Aleksandar Luković

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Aleksandar Luković
Aleksandar Lukovic.jpg
Luković with Udinese in 2007
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Luković
Date of birth (1982-10-23) 23 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Kraljevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre-back / Left-back
Club information
Current team
Red Star Belgrade
Number 3
Youth career
Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2001 Sloga Kraljevo 66 (8)
2002–2006 Red Star Belgrade 64 (3)
2003–2004 Jedinstvo Ub (loan) 23 (2)
2006–2010 Udinese 97 (0)
2006 Ascoli (loan) 10 (0)
2010–2014 Zenit St. Petersburg 40 (1)
2012–2014 Zenit-2 (loan) 28 (2)
2015– Red Star Belgrade 46 (5)
National team
2005–2012 Serbia 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.

Aleksandar Luković (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Луковић; born 23 October 1982) is a Serbian footballer who played as a defender for the Serbian national team and currently plays for Red Star Belgrade. He appeared in the 2010 World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Luković started his career at hometown club Sloga Kraljevo. In 2002 he was signed by Crvena Zvezda. He played his first UEFA Cup match on 15 August 2002 after he substituted Nemanja Vidić at second half. Crvena Zvezda won 2–0 to FC Kairat.

Udinese[edit]

In mid-2006, after signing a pre-contract with Udinese, Luković was on loan to Ascoli from Red Star Belgrade in order for the club to "borrow" the non-EU registration quota of Ascoli for Udinese.[1] He was "loaned" to Udinese from Ascoli in January transfer window.

On 27 January 2007, he played his first Serie A match for Udinese against Torino.[2]

He was signed permanently in mid-2007 by Udinese from Red Star.

Zenit St. Petersburg[edit]

On 29 July 2010 it was officially announced that Luković signed a four-year contract with FC Zenit Saint Petersburg for undisclosed fee.[3] Initially he was a constant starter for the team but eventually got reduced playing time with the arrival of Domenico Criscito to the club for left-back position.

Return to Red Star Belgrade[edit]

After several consecutive transfer windows of rumors regarding his return, it was announced on 29 December 2014 that Luković signed a 2.5-year contract with Red Star.[4] On February 6, 2015, in a friendly match against Rubin Kazan, Luković suffered a serious injury which sidelined him until the summer of 2015.[5] On August 23, 2015, Luković finally made his first appearance for Red Star since his injury, and was applauded by the whole stadium when he came in as a substitute for Savo Pavićević.[6]

International career[edit]

He made his international debut against Poland on 15 August 2005. He played a part during 2010 World Cup qualifying and mostly partnered Nemanja Vidić in central defense as Aleksandar Kolarov was preferred at left back. He was sent off in Serbia's opening 2010 World Cup match against Ghana on 13 June 2010.[7]

In March 2011, two weeks before a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Northern Ireland, Luković surprised everyone by deciding to retire from the national team at the age of 28, choosing to focus on his club Zenit. On the same occasion, his teammate Danko Lazović also made the same announcement.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 19 March 2016 [8]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sloga Kraljevo 1998–99 21 3 ? ? 0 0 0 0 21 3
1999–00 11 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 11 1
2000–01 19 1 ? ? 0 0 0 0 19 1
2001–02 15 3 ? ? 0 0 0 0 15 3
Total 66 8 ? ? 0 0 0 0 66 8
Red Star 2001–02 6 0 ? ? 0 0 0 0 6 0
2002–03 6 0 ? ? 1 0 0 0 7 0
Jedinstvo Ub (loan) 2003–04 23 2 ? ? 0 0 0 0 23 2
Red Star 2004–05 25 0 ? ? 5 0 0 0 30 0
2005–06 27 3 ? ? 8 0 0 0 35 3
Total 64 3 ? ? 14 0 0 0 78 3
Ascoli 2006–07 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Udinese 2006–07 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2007–08 32 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2008–09 27 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 35 0
2009–10 33 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
Total 97 0 7 0 7 0 0 0 111 0
Zenit 2010 11 0 2 0 9 0 0 0 22 0
2011–12 19 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 21 1
2012–13 9 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
2013–14 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 0
Total 40 1 5 0 11 0 3 0 59 1
Red Star 2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
2016–17 18 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 20 5
Total 46 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 49 6
Career total 374 21 16 1 33 0 3 0 426 22

International[edit]

  • As of 29 December 2014[9]
Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 5 0
2006 3 0
2007 0 0
2008 3 0
2009 7 0
2010 9 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
Total 28 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Zenit St. Petersburg

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Udinese sign Lukovic". Sky Sports. 17 May 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football Lineups. Retrieved 1 February 2007. 
  3. ^ Лукович – в "Зените"! [Luković in Zenit]. FC Zenit Saint Petersburg (in Russian). 29 July 2010. Archived from the original on 31 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Novosti: Luković i Anđelković nove uzdanice Zvezde: Kumovska veza čuva Rajkovića - 29 December 2014 (Serbian)
  5. ^ [1] B92: Luković ipak teže povređen? (Serbian) February 9, 2015
  6. ^ [2] Mozzart Sport: Luković: Očekivao sam podršku, ali ne ovakvu! Ovo retko koji klub u Evropi ima... (Serbian) August 23, 2015
  7. ^ Soneji, Pranav (13 June 2010). "Serbia 0–1 Ghana". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "A.Lukovic". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  9. ^ [3] National Football Teams | Aleksandar Luković

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