Aleksandar Kolarov

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Aleksandar Kolarov
Aleksandar Kolarov 2018.jpg
Kolarov playing for Serbia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Kolarov[1]
Date of birth (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Roma
Number 11
Youth career
1999–2004 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Čukarički 44 (2)
2006–2007 OFK Beograd 38 (5)
2007–2010 Lazio 82 (6)
2010–2017 Manchester City 165 (11)
2017– Roma 45 (4)
National team
2006–2007 Serbia U21 11 (1)
2008– Serbia 82 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 November 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2018

Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Коларов, pronounced [aleksǎːndar kolǎroʋ, alěksaːn-]; born 10 November 1985) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Roma and captains the Serbia national team.[3] Although primarily a left-back, Kolarov can also operate as a centre-back and anywhere along the left flank and is known for his overlapping attacking runs on the wing, his powerful ball-striking ability with his left foot, and his accuracy from free kicks.[4][5][6][7] He was named Serbian Player of the Year in 2011.

Kolarov began his career at Red Star Belgrade, but he did not break through and moved onto Čukarički in 2004. Two years later, he joined OFK Beograd before moving abroad for the first time by signing for Lazio in Serie A, where he won the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana in 2009. In 2010, he joined Manchester City, with which he won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup.

Kolarov made his senior international debut for Serbia in 2008 and has since earned over 70 caps. Kolarov was a member of Serbia's squads for the 2008 Olympics, 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Kolarov's football career started in the Red Star Belgrade youth system. He spent five years in the club, but never made the first team.

Čukarički[edit]

In January 2004, 18-year-old Kolarov moved across Belgrade to Čukarički, which played in the top-tier Serbia-Montenegro League. Signing a three-year contract, he finished the 2003–04 season in the club's youth setup and during the summer of 2004 was introduced to the first-team squad. Making 27 league appearances in his debut season, the youngster left a good impression but could not help the beleaguered team avoid relegation.

Kolarov started the 2005–06 campaign for Čukarički in the second-tier league competition, but during the winter break controversially[8] transferred to top-tier league club OFK Beograd.

OFK Beograd[edit]

Kolarov joined OFK Beograd in February 2006 and finished out the season with them, scoring his first league goal.

Lazio[edit]

In the summer of 2007, OFK Beograd sold Kolarov to Italian side Lazio (the third placed team in previous season's Serie A standings) for a 925,000 transfer fee.[9]

Kolarov's first goal for Lazio came at the Stadio Oreste Granillo in Reggio Calabria on 30 September 2007, as he hit a rocket from 38 metres to secure a draw against lowly Reggina.[10] During his first season in Rome, the 21-year-old Serb also participated in the UEFA Champions League for the first time, making his debut on 24 October 2007 away at Werder Bremen.

In his second season in Italy, Kolarov established himself as Lazio's first choice at left back, scoring a spectacular goal against Lecce at the Stadio Via del Mare.[11] It got even better for the Serbian in the second Derby della Capitale of the season, against city rivals Roma. With Lazio 3–2 up, Kolarov received the ball in defence from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and proceeded to run the length of the pitch virtually unopposed. Having run 85 metres, Kolarov then slotted the ball past a helpless Doni in the Roma goal. On 13 May 2009, Kolarov played in the 2009 Coppa Italia Final against Sampdoria. The match finished 1–1 after extra time, and Kolarov scored one of Lazio's penalties in the resultant penalty shoot-out, helping Lazio win the trophy and capping a great season for the Serbian.[12]

Lazio and 2008–09 Serie A champions Inter Milan travelled to Beijing in August 2009 to play the 2009 Supercoppa Italiana. Kolarov picked up his second winner's medal, with Lazio defeating Inter 2–1.[13] As the 2009–10 season drew to an end, Kolarov was instantly linked with a move away from Lazio, with Manchester City and Real Madrid supposedly interested.

Manchester City[edit]

Kolarov with Manchester City in 2012.

On 24 July 2010, it was announced that Kolarov had signed for Manchester City[14] for a reported £16 million transfer fee.[15] On 17 August, Kolarov made his Premier League debut in the 0–0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.[16] On 18 January 2011, Kolarov scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 victory over Leicester City in the FA Cup, while on 2 February 2011, Kolarov recorded his first Premier League goal from a free kick in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City. He played the full 90 minutes as City won the 2011 FA Cup final.[17]

The summer 2011 arrival of Gaël Clichy to the club marginalized Kolarov's role in the squad and he saw his first team opportunities greatly reduced. On 14 September 2011, he scored an equaliser for City in the 1–1 draw against Napoli in their first 2011–12 Champions League group stage match.[18] On 1 October 2011, he started and played the full 90 minutes in the left-back slot against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in a 0–4 away victory in the Premier League. On 31 March 2012, he added another with a long-range swing which earned City a point against Sunderland at home, after coming back from 3–1 down.[19] He ended that season with 12 league appearances, enough for a medal, as Manchester City won the 2011–12 Premier League title in dramatic circumstances on the last day of the season.[20][21] On 18 September 2012, he scored a free kick in a 3–2 Champions League defeat at Real Madrid.[22] He went on to score in the League Cup loss to Aston Villa, while in their match against Sunderland, he scored another free-kick just five minutes into the match.

Kolarov scored from the penalty spot in City's 3–2 comeback victory over Bayern Munich in the final match of their Champions League group stage on 10 December 2013, securing his side a spot in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in club history.[23] He scored his only goal of the 2013–14 Premier League season on 1 January 2014, netting past goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel as City defeated Swansea City by a score of 3–2.[24] On 11 May, he won his second Premier League trophy with Manchester City after making 30 appearances in the league, and 44 in all competitions.[21] On 12 June 2014, Kolarov signed a new three-year deal with City, keeping him at the club until 2017. He also changed his squad number from 13 to 11.[25]

Roma[edit]

On 22 July 2017, Roma confirmed they had signed Kolarov on a three-year deal for a fee of €5m.[26]

Kolarov scored on his debut for the club on 20 August, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Atalanta.[27] On 18 October, in the UEFA Champions League, he scored in a 3–3 draw with Chelsea.[28] Four days later, he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Torino.[29]

On 26 September, Kolarov scored his first goal of the 2018–19 season in a 4–0 win over Frosinone.[30] On 29 September, he scored against his former club and city rivals Lazio in a 3–1 win, becoming just the second player in history to have scored for both clubs in a Rome derby.[31]

International career[edit]

Kolarov was a part of the successful Serbia under-21 side which reached the final of the 2007 U-21 Championships held in the Netherlands. As a key member of that side, Kolarov was named in the UEFA Team of the tournament. In the semi-final clash with Belgium, he scored a free-kick from long range.

He also represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and played a major role in UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers and friendlies. Kolarov was eventually rewarded for an impressive 2011 with the Serbian Footballer of the Year award.[32]

On 11 September 2012, Kolarov scored his first goal for Serbia during a 6–1 win against Wales in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.[33] On 7 June 2013, he scored from a free kick against Belgium in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. On 7 September 2014, he scored the equalizer in a 1–1 draw with France.[34]

Kolarov with Serbia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Having helped Serbia qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first international tournament for eight years, he was also included in the final 23-man squad for that competition.[35] Kolarov scored the only goal of their opening match against Costa Rica with a beautiful free kick.[36] He captained Serbia in all three group stage matches.[37][38][39]

Outside football[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Kolarov's switch from Čukarički to OFK Beograd in February 2006, during the 2005–06 season winter break, was highly controversial. Under contract with Čukarički at the time, Kolarov filed a request to be released dated 31 January 2006 on the grounds of "contract expiry" despite the contract being valid until January 2007. Soon after handing in his request, Kolarov publicly stated his desire to join OFK. Seeing that they had a disgruntled player on their hands, Čukarički set a €300,000 transfer fee for Kolarov due to the fact he still had one more year left on his contract with the club. OFK, for their part, simply ignored this fact and simply signed Kolarov without paying a fee. Over the coming years, Čukarički took the case in front of Football Association of Serbia (FSS), where all of their official complaints were rejected.

A year-and-a-half later, during the summer of 2007, when Kolarov was sold by OFK to Lazio for €800,000, Čukarički club president Aleksandar Mihajlović went public with an accusation that Kolarov "was stolen from Čukarički by OFK Beograd". For that, he was punished by the FSS on the verbal offence grounds and given a year-long ban on performing any functions in Serbian football.

The entire Kolarov case was featured in early 2008 on B92 television's investigative journalism programme Insajder which focused on criminal activities in Serbian football. The programme claims that Kolarov's case was part of a wide initiative by FSS president Zvezdan Terzić (formerly the president of OFK) who made sure young promising players signed for OFK and then raise their transfer price by making sure they get playing time in the under-21 national team.[40]

In popular culture[edit]

In December 2012, Kolarov appeared in a Christmas video uploaded to Manchester City's website, reciting the carol "Jingle Bells" in a deadpan style that went viral on the internet.[41] Following the popularity from the last year's video, in December 2013 Kolarov delivered his rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" which also went viral following much anticipation.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 November 2018[21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Čukaricki 2004–05 First League 27 0 27 0
2005–06 Second League 17 2 17 2
Total 44 2 44 2
OFK Beograd 2005–06 First League 11 1 2 0 0 0 13 1
2006–07 Serbian Superliga 27 4 2 0 2[a] 0 31 4
Total 38 5 4 0 2 0 44 5
Lazio 2007–08 Serie A 24 1 5 2 3[b] 0 32 3
2008–09 25 2 6 1 31 3
2009–10[43] 33 3 2 1 5[c] 1 1[d] 0 41 5
Total 82 6 13 4 8 1 1 0 104 11
Manchester City 2010–11[44] Premier League 24 1 8 1 0 0 5[c] 1 37 3
2011–12[45] 12 2 1 1 5 0 8[e] 1 1[f] 0 27 4
2012–13[46] 20 1 3 1 1 1 5[b] 1 1[f] 0 30 4
2013–14[47] 30 1 2 1 5 1 7[b] 1 44 4
2014–15[48] 21 2 2 0 2 0 4[b] 0 1[f] 0 30 2
2015–16[49] 29 3 2 0 2 0 6[b] 0 0 0 39 3
2016–17[50] 29 1 2 0 1 0 8[b] 0 0 0 40 1
Total 165 11 20 4 16 2 43 4 3 0 247 21
Roma 2017–18 Serie A 35 2 0 0 12[b] 1 0 0 47 3
2018–19 10 2 0 0 0[b] 0 0 0 10 2
Total 45 4 0 0 0 0 12 1 0 0 57 5
Career total 374 28 37 8 16 2 65 6 4 0 496 44
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Appearances in the Champions League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in the Supercoppa Italiana
  5. ^ Five appearances in the Champions League and three in the Europa League
  6. ^ a b c Appearances in the Community Shield

International[edit]

As of match played 17 November 2018[21]
Serbia
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 7 0
2010 8 0
2011 10 0
2012 11 1
2013 7 3
2014 7 2
2015 7 1
2016 7 1
2017 6 2
2018 10 1
Total 82 11

International goals[edit]

As of 17 June 2018[21]
Score and Result lists Serbia's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 11 September 2012 Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad, Serbia  Wales 1–0 6–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 7 June 2013 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 1–2 1–2
3. 10 September 2013 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales  Wales 2–0 3–0
4. 15 October 2013 Jagodina City Stadium, Jagodina, Serbia  Macedonia 3–0 5–1
5. 26 May 2014 Red Bull Arena, Harrison, United States  Jamaica 2–0 2–1 Friendly
6. 7 September 2014 Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  France 1–1 1–1
7. 8 October 2015 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania  Albania 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
8. 29 March 2016 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
9. 2 September 2017 Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Moldova 2–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10. 5 September 2017 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–0
11. 17 June 2018 Cosmos Arena, Samara, Russia  Costa Rica 1–0 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Lazio

Manchester City

Individual

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