Srdjan Djekanović

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Srdjan Djekanovic
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Personal information
Full name Srđan Đekanović
Date of birth (1983-01-08) 8 January 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1995 Zemun[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Zemun 0 (0)
2002 Zmaj Zemun (loan) 22 (0)
2003 Radnički Obrenovac 0 (0)
2003–2004 Železničar Belgrade 34 (0)
2005–2006 Vancouver Whitecaps 0 (0)
2007 Toronto FC 8 (0)
2008 Vancouver Whitecaps 7 (0)
2009–2010 Montreal Impact 30 (0)
National team
2003 Canada U20 3 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Serbian White Eagles Vancouver
2010–2013 UBC Thunderbirds (asst)
2011 USL Super 20 Revolution
2011–2012 CCB U18 Boys
2012– Fusion FC
2013– Kwantlen Eagles[2]

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.


Srdjan Djekanovic (Serbian: Срђан Ђекановић/Srđan Đekanović; born 8 January 1983) is a Serbian-born Canadian retired professional soccer player. He was also an international for Canada.

Djekanovic runs the Primo Sports Soccer Academy and is the first player to play for all three Canadian professional teams.

Career[edit]

Early career in Europe[edit]

Djekanovic's professional career has included stops at Zemun, Zmaj, Radnički Obrenovac, and Železničar Beograd in Serbia from 2001–2004.

North America[edit]

Djekanovic played two seasons of college soccer for the University of British Columbia, with whom he won the CIS National Championships in 2005. At the same time he played for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, with whom he also won the USL First Division Championship in 2006.

On 2 June 2007, Djekanovic made his first ever MLS start in goal in a match versus the Colorado Rapids. He recorded his first victory as his Toronto FC won 2–1, and he earned his first clean sheet on 17 June 2007 in a 4–0 Toronto FC win over FC Dallas. Toronto FC finished the 2007 season with the team record 6–17–7, while the team record with Djekanovic starting was 2–3–2, with 1.28 goals against average, both by far being the team best. Djekanovic also played in 10 reserve team games during the 2007 season while with Toronto FC, not allowing a goal in his last 6 games played with the reserves.

Following the 2007 MLS season, he returned to UBC and backstopped them to yet another national championship. On 28 February 2008, Djekanovic was signed to his former team, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[3] On 13 August 2008, Djekanovic was released by the Whitecaps.[4] After leaving the Whitecaps, Djekanovic had been linked with a move to Houston Dynamo of the MLS.[5]

He returned to the UBC Thunderbirds for a short period of time in September 2008. On 9 January 2009 he signed with Montreal Impact.[6]

He is the first player in Canadian soccer history to play for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC.

International[edit]

Despite being born in Yugoslavia, Djekanovic is a naturalized Canadian citizen. He made three appearances for the Canadian U20 national team in 2003. He was called up to the senior side to face Jamaica on 31 January 2010 but remained on the bench.

Teaching[edit]

In 2013, Djekanovic taught as a TOC at Alderson Elementary (Coquitlam, BC).

Honors[edit]

Montreal Impact
Vancouver Whitecaps
UBC Thunderbirds

References[edit]

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