Slobodan Rajković

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Slobodan Rajkovic
Slobodan Rajković.jpg
Rajković with Serbia in 2008.
Personal information
Full name Slobodan Rajković
Date of birth (1989-02-03) 3 February 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Palermo
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 OFK Beograd 37 (1)
2007–2011 Chelsea 0 (0)
2007–2008 PSV (loan) 13 (0)
2008–2010 Twente (loan) 23 (1)
2010–2011 Vitesse (loan) 24 (0)
2011–2015 Hamburger SV 42 (2)
2015–2016 Darmstadt 98 15 (1)
2016– Palermo 4 (0)
National team
2007–2010 Serbia U21 8 (0)
2008– Serbia 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2016

Slobodan Rajković (Serbian Cyrillic: Слободан Рајковић) (born 3 February 1989) is a Serbian footballer who currently plays for Palermo.

Club career[edit]

Born in Belgrade, Rajković started his career with OFK Beograd. He was included in the club's first team at the age of 15. During his second season in the first team, Rajković's reputation grew so such that in November 2005, English Premier League club Chelsea decided to pay €2 million for the 16-year-old centre-half.

Under the terms of the deal, Rajković stayed at OFK Beograd as a loaned player from Chelsea until the end of the 2006–07 Serbian SuperLiga season.

Loans to Eredivisie[edit]

In June 2007, Chelsea decided to loan Rajković to PSV ahead of the 2007–08 season, as part of the deal surrounding Alex's move to Chelsea.[1]

After the year-long loan spell at PSV, the Dutch club wanted to extend the loan period for another year, but Chelsea declined due to the lack of playing time Rajković was receiving in his season at Eindhoven. Rajković, however, returned to the Eredivisie On 9 July 2008, joining Twente on a one-year loan deal.[2]

After spitting at a referee at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Rajković was banned for 12 months by FIFA. In June 2009, his loan was extended until June 2010.[3]

On 23 August 2010, Rajković transferred to another Eredivisie club, Vitesse, together with his former Chelsea teammates Nemanja Matić and Matej Delač on a season-long loan.[4]

Chelsea[edit]

Having returned to Chelsea prior to the 2011–12 season at the request of new manager André Villas-Boas, Rajković played his first game in a Chelsea shirt in a friendly against Wycombe Wanderers on 12 July 2011 at Chelsea's Cobham Training Centre. He played the second half and scored his side's third goal, volleying home a Yuri Zhirkov corner.[5]

Four years after signing for Chelsea, Rajković still remained ineligible for either a work permit or an EU passport, precluding his ability to play in matches open to the public (hence why he played in the closed door game with Wycombe, but could not play against Portsmouth).[6] However, he finally made his debut in a pre-season friendly game against a Malaysian XI, in which he played the whole of the first half. He also played against Kitchee SC in the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

Hamburger SV[edit]

On 23 August 2011, Rajković joined German Bundesliga club Hamburger SV from Chelsea on a four-year deal for €2 million. He did not manage to secure the starter's position in his four years at the club, making only 46 appearances in all competitions.

Darmstadt[edit]

On 29 September 2015, Rajkovic signed for Darmstadt 98 on a two-year deal.[7]

International career[edit]

By the age of 16, Rajković was a regular in the Serbia under-21 national team, later becoming the youngest player ever to appear in a qualifying match of the UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.[8] On 17 June 2007, during the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, which the Serbia U21 team eventually finished as runners-up in, Rajković was part of a controversial second goal for England. He was lying on the ground, injured, and while Serbian players expected their rivals would kick the ball out of the field, Matt Derbyshire went on against a bewildered Serbian defence to score the second goal of the night for England, provoking a turbulent reaction from the Serbian players. Rajković was called for a national team match in 2016, after more than two years.[9]

Style of play[edit]

Rajković is known as a highly aggressive player. After his arrival to Hamburger SV, he stated in an interview, "I like to play more aggressive than the referees like." He is very short-tempered, thus receives a lot of bookings.

Club[edit]

As of 11 October 2016[10]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
OFK Beograd 2004–05 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2005–06 20 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 23 1
2006–07 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 37 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 41 1
PSV (loan) 2007–08 13 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 18 0
Total 13 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 18 0
Twente (loan) 2008–09 13 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 20 1
2009–10 10 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 14 0
Total 23 1 5 0 6 0 0 0 34 1
Vitesse (loan) 2010–11 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Total 24 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Hamburger SV 2011–12 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2012–13 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2013–14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 11 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 42 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 45 2
Darmstadt 98 2015–16 12 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 14 1
Total 15 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
Palermo 2016–17 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 157 5 15 0 14 0 0 0 186 5

International[edit]

Serbia national team
Year Apps Goals
2008 2 0
2009 0 0
2010 2 0
2011 7 0
2012 2 0
2013 1 0
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 5 0
Total 19 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

PSV
Twente

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blues to place defender at PSV". jesternix.net. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. 
  2. ^ "FC Twente huurt Rajkovic van Chelsea" (in Dutch). FC Twente. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "FC Twente huurt Rajkovic opnieuw". FC Twente (in Dutch). 17 June 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Op weg naar Vitesse: Rajkovic en Matic" (in Dutch). Vitesse. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 3 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0". Chelsea FC. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Raj has been Slobbing around". London: The Sun. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lilien verstärken sich mit Slobodan Rajkovic" (in German). sv98.de. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  8. ^ In May 2010, Rajković was called up to the Serbia senior team for the first time when he was announced in the nation's preliminary 30-man squad for the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup. U21 Championship: Facts and figures by UEFA Archived 10 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Posle dve i po godine Slobodan Rajković se vraća u reprezentaciju". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "S.Rajković". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Aris set to complete Rajkovic deal". 21 June 2015.