Lazović with Red Star in 2012
|Full name||Darko Lazović|
|Date of birth||15 September 1990|
|Place of birth||Čačak, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Wing-back, Winger|
|2009–2015||Red Star Belgrade||117||(29)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 October 2012
Darko Lazović (Serbian Cyrillic: Дарко Лазовић, pronounced [dǎːrko lâːzoʋitɕ]; born 15 September 1990) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Serie A club Genoa and the Serbia national football team.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 External links
- 6 References
From the age of six, Lazović began to train in the youth academy of FK Borac Čačak. By the time he played for the junior team, he was attracting the attention of scouts from outside of Čačak. On 2 March 2008, he made his senior debut for Borac head coach Milovan Rajevac in a league match against Hajduk Kula. He scored his first competitive goal for Borac Čačak on 22 March 2008 in a Serbian Superliga match against Vojvodina. In February 2009, Lazović trained with the first-team of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for a couple of days, and by 10 February Borac coach Ljubiša Dmitrović told the press "For all I know, Lazović has been transferred to Tottenham". However, a contract was never signed, and domestic club Red Star Belgrade took the initiative.
Red Star Belgrade
While at Borac, Tottenham Hotspur, Hertha BSC and Red Star Belgrade all showed interest for Lazović. Finally, in June 2009, Lazović signed a four-year contract with Red Star Belgrade. He missed the start of the season due to injury and made his debut in the third round of the championships, on 12 September 2009, against FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac. He came off the bench in the 65th minute to replace Nikola Vasiljević. He scored his first goal for Red Star on 23 September 2009, in the sixteenth Serbian Cup match against Mladost Apatin. Red Star went on to win 6–1 and Lazović scored a brace.
Initially, however, he did not got much play time, but upon arrival of coach Robert Prosinečki he got the opportunity to show his skills. In December 2011, he was named as best young player in the Serbian Superliga. He played an important role in Red Star's 2011–12 UEFA Europa League qualifying campaign, as he played some great games which got his team to the play-off round of qualification, where Red Star lost to Stade Rennais.
In the semi-final of the 2011–12 Serbian Cup, On 11 April 2012, he scored a goal after a dazzling dribble against eternal rivals Partizan Belgrade, in a game which Red Star won 2–0. That year, Red Star would go on to win the 2012 Serbian Cup Final. On 4 July 2012, Lazović extended his contract with Red Star by three years, to 2015, and ended speculation about his possible transfer to FC Dynamo Moscow or Paris Saint-Germain. Despite Red Star not winning the league, it was a memorable year as for the second year in a row that Red Star pushed to the play-off round of the UEFA Europa League qualifying phase, during which Lazović contributed with assists against FC Naftan Novopolotsk as well as playing solid matches against AC Omonia and FC Girondins de Bordeaux.
In the 2012–13 season, Lazović remained in the starting eleven even after the departures of coaches Robert Prosinečki and Aleksandar Janković. Even with the arrival of Ricardo Sá Pinto, Lazović remained unchallenged in Red Star's starting lineup and scored a total of four goals through the regular season. On 18 May 2013, in a match against Partizan, he suffered a season-ending knee injury eight minutes into the game.
While Lazović was injured, Ricardo Sá Pinto voluntarily resigned from Red Star, and new coach Slaviša Stojanovič was enthusiastic about giving Lazović some playing time as soon as his injury allowed. On 22 February 2014, Lazović played his first competitive match after eight months of injury and made an assist against FK Javor. On 12 April 2014, Lazović scored a hat-trick against FK Čukarički., first in career. Lazovic won his first championship with Red Star at the end of the season, after a win against OFK Beograd in a front of 55.000 fans.
After the departure of Nenad Milijaš and suspension of Nikola Mijailović during season, Lazović was appointed as new captain of Red Star Belgrade. On 14 January 2015, it was announced that at the end of the season, after six years in Red Star Belgrade, as a free player, Lazović will sign multiyear contract with Serie A club Genoa. In his last season with Red Star, he scored 10 goals and was team topscorer. His last game with Red Star was on 24 May, in a win against Mladost Lučani.
In the summer of 2015, Lazović signed with Serie A team Genoa. In a friendly with Hertha BSC on 1 August 2015, Lazović scored his first goal for Genoa in their 0–2 away win. On 8 November 2015, Lazović produced two assists in a 2–2 tie with Frosinone Calcio, and was subsequently named in the Serie A "Team of the Week".
After being called up by coach Radomir Antić, Lazović made his first appearance for Serbia on 14 December 2008, in a friendly match against Poland. He did not play for the national team until four years later when he came in as a substitute in the 76th minute against France during a friendly match on 31 May 2012. On 5 June 2012, during his third game for the senior team, he scored an impressive goal against Sweden which was disallowed by the referee.
- As of 6 May 2018
|Serbia national team|
-  Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- Mozzart Sport :: JSL: Lazovic najbolji mladi igrac, priznanje i Markovicu (Serbian) Retrieved 9 December 2011.
-  B92 Sport – Fudbal – I Totenhem želi Lazovića? 10 February 2009
-  Sportal (Serbian): KS: Lazović i Borha potopili Partizan (FOTO+VIDEO) – 11 April 2012
-  B92 Sport – Fudbal – Darko Lazović potpisao do 2015. – 4 July 2012
-  Sportske (Serbian): Kraj sezone za Lazovića – 19 May 2013
-  Dnevnik: На крилима надахнутог Дарка Лазовића (in Serbian) 22 February 2014
-  Sportske: JSL: Crvena zvezda - Čukarički (uživo) (in Serbian) 12 April 2014
-  Moja Crvena zvezda: Darko Lazović u Đenovi (in Serbian) Retrieved 14 January 2015.
-  Football Italia: Genoa shock Hertha Berlin. 1 August 2015
-  B. Vinulović. Blic Sport: IGRAČ KOLA U ITALIJI: Lazović ispred Žervinja, Mandžukića i Iguaina. (in Serbian) 9 November 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
- UEFA – Friendlies 2010–12 – France Serbia 2:0 Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- 101 great goals – A brilliant volley that never was: Darko Lazovic Serbia vs Sweden Retrieved 5 June 2012
- "Darko Lazovic". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 January 2015.