Antonio Rukavina

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Not to be confused with Ante Rukavina.
Antonio Rukavina
Antonio Rukavina 1860 2009.JPG
Rukavina with 1860 München in 2009
Personal information
Full name Antonio Rukavina
Date of birth (1984-01-26) 26 January 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Villarreal
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Bežanija 142 (26)
2007 Partizan 32 (4)
2008 Borussia Dortmund 19 (0)
2009–2012 1860 München 112 (1)
2012–2014 Valladolid 71 (2)
2014– Villarreal 42 (0)
National team
2007– Serbia 37 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2016

Antonio Rukavina (Serbian Cyrillic: Антонио Рукавина, born 26 January 1984) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Villarreal CF and the Serbian national football team as a right back.

Club career[edit]

Rukavina joined FK Partizan in January 2007 after an impressive spell with FK Bežanija, and eventually became team captain. On 5 January 2008, Rukavina was transferred to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for a fee of €2.5m.[1] After one year Rukavina left Dortmund on 2 February 2009; he was loaned to TSV 1860 München until the end of the season. In July 2009, he transferred permanently to 1860 Munich, with Sven Bender making the opposite move to Borussia Dortmund in lieu of a transfer fee. In June 2012, he was released from 1860 Munich and signed for Spanish side, Real Valladolid, who recently won promotion to La Liga under the guidance of Rukavina's countrymen and former coach Miroslav Đukić. On 8 July 2014, he completed his move to La Liga side Villarreal, signing a two-year deal.[2]

International career[edit]

Rukavina is a member of the Serbian national team after being called up from the U21 team. He made his international debut for Serbian national team on 6 June 2007, in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying match in Helsinki against Finland. He was part of the Serbian 23-man squad at the FIFA World Cup 2010.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 1 March 2017 [3]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bežanija 2002–03 27 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 8
2003–04 30 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 11
2004–05 33 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
2005–06 36 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 3
2006–07 16 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 2
Total 142 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 142 26
Partizan 2006–07 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
2007–08 17 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 1
Total 32 4 0 0 2 0 0 0 34 4
Borussia Dortmund 2007–08 14 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2008–09 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
Total 19 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
1860 München 2008–09 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
2009–10 32 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
2010–11 34 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
2011–12 31 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 0
Total 112 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 119 1
Valladolid 2012–13 37 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 38 1
2013–14 34 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 35 1
Total 71 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 73 2
Villarreal 2014–15 21 0 7 0 4 0 0 0 32 0
2015–16 18 0 10 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
2016–17 3 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 10 0
Total 42 0 19 0 12 0 0 0 73 0
Career total 418 33 33 0 15 0 0 0 466 33

International statistics[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 7 0
2008 7 0
2009 4 0
2010 4 0
2011 0 0
2012 1 0
2013 5 0
2014 2 0
2015 0 0
2016 7 0
Total 37 0

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Croatian newspapers erranously claimed that he is of Croatian descent, and thus eligible to play for the Croatian national team, the leaders of the Croatian team seeking to win him over, however, Rukavina stated that "I have to disappoint all of the leadership of the Croatian Football Federation, because I'm a Serb and I intend to play exclusively for the country where I was born. There has never been talks of me playing for Croatia, nor have I thought about it. Serbia is my choice, and every time I hear the hymn Bože pravde I have goose bumps and feel joy."[4] Sharing the surname with Ante Rukavina, a Croatian footballer, the newspaper said that the surname was Croatian, upon which he replied: "What about the surname? So many people, Serbs and Croats, have the same surnames. I know that my dad's grandmother was born in Croatia and that is my only connection with Croatia. My mother and father are from here [Serbia], and I repeat once again that Serbia is my choice.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rukavina completes Dortmund transfer". UEFA. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Villarreal CF sign Antonio Rukavina". Villarreal C.F. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "A.Rukavina". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Antonio Rukavina (29 December 2006). "SRBIN 100%". Kurir. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Milan Smiljanić
Partizan captain
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Stevan Jovetić