Mladen Božović

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Mladen Božović
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Božović with Montenegro in May 2014
Personal information
Full name Mladen Božović
Date of birth (1984-08-01) 1 August 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Titograd, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
AEL
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Zabjelo 17 (0)
2004–2007 Budućnost Podgorica 57 (0)
2004 Mladost Podgorica (loan) 9 (0)
2005–2006 Kom (loan) 29 (0)
2008–2010 Partizan 68 (0)
2010–2013 Videoton 63 (0)
2013–2015 Tom Tomsk 8 (0)
2014 Khimik Dzerzhinsk (loan) 9 (0)
2016–2017 Zeta 48 (0)
2017– AEL 22 (0)
National team
2007– Montenegro 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:30, 19 February 2018 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2017

Mladen Božović (Serbian Cyrillic: Младен Божовић, pronounced [mlâden bôːʒoʋitɕ]; born 1 August 1984) is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Greek Super League club AEL and the Montenegro national team.

Club career[edit]

Light enough on his feet, and quick enough with his reflexes to dominate between the sticks, Božović started out with his local club Zabjelo, and joined Budućnost Podgorica in the 2004 winter transfer window. He was later loaned to Mladost Podgorica and Kom, before returning to the club and becoming the first-choice goalkeeper in the 2006–07 season.

On 14 January 2008, Božović was transferred to Partizan, on a four-year deal.[1] He made his competitive debut for the club in a 2–0 home league win over Bežanija on 22 March 2008, replacing his compatriot Darko Božović in the 87th minute of the game. Until the end of the 2007–08 season, Božović became the first-choice goalkeeper, as Partizan won the double. He then played the full 90 minutes in all of his team's league fixtures in the 2008–09 campaign, keeping a clean sheet in nine consecutive games,[2] eventually being named in the competition's best eleven. Additionally, Božović helped Partizan win the 2008–09 Serbian Cup, collecting the double for the second year in a row.[3] He briefly lost his place in the team to Aleksandar Radosavljević between late September and early November 2009,[4] before again becoming Partizan's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper. In May 2010, Božović celebrated his third Serbian championship title.[5]

On 4 June 2010, Božović moved to Hungarian side Videoton.[6] He was a regular starter in his debut season at Sóstói Stadion, helping the club win their first championship title ever. In the following two years, Božović added three more trophies to his collection, one Ligakupa and two Szuperkupa trophies (2011 and 2012).

On 23 June 2013, Božović joined Russian club Tom Tomsk on a free transfer. He was the first-choice goalkeeper at the beginning of the 2013–14 season, before losing his place in the starting lineup. In August 2014, Božović was loaned to Khimik Dzerzhinsk. He returned to the Siberian club in December 2014, making one league appearance until the end of the 2014–15 season.

In the 2016 winter transfer window, Božović returned to his homeland and signed with Zeta. He spent the next 18 months at the club, making 50 official appearances (league and cup).[7]

On 20 June 2017, Božović moved to Greece and signed with AEL on a two-year deal.[8]

International career[edit]

On 3 June 2007, Božović made his international debut for Montenegro in a 0–1 loss to Colombia at the Kirin Cup. He then served as a backup goalkeeper for Vukašin Poleksić during the team's unsuccessful qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Subsequently, Božović played the full 90 minutes in all of his team's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying games, including a play-offs tie against the Czech Republic. However, Montenegro failed to reach the final tournament.[9]

During the World Cup 2014 qualifying stage, Božović maintained his role as Montenegro's first-choice goalkeeper, appearing in eight games (out of 10), as the team finished in third place behind England and Ukraine.

In August 2016, Božović was called up to the national team after more than a year of absence.[10] He helped Montenegro make a successful start of the World Cup 2018 qualifying phase, winning seven points in the first three games.

Statistics[edit]

As of 20 June 2017

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2007–08 10 0 3 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 33 0 3 0 10 0 46 0
2009–10 25 0 2 0 9 0 36 0
Total 68 0 8 0 19 0 95 0
Videoton 2010–11 25 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 34 0
2011–12 13 0 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
2012–13 25 0 3 0 3 0 1 0 11 0 43 0
Total 63 0 13 0 6 0 2 0 13 0 97 0
Tom Tomsk 2013–14 7 0 0 0 7 0
Khimik Dzerzhinsk (loan) 2014–15 9 0 1 0 10 0
Tom Tomsk 2014–15 1 0 0 0 1 0
Zeta 2015–16 16 0 0 0 16 0
2016–17 32 0 2 0 34 0
Career total 196 0 24 0 6 0 2 0 32 0 260 0

International[edit]

National team Year Apps Goals
Montenegro[11] 2007 1 0
2008 3 0
2009 2 0
2010 8 0
2011 8 0
2012 7 0
2013 4 0
2014 3 0
2015 1 0
2016 4 0
2017 1 0
Total 42 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Budućnost Podgorica
Partizan
Videoton

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Božović potpisao za Partizan!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rekorder Božović i "udarač" Dijara" (in Serbian). mondo.rs. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Trofeji ostaju tamo gde im je i mesto!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pobeda raduje, igra baš ohrabruje!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 7 November 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Puna srca na radnoj proslavi 22. titule" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 16 May 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Mladen Bozsovics a Videoton FC új kapusa!" (in Hungarian). vidi.hu. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Player Information - Mladen Božović". fscg.me. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Ανακοίνωση" (in Greek). aelfc.gr. 20 June 2017. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Czech cheer as Jiráček ends Montenegro bid". uefa.com. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Božović: Srećan sam zbog reprezentacije, Zeta može dosta" (in Montenegrin). vijesti.me. 27 August 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Mladen Božović". eu-football.info. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 

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