Antonio Rukavina

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Antonio Rukavina
Antonio Rukavina 2018.jpg
Rukavina with Serbia at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Antonio Rukavina
Date of birth (1984-01-26) 26 January 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Astana
Number 2
Youth career
Bežanija
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Bežanija 145 (18)
2007 Partizan 32 (4)
2008–2009 Borussia Dortmund 19 (0)
20091860 Munich (loan) 15 (1)
2009–2012 1860 Munich 97 (0)
2012–2014 Valladolid 71 (2)
2014–2018 Villarreal 60 (0)
2018– Astana 1 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Serbia U21 8 (0)
2007– Serbia 53 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

Antonio Rukavina (Serbian Cyrillic: Антонио Рукавина, pronounced [ǎntonio rukǎʋina]; born 26 January 1984) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Kazakh club Astana and the Serbia national team.

Club career[edit]

Rukavina started out at his local club Bežanija, making his senior debuts in the 2002–03 season, as they won promotion to the Second League of Serbia and Montenegro. He also helped them win the 2005–06 Serbian First League, thus earning promotion to the Serbian SuperLiga.

In December 2006, it was announced that Partizan and Bežanija have agreed terms for the transfer of Rukavina and Žarko Lazetić.[1] Both players signed four-year deals in January 2007.[2] Under newly appointed manager Miroslav Đukić, Rukavina immediately established himself as a first team regular, scoring three league goals from 15 appearances in the second half of the 2006–07 season. He was subsequently named the team's captain ahead of the 2007–08 campaign.

In January 2008, Rukavina was transferred to German club Borussia Dortmund,[3] penning a long-term contract. He made his Bundesliga debut in February of the same year, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–3 away draw at MSV Duisburg. In February 2009, Rukavina moved on loan to 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich until the end of the season.[4] He was permanently transferred to 1860 Munich in June 2009, with Sven Bender making the opposite move in lieu of a transfer fee.[5]

In July 2012, Rukavina moved to Spain and signed with Valladolid, on a three-year deal, thus joining his countryman and former manager Miroslav Đukić.[6] He made his La Liga debut in a 1–0 away win against Zaragoza that August, playing the whole match. In his two seasons at José Zorrilla, Rukavina collected 71 appearances and scored twice in the top flight of Spanish football.

On 8 July 2014, Rukavina signed a two-year contract for Villarreal.[7] He collected 32 appearances in all competitions throughout his debut season with El Submarino Amarillo. In the next 2015–16 campaign, Rukavina appeared in 31 games, including 10 appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

In July 2018, Rukavina signed with Kazakh champions Astana on a free transfer.[8]

International career[edit]

Rukavina represented Serbia at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[9] He was the team's first-choice right-back during the tournament, making four appearances in the process, as they finished as runners-up after losing 4–1 in the final to the Netherlands, the host nation.

On 2 June 2007, Rukavina made his full international debut for Serbia, playing the full 90 minutes of a 2–0 win away at Finland in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier.[10] He was named in the final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[11] but failed to make any appearances.

In June 2018, Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić included Rukavina in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[12] He appeared in two games of the group stage, against Costa Rica (1–0 win) and Brazil (2–0 loss),[13][14] as Serbia finished in third place.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 15 August 2018[15]
Club Season League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bežanija 2002–03 27 8 27 8
2003–04 33 3 33 3
2004–05 33 2 33 2
2005–06 36 3 36 3
2006–07 16 2 16 2
Total 145 18 145 18
Partizan 2006–07 15 3 2 0 0 0 17 3
2007–08 17 1 0 0 2 0 19 1
Total 32 4 2 0 2 0 36 4
Borussia Dortmund 2007–08 14 0 4 0 18 0
2008–09 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
Total 19 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 26 0
1860 Munich (loan) 2008–09 15 1 0 0 15 1
1860 Munich 2009–10 32 0 3 0 35 0
2010–11 34 0 2 0 36 0
2011–12 31 0 2 0 33 0
Total 112 1 7 0 119 1
Valladolid 2012–13 37 1 1 0 38 1
2013–14 34 1 1 0 35 1
Total 71 2 2 0 73 2
Villarreal 2014–15 21 0 7 0 4 0 32 0
2015–16 18 0 3 0 10 0 31 0
2016–17 4 0 2 0 6 0 12 0
2017–18 17 0 4 0 3 0 24 0
Total 60 0 16 0 23 0 99 0
Astana 2018 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 0
Career total 440 25 32 0 1 0 30 0 504 25

International[edit]

As of 14 October 2018[15]
National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 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
2017 7 0
2018 9 0
Total 53 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bežanija
Borussia Dortmund

International[edit]

Serbia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lazetić i Rukavina u Partizanu!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Tri nove laste u Partizanovom jatu!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 11 January 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Rukavina completes Dortmund transfer". uefa.com. 4 January 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Antonio Rukavina wechselt auf Leihbasis zu 1860 München" (in German). bvb.de. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Sven Bender für Rukavina" (in German). kicker.de. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. ^ "El Valladolid ficha a Lluís Sastre y al serbio Antonio Rukavina" (in Spanish). marca.com. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Rukavina, nuevo fichaje del Villarreal" (in Spanish). marca.com. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Rukavina leaves Villarreal, joins Astana". football-espana.net. 4 July 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Rukavina's eyes on last four". uefa.com. 14 June 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Stanković: "Čestitke debitantima"" (in Serbian). b92.net. 2 June 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Serbia cuts goalkeeper Brkic to make 23". espn.com. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Soccer: Krstajic names Serbia's final 23-man World Cup squad". reuters.com. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Kolarov stunner seals Serbia win". fifa.com. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Brazil see off Serbia to top group". fifa.com. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  15. ^ a b Antonio Rukavina at Soccerway

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