Igor Duljaj

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Igor Duljaj
Игор Дуљај.jpg
Duljaj with Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009
Personal information
Full name Igor Duljaj
Date of birth (1979-10-29) 29 October 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Topola, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant)
Youth career
1990–1997 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Partizan 154 (4)
2004–2010 Shakhtar Donetsk 118 (5)
2010–2014 Sevastopol 82 (3)
Total 354 (12)
National team
1997 FR Yugoslavia U18[a] 4 (0)
2000 FR Yugoslavia U21[a] 2 (1)
2000–2007 Serbia 47 (0)
Teams managed
2016– Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Igor Duljaj (Serbian Cyrillic: Игор Дуљај; born 29 October 1979) is a Serbian former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He is best remembered for his tenacious playing style and stamina.

During his footballing career, Duljaj played with only three clubs, namely Partizan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Sevastopol. He won 14 major trophies at club level, including the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.[1]

At international level, Duljaj earned 47 caps for Serbia (and its predecessors). He represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Topola, Duljaj was spotted by Partizan in 1990. He initially traveled to Belgrade to attend training sessions for several years, before permanently relocating to the capital city.[2] In the 1997–98 season, Duljaj was promoted to the main squad, appearing in five league games and scoring once. He became a first-team regular in his third year as a senior, collecting 41 appearances in all competitions while scoring one goal in the league. Over the course of the next three seasons, Duljaj was an irreplaceable member of the team that won one national cup and back-to-back championships in 2002 and 2003. He subsequently helped the side progress to the group stage of the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, eliminating Newcastle United in the last qualifying round.

In February 2004, Duljaj was transferred to Shakhtar Donetsk.[3] He penned a five-year contract with the club, rejoining his former Partizan teammate Zvonimir Vukić. Over the following seven seasons, Duljaj won four Ukrainian Premier Leagues, two Ukrainian Cups, two Ukrainian Super Cups, and one UEFA Cup. He amassed a total of 195 appearances in all competitions and scored six goals.

In July 2010, Duljaj signed with fellow Ukrainian club Sevastopol. He spent four seasons with the side, two in the top flight and two in the second tier, before retiring from the game.

International career[edit]

Duljaj was capped for FR Yugoslavia at under-18 and under-21 level. He also represented the country at the Millennium Soccer Super Cup in early 2001. Led by manager Ilija Petković, Duljaj appeared in all five of his team's games and scored two goals, helping the side win the tournament.[4]

Previously, Duljaj made his full international debut for FR Yugoslavia in a 2–1 friendly loss against Romania on 15 November 2000.[5] He went on to represent his country on 47 occasions, being a member of the team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Post-playing career[edit]

In the summer of 2016, Duljaj joined the coaching staff at Shakhtar Donetsk, becoming an assistant to manager Paulo Fonseca.

Personal life[edit]

Duljaj has two brothers, Joakim and Nenad. Together they run the Duljaj Football Academy in their hometown of Topola.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 1997–98 5 1 0 0 5 1
1998–99 15 0 2 0 17 0
1999–2000 32 1 2 0 7 0 41 1
2000–01 28 1 5 0 4 0 37 1
2001–02 29 1 1 1 4 0 34 2
2002–03 31 0 3 0 7 0 41 0
2003–04 14 0 1 0 10 0 25 0
Total 154 4 12 1 34 0 200 5
Shakhtar Donetsk 2003–04 9 0 2 0 0 0 11 0
2004–05 24 2 7 0 0 0 13 0 44 2
2005–06 24 0 1 0 1 0 10 0 36 0
2006–07 20 1 4 0 1 0 7 0 32 1
2007–08 14 1 7 1 1 0 6 0 28 2
2008–09 13 1 2 0 1 0 10 0 26 1
2009–10 14 0 2 0 2 0 18 0
Total 118 5 25 1 4 0 48 0 195 6
Sevastopol 2010–11 23 0 1 0 24 0
2011–12 28 2 2 0 30 2
2012–13 22 1 5 0 27 1
2013–14 9 0 1 0 10 0
Total 82 3 9 0 91 3
Career total 354 12 46 2 4 0 82 0 486 14

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
FR Yugoslavia 2000 2 0
2001 2 0
2002 7 0
Serbia and Montenegro 2003 6 0
2004 5 0
2005 8 0
2006 5 0
Serbia 2006 6 0
2007 6 0
Total 47 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan
Shakhtar Donetsk
Sevastopol

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Only official UEFA matches included

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S Donetsk 2-1 W Bremen (aet)". bbc.co.uk. 20 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Umesto hleba, prodavao je finte sa loptom!" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Igor Duljaj potpisao za ukrajinski Šahtjor!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 17 February 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Mirna Bosna" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 25 January 2001. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Poraz po meri" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 15 November 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2018.

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