Igor Duljaj

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Igor Duljaj
Игор Дуљај.jpg
Igor Duljaj playing for Shakhtar Donetsk
Personal information
Full name Igor Duljaj
Date of birth (1979-11-29) 29 November 1979 (age 37)
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
2000–2007 Serbia 47 (0)
Teams managed
2016– Shakhtar Donetsk (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 January 2015.

Igor Duljaj (Serbian Cyrillic: Игор Дуљај; born 29 November 1979) is a retired Serbian professional footballer.

Club career[edit]

Igor Duljaj is one of the most notable defensive midfielders to come out of FK Partizan's youth school in the 1990s. Duljaj joined the club in 1990 at the age of eleven and made his first-team debut in 1998. An important figure in Partizan's league success in 1999 since then has developed into a mature, imposing central midfield player and was of the best players in Partizan's side that won the titles in 2002 and 2003. Hard-working Duljaj has already made more than 150 league appearances for Partizan and in the end of 2003 he was allowed to leave club.

Once admired by many European giants Duljaj did not get good offers and decided to stay in Partizan to help them reach the UEFA Champions League group stage for the first time in the history of Serbian football. A crucial protection in front of defense Duljaj possesses unbelievable stamina and strength that left people with the impression he could play two successive games in a row.

Personal life[edit]

Duljaj was born in Topola, SR Serbia, at the time part of Yugoslavia. His family owns a bakery, and still lives in Topola.[1] His nickname is Duki.[2] He has two younger brothers, Joakim and Nenad, who are in charge of a football academy in Topola.[2]

In 2003, he was awarded the best athlete of JSD Partizan, voted by the fans. In 2007, he was awarded the Golden Ball by the Football Association of Serbia for playing 50 matches for the national team. In 2009, he founded the Duljaj Football Academy. After winning the UEFA Cup 08–09, Duljaj and his fellow team members were awarded the Order of Courage III by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

Career statistics[edit]

In Ukraine[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club Season League Cup Europe Super Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Shakhtar 2003–04 9 0 2 0 - - - - 11 0
2004–05 24 2 7 0 13 0 - - 44 2
2005–06 24 0 1 0 10 0 1 0 36 0
2006–07 20 1 4 0 7 0 1 0 32 1
2007–08 14 1 7 1 6 0 1 0 28 2
2008–09 13 1 2 0 9 0 1 0 25 1
2009–10 14 0 2 0 2 0 - - 18 0
Total 118 5 25 1 47 0 4 0 194 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
Total in Ukraine 200 8 34 1 47 0 4 0 285 9

International[edit]

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 2 0
2001 2 0
2002 7 0
2003 6 0
2004 5 0
2005 8 0
2006 11 0
2007 6 0
Total 47 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan[edit]

Shakhtar[edit]

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