Andrija Živković

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Andrija Živković
Personal information
Full name Andrija Živković
Date of birth (1996-07-11) 11 July 1996 (age 21)
Place of birth Niš, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 17
Youth career
Nacional Niš
2009–2013 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Partizan 63 (17)
2016– Benfica 36 (3)
National team
2011–2013 Serbia U17[a] 11 (4)
2014–2015 Serbia U19[a] 8 (2)
2014–2015 Serbia U20 9 (2)
2013– Serbia U21 13 (1)
2013– Serbia 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2018

Andrija Živković (Serbian Cyrillic: Андрија Живковић, pronounced [ǎndrija ʒǐːʋkoʋitɕ]; born 11 July 1996) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Benfica and the Serbia national team as a winger.

He is the youngest player ever to make a senior appearance for Serbia, as well as the youngest Partizan captain in the club's history.

Živković was a vital member of the Serbia national under-20 team who won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, scoring two goals and providing two assists.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Živković joined Partizan in September 2009. He was a member of the club's promising generation, alongside Danilo Pantić and Nemanja Radonjić, among others.[2]

2012–13 Season[edit]

Živković made his competitive debut for their first team in a league fixture against Novi Pazar on 28 April 2013, replacing Darko Brašanac after 65 minutes of the match that ended in a goalless draw.[3] That was his only appearance in the 2012–13 campaign, as the club won its sixth consecutive championship title.

2013–14 season[edit]

After a long negotiation, Živković signed his first professional contract with Partizan on 23 August 2013, on a three-year deal.[4] He scored his first competitive goal for the club only two days later, after coming on as a substitute for Nikola Ninković in a 5–1 home victory over Radnički Kragujevac.[5] Afterwards, Živković scored a goal in the next three league games, in a 3–1 home win over Rad, in a 2–1 away win against Sloboda Užice, as well as in a 2–0 home victory over OFK Beograd.[6]

On 4 March 2014, Živković became Partizan's youngest captain of all-time at 17 years, 7 months and 18 days. This honour was previously held by Nikola Ninković, who captained the team at 17 years, 10 months and 12 days.[7] In his first full senior season, Živković made a total of 25 appearances in all competitions and scored five goals.

2014–15 season[edit]

In his third senior season, Živković played regularly since the beginning of the campaign, despite being unable to score in any competition. He also appeared in five games of the UEFA Europa League group stage. After failing to find the back of the net for several months, he scored his first goal of the season in a 5–1 home league win over Borac Čačak on 7 December 2014. He improved his tally after the winter break by scoring four more league goals, including a brace in a 3–1 away victory over OFK Beograd on 13 April 2015.[8] In total, Živković made 40 appearances in all competitions and scored seven goals, as the club won the championship title.[9]

2015–16 season[edit]

After missing the majority of the team's pre-season schedule due to national team duty, Živković made his first appearance of the season in a 1–0 home win over Dila Gori in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round on 14 July 2015. He entered the field as a 60th-minute substitute for Aboubakar Oumarou, managing to earn a free kick in the 81st minute, which would eventually result in the game-winning goal.[10] On 17 July 2014, Živković scored once in the league's opener versus Metalac Gornji Milanovac, as the game ended 4–0. He then scored his first goal for the club in UEFA competitions, finding the back of the net in a 4–2 home victory over Steaua București on 5 August 2015. He also provided an assist in the game and helped Partizan reach the Champions League play-off round.[11]

On 17 September, Živković scored a goal and provided an assist in a 3–2 home victory over AZ in the opening round of the Europa League group stage.[12] He subsequently scored a brace in a 3–1 away win against Augsburg on 1 October.[13] In the fifth round of the group stage, Živković continued his goal scoring form, netting the winning goal against AZ in a 2–1 away victory on 26 November.[14]

On 4 February 2016, Živković was suspended from the first team for refusing to extend his contract with the club.[15]

Benfica[edit]

2016–17 Season[edit]

On 5 July 2016, Živković signed a five-year deal with Portuguese champions S.L. Benfica.[16] He was signed on a free transfer after his contract with Partizan had expired. He was given the number 17 shirt. On 2 October he was given his Benfica debut, coming on in the 84th minute for Gonçalo Guedes.[17] He made his UEFA Champions League debut five months later in a 4–0 away loss to Borussia Dortmund.[17] He ended the season winning the league title with Benfica, having scored no goals in 15 league appearances.

2017–18 Season[edit]

Živković played his first Benfica match of the 2017–18 season against Rio Ave.

International career[edit]

Živković was a key member of the Serbia national under-17 team in two UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification cycles,[18] but failed to help them reach the final tournament on both occasions. He subsequently received his first call-up for the senior national team by manager Siniša Mihajlović, following his performances at club level. On 11 October 2013, Živković became the youngest player ever to debut for Serbia, aged 17, after coming on as a substitute for Zoran Tošić in a 2–0 home friendly win over Japan.[19]

Subsequently, Živković took part at the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He appeared in the opening two games of the tournament, before leaving the team upon his club's decision.[20] Serbia were eventually eliminated by Portugal after penalty shoot-out in the semi-final of the competition.

Likewise, Živković was selected to represent his country at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He played in all of his team's seven games, as they won the gold medal.[21] Furthermore, Živković managed to score on two occasions, including a direct free kick against Mexico, eventually being voted as the tournament's best goal.[22]

Senior team[edit]

Živković was named in Serbia's preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2017–18 season[24][25]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2012–13 Serbian SuperLiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2013–14 23 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 5
2014–15 24 5 6 2 10 0 0 0 40 7
2015–16 15 7 1 0 11 5 0 0 27 12
Total 63 17 8 2 22 5 0 0 93 24
Benfica 2016–17 Primeira Liga 15 0 4 1 1 0 3[b] 0 23 1
2017–18 21 3 1 0 5 0 3[b] 0 30 3
Total 36 3 5 1 6 0 6 0 53 4
Career total 99 20 13 3 28 5 6 0 146 28
Notes
  1. ^ a b Only official UEFA matches included
  2. ^ a b Appearances in the Taça da Liga

International[edit]

As of match played 4 June 2018[26]
National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 2013 2 0
2014 0 0
2015 1 0
2016 2 0
2017 2 0
2018 3 0
Total 10 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan[24]

Benfica[24]

International[edit]

Serbia[24]

Individual[edit]

  • Sportsperson of the Year of Niš (2015)[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 June 2018. p. 27. Retrieved 10 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Treći Živković u Partizanu" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nadolaze 'mladi lavovi'" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "'Džinka' iz Niša u profesionalnom pogonu" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rekli su mu samo gazi i on je odmah počeo da gazi - Andrija Živković!" (in Serbian). mozzartsport.com. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Živković blistao, Partizan pobedio" (in Serbian). b92.net. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "NAJMLAĐI KAPITEN: Andrija Živković ušao u istoriju" (in Serbian). kurir-info.rs. 4 March 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Živković i Šaponjić za novih +5" (in Serbian). b92.net. 13 April 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Season review: Serbia". uefa.com. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "BABOVIĆ IZ SLOBODNJAKA PROBIO BUNKER: Partizan srušio Dilu u 83. minutu (FOTO)" (in Serbian). telegraf.rs. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Preokret Partizana za plej-of i Evropu!" (in Serbian). b92.net. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Partizan too strong for ten-man AZ". uefa.com. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ten-man Partizan power to Augsburg win". uefa.com. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Partizan score late to beat AZ and close on last 32". uefa.com. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  15. ^ "Saopštenje FK Partizan" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "Zivkovic é reforço por cinco temporadas" [Zivkovic signs por five seasons]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 5 July 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  17. ^ a b http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=73063&season_id=149
  18. ^ "Serbia and Belarus celebrate progress". uefa.com. 30 September 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Živković: Još nisam svestan" (in Serbian). b92.net. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  20. ^ "Paunović: Partizan vratio Živkovića" (in Serbian). b92.net. 24 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "Ecstasy in Auckland as Serbia make history". fifa.com. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015. 
  22. ^ "Zivkovic strike voted New Zealand's best". fifa.com. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Један тим, срцем свим – Младен Крстајић одабрао" [One team, with all their hearts – Mladen Krstajić selects]. FSS.rs (in Serbian). Football Association of Serbia. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  24. ^ a b c d Andrija Živković at Soccerway Edit this at Wikidata
  25. ^ Andrija Živković at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 14 February 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  26. ^ "Andrija Živković". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  27. ^ "Živkoviću nagrada "Sportska ličnost godine Niša"" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 

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