Marko Šćepović

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Marko Šćepović
Personal information
Full name Marko Šćepović
Date of birth (1991-05-23) 23 May 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
MOL Vidi
Number 44
Youth career
Mérida
Rad
2002–2008 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Teleoptik 36 (11)
2010–2013 Partizan 45 (16)
2013–2016 Olympiacos 13 (4)
2014–2015Mallorca (loan) 15 (6)
2015Terek Grozny (loan) 1 (0)
2015–2016Mouscron (loan) 24 (6)
2016– MOL Vidi 65 (29)
National team
2009–2010 Serbia U19[1] 4 (4)
2011–2012 Serbia U21 7 (1)
2012–2013 Serbia 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2017

Marko Šćepović (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Шћеповић, pronounced [mâːrko ʃtɕêpoʋitɕ]; born 23 May 1991) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a striker in OTP Bank Liga for MOL Vidi FC.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Belgrade, Šćepović graduated from FK Partizan's youth setup, after stints at Spanish CP Mérida and FK Rad. He made his debuts as a senior with FK Teleoptik, the former's farm team, scoring regularly in his second campaign.

Partizan[edit]

In the summer of 2010 Šćepović was promoted to the main squad, and signed his first professional contract. In his first season under Aleksandar Stanojević, he split appearances with fellow forwards, Lamine Diarra, Eduardo Pacheco, and Lazar Marković.

Šćepović scored his first professional goal on 4 September 2010, netting the last of a 2–0 home success against FK Hajduk Kula. On 29 October of the following year, after netting the second in a 3–1 win against FK Smederevo, he gestured with his finger on his lips to "hush" some spectators in the east tribune of Partizan Stadium which had provoked him during the match.[2] He also scored in Partizan's 2–0 win in the Eternal Derby against Red Star Belgrade on 26 November,[3] being also given the Man of the Match award by Serbian newspaper Sportal.[4]

Armband affair[edit]

On 6 August 2013, after captaining Partizan in a 0–1 UEFA Champions League home loss to Ludogorets Razgrad (1-3 aggregate loss), a Grobari leader named Miloš "Kimi" Radisavljević jumped down onto the pitch and removed the armband of Šćepović's arm.[5] On 7 August, the scandal became even more controversial when a media conference was held with Radisavljević and Šćepović, with the former claiming to the press that he did not "aggressively" take the armband, and that he and the latter were "friends".[6]

In spite of the bizarre media conference and Šćepović passively agreeing with Radisavljević in the conference, criminologist Zlatko Nikolić of Serbia's Criminal and Social Research Institute gave voice to a widespread public suspicion that the conference was staged and that Šćepović was humiliated and may have been threatened to agree with the latter in the conference.[7] Despite the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs promising to investigate the matter thoroughly, Radisavljević was released after a 90-minute interrogation by the police.[8] About the incident, Milutin Šoškić said, "We have imported hooliganism from England, but we don't have a Margaret Thatcher to neutralize it."[9]

Olympiacos[edit]

On 2 September 2013, Šćepović signed a four-year deal with Olympiacos, for a 3.5 million fee.[10] On 22 February 2014, he scored his first hat-trick in his career, in a 4–0 away win against OFI Crete.[11]

Despite scoring four goals for the Greek outfit, Šćepović only started in seven matches during the whole campaign, totalling 650 minutes of action.

Mallorca (loan)[edit]

On 20 August 2014, Šćepović was loaned to Spanish Segunda División side RCD Mallorca in a season-long deal.[12] An undisputed starter during the beginning of the campaign, he scored braces against CA Osasuna and CD Lugo.

Terek Grozny (loan)[edit]

On 25 February 2015, Šćepović joined FC Terek Grozny on loan for the remainder of the 2014–15 season.[13]

Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz (loan)[edit]

In August 2015 Šćepović joined Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz on loan from Olympiakos. [14]

Videoton FC[edit]

On 30 August 2016, he signed a three-year contract with Videoton FC. [15]

International career[edit]

On 12 October 2012, Šćepović made his debut for the Serbian national team in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Belgium. Šćepović started the game against Croatia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Personal life[edit]

Šćepović is the son of former Partizan striker Slađan Šćepović, and the younger brother of another professional football striker, Stefan Šćepović.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 December 2018
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2010–11 19 6 3 4 4 0 26 10
2011–12 9 4 2 0 4 1 15 5
2012–13 17 6 2 0 6 1 25 7
Total 45 16 7 4 14 2 66 22
Olympiacos 2013–14 13 4 4 3 0 0 17 7
Total 13 4 4 3 0 0 17 7
Mallorca (loan) 2014–15 15 6 1 0 0 0 16 6
Total 15 6 1 0 0 0 16 6
Terek Grozny (loan) 2015 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mouscron (loan) 2015–16 24 6 0 0 0 0 24 6
Total 24 6 0 0 0 0 24 6
Videoton 2016–17 24 13 1 3 0 0 25 16
2017–18 26 10 2 0 7 5 35 17
2018–19 15 6 3 2 14 1 32 9
Total 65 29 6 7 21 6 92 42
Career total 163 61 18 14 35 8 216 83

International[edit]

As of 18 December 2013
Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 3 0
Total 5 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Partizan Belgrade

Olympiacos

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Only official UEFA matches included
  2. ^ "JSL: Partizan probio smederevsku armaturu, sukob Šćepovića sa navijačima" [JSL: Partizan breaks Smederevo's wall, Šćepović has confrontation with fans] (in Serbian). Sportal. 29 October 2011. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Partizan pobedio Zvezdu 2:0!" [Partizan defeated Red Star by 2–0!] (in Serbian). Vecernje Novosti. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Sportal analiza: Stojković bez greške, Šćepović heroj!" [Sportal analysis: perfect Stojković, Sćepović hero] (in Serbian). Sportal. 26 November 2011. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Police probe fan snatching Partizan captain's armband". Eurosport. Reuters. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Radisavljević: Nisam agresivno skinuo traku, Marko i ja smo drugari, sam je dao" [Radisavljević: I did not take the armband aggressively, Marko and I are friends] (in Serbian). Blic Sport. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Kimiju preti 60 dana zatvora, danas na informativnom razgovoru u MUP!" [Kimi threatened with 60 days in jail, questioned today by MIA!] (in Serbian). Mozzart Sport. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Kimi saslušavan sat i po" [Kimi interrogated for one and a half hour] (in Serbian). Mondo. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  9. ^ M. Metlaš (9 August 2013). "Blic Sport: Šoškić i Golac: Političari se slikaju sa vođama navijača, u sprezi su sa njima" [Šoškić and Golac: Politicians have their pictures taken with the fan leaders, are friends with them] (in Serbian). Blic Sport. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Ο Σκέποβιτς στον Ολυμπιακό" [Šćepović in Olympiakos] (in Greek). Gazzeta.gr. 1 September 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Šćepović posle het-trika: Dočekao sam svojih "pet minuta"" [Šćepović after hat-trick: I was waiting for their "five minutes"] (in Serbian). Sportal. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Marko Scepovic jugará en el Mallorca" [Marko Scepovic will play in Mallorca] (in Spanish). Mallorca's official website. 20 August 2014. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Марко Щепович перешел в Терек". http://www.fc-terek.ru/ (in Russian). FC Terek Grozny. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ "«Μουσκρόν για Σέποβιτς»". www.redder.gr. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Στη Βίντεοτον ο Στσέποβιτς". www.sport24.gr. Retrieved 30 August 2016.

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