Uroš Račić

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Uroš Račić
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Račić with Red Star Belgrade in 2018
Personal information
Full name Uroš Račić
Date of birth (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 22)
Place of birth Kraljevo, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position(s) Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 19
Youth career
Bambi Kraljevo
ŠF Knjaz
Altina Zemun
Sloga Kraljevo
Sloboda Čačak
OFK Beograd
2016–2017 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 OFK Beograd 0 (0)
2016–2018 Red Star Belgrade 31 (3)
2018– Valencia 1 (0)
2018Valencia B (loan) 15 (1)
2019Tenerife (loan) 16 (1)
2019–2020Famalicão (loan) 33 (3)
National team
2016 Serbia U18 4 (1)
2016−2017 Serbia U19 14 (2)
2017− Serbia U21 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 July 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2019

Uroš Račić (Serbian Cyrillic: Урош Рачић; born 17 March 1998) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Spanish club Valencia CF.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Kraljevo,[1] Račić started playing football in local football academies "Bambi" and "Knjaz" along with his twin brother Bogdan. After three years paying with Altina football school in Zemun, twins returned to home town and joined Sloga Kraljevo. They also played with Sloboda Čačak before joined OFK Beograd.[2] After two years he spent with youth team, Uroš was also licensed for the first team for the 2015–16 season.[3][4] After he scored a goal for youth team in a match against Red Star Belgrade for 4:1 win, Uroš moved in opponent team with his twin brother and signed a three-year professional contract with Red Star on 13 March 2016.[5]

Red Star Belgrade[edit]

Račić made his debut with Red Star Belgrade on 8 May 2016 in a friendly match against Olympiacos.[6][7] On 14 May 2016, he made his SuperLiga debut in away match against Radnik Surdulica, coming on as a substitute for Aleksandar Katai.[8]

During the 2017 summer pre-season, Račić was presented as one of the club's top 10 youth prospects.[9] On 6 July 2017, Račić made his first continental appearance for the club, in the second leg of the first qualifying round for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League, in a 3–3 draw against Floriana.[10] Račić scored his first senior goal for Red Star Belgrade in a 3−1 victory against OFK Bačka on 13 August 2017.[11] On the last day of the 2017 summer transfer window, Račić extended his contract with Red Star to 30 June 2021.[12] He also scored in a 2–1 victory over Mladost Lučani in the 14th fixture of the Serbian SuperLiga campaign.[13] His goal was proclaimed goal of the week in the domestic football competition, after which he won a wristwatch as a reward.[14] On 5 May 2018, Račić was fouled for a penalty kick, which was scored by Dejan Joveljić in 4–0 home victory over Spartak Subotica.[15] He scored and assisted teammate Nemanja Radonjić in the last season match against Voždovac on 19 May 2018.[16]

Valencia[edit]

Račić joined Valencia in the summer of 2018 in a 2.2 million transfer from Red Star Belgrade.[17] On 13 June 2018, he signed a four-year contract,[18] but being assigned to the B-team in Segunda División B. A fixed-rate clause of €100 million was inserted in his contract.[19] On 4 December 2018, Račić made his debut for Valencia in a 1-0 win over CD Ebro in the Copa del Rey.[20]

On 14 January 2019, Račić was loaned to Segunda División side CD Tenerife until the end of the season.[21] He was then loaned to Portuguese team FC Famalicão in August 2019.[22]

International career[edit]

As a member of Serbia national under-18 football team Račić played several matches in 2016 and scored 1 goal against Armenia in a match played 15 March 2016.[23] In August 2016, Račić was called into Serbia U19 squad for memorial tournament "Stevan Vilotić - Ćele", where he debuted in opening match against United States.[24] Račić scored his first goal for U19 national team from a penalty kick, in a friendly match against Georgia, played on 8 October 2016.[25] Račić was also a scorer in the last testing match before elite qualification round for the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 9 March 2017.[26] Račić got his first call in Serbian under-21 team by coach Goran Đorović in December 2017.[27] He made his debut for the team in away friendly against Qatar on 17 December 2017.[28]

Playing style[edit]

"Račić is most similar like Slaviša Jokanović, the real 'six'. He is a defensive midfielder with an extraordinary jump, great game review and incredible intelligence. He will just demonstrate his quality in the future."

Zvezdan Terzić, general director of Red Star Belgrade, December 2017[29]

Standing at 6-foot-4-inches (1.93 m),[30] Račić is a right-footed footballer.[31] He has joined Red Star Belgrade as a successor of Marko Grujić and player who usually plays on central midfield position, being capable of playing both attacking and defensive role equally.[5] Račić also tried playing as a centre-back in a friendly matches during the Miodrag Božović's era.[32] In August 2017, Račić was linked with Juventus, when he was also compared with Sergej Milinković-Savić.[33] Račić emphasized Paul Pogba as his idol.[14]

"I saw him on the Eternal Derby. He is very tall, young and right-footed midfielder, a typical Balkan player with good ball control."

Predrag Mijatović, former Yugoslav international footballer, June 2018[34]

When it was announced about Račić's signing with Valencia, former player of the club, Predrag Mijatović, described Račić in Spanish media. He said he watched him against his former club, Partizan and mentioned Račić's physical characteristics. He also described his mode of play, but emphasized a difference in quality between Serbian SuperLiga and La Liga.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 September 2020[35]
Račić (far left) in a friendly against Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
OFK Beograd 2015–16[4] SuperLiga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Red Star Belgrade 2015–16 1 0 1 0
2016–17 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
2017–18 22 3 2 0 10 0 34 3
Total 31 3 4 0 10 0 45 3
Valencia B (loan) 2018–19 Segunda División B 15 1 15 1
Total 15 1 15 1
Valencia 2018–19 La Liga 0 0 1 0 1 0
2020–21 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0 2 0
Tenerife (loan) 2018–19 Segunda División 16 1 16 1
Total 16 1 16 1
Famalicão (loan) 2019–20 Primeira Liga 33 3 5 0 38 3
Total 33 3 5 0 38 3
Career total 96 8 10 0 10 0 0 0 117 8

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Red Star Belgrade

Valencia

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Рачић - Луне ми је други отац". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 5 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
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  5. ^ a b "Ekspresno završeno: Račići potpisali za Zvezdu!". mondo.rs (in Serbian). 13 March 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Црвена звезда - Олимпијакос 2:2 (1:1)". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 8 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
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  8. ^ "Радник - Црвена звезда 1:4 (1:2)". Red Star Belgrade official website (in Serbian). 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
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