Saša Drakulić

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Saša Drakulić
Personal information
Full name Saša Drakulić
Date of birth (1972-08-28) 28 August 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Vinkovci, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Bačka BP ? (?)
1993–1994 Red Star Belgrade 11 (2)
1995–1998 Busan Daewoo Royals 57 (16)
1998–1999 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 44 (26)
2000 Kashiwa Reysol 2 (0)
2000 Suwon Samsung Bluewings (loan) 14 (5)
2001–2003 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 90 (27)
2004–2005 AEK Larnaca 6 (1)
2005 Vojvodina Novi Sad 1 (0)
2006 ČSK Pivara (loan) 17 (14)
2006–2007 Mladost Apatin 24 (7)
2007–2008 Vojvodina Novi Sad 7 (3)
2008–2010 Proleter Novi Sad 20 (14)
2010 Mladost Apatin 5 (2)
2010 Cement Beočin
Brodarac
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 December 2010.

Saša Drakulić (Serbian Cyrillic: Саша Дракулић ; born 28 August 1972 in Vukovar) is a retired Serbian footballer. The striker went to South Korea in 1995 and during his nine seasons in the K League made a name for himself as one of the most successful foreign players ever in the league.

Career[edit]

Drakulić joined Red Star Belgrade in 1993.

In Asia[edit]

In 1995, he joined the Korean side Busan Daewoo Royals, scoring eight goals the first season. He played for the Busan Daewoo Royals until July 1998, when he made the switch to Suwon Samsung Bluewings. With the Bluewings he won two consecutive K-League Championships in 1998 and 1999, before making an ill-fated switch to J. League Division 1 side Kashiwa Reysol.

He spent a short unhappy period in Japan before returning to Suwon in May 2000, He was returned Suwon Samsung Bluewings as loan trade with Hwang Sun-hong in May 2000.[1]

In 2011, he was on the move again, joining Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma. Drakulić won three Championship medals from 2001–2003 with the Chunma before departing the K-League and signing for Cypriot side AEK Larnaca.

During his nine seasons in K League, Drakulić scored 104 goals in his 271 matches (Regular season and League Cup, at the time the second-highest scoring tally in the history of the league. He holds the record for the most shots on goal with 941 strikes.

Return[edit]

In 2005, he moved back to the First League of Serbia and Montenegro with Vojvodina Novi Sad, but subsequently moved on to second division side ČSK Pivara at the start of 2006. After ČSK Pivara, Drakulić joined Mladost Apatin in July 2006.

After a successful year with Mladost, Drakulic moved back to Vojvodina in the summer of 2007, and made an appearance in the UEFA Cup tie against Hibernians FC. His Vojvodina contract was cancelled in December 2007 after he picked up a cruciate knee injury whilst playing in an indoor football tournament without the permission of his club.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

South Korea Busan Daewoo Royals[edit]

South Korea Suwon Samsung Bluewings[edit]

South Korea Seongnam Ilhaw Chunma[edit]

Individual[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Stats in K League[edit]

Club Season K League Classic KFA Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Assists
Busan
Daewoo Royals
1995 25 7 0 - - - 6 1 0 N/A N/A 0 0 31 8 0
1996 19 3 5 2 0 0 1 0 0 N/A N/A 0 0 22 3 5
1997 13 6 4 1 0 0 15 5 1 N/A N/A 0 0 29 11 5
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4 0 N/A N/A 0 0 13 4 0
Busan
Total
57 16 9 3 0 0 35 10 1 0 0 0 0 95 26 10
Suwon
Samsung Bluewings
1998 18 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0  ? 0 0 0 19+? 8 1
1999 26 18 3 0 0 0 10 3 1 1+? 1 1 3 38+? 25 4
2000 14 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 0  ? 0 0 0 15+? 7 1
Suwon
Total
58 31 5 1 0 0 11 5 1 1+? 1 1 3 72+? 40 6
Seongnam
Ilhwa Chunma
2001 25 10 3 2 0 0 9 5 1 N/A N/A 0 0 36 15 4
2002 26 9 4 0 0 0 11 10 4 N/A N/A 1 1 38 20 8
2003 39 8 9 0 0 0 - - - 2+? 2 1+? 1 42+? 11 9
Seongnam
Total
90 27 16 2 0 0 20 15 5 2+? 2 2+? 2 116 46 21
Career Total 205 74 30 6 0 0 66 30 7 3+? 3 3+? 5 283+? 112 37

Stats in J1 League[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2000 Kashiwa Reysol J1 League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Country Japan 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "<프로축구> 황선홍-샤샤 '적절한' 거래" (in Korean). The Dong-a Ilbo. 9 May 2000. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
South Korea Yoo Sang-Chul
K-League Top Scorer
1999
Succeeded by
South Korea Kim Do-Hoon