastic performances for the youth national team.[6]

Nantes and Feyenoord[edit]

On 13 December 2007, it was announced that Babović left Serbia to join Nantes of the French second division.[7] The transfer officially went through on 1 January 2008.[8] During his first half season at the Stade de la Beaujoire, Babović made 15 league appearances, scoring no goals, with the club was promoted to the first division. He also had an identical effect in the next season, but the club has not managed to remain in the highest rang.

After featuring in Nantes' first three league matches of the campaign, on 1 September 2009, Babović was sent on loan to Feyenoord until the end of the 2009–10 season,[9] with a buyout clause.[10] On 1 November 2009, he was sent off during the Klassieker in Amsterdam for elbowing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.[11] After serving his suspension,[12] he returned to the line up for the match against Groningen and scored his first Eredivisie goal, an equalizer after trailing 1–0, in a 3–1 victory. At the end of the season, it was announced that Feyenoord would not offer Babović a new contract,[13] and he moved back to France. Eventually, Babović terminated his contract with Nantes by mutual agreement in June 2010.[14]

Return to Partizan[edit]

After almost two months of training with his former club, Babović signed a two-year contract with Partizan on 16 August 2010.[15] In his comeback season with Partizan, Babović scored eight league goals which helped his team to reach their four title in a row, and was also named in the 2010–11 SuperLiga Team of the Season. In the same season, he made four appearances in the group stage of the Champions League. His fantastic 2010–11 season was completed by winning the national cup. Babović also earned a place in the 2011–12 SuperLiga Team of the Season, after winning his second consecutive national championship title with Partizan.

Zaragoza and Voždovac[edit]

In August 2012, Babović signed a three-year deal with Zaragoza.[16] Over the course of the 2012–13 season, he made nine league appearances, only to have his contract annulled in the summer of 2013 after the club's relegation from the Primera División.

On the last day of the 2013 summer transfer window, Babović signed with Voždovac on a free transfer.[17]

International career[edit]

A former Serbia and Montenegro U-17 and U-19 player, Babović was unused substitute in the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship in Portugal. He was Serbia's top scorer in the 2007 UEFA U-21 Championship qualification; two of his three goals came in the stunning play-off comeback against Sweden.[18] In the summer of 2007, he was named in the final 23-man squad for the final tournament held in the Netherlands.[19] Serbia ended the tournament as a runner-up, losing 4–1 to the hosts.

On 24 November 2007, Babović made his official international debut for the senior national team in a rescheduled Euro 2008 qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 June 2014

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2003–04 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2004–05 9 1 1 0 1 0 11 1
2005–06 23 3 2 0 2 0 27 3
Total 36 4 3 0 3 0 42 4
OFK Beograd 2006–07 27 6 2 0 0 0 29 6
2007–08 15 3 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 42 9 2 0 0 0 44 9
Nantes 2007–08 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2008–09 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2009–10 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 33 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 36 0
Feyenoord (loan) 2009–10 10 1 3 1 0 0 13 2
Total 10 1 3 1 0 0 13 2
Partizan 2010–11 22 8 4 2 4 0 30 10
2011–12 29 4 4 1 5 0 38 5
2012–13 0 0 0 0 5 0 5 0
Total 51 12 8 3 14 0 73 15
Zaragoza 2012–13 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Total 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
Voždovac 2013–14 21 3 1 0 0 0 22 3
Total 21 3 1 0 0 0 22 3
Career total 202 29 21 4 1 0 17 0 241 33

International statistics[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 3 0
Total 4 0

Honours[edit]

Partizan
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Only official UEFA matches included
  2. ^ "Babović potpisao prvi ugovor" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 8 January 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Stefan Babović napustio Partizan!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 8 August 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Babović:"Poštujem Zvezdu, ali nikada ne bih igrao u njoj"" (in Serbian). sportske.net. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Babović potpisao za OFK Beograd" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 9 August 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Igram i uživam!" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 15 October 2006. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lekip: Babović u Nantu" (in Serbian). b92.net. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Babović: Transfer u Nant odličan potez" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Babovic signing boosts Feyenoord". FIFA. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 9 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Feyenoord capture Babovic". skysports.com. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Report: Ajax Amsterdam v Feyenoord Rotterdam". ESPN. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  12. ^ "Babovic banned for three games". skysports.com. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Feyenoord heeft geen plaats meer voor Babovic" (in Dutch). vi.nl. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "'Babovic en FC Nantes akkoord over verscheuren van verbintenis'" (in Dutch). voetbalzone.nl. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Babović se vratio u Partizan!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Babovic, nuevo jugador del Zaragoza" (in Spanish). marca.com. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Babović potpisao za Voždovac" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Glorious Serbia are going Dutch". UEFA. 10 October 2006. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  19. ^ "Đukić odredio spisak za EP" (in Serbian). b92.net. 30 May 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 

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