Aleksandar Katai

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Aleksandar Katai
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Katai
Date of birth (1991-02-06) 6 February 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Srbobran, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Alavés
Number 8
Youth career
2002–2009 Vojvodina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Vojvodina 29 (6)
2009 Palić (loan) 10 (3)
2011–2014 Olympiacos 0 (0)
2011 OFI Crete (loan) 2 (0)
2011–2013 Vojvodina (loan) 31 (6)
2013–2014 Platanias (loan) 24 (8)
2014–2016 Red Star Belgrade 57 (25)
2016– Alavés 20 (3)
National team
2011–2012 Serbia U21 2 (0)
2015– Serbia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:41, 24 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Aleksandar Katai (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Катаи; born 6 February 1991) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo Alavés as a winger or an attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Vojvodina[edit]

Katai started playing football for his hometown club FK Vojvodina youth squad. After 6 months loan to lower league team FK Palić at the start of 2009–10 season he was promoted to Vojvodina's first team.[1] He's debut in Serbian SuperLiga was on 14 March 2010, when he came in as substitute against FK Čukarički, and he scored his first goal just seven days later in a match against FK Mladi Radnik. On 28 June 2011, he left FK Vojvodina and went to Athens to join Olympiacos.[2]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 24 June 2011, Olympiacos agreed to sign Katai on a four-year contract.[3] At his first trainings with the club, coach Ernesto Valverde told Katai that he did not defend enough and that he needed to improve as a player.[4] Katai did not play a single match for Olympiacos, but was instead sent on loan four times. He was first loaned to OFI Crete, with whom he made his debut on 5 November 2011, against Panionios.[5] The loan spell to Crete was unsuccessful, and so Olympiacos loaned him back to his hometown club FK Vojvodina. While on loan at Vojvodina, in 2012 after one game with Spartak Subotica, he felt very ill and went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with thrombopenia.[4] He had to have some blood removed and stayed in the hospital for two weeks before he was allowed to recover from home.[4] During his recovery, he had gained over 20 pounds, and did not return to play football until the end of the year.[4] He remained a loaned player for Vojvodina until the club president Ratko Butorović died unexpectedly on 8 June 2013, which led to a period of instability in the club during which Katai left.[6] He subsequently was loaned to Platanias, for whom he scored a total of eight goals and six assists[4] until his loan there expired in the summer of 2014.

"Katai's problem is not motivation, it's in his head, because maybe he did not want to return to Serbia. The boy trained for a month and a half until midnight [at Olympiacos], and they still didn't allow him to train properly. All they did was let him on the training field so he wouldn't sue them. He is a little angry..."
Nenad Lalatović, 7 October 2014[7]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 31 August 2014, in a last-minute deal before the transfer window closed, Katai devoted to a one-year loan to Red Star Belgrade.[8] Throughout the fall of 2014, Katai was reported to be out of shape, and Red Star's coach Nenad Lalatović was said to have claimed that Katai "had a problem in his head".[7]

2015–16 season[edit]

On 18 June 2015, it was announced that Katai terminated his contract with Olympiacos and forgave a debt of €300,000 which was owed to him by Red Star from the loan contract, and subsequently signed a two-year contract with Red Star Belgrade.[9] For the 2015–16 season, Miodrag "Grof" Božović was hired as the new coach and Katai played a good game against Kairat in the first qualifying round for the Europa League, although Red Star failed to qualify. By the end of October 2015, Katai had scored 10 goals and made 6 assists in 15 league matches, ranking him one of the most effective midfielders in all of Europe at the time surveyed.[10]

Katai ended the season with the title of the best scorer of the Superliga, scoring his 21st in the last round against Radnički for the 27th title celebration.

2016–17 season[edit]

In the first competitive match of the 2016–17 season, Katai scored an equalizer and assist for win against Valletta FC in the first match of the second qualifying round for the Champions League in Valletta and winner in rematch, in Belgrade.[11] In the first game of the third round of qualification for the Champions League against Bulgarian PFC Ludogorets Razgrad continued his goal-scoring series, with a 12th consecutive goal, when he dribbled past three players and scored,[12] though Red Star were ultimately eliminated.

Alavés[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Katai signed a three-year contract with La Liga side Deportivo Alavés, for an undisclosed fee.[13]

International career[edit]

Katai played two games for Serbia U21 national team. On 5 October 2015, Katai received his first senior call-up and made his debut for Serbia in a friendly match against the Czech Republic.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 24 May 2017[15]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palić 2009–10 (loan)[1] League Vojvodina 10 3 10 3
Vojvodina 2009–10 SuperLiga 6 3 6 3
2010–11 23 3 4 1 27 4
2011–12 (loan) 11 1 2 0 13 1
2012–13 (loan) 20 5 5 0 25 5
Total 60 12 11 1 71 13
OFI Crete 2011–12 (loan) Superleague 2 0 2 0
Olympiacos 2011–12 Superleague 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Platanias 2013–14 (loan) Superleague 24 8 2 0 26 8
Red Star Belgrade 2014–15 (loan) SuperLiga 20 2 2 0 22 2
2015–16 33 21 1 2 2 0 36 23
2016–17 4 2 6 4 10 6
Total 57 25 3 2 8 4 68 31
Alavés 2016–17 La Liga 20 3 6 0 26 3
Career total 173 51 22 3 8 4 0 0 203 58

International[edit]

As of 15 November 2016[16]
Serbia
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 5 0
Total 6 0

Personal life[edit]

Born in Srbobran, a village in northern Serbia, his paternal grandfather was of Ukrainian origin and his grandmother was Hungarian. His surname is Hungarian, adopted from his grandmother.[17]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aleksandar Katai". srbijafudbal.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ [1] Sportal: Srbin doputovao u Grčku (in Serbian) 28 June 101
  3. ^ ""Έκλεισε" τον Κατάι, συμφώνησε με Βοϊβοντίνα". redplanet.gr. 2011-06-24. Archived from the original on 2011-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Mozzart Sport: Katai za MOZZART otkrio da je nekoliko meseci vodio bitku sa zdravljem: Bio sam nenormalno "plav" i lekari su utvrdili da bolujem od trombocitopenije" (in Serbian). 13 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Aleksandar Katai finally made his debut (Serbian) - 8 November 2011
  6. ^ [2] Novosti: Katai prvi otišao iz Vojvodine (in Serbian) 11 June 2013
  7. ^ a b "Mozzart Sport: Lalatović: Katai ima problem u glavi, Partizanu je pomogla gej parada" (in Serbian). 7 October 2014. 
  8. ^ [3] Mozzart Sport: ZVANIČNO: Katai u Zvezdi! (in Serbian) 31 August 2014
  9. ^ [4] RTS: Katai ostaje u Zvezdi, potpisao ugovor na dve godine! (in Serbian) 26 June 2013
  10. ^ [5] S. Ilijoski. Novosti: “Desetka” Zvezde među najproduktivnijim igračima u Evropi: Katai u društvu velikana (in Serbian) 30 October 2015.
  11. ^ Malteški vitez Aleksandar Katai! (in Serbian). Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  12. ^ On je Katai, on je Magiko! (in Serbian). Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "Aleksandar Katai, calidad y gol para redondear el ataque albiazul" [Aleksandar Katai, quality and goal to round up the white-and-blue attack] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  14. ^ [6] Mozzart: Zaslužen poziv: Katai u reprezentaciji Srbije za Albaniju i Portugaliju! (in Serbian) 5 October 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015
  15. ^ Aleksandar Katai at Soccerway
  16. ^ Aleksandar Katai at National-Football-Teams.com
  17. ^ Veljko Ivanović. "Blic: Uz moju Teu sve je lakše i lepše!". 

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