Lazar Marković

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Lazar Marković
Lazar Markovic in Bangkok (19714140242).jpg
Marković training with Liverpool in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lazar Marković[1]
Date of birth (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Čačak, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 50
Youth career
Borac Čačak
2006–2011 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Partizan 46 (13)
2013–2014 Benfica 26 (5)
2014– Liverpool 19 (2)
2015–2016Fenerbahçe (loan) 14 (0)
2016–2017Sporting CP (loan) 6 (1)
2017Hull City (loan) 12 (2)
2018Anderlecht (loan) 8 (1)
National team
2009–2011 Serbia U17[3] 8 (0)
2011–2016 Serbia U21[3] 2 (0)
2012– Serbia 22 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:48, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Lazar Marković (Serbian Cyrillic: Лазар Марковић, pronounced [lâzaːr mǎːrkoʋitɕ]; born 2 March 1994) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Liverpool and the Serbia national team.

He started his career at Partizan before moving to Benfica in 2013, where he won a domestic treble in his only season, after which he completed a £20 million move to Liverpool. His second season at Liverpool was spent on loan at Fenerbahçe, and finished prematurely due to injury. He was then transferred to Sporting CP on a season-long loan, which was cancelled in January 2017, after which he was loaned to Hull City.

Marković made his full international debut for Serbia in 2012.

Club career[edit]

Partizan[edit]

After playing for the youth selections of Borac Čačak, Marković joined Partizan in 2006 as a 12-year-old trainee.[4] On 29 May 2011, coach Aleksandar Stanojević promoted Marković to the first team ahead of the final round of the 2010–11 SuperLiga, which Partizan played against Sloboda Užice. He was given the number 50 shirt. Marković was used as a second-half substitute for Joseph Kizito in his team's 2–1 win.[5]

2011–12 season[edit]

On 11 July 2011, together with Nikola Ninković, Marković signed his first professional contract with Partizan, for five years.[6][7] Marković made his first appearance of the 2011–12 season in Partizan's opener against Shkëndija, in the qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, playing the last three minutes of the match.[8] He scored his first senior goal in a league match against Novi Pazar, on 13 August 2011.[9] At the end of 2011, Marković was voted Partizan's Player of the Year in a poll on the club's website.[10] In his first full senior season, Marković made 26 league appearances and scored six goals. Despite not scoring a goal in the second half of the championship, Marković earned 2011–12 SuperLiga Team of the Year selection.[11]

2012–13 season[edit]

As Partizan appeared in the group stage of an UEFA competition for the first time since 2010, Marković appeared in all group fixtures, impressing against the likes of Neftchi Baku, Rubin Kazan and Internazionale. In the group stage, he assisted Saša Marković against Rubin Kazan on 6 December 2012. By the end of the 2012–13 season, Marković appeared in 19 league games and scored 7 goals and earned a place in the SuperLiga's Team of the Year selection for the second-straight season.[12] Additionally, Serbian sports portal Mozzart Sport rated Marković among the 25 best players in the SuperLiga that season.[13]

Benfica[edit]

On the morning hours of 10 June 2013, Partizan club president Dragan Đurić told Sportski žurnal, "Chelsea wants to loan Marković to Benfica for two years, and honestly speaking, I hope to God that they don't come to an agreement so that Lazar can stay six more months at Partizan."[14] This statement was later misinterpreted by several non-Serbian sports news outlets, which incorrectly cited Đurić stating, "It is true, Chelsea will send Marković on a loan for two years."[15][16] Approximately eight hours after the article was published, Benfica's official website released a statement stating Marković had signed a five-year contract with the club, not mentioning any loan deal with Chelsea.[17] The earlier statements regarding a potential loan deal with Chelsea caused great confusion among journalists and followers of the transfer saga alike.[18]

On 25 August 2013, Marković made his debut for Benfica in 2–1 win against Gil Vicente, scoring a decisive goal at the 92nd minute that drew the game.[19] On the third matchday of the 2013–14 Primeira Liga season, against Sporting CP at the Estádio José Alvalade, Marković scored the equalizing goal after a dribble past three players, as the match ended in a 1–1 draw.[20] On 1 May 2014, in injury time of Benfica's 2013–14 UEFA Europa League semi-final second leg match against Juventus, Marković was sent off for a fight with his opponent Mirko Vučinić. Neither were on the field of play at the time, Marković having been substituted and Vučinić still on the substitutes' bench. Marković therefore missed the final through suspension; Benfica lost the final to Sevilla on penalties (4–2) after a 0–0 draw.[21]

Liverpool[edit]

2014–15 season[edit]

Marković with Liverpool in 2014

On 15 July 2014, Liverpool announced the signing of Marković from Benfica for £20 million.[22][23] Benfica received €12.5 million for their 50% share of his economic rights.[24] He made his competitive debut on 25 August in Liverpool's second match of the 2014–15 Premier League season, replacing Philippe Coutinho after 60 minutes of a 3–1 defeat at Manchester City.[25] In Liverpool's final group stage match in the UEFA Champions League, on 9 December 2014 against Basel, Marković was shown a straight red card for violent conduct after he appeared to flick his fingers into the face of opponent Behrang Safari. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, which saw Liverpool drop into the UEFA Europa League.[26] In February 2015, Marković was given a four-match European ban for this incident.[27]

Marković scored his first goal for Liverpool against AFC Bournemouth in the League Cup quarter-finals on 17 December 2014, scoring in the 27th minute of a 3–1 victory.[28] On 10 January 2015, he scored his first Premier League goal, netting in the eight minute for the only goal in a victory at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.[29] On 10 February, he opened the scoring for Liverpool in a 3–2 win over Tottenham Hotspur, his first Premier League goal at Anfield.

2015–16: Loan to Fenerbahçe[edit]

On 30 August 2015, Marković joined Fenerbahçe on a season-long loan.[30] He made his Süper Lig debut on 13 September, replacing Robin van Persie in the 62nd minute of a 1–0 win at Kasımpaşa, and scored his first goal on 10 December by opening a 1–1 draw against Celtic at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. The result advanced the Yellow Canaries to the last 32 of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.[31]

On 21 January 2016, Marković scored his first goal in domestic Turkish football against Tuzlaspor in the group stage of the 2015–16 Turkish Cup, converting in extra time after coming on as a substitute.[32] His season ended prematurely in February because of a hamstring injury.[33]

2016–17: Loans to Sporting and Hull[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Marković returned to Lisbon to join Benfica's local rivals Sporting CP on a season-long loan.[34] He made his debut on 10 September, replacing Gelson Martins for the final 30 minutes of a 3–0 home win over Moreirense,[35] and scored his first goal three weeks later on his first start to open a 3–3 draw at Vitória de Guimarães.[36][37]

In January 2017, Marković was recalled from his loan in Portugal and joined Premier League club Hull City for the remainder of the season.[38] He made his first Hull appearance as a 59th-minute substitute for Jarrod Bowen in a 2–1 win over Manchester United in the 2016–17 EFL Cup semi-final second leg, as the Tigers lost 3–2 on aggregate.[39] He scored his first goal for Hull by equalising in a 4–2 win at the KCOM Stadium against Middlesbrough on 5 April.[40]

2017–18: Loan to Anderlecht[edit]

In January 2018, Marković again moved out on loan joining Belgian First Division A side R.S.C. Anderlecht for the second half of the 2017–18 season.[41][42] It was admitted that upon Marković's arrival his fitness and condition was so poor that he would miss up to six weeks of game time in order to get up to standard. [43]

International career[edit]

In October 2009, Marković made his Serbia national under-17 debut in the qualification round for the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. In May 2011, he was part of the same team at the 2011 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which Serbia hosted.

Marković skipped the national under-19 selection and was immediately invited to the Serbian under-21 team for their qualification matches for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship.[44] He made his debut against Denmark on 11 October 2011.

On 24 February 2012, Marković was called up to the Serbian senior team for their friendly fixtures against Armenia and Cyprus.[45] He debuted as a starter against Armenia on 28 February 2012, three days before his 18th birthday.[46] He scored his first international goal for Serbia in a friendly match against Chile.[47][48]

Personal life[edit]

Marković's older brother, Filip, is also a footballer. An attacking midfielder, he too came through Partizan's youth setup and currently plays in France for Lens.[49]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Marković playing for Hull City in 2017
As of 10 May 2018[50]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 26 6 3 1 4 0 33 7
2012–13 19 7 0 0 12 0 31 7
Total 46 13 3 1 16 0 65 14
Benfica 2013–14 26 5 6 1 4 0 13 1 49 7
Liverpool 2014–15 19 2 6 0 5 1 4 0 34 3
Fenerbahçe (loan) 2015–16 14 0 4 1 2 1 20 2
Sporting CP (loan) 2016–17 6 1 2 1 1 0 5 0 14 2
Hull City (loan) 2016–17 12 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 14 2
Anderlecht (loan) 2017–18 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Career total 131 24 22 4 11 1 40 2 204 31

International[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2016[51]
Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 6 1
2013 3 1
2014 8 0
2015 4 1
2016 1 0
Total 22 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Serbia's goal tally first[51]

# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 November 2012 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland 6  Chile 1–0 3–1 Friendly
2 10 September 2013 Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales 9  Wales 3–0 3–0 2014 World Cup qualification
3 7 June 2015 NV Arena, Sankt Pölten, Austria 19  Azerbaijan 4–1 4–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan
Benfica

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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