Alen Stevanović

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Alen Stevanović
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Stevanović with Torino
Personal information
Full name Alen Stevanović
Date of birth (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Zürich, Switzerland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Right Winger
Club information
Current team
Partizan
Number 91
Youth career
2000–2008 Radnički Belgrade
2008–2009 Radnički Obrenovac
2009 Inter Milan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Inter Milan 1 (0)
2010–2015 Torino 63 (5)
2011 Toronto FC (loan) 12 (0)
2013–2014 Palermo (loan) 22 (0)
2014–2015 Bari (loan) 16 (1)
2015 Spezia (loan) 9 (1)
2015– Partizan 37 (5)
National team
2008 Serbia U18 2 (0)
2010 Serbia U21 1 (0)
2012–2013 Serbia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:21, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Alen Stevanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ален Стевановић; born 7 January 1991) is a Swiss-born Serbian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for SuperLiga club Partizan. Product of Radnički Obrenovac youth academy, Stevanović made name for himself while playing for Torino.

He made his debut with the Serbian national team in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Stevanović's parents separated shortly after his birth in Zürich and he never met his biological father. Immediately after the separation, when Alen was only three months old, his mother brought him to Bečmen, SR Serbia to live with his grandmother and uncle[1] while she returned to Switzerland. He could not reach his mother in Zurich as he was not granted a visa and could only see her once a year. His grandfather, who had worked both in Switzerland and had returned to Belgrade, died a year later at the age of 58 years. Until 2004-2005, as stated by himself, he was angry with life and this hindered the beginning of his playing career.[2] He married Dunja on 20 November 2013 and became the father of his first child Neva.[3]

Club career[edit]

Inter Milan[edit]

Stevanović started his professional career in Serbia at FK Radnički Obrenovac. In early 2009, a trial was arranged for him at Italian champions Internazionale, and after arriving in Milan on 9 January,[citation needed] Stevanović was signed by the club in February.[4]

In November 2009, Stevanović, along with youngster Giulio Donati, was named to the match-day squad against Livorno in Coppa Italia, but remained an unused sub.[5]

He then traveled with the first team to Abu Dhabi, UAE and Saudi Arabia for winter training camp.[6] He played the friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal as starter.[7]

Due to the injuries incurred by Esteban Cambiasso, Sulley Muntari and Rene Krhin, Stevanović was named in the squad for the first league match after the winter break, against Chievo, but again didn't get any playing time.[8]

A couple of days later, after Patrick Vieira left for Manchester City on 8 January 2010, Stevanović made his Serie A debut the very next day on 9 January at home versus Siena by coming on as a sub for Thiago Motta in the 67th minute. Head coach José Mourinho made the substitution in direct response to Siena taking the 3–2 lead on a goal scored two minutes earlier. By the end, Inter managed to overturn the score 4–3 with an injury time winner.[9]

Torino[edit]

On 22 July 2010, Stevanović left for Serie B side Torino in co-ownership deal for €2 million.,[10] As part of the deal, Inter signed youngster Simone Benedetti in another co-ownership deal also for €2M.[10][11] He debuted in Coppa Italia against Cosenza, earning a penalty kick. Torino coach Franco Lerda played him a further 8 times throughout the season and once more in Coppa Italia.

Toronto FC (loan)[edit]

On 24 March 2011, it was officially announced that Stevanović would join MLS club Toronto FC on loan.[12] Stevanović made his debut for the club on 26 March 2011 in a 2–0 home victory against Portland Timbers.[13] Following a 1–0 home defeat to Seattle Sounders FC on 18 June in which Stevanović earned his first start in nearly a month, the Serbian attacking midfielder was recalled by Torino.[14]

Return to Torino[edit]

On 21 June 2011 the co-ownership agreement was renewed for the 2011–12 season. On 4 September 2011, he scored his first goal as professional footballer, giving Torino the lead against Varese.[15] He ended the season with 36 appearances and 3 goals. On 22 June 2012, the co-ownership was once again renewed, with Torino renewing his contract until 30 June 2015.[16] On 26 August 2012, Stevanović has played his first match in 2012–13 season against Siena, playing as a starter.[17] On 30 September 2012, Stevanović has entered in game as a substitute for Mario Santana in 58th minute and score the goal after a cross from Alessio Cerci in 1–5 away league win over Atalanta.[18]

On 19 June 2013, after 15 appearances and 2 goals in Serie A, the co-ownership agreement was resolved in favour of Torino.[19]

Loans to Palermo, Bari and Spezia[edit]

On 11 July 2013, he moved to Palermo on loan with the right of redemption for the co-ownership,[20] finalised the next day.[21] He made his debut in the rosanero jersey, during the second round of Coppa Italia won 2-1 against Cremonese, held on 11 August 2013, playing as a starter.[22] On 3 May 2014, after the victory against Novara, 1–0 away, he was promoted to Serie A - with five games to spare. He finished the season with 21 appearances and one in Coppa Italia.

On 24 July 2014 he was loaned to Bari, with the option to redeem his contract.[23] In January 2015 he was recalled by Torino and loaned to Spezia in exchange for the forward Osarimen Ebagua and midfielder Pasquale Schiattarella.[24]

Partizan[edit]

On 31 August 2015, Stevanović joined Partizan from Torino on a free transfer, signing a three-year contract and was given the number 91 shirt.[25] Two days later he was officially presented on the Partizan stadium.[26] On 12 September 2015, Stevanović made his official debut for the club in a Eternal derby against Red Star Belgrade and scored the equalizer for Partizan.[27] On 1 October 2015, Stevanović played his first match for Partizan in UEFA competitions in UEFA Europa League group stage in 1–3 away victory over Augsburg.[28] He scored the leading goal for Partizan against Radnik Surdulica in 2–2 away draw on 14 October 2015.[29] He has played 3 matches in 2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage.

On 2 March 2016, Stevanović scored a goal in Serbian Cup Quarter final against Radnički Niš in 2–0 home win.[30]

International career[edit]

After taking part in two matches for the Serbia U-18 in 2008, on 3 March 2010, he made his debut in the Serbia U-21 team.

On 12 October 2012, he was called up to the senior national team by coach Siniša Mihajlović, making his debut in the 67th minute as a substitute for Zoran Tošić in a defeat against Belgium in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.[31] On 22 March 2013, Stevanović was the first time in the starting lineup in the Serbian national team in his career against the Croatia on Maksimir.[32]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 May 2015[33]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inter Milan 2009–10 Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Torino 2010–11 Serie B 8 0 2 0 10 0
Toronto (loan) 2011 MLS 12 0 12 0
Torino 2011–12 Serie B 34 3 2 0 36 3
2012–13 Serie A 15 2 6 0 17 2
Total 57 5 6 0 63 5
Palermo (loan) 2013–14 Serie B 21 0 1 0 22 0
Bari (loan) 2014–15 Serie B 16 1 0 0 16 1
Spezia (loan) 2014–15 Serie B 4 1 4 1
Career total 111 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 118 7

International[edit]

As of 18 December 2013[33]
Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
Total 3 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Palermo
Partizan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alen Stevanović, mladić bez kluba u Srbiji, u Interu: Murinjov dar srpskom tinejdžeru za rođendan; Blic, January 12, 2010
  2. ^ Liotta, Christian (29 December 2011). "Stevanovic racconta: 'Mi stavo buttando via, ora...'". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "E' Nata Neva Stevanović". palermocalcio.it (in Italian). 18 February 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Academy ins and outs". inter.it. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ "Tim Cup: Inter 1–0 Livorno". inter.it. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Inter set for winter break training camp". inter.it. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Milito scores winner as Inter edge Al Hilal". inter.it. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  8. ^ "Chievo-Inter: three youngsters with first team". inter.it. 5 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  9. ^ "Serie A: Inter 4–3 Siena". inter.it. 9 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  10. ^ a b FC Internazionale Milano Report and Accounts on 31 June 2011 (Italian) Require purchase in CCIAA
  11. ^ "Stevanovic al Toro, Benedetti all'Inter". Torino FC (in Italian). 22 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Toronto FC Signs Stevanovic And Plata | Toronto FC". Torontofc.ca. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 2 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Martina Brace Leads The Way". Toronto FC. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  14. ^ "Stevanovic Heads back to Italy". Toronto FC. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Turco, Fabrizio (4 September 2011). "All'Olimpico Stevanovic e Sgrigna regalano al Toro vittoria e primato". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  16. ^ Cavasinni, Alessandro (22 June 2012). "Definito il futuro di Crisetig, Caldirola e Stevanovic". tuttomercatoweb.com. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Siena-Torino 0-0". torinotoday.it. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  18. ^ "Atalanta-Torino 1-5, è festa granata". repubblica.it. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "Torino FC Official Site". Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Acquistato Stevanovic Dal Torino". palermocalcio.it. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tutti i trasferimenti: Palermo". legaserieb.it. 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  22. ^ "Palermo-Cremonese - Tim Cup Secondo turno eliminatorio". palermocalcio.it. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Stevanovic al Bari". torinofc.it (in Italian). Torino Football Club. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  24. ^ http://www.corrieredellosport.it/calcio/2015/01/13-391649/Nuovo+Bari+con+Ebagua
  25. ^ [1] FK Partizan.rs: Alen Stevanović u Partizanu! (Serbian) 31 August 2015
  26. ^ [2] FK Partizan.rs: Alen Stevanović sleteo iz Torina (Serbian) 2 September 2015
  27. ^ "Trijumf Zvezde u večitom derbiju za +8". b92.net (in Serbian). 12 September 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  28. ^ "Ten-man Partizan power to Augsburg win". uefa.com. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  29. ^ "KRAJ: Radnik - Partizan 2:2, Surdulica gori, Stanković doneo bod domaćinu!". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 14 October 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  30. ^ "Još samo dve prepreke do trofeja". partizan.rs (in Serbian). 2 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  31. ^ "Serbia Belgium 0-3". fifa.com. 2016-10-12. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  32. ^ "Croatia Serbia 2-0". fifa.com. 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  33. ^ a b http://www.soccerway.com/players/alen-stevanovic/111494/

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