During his first tenure with Kaiserslautern in 2010
|Full name||Srđan Lakić|
|Date of birth||2 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Dubrovnik, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Heracles Almelo (loan)||28||(7)|
|2008–2011||1. FC Kaiserslautern||80||(35)|
|2012||→ 1899 Hoffenheim (loan)||7||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Eintracht Frankfurt (loan)||22||(4)|
|2014–2015||1. FC Kaiserslautern||31||(8)|
|2015–2016||SC Paderborn 07||24||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2016
Early career and move to Hertha BSC
Lakić started his professional career with Croatian teams GOŠK Dubrovnik, Hrvatski Dragovoljac and Kamen Ingrad, playing in the Croatian First League with the latter, before moving to Hertha BSC in the summer of 2006. He signed a contract valid until 2009 and cost Hertha a transfer fee of believed to be €300,000.
He made his Hertha debut on 10 August 2006 in their UEFA Cup qualifier against Georgian side Ameri Tbilisi and went on to make his Bundesliga debut three days later against Wolfsburg. He scored his first and only goal for Hertha in their 2–2 away draw against Ameri Tbilisi in the second leg of the UEFA Cup second qualifying round. However, he never managed to find his place as a regular for Hertha and finished his first season with the club having made only 11 Bundesliga appearances.
Loan to Heracles Almelo
Although Lakić started the 2007–08 season with Hertha, also appearing in their first Bundesliga match of the season, the club decided to send him out on a season-long loan to Dutch side Heracles Almelo on 29 August 2007.
He made his Eredivisie debut for the club on 15 September 2007 against Ajax and scored his first league goal on 22 January 2008 against Excelsior Rotterdam. He went on to finish the season with seven goals in 28 Eredivisie appearances and was Heracles' second-best goalscorer.
After the end of his loan period with Heracles, Lakić returned to Hertha for pre-season training, but went on to sign a three-year contract with 2. Bundesliga side Kaiserslautern on 6 August 2008. He was given the shirt number 9 at the club.
He made his Kaiserslautern debut on 9 August 2008, scoring the team's only goal in their 2–1 defeat to Carl Zeiss Jena in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. In his first league match for the club, a 3–3 away draw at Mainz 05 on 15 August 2008, he was substituted at half-time after the team went 3–0 down in the first half. On 29 August 2008, he scored his first league goal for Kaiserslautern, netting the final goal in their 3–1 away win at Ingolstadt. He scored 12 goals in 25 league appearances in his first season with Kaiserslautern.
In his second season with the club, he scored seven goals in 24 league appearances, helping them to win the league and secure promotion to the Bundesliga for the 2010–11 season.
On 21 August 2010, he scored two goals in Kaiserslautern's first Bundesliga match of the 2010–11 season, a 3–1 win at 1. FC Köln. A week later, he netted the second goal in his team's 2–0 win at home to Bayern Munich. On 27 November 2010, he scored two goals in a 5–0 win at home to Schalke 04 and went on to score his third brace of the season in the Bundesliga when he netted both goals in a 2–1 win at Werder Bremen on 18 December 2010, bringing his tally to 11 goals in the league before the winter break.
He also had a great run in Kaiserslautern's 2010–11 DFB-Pokal campaign, scoring seven goals in four appearances. On 13 August 2010, he scored a last-minute equaliser against VfL Osnabrück in the first round of the cup competition, and went on to set up two goals for Erwin Hoffer in the ensuing extra-time period to secure his team a 3–2 win. In the second round, a 3–0 win at home to Arminia Bielefeld on 26 October 2010, he scored all three goals. He went on to score another hat-trick in a 4–1 win at TuS Koblenz on 19 January 2011 in the round of 16, before the club were eliminated in the quarterfinals with a 2–0 defeat at MSV Duisburg a week later.
He had a second short spell at Wolfsburg for the first leg of the 2012–13 season after he came back from his loan to Hoffenheim.
Loan to 1899 Hoffenheim
1899 Hoffenheim took Lakić on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season to fill the gap left by Vedad Ibišević departure for VfB Stuttgart. Lakić was sparingly used by manager Markus Babbel, and returned to VfL Wolfsburg, without scoring a single goal.
Loan to Eintracht Frankfurt
In January 2013, Lakić was again sent on loan, this time to Eintracht Frankfurt for the second leg of the 2012–13 season and the following entire 2013–14 campaign. His debut in an away match against Hamburger SV went dreamlike. He scored both goals at Frankfurt's 2-0 victory. Subsequently, although, he couldn't keep his form and did not fulfill the expectations. During the first leg of the 2013–14 campaign he even never made it into the first eleven, earning only eight substitutions (never playing more than 30 minutes in a game) and scoring no goal.
Return to Kaiserslautern
During the last few days of the open transfer window in January 2015, Lakić left Kaiserslautern to join relegation-threatened Bundesliga side SC Paderborn. He signed a contract until 2016 with an extension clause for another year and Kaiserslautern received a transfer fee of reportedly €350,000. However at the end of the season Paderborn was relegated, being at the bottom of the table. Lakić appeared in all 17 matches in the second leg of the campaign, starting in ten and scoring two goals. On July 13, 2016, Lakić announced that he will end his professional career.
In 2005, Lakić won three international caps for the Croatian national under-21 team. On 2 November 2010, he was named to the squad for Croatia's UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Malta later that month, but did not feature in the match.
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