Savić playing for Montenegro in 2015
|Full name||Stefan Savić|
|Date of birth||8 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Mojkovac, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2016.
Stefan Savić (pronounced: stɛ̂faːn sâʋitɕ; Montenegrin Cyrillic: Стефан Савић; born 8 January 1991) is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Montenegro national team as a central defender.
Born in Mojkovac, he started his career at the local club Brskovo, before moving to BSK Borča, and then to Partizan. He won the double with Partizan, and then joined Manchester City for £6 million, winning the Premier League title in his only season there. In 2012, he was transferred to Fiorentina, making over 100 appearances across three seasons before signing with Atlético Madrid in 2015.
A full international since 2010, Savić has over 35 caps for Montenegro.
Career in Serbia
Savić began his professional career with BSK Borča during the 2008–09 season. In early 2010, he was on a 10-day trial with Arsenal. According to Savić, he had agreed to join Arsenal in the summer, but the transfer never went through.
On 6 July 2011, Savić signed a four-year contract for Manchester City in a £6 million deal. He made his debut against Swansea City on 15 August as a substitute at the City of Manchester Stadium. On 1 October, he came off the bench and scored his first goal for the club in a 4–0 victory away to Blackburn Rovers, heading in the conclusive goal from a corner from Samir Nasri.
Throughout centre-back Vincent Kompany's four-match ban from 11 to 25 January, Savić replaced him in the starting line-up, with third-choice Kolo Touré away on international duty with the Ivory Coast in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. Although Savić showed brief flashes of form in this time, he showed many instances of nervousness resulting in frequent misplaced passes, clearances, and crucially conceded a penalty against Liverpool in a League Cup match, resulting in a Liverpool win. Via a poor first touch, he caused Jermain Defoe's goal in City's 3–2 win over Tottenham Hotspur. With Kompany's return to the starting team, Savić returned to the bench. He ended the season with 12 league appearances, enough for a medal, as Manchester City won the 2011–12 Premier League on the last day of the season.
On 31 August 2012, Serie A club Fiorentina signed Savić, as part of a deal for Matija Nastasić to transfer the other way. He was given the number 15 shirt and made his Fiorentina debut on 7 October, playing the full ninety minutes in a 1–0 over Bologna, and in December he scored his first two goals in a 2–2 home draw with Sampdoria. He finished the season with 26 league appearances and 1 cup appearance, helping Fiorentina to 4th place in Serie A, achieving a UEFA Europa League place.
Savić continued to be a mainstay in the Fiorentina defence in the 2013–14 season, making 31 appearances in the league as Fiorentina again finished in fourth place. Savić made four appearances in the Europa League proper and two more in qualifying as Fiorentina made the last 16 of the competition, being beaten 2-1 on aggregate by rivals Juventus F.C.. He also played both matches in the Coppa Italia semi-final win over Udinese and in the final, where his side lost 3–1 to Napoli.
In the 2014–15 season, Savić reached the milestone of 100 appearances for Fiorentina in all competitions. He was a major part of their run to the semi finals in the 2014-15 Europa League and 4th place finish in Serie A, making 41 appearances in all competitions.
On 20 July 2015, Savić moved to Atlético Madrid for €10 million fee and signed a five-year contract with the club; midfielder Mario Suárez moving in the opposite direction for free as part of the deal, which was sold for €4 million in January 2016. He was first Montenegrin footballer who played Champions League Final in the 21st Century, 18 years after Predrag Mijatović who scored decisive goal in the 1998 Final.
Savić represented Montenegro at every youth level, including under-17, under-19, and under-21 teams. He made his international debut for the senior team in a friendly match against Northern Ireland on 11 August 2010, replacing Milan Jovanović for the final 15 minutes at the Stadion Pod Goricom. On 10 August of the following year, he scored twice in a 3–2 friendly loss to neighbours Albania at the Loro Boriçi Stadium in Shkodër.
Stefan's father Dragan was the president of the municipal assembly in Mojkovac when he committed suicide on 6 April 2011 when Stefan was 20 years old. Subsequently, Red Star Belgrade's Delije ultras, who are otherwise not known for being sympathetic to people associated with Partizan, held up a transparent which said "Support for Stefan Savić" after the loss of his father.
- BSK Borča
- Manchester City
- Atletico Madrid
- "Stefan Savić: Fabregas i Aršavin ne glume zvezde". blic.rs. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- Only official UEFA matches included
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- "Stefan Savić novo pojačanje Partizana!" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
- "Manchester City complete Stefan Savic deal". London: dailymail.co.uk. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
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- "Stefan Savic signs for City". mcfc.co.uk. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
- Winter, Henry (12 January 2012). "Stefan Savic slip sees Steven Gerrard give Liverpool a 1–0 lead over Manchester City in League Cup semi-final". The Daily Telegraph. London.
- . Sky Sports http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11679/7466501/Mancini-defends-Savic. Missing or empty
- "Man City 3-2 QPR" BBC Sport. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
- "Coppa Italia final: Rafael Benitez's Napoli beat Fiorentina 3–1". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Acuerdo con la Fiorentina para el traspaso de Stefan Savic" (in Spanish). clubatleticodemadrid.com. 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
- ACF Fiorentina S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2015 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
- Stefan Savić – UEFA competition record
- Vecernje Novosti (Serbian) – 7 April 2011 – Ubio se gradonačelnik Mojkovca
- SMedia (Serbian): "Delije" pružaju podršku Saviću 8 April 2011.
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