Stefan Šćepović

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Stefan Šćepović
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Getafe
(on loan from Celtic)
Number 12
Youth career
1996 Mérida
Partizan
OFK Beograd
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 OFK Beograd 16 (1)
2008 Mladi Radnik (loan) 2 (0)
2009 → Sopot (loan) 11 (4)
2010 Sampdoria (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2011 Club Brugge 4 (0)
2011 Kortrijk (loan) 8 (1)
2011–2012 Hapoel Acre 31 (13)
2012–2013 Partizan 14 (8)
2013 Ashdod (loan) 13 (6)
2013–2014 Sporting de Gijón 39 (23)
2014– Celtic 19 (4)
2015– Getafe (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2009–2011 Serbia U21 12 (7)
2012– Serbia 8 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 August 2014

Stefan Šćepović (Serbian Cyrillic: Cтeфaн Шћeпoвић; born 10 January 1990) is a Serbian footballer who plays for Spanish club Getafe CF on loan from Scottish club Celtic as a striker.

He has represented clubs in his homeland, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Spain and Scotland. In his first season at Celtic, he contributed to them winning a double of the Scottish Premiership and Scottish League Cup.

Formerly an under-21 international, Šćepović made his senior debut for Serbia in 2012.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Šćepović started his professional career at OFK Beograd in 2007. In 2010 he left on loan to Sampdoria.[1] As part of the agreement, Sampdoria have an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.[2] At the end of the season, Šćepović was linked to Juventus and Belgian Club Brugge, signing with the latter.[3]

Club Brugge[edit]

In July 2010 Šćepović joined Belgian club Club Brugge.[4] After suffering a goal drought in the first half of the season, he was loaned to Kortrijk in January 2011.[5] Belgian media also described that he was most remembered in Brugge for accidentally locking himself in a bathroom in Affligem hours before a friendly.[6]

Partizan[edit]

On 8 June 2012, Šćepović signed a two-year contract with FK Partizan.[7] On the same day, he married his longtime girlfriend Jovana Šćepović.[8] He featured with Partizan in the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League and played against the likes of Internazionale, Rubin Kazan, and Neftchi Baku.

Sporting Gijón[edit]

In July 2013, Šćepović signed a three-year loan deal with Sporting de Gijón, with a buyout clause.[9] In September he became the first player in the history of the club who managed to score in his first five consecutive games (against Real Madrid Castilla, Recreativo de Huelva, Mallorca, Ponferradina and Deportivo de La Coruña).[10] This great performance was rewarded with the Segunda División Player of Month prize.[11]

In January 2014 Šćepović was voted by the readers of Spanish sports newspaper Marca, best player of the first half of season, being referred as "the king of Segunda".[12] Also, he was named in the campaign's midway best eleven, chosen by LFP.[13]

On 6 February 2014 Šćepović was bought by Sporting outright for a 1 million fee,[14] signing a contract until 2018.[15] He scored 22 goals in 39 appearances for the club.

Celtic[edit]

On 2 September 2014, Šćepović signed a four-year deal with Celtic for £2.3 million, having turned down a move the day before.[16] Eleven days later, he made his debut as a starter in a 2–1 victory against Aberdeen at Celtic Park.[17]

On 23 October, he scored his first goal for the club against Astra Giurgiu in the UEFA Europa League, scoring a header from an Anthony Stokes free kick in a 2–1 home win.[18] Three days later, he netted his second goal for the club and his first in the league, in a 2–0 victory over Kilmarnock. The other goal of that game was a free kick from John Guidetti, earned after Manuel Pascali was sent off for a professional foul on Šćepović.[19]

On 15 March 2015, Šćepović was an unused substitute as Celtic won the Scottish League Cup with a 2–0 win over Dundee United in the final at Hampden Park, with Stokes and Leigh Griffiths starting and Guidetti as a substitute.[20] On 24 May, he scored in each half as Celtic concluded their fourth consecutive league-winning season with a 5–0 home win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[21]

Getafe (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2015, Šćepović joined Spanish club Getafe on a season long loan.[22]

International career[edit]

Šćepović made his debut for the Serbia national football team on 29 February 2012 in a friendly match against Cyprus. He scored his first international goal on 15 October 2013 in a qualifier for the following year's World Cup against Macedonia at the Jagodina City Stadium; after replacing Filip Đorđević in the 62nd minute, he netted his team's last goal of a 5–1 victory eleven minutes later.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 August 2015
Club performance League Cup Continental Playoffs Total
Club Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
OFK Beograd 2007–08 4 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 12 1 0 0 12 1
Total 16 1 0 0 16 1
Mladi Radnik (loan) 2008–09 2 0 0 0 2 0
Sopot (loan) 2008–09 11 4 0 0 11 4
Sampdoria (loan) 2009–10 2 0 0 0 2 0
Club Brugge 2010–11 4 0 0 0 3 1 7 1
Kortrijk (loan) 2010–11 5 1 0 0 3 0 8 1
Hapoel Acre 2011–12 25 10 0 0 6 2 31 12
Partizan Belgrade 2012–13 14 7 1 0 10 1 25 8
Ashdod (loan) 2012–13 6 4 0 0 7 2 13 6
Sporting Gijon 2013–14 39 23 0 0 2 0 41 23
Celtic 2014–15 18 4 3 0 4 2 0 0 25 6
2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 143 54 4 0 17 4 18 4 182 62

Personal life[edit]

He is the older brother of Marko Šćepović and the son of former Partizan striker and now one of the youth coaches, Slađan Šćepović.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Celtic

Individual[edit]

  • Segunda División Player of the Month: September 2013[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Šćepović potpisao za Sampdoriju (Šćepović signs for Sampdoria); Blic Sport, January 21, 2010 (Serbian)
  2. ^ "Baby rinforzo: dall'OFK Belgrado arriva Stefan Scepovic" [Youth reinforcement: from OFK Beograd arrives Stefan Scepovic] (in Italian). UC Sampdoria. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  3. ^ "Official: Club Brugge beat Juventus to signing of Stefan Scepovic from OFK Belgrade". Goal.com. 9 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Club Brugge haalt spits van Sampdoria" [Club Brugge takes striker from Sampdoria]. v-bal.nl (in Dutch). 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Nieuwe aanwinst voor KV Kortrijk" [New addition for KV Kortrijk]. kvk.be. 31 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Belgijanci o Šćepoviću: Zaključao se u toaletu, a sada senzacija u Španiji (Belgians on Šćepović: He locked himself in a bathroom, and now is a sensation in Spain); Sportal, 24 October 2013 (Serbian)
  7. ^ "Stefan Šćepović novi igrač Partizana!" [Stefan Šćepović new player of Partizan!] (in Serbian). Hoboctи. 7 June 2012. 
  8. ^ http://www.novosti.rs/vesti/sport.294.html:383281-Scepovic-Ovaj-Partizan-moze-mnogo
  9. ^ "Stefan Šćepović prešao u Sporting Hihon" [Stefan Šćepović loaned to Sporting Gijón]. Tanjug.rs (in Serbian). 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Los goles de Scepovic conducen al Sporting al liderato" [Scepovic's goals leads Sporting to leadership] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 15 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Liga de Fútbol Profesional (22 October 2013). "Prizes for the month’s best performers in Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante". 
  12. ^ "Scepovic es el 'rey' de Segunda" [Scepovic is the 'king' of Segunda] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "The best from the first half". Liga de Fútbol Profesional. 16 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Gijón compra a Stefan Scepovic" [Gijón buys Stefan Scepovic] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Scepovic, rojiblanco hasta 2018" [Scepovic, rojiblanco until 2018] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (2 September 2014). "Celtic sign striker Stefan Scepovic, line up John Guidetti". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  17. ^ Southwick, Andrew (13 September 2014). "Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  18. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (23 October 2014). "Celtic 2-1 Astra Giurgiu". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  19. ^ Murray, Keir (26 October 2014). "Celtic 2–0 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  20. ^ Wilson, Richard (14 March 2015). "Dundee Utd 0-2 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Celtic 5-0 Inverness: Champions celebrate in style at Parkhead". Sky Sports. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  22. ^ Lamont, Alasdair (31 August 2015). "Celtic striker Stefan Scepovic joins Getafe on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Serbia finish with a flourish against FYROM". UEFA. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  24. ^ Liga de Fútbol Profesional. Prizes for the month’s best performers in Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante "La LFP premia a los mejores del mes Prizes for the month's best performers in Liga BBVA and Liga Adelante". 

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