Stanko Svitlica

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Stanko Svitlica
Personal information
Full name Stanko Svitlica
Date of birth (1976-05-17) 17 May 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Kupres, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Partizan 1 (0)
1996–1997 Čukarički 14 (4)
1997 Le Mans 8 (0)
1998 Proleter Zrenjanin 9 (1)
1998–1999 Spartak Subotica 16 (1)
1999–2000 Ethnikos Asteras 21 (1)
2000–2001 Čukarički 28 (13)
2001–2003 Legia Warsaw 60 (40)
2004 Hannover 96 3 (1)
2004–2006 LR Ahlen 38 (11)
2006 Wisła Kraków 2 (0)
2007 Čukarički 9 (0)
2009 Srem 15 (7)
2009 Banat Zrenjanin 12 (2)
2010 Srem 1 (0)
Total 237 (81)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stanko Svitlica (Serbian Cyrillic: Станко Свитлица; born 17 May 1976) is a Serbian former professional footballer who played as a striker.

Svitlica is best remembered for his time at Legia Warsaw, becoming the Polish Ekstraklasa top scorer in the 2002–03 season with 24 goals.


A journeyman, Svitlica played for several clubs in FR Yugoslavia, as well as France and Greece, before Dragan Okuka brought him to Legia Warsaw in the summer of 2001. He scored 10 goals from 28 appearances in all competitions during his debut season in Poland, helping the club win the national championship that year. In the following season, Svitlica netted 29 goals in 38 games (24 in 29 in the league), becoming the first foreigner ever to win the Golden Boot in the Polish Ekstraklasa. He continued his goalscoring form in late 2003, securing him a transfer to Hannover 96 in the 2004 winter transfer window.[1] Despite an impressive start (Svitlica scored against Bayern Munich beating Oliver Kahn on his debut after coming off the bench), his career in the Bundesliga never really took off and Hannover offloaded him after just half a year. He spent the following two seasons with LR Ahlen in the second tier of German football, before returning to Poland and joining Wisła Kraków. However, Svitlica struggled for fitness and after just two games left the club. He later returned to Serbia and his former club Čukarički, but failed to make an impact. In 2010, Svitlica retired from professional football.



Legia Warsaw



  1. ^ "Xavier quits Liverpool for Hanover". 2 February 2004. Retrieved 14 July 2017. 

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