Damir Čakar

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Damir Čakar
Personal information
Full name Damir Čakar
Date of birth (1973-06-28) 28 June 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Pljevlja, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Striker
Youth career
Rudar Pljevlja
1988–1991 Budućnost Titograd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 Budućnost Titograd 2 (0)
1992–1993 Rudar Pljevlja 30 (17)
1993–1994 Borac Čačak 15 (11)
1995–1997 Partizan 78 (44)
1997–1999 Châteauroux 28 (3)
1999–2000 Sartid Smederevo 7 (0)
2000–2001 Sutjeska Nikšić 23 (19)
2001–2005 Partizan 66 (20)
2005 Rudar Pljevlja (loan) 16 (6)
2005–2007 Rudar Pljevlja 61 (37)
2007–2008 Mogren 14 (0)
Total 340 (157)
National team
1995–2001 FR Yugoslavia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Damir Čakar (Cyrillic: Дамир Чакар; born 28 June 1973) is a Montenegrin former professional footballer who played as either a striker or an attacking midfielder. He is mostly known for his powerful shoot from long range and set pieces.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Pljevlja to a footballing family,[2] Čakar started out at his local club Rudar Pljevlja, before joining Budućnost Titograd, aged 15. He made his senior debut for the club in the 1991–92 season, before returning to Rudar Pljevlja. In the 1992–93 season, Čakar helped his hometown club win promotion to the First League of FR Yugoslavia. He subsequently moved to Borac Čačak, spending the following year and a half at the club.

In the 1995 winter transfer window, Čakar was transferred to Partizan. He was the club's top scorer in 1995–96 and 1996–97, helping them win back-to-back championships. In the summer of 1997, Čakar was sold to French club Châteauroux. He scored three league goals in his debut season with the club, as they suffered relegation from the top flight. In the following 1998–99 season, Čakar appeared in only four league games, before eventually leaving Châteauroux.

After two years abroad, Čakar returned to FR Yugoslavia and joined ambitious Sartid Smederevo. He failed to make an impact there due to an injury, before terminating his contract by mutual agreement with the club's chairmen. Subsequently, Čakar signed with Sutjeska Nikšić. He scored 19 league goals from 23 appearances in the 2000–01 season, securing him a return to his former club Partizan.[3] In the following two seasons, Čakar added two more championship titles to his collection. He also helped Partizan reach the UEFA Champions League group stage in 2003–04. In February 2005, Čakar was loaned to his parent club Rudar Pljevlja.[4]

In the summer of 2005, Čakar extended his contract with Rudar Pljevlja, helping the club win the Montenegrin Cup in 2007. He subsequently moved to Mogren, before eventually retiring from the game.

International career[edit]

Čakar earned three caps for FR Yugoslavia. He made his national team debut on 31 March 1995, coming on as a substitute for Dejan Stefanović in a 1–0 friendly win over Uruguay. Six years later, Čakar received a call-up to the squad for the 2001 Kirin Cup.[5]

Honours[edit]

Partizan

Family Čakar[edit]

Rudar Pljevlja official website decided to add among their few legends the Čakar's family, which will mark the second half of the history of the club. It started when Safet Čakar made the debut for the first team in 1956. Six years later, he will be joined in the team by his younger brother, Rasim Čakar, and the two will win the Montenegro Republic League in 1966. The family tradition will be continued by Rasim's son, Damir, who played for all levels of the Yugoslav national team. The Rudar Pljevlja official website further concludes that Damir Čakar is the best known and most successful player of ever of the club.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Šest decenija sa imenom Rudara" (in Montenegrin). pvportal.me. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pola vijeka od osvajanja prve titule prvaka Crne Gore" (in Montenegrin). pvportal.me. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Čakar opet u Partizanu!" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 6 July 2001. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Damir Čakar u Rudaru iz Pljevalja" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 8 February 2005. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Juriš na Čilaverta" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 26 June 2001. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Veterani at FK Rudar Pljevlja official website, retrieved 24-9-2016 (Serbian)

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