Ivan Dudić

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Ivan Dudić
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Dudić playing for Újpest in 2008
Personal information
Full name Ivan Dudić
Date of birth (1977-02-13) 13 February 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Zemun, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Red Star Belgrade 65 (0)
1997 Železnik (loan) 7 (0)
2000–2005 Benfica 20 (0)
2002–2003 Rad Belgrade (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2006 RAEC Mons 27 (0)
2006–2007 Bežanija 7 (0)
2007 Zalaegerszegi 12 (0)
2008–2010 Újpest 50 (1)
Total 188 (1)
National team
1999–2000 FR Yugoslavia U21 6 (0)
2000–2001 FR Yugoslavia 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Ivan Dudić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ивaн Дудић, born 13 February 1977) is a retired Serbian professional footballer who played as a right-back.

He represented several clubs, including Red Star Belgrade, Benfica and Újpest FC. He was an international for FR Yugoslavia, receiving 7 caps and participating in the UEFA Euro 2000.

Club career[edit]

Born in Zemun, Dudić started at Red Star Belgrade, from whom he debut in 1995, appearing in just one game as Red Star finished second in the league. After not competing in the next season, in 1997, he was sent on a six-month loan to the newly promoted Železnik. He returned to Red Star in the winter and appeared in six more matches in the season, finishing runner-up in the league for a second time. His breakthrough only arrived in 1998 at age 21, playing the majority of the league matches in 1998–99 and 1999–2000, winning the title in the latter.

His performance attracted attention from abroad, with Benfica signing him on 18 May 2000, for a fee that Record announced to be in the region of €2M.[1][2] Dudić was scouted by Michel Preud'homme on two different games: 29 March 2000 in a Euro under-21 qualification match against England and in the eternal derby on 2 April, receiving positive feedback on both times.[3][2] His signing was meant to solve the problematic right-back position that was occupied on different spells by either, Okonuwo, Andrade or Ricardo Esteves,[2] but Dudić struggled to perform to expectations, playing just 20 league games and being transfer listed within a year.[4]

He refused to play for Benfica B, saying: "I do not care about that! I am a Benfica player, but I want to play in a club that allows me to progress in my career.".[4] He later acknowledged receiving interest from Tottenham, Leeds United, West Ham and Everton, but could not get the necessary workers permit,[5] so he spent the entire 2001–02 season without playing.[6]

On 14 August 2002, he agreed a loan deal to Rad, a club competing in the Serbian First League.[7][5] He returned to Benfica in July 2003,[8] but was only released on 29 January 2005, after spending 18 months sidelined on the reserve team.[9] Dudić immediately joined Mons and helped them win the Belgian Second Division.[9] He later passed through Bežanija, Zalaegerszegi, finally settling at Újpest, retiring after two seasons.

International career[edit]

Dudić played six matches for FR Yugoslavia under-21 in the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification, including the playoff against England, losing 3–0.[10] He was selected by Vujadin Boškov for a friendly against China on 25 May 2000, and received his first cap during the match. Just days later, he was confirmed on the squad for the UEFA Euro 2000, playing the opening game against Slovenia on 13 June, in a 3–3 draw. His last appearance for his national team was on 25 April 2001 in match against Russia, for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nº8 - Ivan Dudic". Vedeta ou Marreta (in Portuguese). 10 September 2006. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ivan Dudic na Luz por 400 mil contos" [Ivan Dudic at Da Luz for four hundred thousound contos]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 May 2000. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Benfica negoceia jugoslavo Dudic" [Benfica negotiates with Yugoslavian Dudic]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 May 2000. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Equipa técnica dispensa lote de seis jogadores" [Technical staff demotes six players]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 July 2001. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Dudic em entrevista: «Benfica sempre facilitou a minha saída»" [Dudic in interview: «Benfica always allowed me to leave»]. MaisFutebol (in Portuguese). 10 October 2002. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Empresário diz que Dudic vai mesmo ficar no Benfica" [Dudic's agent said he will stay at Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 July 2001. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "U. Leiria quer Fernando Aguiar" [U.Leiria wants Fernando Aguiar]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 August 2002. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dispensados custam 3,6 milhões de euros" [Released players save €3.6M]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 July 2003. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Ivan Dudic no Mons" [Ivan Dudic signs with Mons]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 January 2005. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "England 3-0 FR Yugoslavia". UEFA. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Dudić Ivan". reprezentacija.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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