Rade Bogdanović

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Rade Bogdanović
Personal information
Full name Rade Bogdanović
Date of birth (1970-05-21) 21 May 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
0000–1987 Željezničar Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Željezničar Sarajevo 75 (4)
1992–1996 Pohang Atoms 120 (45)
1997 JEF United Ichihara 16 (8)
1997–1998 Atlético Madrid 14 (6)
1998NAC Breda (loan) 13 (6)
1998–2002 Werder Bremen 56 (15)
2002–2003 Arminia Bielefeld 19 (0)
2003–2004 Al Wahda
National team
1997 FR Yugoslavia 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rade Bogdanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Раде Богдановић; born 21 May 1970) is a Serbian former professional footballer who played as a striker.[1]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Sarajevo, Bogdanović began his career in hometown club Željezničar. His debut for the club, playing at the time in the Yugoslav First League, came in 1987. The promising forward stayed there until 1992, which is when he left Sarajevo as the Bosnian War broke out. The 22-year-old fled to Belgrade along with several other Željezničar players such as Simo Krunić, Gordan Vidović, Suvad Katana, Siniša Nikolić, and Srećko Ilić.

Once there, they were accommodated by FK Partizan's technical director Nenad Bjeković and general secretary Žarko Zečević who took care of their basic living needs and allowed them to train at the club facilities in order to maintain fitness while looking for new clubs even though they weren't on Partizan's roster.[2]

Japan and South Korea[edit]

Soon afterwards Bogdanović made a jump to the Far East, signing with South Korean POSCO Atoms from Pohang in July 1992. Playing in the modest league consisting of only six teams, he quickly established himself as one of its best players.

After spending four and a half seasons at the club Bogdanović signed in October 1996 with Japanese JEF United Ichihara. Two months later he got a dream offer from Louis van Gaal's Ajax and, seeing it as a chance to finally come back to Europe, he signed with them in late December 1996 without making them aware that he was under contract with JEF. This created problems, so the UEFA arbitration committee got involved. He signed a preliminary agreement with Ajax and went on trial in January 1997.[3]

Bogdanović was hoping to come to some sort of compensation agreement with JEF that would allow him to go to Ajax, but in the end he was forced to stay in Japan where he spent five months, playing the first part of the 1997 J1 League season.[2]

Return to Europe: Atlético Madrid, Breda loan[edit]

During summer 1997, Bogdanović's wish of returning to Europe finally came true as compatriot Radomir Antić signed him to a contract with Spanish club Atlético Madrid. He made his debut for the club at home versus Real Valladolid on 6 September 1997, scoring two first half goals as los Colchoneros routed the visitors 5–0 by the end.[4]

The dream start prompted Atlético's impulsive president Jesús Gil to buy him a brand new BMW 316i as a reward.[2] However, the presence of Christian Vieri and Kiko meant few starting opportunities for Bogdanović though he still managed four more league goals by January 1998. During the winter transfer window he got loaned out to Dutch NAC Breda.[5]

Werder Bremen[edit]

After playing out the 1997–98 season in Eredivisie, Atlético sold Bogdanović to Werder Bremen for a fee of around €1,350,000. In December 2000, he was banned from playing for six months after having been ruled to have spit Hansa Rostock's goalkeeper Martin Pieckenhagen in the face during Werder's 2–5 defeat.[6]

He stayed at the German club for four years, winning the 1998–99 DFB-Pokal and the 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup. In the cup final against Bayern Munich, Bogdanović came on as a substitute and then scored one of the penalties in the shootout as Bremen emerged victorious.[7]

Later years and retirement[edit]

In the 2002–03 season, he played for Arminia Bielefeld, and then went to Al Wahda from the United Arab Emirates. After that, he decided to retire from professional football.

International career[edit]

Bogdanović played three times and scored two goals for the FR Yugoslavia national team. He was asked to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, but he chose to play for FR Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro).

Post-playing career[edit]

Bogdanović tried his hand at and football administration with a few low-profile stints, most notably at Rad and BASK.

Since early 2011 he owns and runs a football recreation facility called Posco Arena (after his Korean team) in Belgrade's neighbourhood of Careva Ćuprija.

In April 2011, Bogdanović caused controversy in an interview for Belgrade daily newspaper Sport with a claim that Atletico's last match of the 1997–98 La Liga season on 15 May 1998 away at Racing Santander was fixed by Atletico president Jesus Gil because Atletico needed three points to ensure the UEFA Cup spot for the following season.[8] Bogdanović said: "Gil walked into the dressing room before the match and said that each player has to set aside DM25,000 out of the DM150,000 bonus in order for the win to be bought".[2] The match ended 0–1 for the Madrid visitors.[9]

In November 2019, Bogdanović received criticism for a racist remark he made while working as a pundit. Commenting on poor defending by Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League match against FC Barcelona, he claimed the reason for the fall in form of the team was due to manager Lucien Favre's decision to "play with four blacks in defence".[10]

Personal life[edit]

Bogdanović and his wife Aleksandra have three children, the oldest daughter is Kristina (born 1 June 1994 in South Korea), the second is called Marija (born 17 October 2000 in Germany) and the third is Sofija (born 26 July 2007 in Spain). Bogdanović and his family reside in Belgrade though they also spend time in Mallorca where he owns an apartment.[citation needed]

Bogdanović's nephews Vladimir Jovančić and Darko Jovančić are also football players.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]


Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
POSCO Atoms 1992 K-League 12 2 5 1 N/A N/A 17 3
1993 25 8 2 1 N/A N/A 27 9
1994 27 18 6 4 N/A N/A 33 22
Pohang Atoms 1995 24 6 7 2 N/A N/A 31 8
1996 32 11 7 2 3+? 6 42+? 19
POSCO Atoms / Pohang Atoms total 120 45 0 0 27 10 3+? 6 150+? 61
JEF United Ichihara 1997 J1 League 16 8 0 0 6 8 22 16
Atlético Madrid 1997–98[12] La Liga 14 6 1 0 3 1 18 7
NAC Breda 1997–98 Eredivisie 13 6
Werder Bremen 1998–99[13] Bundesliga 23 8 4 0 27 8
1999–00[13] 22 4 2 0 2 0 5 3 31 7
2000–01[13] 11 3 1 1 4 0 16 4
2001–02[13] 0 0
Total 56 15 7 1 2 0 9 3 74 19
Arminia Bielefeld 2002–03[13] Bundesliga 19 0 2 1 21 1
Career total 238 80 10 2 35 18 42 18 308 103


FR Yugoslavia
Year Apps Goals
1997 3 2
Total 3 2

International goals[edit]

Results list FR Yugoslavia's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
12 June 1997 Seoul  Ghana 2 goals 3–1 Korea Cup 1997




Pohang Atoms

Werder Bremen





  1. ^ "Bogdanovic, Rade" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "Bogdanović: Igrao sam nameštenu utakmicu za Atletiko" (in Serbian). Večernje novosti. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Bosnier Bogdanovic op proef bin Ajax" [Bosniak Bogdanovic on trial at Ajax]. De Volkskrant (in Dutch). 14 January 1997. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Atletico 5–0 Valladolid" (in Spanish). infoatleti.es. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Rade Bogdanovic naar NAC" [Rade Bogdanovic to NAC]. NAC Breda (in Dutch). 5 February 1998. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Werder: Sperren für Bogdanovic und Krstajic" [Werder: bans for Bogdanovic and Krstajic]. Der Spiegel (in German). 19 December 2000. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Werder Bremen ist DFB-Pokalsieger". kicker.de. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Antić vodio nameštenu utakmicu?". B92. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Racing Santander-Atletico Madrid 0:1". La Liga. 15 May 1998.
  10. ^ "Rade Bogdanović uzburkao strasti: NEPRIMERENI komentari uživo na RTS". mondo.rs (in Bosnian). 27 November 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Rade Bogdanović". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Bogdanovic: Rade Bogdanovic". BDFutbol. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Rade Bogdanovic » Club matches". Worldfootball. Retrieved 23 December 2015.

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