Žarko Grabovač

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Žarko Grabovač
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-06-16) 16 June 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Ruma, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1990–2000 JVC Cuijk
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 TOP Oss ? (?)
2001–2002 Ronse ? (?)
2004–2005 Geldrop/AEK
2005 Blackpool 3 (0)
2005–2011 Fortuna Sittard 193 (17)
2011–2013 Helmond Sport 47 (6)
2013 Willem II 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Žarko Grabovač (born 16 June 1983) is a Serbian former professional footballer who played as a striker. Remarkably, he also played as a centre back in the past, mainly during his stay with Fortuna Sittard.

Early and personal life[edit]

Born in Ruma, SFR Yugoslavia, Grabovač came to the Netherlands at early age and also holds Dutch citizenship.[1]


Grabovač spent ten years with JVC Cuijk, before later playing as an amateur for TOP Oss, Ronse and Geldrop/AEK, before moving to England to play for Blackpool in January 2005.[1] Grabovač made three appearances in the Football League for Blackpool,[2] his only first-team appearances for the club,[3] before being released at the end of the 2004–05 campaign.[4] Grabovač returned to the Netherlands, signing with Fortuna Sittard for the 2005-06 season.[5] In 2011, he moved to Helmond Sport[6]


  1. ^ a b Arbitration CAS Blackpool F.C. v. TOP Oss, 2006
  2. ^ "BLACKPOOL : 1946/47 - 2009/10". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. 
  3. ^ Žarko Grabovač at Soccerbase
  4. ^ "Blackpool release defensive duo". BBC Sport. 10 May 2005. 
  5. ^ (in Dutch) Voetbal International
  6. ^ Grabovac kiest voor 'zekerheid' bij Helmond, Voetbalprimeur.nl, 14 June 2011