Zvonimir Vukić

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Zvonimir Vukić
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Vukić with Moscow in 2009
Personal information
Full name Zvonimir Vukić
Date of birth (1979-07-19) 19 July 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Zrenjanin, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Veria
Number 99
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Proleter Zrenjanin 36 (3)
1998–2000 Atlético Madrid B 40 (4)
2000–2003 Partizan 86 (44)
2003–2008 Shakhtar Donetsk 73 (12)
2005–2006 Portsmouth (loan) 9 (1)
2006 Partizan (loan) 2 (0)
2008–2010 Moscow 27 (5)
2011–2013 Partizan 34 (16)
2013–2014 PAOK 35 (12)
2014– Veria 0 (0)
National team
1998–1999 FR Yugoslavia U21[1] 2 (0)
2003–2006 Serbia and Montenegro 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zvonimir Vukić (Serbian Cyrillic: Звонимир Вукић; born 19 July 1979) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Veria as an offensive midfielder.

Vukić represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Vukić, who began playing football with his hometown Proleter Zrenjanin, made his debut for their first team in the 1996–97 season, at the age of 17. In the following season, Vukić became a first team regular and, with his quality performances, he attracted the attention of numerous domestic and foreign teams. In 1998, he was snapped by Atlético Madrid.

After two seasons of playing with Atlético's B team in the Spanish second division, Vukić return to his homeland and signed with Partizan in April 2000.[2] Vukić made a name for himself at Partizan, where he stayed four seasons, scoring 52 goals in all competitions. He was the top scorer of the national championship in the 2002–03 season with 22 goals.[3]

In the summer of 2003, Vukić signed a five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk.[4] In his first season in Ukraine, he was the club's top scorer with 13 goals in all competitions. In the following season, he made his UEFA Champions League debut in the 2004–05 campaign.

In August 2005, Vukić was loaned to Premier League side Portsmouth for the 2005–06 season. He scored his first goal for Portsmouth in a 4–1 win over Sunderland on 29 October 2005.[5] However, after the sacking of manager Alain Perrin, and reinstatement of former manager Harry Redknapp, he was deemed surplus to requirements.

In January 2006, Vukić found himself back in familiar territory, having been loaned to his former club Partizan for the rest of the 2005–06 season.[6] Unfortunately, he broke a foot in a friendly game against Ural,[7] and after long pause managed to play in just two competitive matches.

After his contract with Shakhtar expired in the summer of 2008, Vukić joined Moscow. However, the Ukrainian club claimed that they have a valid contract with the player. Afterwards, in October 2008, FIFA allowed Vukić to play for the Russian club.[8] He scored on his debut against Terek Grozny on 2 November 2008. After the club folded in February 2010, he became a free agent.

Third stint at Partizan[edit]

In May,[9] and again in November 2010,[10] media linked Vukić to Partizan once again, where he was training for several months, but no deal was concluded. Finally, on 31 January 2011, Vukić signed a one-year deal with his former club.[11] He chose the number 80 shirt and was officially presented together with Prince Tagoe.[12] He played variable during the second half of the 2010–11 season, due to more than a year without any competitive football.

At the start of the 2011–12 season, Vukić assumed his old number 10 shirt.[13] He opened the season with a goal against Shkëndija in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. However, after a weak form in August, he became a subject of fans criticism and he dropped from the first team.

Vukić returned to the line-up in late September, and scored a goal in a cup match against Novi Pazar.[14] On 15 October 2011, in his first league match after six rounds, he scored a brace for a 2–0 victory over Spartak Subotica.[15] In the next 30 days, he scored five more, including three league and two cup goals. On 26 November 2011, Vukić scored the opening goal in a 2–0 away win against arch-rivals, which made him a fans favorite again.[16] In the last two rounds of the first half of the season, he scored two more goals and thus completed his fantastic performance during the late 2011.

On 24 January 2012, after much speculation, Vukić signed another one-year contract with Partizan.[17][18] He continued his good performances in the second half of the season and was named in the SuperLiga Team of the Season.

PAOK[edit]

On 30 January 2013, Vukić joined PAOK on a free transfer, signing a one-and-a-half-year contract.[19] He played three matches in the Superleague Greece until the end of the 2012–13 regular season, scoring two goals in his first two appearances for the club against Panionios and Panathinaikos. He also made four appearances in the Superleague Greece playoffs.

On 26 April 2014, Vukić was the only scorer for his team in the Greek Cup final, converting a penalty in the 70th minute of their 1–4 loss to Panathinaikos.[20]

Veria[edit]

On 7 September 2014, Vukić joined Veria on a free transfer, signing a one year contract.[21]

International career[edit]

Vukić has 26 international appearances to his name, the first of which was against Azerbaijan on 12 February 2003. Later the same year, on 11 October 2003, Vukić scored his first national team goal in a 3–2 win against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.[22]

Vukić played great during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, scoring four goals. Despite having been in the process of convalescence after a long break due to foot injury,[23] Vukić was part of the Serbia and Montenegro final squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where he came in from the bench in a 0–6 loss to Argentina.[24]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Serbia's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2003 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 1–0 3–2 UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
2 16 November 2003 Kazimierz Górski Stadium, Płock  Poland 2–3 3–4 Friendly
3 4 September 2004 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle  San Marino 1–0 3–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
4 13 October 2004 Red Star Stadium, Belgrade  San Marino 5–0 5–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
5 17 November 2004 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 1–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying
6 8 October 2005 LFF Stadium, Vilnius  Lithuania 2–0 2–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other[25] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Proleter Zrenjanin 1996–97 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1997–98 30 3 4 0 0 0 34 3
Total 36 3 4 0 0 0 40 3
Atlético Madrid B 1998–99 31 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 4
1999–00 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Total 40 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 4
Partizan 1999–00 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2000–01 21 7 4 3 2 0 0 0 27 10
2001–02 29 14 3 2 3 1 0 0 35 17
2002–03 30 22 3 1 7 1 0 0 40 24
Total 86 44 10 6 12 2 0 0 108 52
Shakhtar Donetsk 2003–04 27 10 4 1 5 2 0 0 36 13
2004–05 27 0 3 1 13 2 0 0 43 3
2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Portsmouth (loan) 2005–06 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Partizan (loan) 2005–06 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Shakhtar Donetsk 2006–07 13 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 16 4
2007–08 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
Total 73 12 13 4 19 4 1 0 106 20
Moscow 2008 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
2009 24 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 27 3
Total 27 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 30 5
Partizan 2010–11 13 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 4
2011–12 21 13 4 3 5 1 0 0 30 17
2012–13 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 34 16 5 4 7 1 0 0 46 21
PAOK 2012–13 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
2013–14 28 10 5 4 5 1 0 0 38 15
Total 35 12 5 4 5 1 0 0 45 17
Veria 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 342 97 36 18 0 0 47 8 1 0 426 123

International statistics[edit]

Serbia and Montenegro
Year Apps Goals
2003 9 2
2004 7 3
2005 9 1
2006 1 0
Total 26 6

Honours[edit]

Partizan
Shakhtar Donetsk
Individual

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Only official UEFA matches included
  2. ^ "Martinović i Nedović od leta u Partizanu?" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 27 April 2000. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Zvonimir Vukić: 'Rano je za priču o odlasku!'" (in Serbian). b92.net. 26 May 2003. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Shakhtar shell out for Vukic". uefa.com. 6 June 2003. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sunderland 1–4 Portsmouth". bbc.co.uk. 29 October 2005. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Vukić konačno potpisao za Partizan" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 30 January 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Vukić teže povređen!" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 5 February 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Вукичу разрешили выступать за "Москву"" (in Russian). sport.mail.ru. 16 October 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Vukić samo trenira u Partizanu ili...?" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Vukić ponovo u Partizanu?" (in Serbian). b92.net. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "B92: Vukić ponovo u Partizanu" (in Serbian). b92.net. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tagoe i Vukić za jači Partizan!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Vukić uzeo Moreirinu "desetku"" (in Serbian). smedia.rs. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "KUP: Partizan rutinski kroz Novi Pazar" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Dva gola Vukića za trijumf Partizana" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ocene – Osporavani izrasli u junake..." (in Serbian). sportske.net. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Vukić produžio ugovor!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Vukić ostaje u Partizanu" (in Serbian). b92.net. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  19. ^ "Ο Zvonimir Vukić στον ΠΑΟΚ" (in Greek). paokfc.gr. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Berg inspires Panathiakos to Greek Cup triumph". uefa.com. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  21. ^ Παίκτης της Βέροιας ο Zvonimir Vukic
  22. ^ "Serbia complete Wales double". bbc.co.uk. 11 October 2003. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Vukic in contention with comeback". bbc.co.uk. 4 May 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  24. ^ "Argentina 6–0 Serbia & Montenegro". bbc.co.uk. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  25. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Ukrainian Super Cup

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