Albert Nađ

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Albert Nađ
Albert Nađ, 2007.jpg
Nađ with Rostov in September 2007
Personal information
Full name Albert Nađ
Date of birth (1974-10-29) 29 October 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth Zemun, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Teleoptik
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1996 Partizan 111 (8)
1996–1999 Betis 55 (1)
1998–1999 Oviedo (loan) 27 (1)
1999–2002 Oviedo 43 (0)
2001 Elche (loan) 16 (1)
2002–2007 Partizan 91 (5)
2007 Rostov 7 (0)
2008–2009 Čukarički 33 (1)
Total 383 (17)
National team
1991 Yugoslavia U21 2 (0)
1994–2006 Serbia and Montenegro 45 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Albert Nađ (Serbian Cyrillic: Алберт Нађ; born 29 October 1974) is a Serbian former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder (CDM).

Internationally, Nađ represented his country under different names at two major tournaments, one European Championship (FR Yugoslavia) and one World Cup (Serbia and Montenegro).

Club career[edit]

Born in Zemun, Nađ started out at his local club Teleoptik.[1] He later joined the youth system of Partizan, making his senior debut in the title-winning 1992–93 season. Afterwards, Nađ was one of the team's most regular players in the 1993–94 season, as they won the double. He then spent another two years in the country, collecting one more domestic league title in 1996, while captaining the side. In total, Nađ made 111 league appearances and scored eight goals for the club under manager Ljubiša Tumbaković between 1992 and 1996.

In July 1996, Nađ moved abroad to Spain and signed with Betis.[2] He made 30 league appearances in his debut season in La Liga, as the club finished in fourth place. Subsequently, Nađ stayed for one more season at Betis, before moving on loan to Oviedo in the summer of 1998. He was eventually acquired by Oviedo in July 1999.[3] However, Nađ made only 16 appearances in the 1999–2000 season. He was later loaned to Segunda División club Elche until the end of the 2000–01 campaign. After returning from loan, Nađ spent another season with Oviedo, before leaving the club due to unpaid wages in August 2002.[4]

In September 2002, Nađ officially returned to his parent club Partizan, penning a one-year deal.[5] He spent the following five seasons at the club, winning the national league in his comeback season, as well as in 2005, with an unbeaten record.[6] Shortly after, Nađ signed a three-year extension to his contract with Partizan.[7] He eventually left the club by mutual agreement in July 2007.[8]

In August 2007, Nađ went abroad again and joined Russian side Rostov, together with Ivica Kralj.[9][10] They failed to help the club avoid relegation from the Premier League, finishing bottom of the table. Eventually, Nađ left Rostov in December 2007, alongside Kralj and some other players.[11][12]

In January 2008, Nađ signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Čukarički.[13] He played his last career match for Čukarički in the final league fixture of the 2008–09 season, against his parent club Partizan on 30 May 2009. After being cheered by Grobari in the 68th minute, Nađ responded by lifting his Čukarički jersey to reveal Partizan's jersey underneath. He was substituted in the 76 minute, eventually ending his active playing career.[14][15]

International career[edit]

Nađ made his international debut for FR Yugoslavia in a 0–2 loss to Brazil on 23 December 1994. He scored his first national team goal in his second game, a 3–1 win over Hong Kong on 31 January 1995. After missing out on the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Nađ was named by Vujadin Boškov in the country's final UEFA Euro 2000 squad. He made two group stage appearances in the tournament, as they were relegated in the quarter-finals.[16]

Almost four years later, Nađ made a comeback to the national team, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 friendly draw against Northern Ireland on 28 April 2004. He was also selected by Ilija Petković to represent Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Subsequently, Nađ made two appearances in Group C, including his last game for the national team on 21 June 2006. He came off the bench early into the match and received two yellow cards by the end of the first half of an eventual 2–3 loss to Ivory Coast.[17]

Post-playing career[edit]

In December 2009, Nađ was named as the sports coordinator at his parent club Partizan.[18] He was also responsible for the club's transfer windows between 2010 and 2012. In May 2013, Nađ was officially appointed director of football at Partizan.[19] He left the position at the end of his contract in May 2014.[20]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 1992–93 25 1 25 1
1993–94 30 2 30 2
1994–95 30 3 30 3
1995–96 26 2 26 2
Betis 1996–97 30 0 6 0 0 0 36 0
1997–98 25 1 3 0 3 0 31 1
Oviedo (loan) 1998–99 27 1 2 0 0 0 29 1
Oviedo 1999–2000 16 0 0 0 0 0 16 0
2000–01 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Elche (loan) 2000–01 16 1 0 0 0 0 16 1
Oviedo 2001–02 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 0
Partizan 2002–03 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0
2003–04 24 0 3 0 8 0 35 0
2004–05 20 2 2 0 8 0 30 2
2005–06 28 2 0 0 6 0 34 2
2006–07 9 1 3 0 1 0 13 1
Rostov 2007 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Čukarički 2007–08 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2008–09 24 1 0 0 0 0 24 1
Career total 383 17 21 0 26 0 430 17

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
FR Yugoslavia 1994 1 0
1995 7 1
1996 7 0
1997 6 0
1998 4 0
1999 5 2
2000 5 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
Serbia and Montenegro 2003 0 0
2004 1 0
2005 4 0
2006 5 0
Total 45 3

Honours[edit]

Partizan
Betis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "INTERVJU NEDELJOM - Albert Nađ: Pripremam novi projekat za Partizan, biznismeni ne mogu sami" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "El Betis ficha a Nadj y negocia con Ferreira" (in Spanish). elpais.com. 8 July 1996. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ovijedo otkupio Nađa" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 21 July 1999. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nadj: "Me mintieron durante tres años"" (in Spanish). as.com. 23 August 2002. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  5. ^ ""Adi" se vratio u "staro jato"" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 23 September 2002. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Unbeaten Partizan take title". uefa.com. 17 May 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Motorino produžio ugovor" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 17 June 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nađ sporazumno napustio Partizan!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nađ uz Kralja u Rostovu" (in Serbian). b92.net. 8 August 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "«РОСТОВ» ПОДПИСАЛ НАДЯ" (in Russian). fc-rostov.ru. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Nađ i Kralj slobodni igrači" (in Serbian). b92.net. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "БЮДЖЕТ «РОСТОВА» СВЕРСТАН ПОД ЗАДАЧУ" (in Russian). fc-rostov.ru. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  13. ^ "Nađ novi član Čukaričkog" (in Serbian). b92.net. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "To bi bilo to..." (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Partizanovac Nađ u fotelji za ljuljanje" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  16. ^ "Six of the best for Holland". bbc.co.uk. 26 June 2000. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ivory Coast hit back for first win". cnn.com. 22 June 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  18. ^ "SAOPŠTENJE SA PRVE SEDNICE UPRAVNOG ODBORA" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  19. ^ "Saopštenje UO FK Partizan" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Kraj Partizanove sage: Nađ odlazi iz Humske" (in Serbian). svet.rs. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2016. 

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