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Branislav Ivanović
Ivanović with Chelsea.
Personal information
Date of birth 22 February 1984 (1984-02-22) (age 26)
Place of birth Sremska Mitrovica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Right Back / Centre Back
Club information
Current club Chelsea
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 Remont 13 (0)
2002–2003 Srem 19 (2)
2003–2006 OFK Beograd 55 (5)
2006–2008 Lokomotiv Moscow 54 (5)
2008– Chelsea 39 (2)
National team
2005– Serbia 29 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:54, 27 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September, 2008 (UTC)
Ivanovic playing for Lokomotiv Moscow.

Branislav Ivanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав Ивановић; born 22 February 1984) is a Serbian professional footballer who currently plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. He is a versatile defensive player, able to play across the defence and as a defensive midfielder.

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Early life

Born to father Rade and mother Slavica, both of whom have sporting backgrounds, young Branislav took to football early in the youth sections of hometown Srem, the club his father also turned out for professionally, playing the defensive positions of sweeper and centre-half.

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Club career

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Early career

Ivanović began his career in his home town with Srem, before transferring to OFK Beograd in December 2003, during the 2003–04 winter transfer window.

Lokomotiv Moscow

After three years of playing in the Serbian Superliga, the first division of football in Serbia and previously Montenegro, he was signed by Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2006. Coached by compatriot Slavoljub Muslin, 22-year-old Ivanović made an immediate impact, appearing in 28 league matches, scoring two goals, and picking up five bookings along the way. He was substituted only twice during the entire league season and contributed greatly to Lokomotiv's legitimate title challenge that ultimately ran out of steam near the end of the season. He sealed his place as a regular in the Serbian national team during his career in Russia.

In the following season, Ivanović, by now an established squad member, made 26 league appearances and scored three goals. During his time with Lokomotiv Moscow, the only major honour he won was the Russian Cup in 2007.

Chelsea

Statistics

Season Played Goals Yellow Card Red Card
2007-2008 1 0 0 0
2008-2009 16 0 2 0
2009-2010 21 1 5 0
2007–08

On 15 January 2008, Chelsea confirmed that the club had agreed terms with Lokomotiv for Ivanović's transfer subject to the agreement of personal terms and the passing of a medical, having beaten competition from the likes of Milan, Ajax, Juventus and Internazionale for his signature.[2] Though the transfer fee hadn't been disclosed, it was speculated to be in the £9 million range.[3] Lokomotiv Moscow announced the transfer fee for Ivanović was €13 million (£9.7 million). According to the club, the transfer was the largest in Russian football history.[4] Ivanović signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea the following day. He was given the number 2 shirt.[5]

Despite the substantial price tag, Ivanović did not make a first team appearance for Chelsea during the 2007–08 season under manager Avram Grant. The reason given by the club was a lack of match fitness as a result of the Russian league season's conclusion several months before his signing. However, he did play twice for the Chelsea reserve side.

2008–09

All throughout the summer 2008 off-season, Ivanović was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, most notably to Milan and Juventus. However, he got the vote of confidence from new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who said Ivanović featured in his plans for the new season.

More than eight months after becoming a Chelsea player, Ivanović finally made an appearance for the club's first team, getting a start against Portsmouth in the Carling Cup on 24 September 2008. He later went on to make his Premier League debut against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on 5 October, which Chelsea won 2–0. He played a total of nine games in the early part of the 2008–09 season under Scolari's tenure that came to an end in early February 2009.

Towards the end of the January 2009 transfer window, Ivanović became a transfer target for another Serie A club Fiorentina. On 27 January, his agent Vlado Borozan confirmed ongoing negotiations with the club,[6] however, on 1 February, Italian player manager Ernesto Broseti said that Chelsea appeared unwilling to sell Ivanović and that he will likely remain in London,[7] which is what happened in the end.

His first start under new manager Guus Hiddink came on 4 April away at Newcastle United. It was Ivanović's first league appearance in more than three months for the club and it happened only days after he scored the winning goal for the Serbian national team in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier away at Romania.

He scored his first goal for Chelsea against Liverpool in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Anfield. He later went on to score a second goal which was a bright start to his Chelsea career, like his first, was a headed goal off a corner. These two goals proved to be decisive, as Chelsea left Anfield leading 1–3 on aggregate, and would go on to win the tie by two goals with an aggregate score of 7–5.[8] Ivanović's two goals also earned him a regular starting place for the time being in Guus Hiddink's side, as well as making him an instant fan favorite among Chelsea supporters. Still, by the end of the season Ivanović was relegated back to the bench after Champions League semi-final 1st leg at Barcelona, meaning that he didn't play in the controversial second leg that Chelsea lost in heartbreaking fashion, and he also sat out the 2009 FA Cup Final.

2009–10
Ivanović playing for Chelsea in 2010

Ivanović made his first start in a Chelsea cup final the next season in the Community Shield against Premier League winners and Chelsea rivals Manchester United. He was substituted at half time for José Bosingwa and Chelsea went on to win 4–1 on penalties.[9] Ivanović made his first Premier League appearance of the season against Sunderland, which Chelsea went on to win 3–1, with goals from Michael Ballack, Frank Lampard, and Deco.[10] Ivanović made his Champions League appearance against FC Porto in the absence of José Bosingwa. Ivanović scored the first goal of his Premier League career against Bolton Wanderers in the with a shot from inside the penalty area on October 31 2009. His goal was Chelsea's third in a 4-0 victory at the Reebok Stadium.

Though much more settled into the Chelsea first team than in previous seasons, Ivanović continued to figure as a transfer target for various European teams. On December 22, 2009, a week before the opening of 2009-10 winter transfer window, he was placed on the cover of MARCA, influential Spanish high circulation daily sports tabloid that maintains strong links to Real Madrid. The accompanying piece claimed that Real is after Ivanović as a replacement for their injured centre back Pepe.[11]

International career

Under-21

Ivanović took part in the 2006 U-21 Championships in Portugal, where he made four appearances and scored one goal for Serbia and Montenegro. Ivanović was given the captain's armband during this time and continued to captain the side to the 2007 U-21 Championships final where they lost to the host, the Netherlands.

Full squad

Branislav Ivanović received his first cap on 8 June 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when Serbia and Montenegro played a friendly against Italy. The game finished 1–1 and he came on as a 77th minute sub for his then club teammate Marko Baša.[12] Ivanović scored his first international goal on 12 September 2007 against Portugal in Lisbon. The goal was of importance because Serbia were losing 1–0 up until the 88th minute, when Ivanović scored from a Dejan Stanković freekick, but the goals should have been offside, sealing a 1–1 draw. The game was played for Euro 2008 qualifying.[13]

Despite not having a regular spot at his club, Ivanović continued being the automatic starting choice for Serbia in World Cup 2010 qualifiers under new head coach Radomir Antić. As of 29 March 2009, Ivanović is joint top-scorer of UEFA Group 7 with three goals in Serbia's World Cup 2010 qualification campaign. He regularly partners Manchester United centre-half Nemanja Vidić in the centre of defense.

Personal

On his mother's side, Ivanović is related to late footballer Đorđe Milovanović, also known as "Đoka Bomba," a former Red Star Belgrade player, as well as his son Dejan Milovanović, also a professional footballer, currently playing for Lens in France.[1]

Playing honours

Lokomotiv Moscow

Chelsea

References

  1. ^ a b Bane ima dušu veliku kao Srem, Blic, April 12, 2008
  2. ^ "Ivanović statement". chelseafc.com. 2008-01-15. http://www.chelseafc.com/page/NewsHomePage/0,,10268~1215933,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  3. ^ Chelsea complete Ivanovic signing
  4. ^ "оформил крупнейший трансфер в истории российского футбола" (in Russian). fclm.ru. 2008-01-16. http://www.fclm.ru/news/587b8426d0024275a603376ced47736b.html. Retrieved 2008-01-17. 
  5. ^ "Ivanović signs". chelseafc.com. 2008-01-16. http://www.chelseafc.com/page/NewsHomePage/0,,10268~1216855,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Ivanović na korak od Fiorentine" (in Serbian). b92.net. 2008-01-16. http://www.b92.net/sport/fudbal/vesti.php?yyyy=2009&mm=01&dd=27&nav_id=341541. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Menadžer: Čelsi ne pušta Ivanovića" (in Serbian). b92.net. 2008-02-01. http://www.b92.net/sport/fudbal/vesti.php?yyyy=2009&mm=02&dd=01&nav_id=342540. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  8. ^ McNulty, Phil (2009-04-08). Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea BBC Sport Retrieved on 2009-04-09
  9. ^ [1] BBC Sport Retrieved on 2009-09-09
  10. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/8202329.stm
  11. ^ El Madrid sigue a Ivanovic como recambio ideal de Pepe, MARCA, December 22, 2009
  12. ^ "Branislav Ivanović profile" (in Serbian). Football Association of Serbia. 2008-01-16. http://www.fss.rs/reprezentacija/igracPodaci.jsp?id=5&igracId=15. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  13. ^ "Ivanović strike denies Portugal points". www.uefa.com. 2007-09-12. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/euro/fixturesresults/round=2241/match=83790/index.html. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 

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