Luka Jović

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Luka Jović
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Jović with Serbia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Luka Jović[1]
Date of birth (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 18
Youth career
2005–2014 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Red Star Belgrade 42 (12)
2016–2017 Benfica B 18 (4)
2016–2019 Benfica 2 (0)
2017–2019Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 54 (25)
2019– Real Madrid 20 (2)
National team
2012–2013 Serbia U16 12 (10)
2013–2014 Serbia U17 19 (16)
2015 Serbia U18 1 (1)
2014–2016 Serbia U19 13 (10)
2016 Serbia U20 1 (0)
2015–2019 Serbia U21 16 (7)
2018– Serbia 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:33, 17 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:53, 11 October 2020 (UTC)

Luka Jović (Serbian Cyrillic: Лука Јовић, pronounced [lûːka jǒːʋitɕ]; born 23 December 1997) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Serbia national team.

Early life[edit]

Jović was born in the small village of Batar near Bijeljina, to Bosnian Serb parents Milan and Svetlana Jović. At the age of five, he started playing football in Loznica, where he was spotted in 2004 and offered to play in Mini Maxi, a development league for kids aged between 4 and 12 in Belgrade. After just one game where Jović scored three goals his father was offered €50 for each game he played and 2,000 dinars for travelling costs from Batar to Belgrade. At one of those games he was scouted by Toma Milićević, Red Star's scout who invited him to trial with Red Star Belgrade.[3] His playing style attracted comparisons to Darko Pančev and Radamel Falcao, who is also his idol.[4][5]

Club career[edit]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Youth[edit]

Jović was offered the chance to play for Red Star Belgrade in 2005. Before he committed, his father took him to train with Partizan, who had been trying to sign Jović for some time. They offered his father €200 per month for Jović to play with them, but he insisted on staying with Red Star.[3]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 28 May 2014, at the age of 16 years, five months and five days, Jović made his professional debut against FK Vojvodina in Novi Sad, where he broke Dejan Stanković's record as the youngest goalscorer in a competitive match in the club's history.[6][7] He scored the goal only two minutes[6] after he was brought on as substitute, and the final score of 3–3 was enough to give Red Star the 2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga title.

2014–15 season[edit]

On 18 October 2014, Jović became the youngest player ever to play in Eternal derby at the age of 16 years, 9 months and 25 days, breaking the previous record of Dejan Milovanović who was 17 years and 6 months old at the time.[8] Jović missed some crucial chances, but in spring half of the season scored six goals. His first goal of the season came against Vojvodina, in a match where Red Star celebrated its 70th birthday. He then scored against Spartak, a double against Borac and a decisive goal against Voždovac, ahead of the Eternal derby clash.[9] He missed the end of the season and the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand due to injury. On 17 May 2015, he signed a three-year contract with Red Star to last until 2018.

2015–16 season[edit]

From the beginning of the 2015–16 season, Jović started as a first choice in Red Star attack along with Hugo Vieira and scored 3 goals in first 5 games. He scored again against Voždovac a winning goal and brought another win to Red Star at Stadion na Vračaru. He scored another game winner in Subotica, against Spartak. In November 2015, a racketeer from Loznica threatened him and his family that if they did not pay money to him, that he would "break Jović's legs".[10] A suspect was apprehended immediately afterwards.[10]

Benfica[edit]

In February 2016, Jović signed with Portuguese champions Benfica until 2021.[11] On 9 March, he debuted for the club's reserve team in a 2–2 home draw against Sporting da Covilhã in the Segunda Liga.[12] He debuted for the first-team on 20 March, as a substitute, in a 1–0 away victory against Boavista in the Primeira Liga.

On 30 January 2017, Jović made his only appearance for the first team when he came on as a substitute in the 81st minute against Vitória de Setúbal.[13]

Loan to Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

2017–18 season[edit]

In June 2017, Jović joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-season loan while his new club secured an option to sign him on a permanent basis.[14][15] He made five appearances as they won the 2017–18 DFB-Pokal, and scored the only goal of the win at Schalke 04 in the semi-finals on 18 April 2018,[16] but was an unused substitute in the 3–1 final win over Bayern Munich.

2018–19 season[edit]

20-year-old Jović became the youngest player to score five goals in a Bundesliga game when he did so in a 7–1 home win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on 19 October 2018.[17] On 14 March 2019, he scored the only goal, his seventh for the campaign, in a 1–0 win over Inter Milan to secure the club's progression to the quarter finals of the Europa League. In doing so, he helped Eintracht become the first German club ever to record eight wins in a single season in the competition.[18]

On 17 April 2019, Eintracht Frankfurt exercised a clause in Jović's contract to make his loan move permanent until 30 June 2023.[19] In May 2019, he scored in both semi-final legs against Chelsea, yet Eintracht Frankfurt lost 4–3 on penalties after drawing 1–1 in both matches.[20] However, Jović managed to score ten goals in total in the Europa League season.[21]

Real Madrid[edit]

Jović (right) with Real Madrid in 2019

On 4 June 2019, Jović signed for Real Madrid for a reported €60 million, on a six-year contract.[22][23] He made his debut on 17 August 2019, coming in as a substitute in a 3–1 win over Celta Vigo.[24] On 30 October 2019, he scored his first goal for the club in a 5–0 victory over CD Leganés.[25]

Jović started both semi-final and final match of 2019–20 Supercopa de España against Valencia and Atlético Madrid, respectively. Real won the final 4–1 on penalties on 12 January 2020, earning Jović his first trophy as a Real Madrid player.[26] During an injury riddled season, he made 17 appearances during the league season, while scoring two goals, as Real Madrid won the 2019–20 La Liga.[27]

International career[edit]

Jović (center) with Serbia during the 2018 World Cup

On 11 December 2013, Jović scored a hat-trick for Serbia U-17 in a 4–1 win against Croatia U-17.[28] In July 2014, he was called up by youth coach Veljko Paunović to Serbia's U-19 squad for the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[29]

In May 2018, Jović was named in Serbia's preliminary squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.[30] On 4 June, he made his international debut in a friendly match against Chile, coming on as a substitute for Aleksandar Mitrović in the 84th minute.[31] Later in June, Jović was included in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[32] where he appeared as a late substitute against Brazil.[33]

On 20 March 2019, Jović scored his debut goal for the national team in a friendly against Germany.[34]

Personal life[edit]

When Jović was 10 years old, his older sister survived leukemia. He stated that period had "left a mark on their lives" and had motivated him to become a "fighter like her".[35]

On 25 February 2019, Jović became a father of a baby boy, David, following a fling with his former girlfriend Anđela Manitašević, whom he split up with in 2016.[36][37] As of summer 2019, he is in a relationship with Serbian model Sofija Milošević.[38] On 8 September 2020, Milošević gave birth to Jović's second son, Aleksej.[39][40]

On 18 March 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Jović broke Serbia's self-isolation protocol by flying from Madrid to Belgrade to attend Milošević's birthday party, drawing criticism from Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabić herself and facing possible charges.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 21 October 2020[42][43]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other1 Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 2013–14 Serbian Superliga 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2014–15 22 6 2 0 0 0 24 6
2015–16 19 5 2 1 2 0 23 6
Total 42 12 4 1 2 0 48 13
Benfica B 2015–16 LigaPro 7 2 7 2
2016–17 11 2 11 2
Total 18 4 18 4
Benfica 2015–16 Primeira Liga 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Eintracht Frankfurt 2017–18 Bundesliga 22 8 5 1 27 9
2018–19 32 17 1 0 14 10 1 0 48 27
Total 54 25 6 1 14 10 1 0 75 36
Real Madrid 2019–20 La Liga 17 2 3 0 5 0 2 0 27 2
2020–21 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Total 20 2 3 0 6 0 2 0 31 2
Career total 136 43 13 2 1 0 23 10 3 0 176 55

1 Includes DFL-Supercup and Supercopa de España.

International[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2020[43][44]
National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 2018 3 0
2019 4 2
2020 1 0
Total 8 2

International goals[edit]

Serbia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jović goal.[45]
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 20 March 2019 Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany 4  Germany
1–0
1–1
Friendly
2 10 June 2019 Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia 6  Lithuania
3–0
4–1
UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

Honours[edit]

Red Star

Benfica

Eintracht Frankfurt

Real Madrid

Individual

References[edit]

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