Andrija Delibašić

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Andrija Delibašić
Andrija Delibasic 2012.jpg
Delibašić in action for Rayo Vallecano in 2012
Personal information
Full name Andrija Delibašić
Date of birth (1981-04-24) 24 April 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Nikšić, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Sutjeska
1995–1999 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Partizan 100 (48)
2004–2008 Mallorca 29 (7)
2005 Benfica (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006 Braga (loan) 10 (4)
2006 AEK Athens (loan) 10 (1)
2007 Beira-Mar (loan) 11 (1)
2007–2008 Real Sociedad (loan) 33 (6)
2008–2010 Hércules 65 (20)
2010–2013 Rayo Vallecano 81 (14)
2014 Ratchaburi 7 (0)
2015 Sutjeska 2 (0)
Total 351 (101)
National team
2009–2013 Montenegro 20 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andrija Delibašić (Cyrillic: Андрија Делибашић; born 24 April 1981) is a Montenegrin retired footballer who played as a striker.

After starting out at Partizan he went on to spend most of his career in Spain, representing Mallorca, Real Sociedad, Hércules and Rayo Vallecano and amassing totals of 208 games and 47 the two major levels combined. He also competed professionally in Portugal and Greece.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Nikšić, Socialist Republic of Montenegro, Socialist Federative Republic of Yugoslavia, Delibašić started his professional career at FK Partizan, where he played for three-and-a-half seasons. In January 2004 he transferred to RCD Mallorca, never establishing himself in the first team, his best output occurring in his first season with four goals in 17 matches; in early 2005 he started a spell with S.L. Benfica,[2] that proved to be short and unsuccessful as he saw only a few minutes of action.

For 2005–06, Delibašić was loaned again, still to a Portuguese Primeira Liga club, S.C. Braga.[3] The following campaign, two more loan spells befell: starting off at AEK Athens F.C. in January 2007 he was released and returned to Portugal, appearing for lowly S.C. Beira-Mar; his first match for the latter was against U.D. Leiria on 4 February.[4]

In the 2007 pre-season, Delibašić came back to Mallorca and had some solid performances, scoring six goals in two matches –[5]however, that was not enough to remain with the team as they loaned him out again, this time to Real Sociedad of the Spanish second division.[6] On 5 August 2008 he was definitely released, joining Hércules CF (also second level) on a free transfer and penning a two-year contract.

After two seasons as first-choice with the Alicante team, achieving top flight promotion in 2010, Delibašić moved to another side in the second level, Rayo Vallecano.[7] He contributed with seven goals in 30 games, as the Madrilenians also reached the top flight.[8]

In the following two years, Delibašić was used mainly as a substitute by Rayo, scoring seven times combined as they managed to consecutively retain their league status. He left in June 2013.

On 13 February 2014, aged nearly 33, Delibašić joined Thai Premier League side Ratchaburi FC.[9]

International career[edit]

Delibašić played for the Serbia and Montenegro under-21 team that finished runners-up at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Germany.[10] A couple of months later, he was also part of the Olympic team that exited in the first round.[11]

After a loss of form dropped him from international play, Delibašić's chances for a callup increased in mid-2006 as Montenegro separated from Serbia and became an independent country, with him now eligible to play for the newly formed national team due to his birthplace. However, even before Montenegro's inaugural match squad was announced, he voiced his dissatisfaction in the press about not being contacted by Montenegrin football officials at all and then said that he would never play for the national team in the future, if he was not included on the list of inaugural callups.[12]

In September 2009, Delibašić was summoned for Montenegro's match with Bulgaria, but did not play in the 1–4 defeat on the 5th. He finally made his debut on 10 October, scoring the 2–1 winner against Georgia;[13] both matches were 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

On 7 October 2011, Delibašić scored his second goal for the national team, a dramatic 2–2 home draw against England that led Montenegro to the UEFA Euro 2012 playoffs. He helped the hosts come from behind 0–2 with his last-minute header.[14]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  Georgia
2–1
2–1
2010 World Cup qualiciation
2 7 October 2011 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  England
2–2
2–2
Euro 2012 qualifying
3 11 September 2012 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino
0–5
0–6
2014 World Cup qualification
4 11 September 2012 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino  San Marino
0–6
0–6
2014 World Cup qualification
5 14 November 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  San Marino
1–0
3–0
2014 World Cup qualification
6 14 November 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro  San Marino
2–0
3–0
2014 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Benfica

References[edit]

  1. ^ Delibasic, el trotamundos del gol (Delibasic, the goal globetrotter); Marca, 12 April 2013 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Delibasic bound for Benfica; UEFA.com, 31 January 2005
  3. ^ Braga increase attacking options; UEFA.com, 9 August 2005
  4. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups. 4 February 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  5. ^ El Mallorca le mete una decena al Mittersill (Mallorca puts ten past Mittersill); Marca, 24 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Delibašić u Real Sosijedadu (Delibašić to Real Sociedad); B92, 5 August 2007 (in Serbian)
  7. ^ El delantero Andrija Delibasic completa la plantilla del Rayo (Forward Andrija Delibasic completes Rayo squad); Marca, 19 August 2010 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ El Rayo Vallecano sube a Primera (Rayo Vallecano promotes to Primera); 20 Minutos, 22 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Delibasic... Lembra-se? Vai jogar no Ratchaburi (Delibasic... remember him? He will play for Ratchaburi) Archived 3 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; A Bola, 13 February 2014 (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ Nine-man Belarus blow out Archived 18 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.; UEFA.com
  11. ^ Andrija DelibašićFIFA competition record
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2007. 
  13. ^ Debutant Delibasic propels Montenegro; FIFA.com, 10 October 2009
  14. ^ England qualify, Montenegro in play-offs; UEFA.com, 7 October 2011

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