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Saša Papac
Personal information
Full name Saša Papac
Date of birth February 7, 1980 (1980-02-07) (age 30)
Place of birth Mostar, Bosnia, Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 5
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 NK Široki Brijeg 014 00(1)
2001–2004 FC Kärnten 095 00(3)
2004–2006 Austria Vienna 058 00(2)
2006– Rangers 095 00(2)
National team
2002–2006 Bosnia & Herzegovina 025 00(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 February 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).

Saša Papac (born 7 February 1980 in Mostar, Bosnia) is a Bosnian footballer who currently plays for Rangers in the Scottish Premier League. Papac has been capped 25 times by the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, his last coming in 2006.

He has played as a centre back during his career but now plays at left back for Rangers.

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Club career

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Early career

Papac started his career with NK Široki Brijeg in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2000. He made fourteen appearances, scoring once for the club.

He moved to Austria with FC Kärnten a year later. Papac spent three years with Kärnten, making 100 appearances and scoring on three occasions. When Kärnten were relegated from the Austrian Bundesliga in 2004 he joined Austria Vienna. Whilst in Vienna he would make 76 appearances (with three goals) and win the league in 2006. He was also part of the side which won successive Austrian Cups in 2005 and 2006.

Move to Rangers

He signed for Rangers on 31 August 2006 for £450,000.[1] He became Rangers' third signing from Austria Vienna in the 2006 summer transfer window, after Libor Sionko and Filip Šebo. Papac made his debut for Rangers on September 17, 2006, coming on as a half time substitute for Steven Smith in a Scottish Premier League game against Hibernian. The side went on to lose the match 2-1.[2]

With the arrival of Walter Smith in January 2007, Papac lost his place in the first team. He struggled to get into the side, making only one appearance in over two months, but returned towards the end of the season on the left side of defence. He was linked with a move to Saint-Etienne in the summer but rejected it in order to claim a first-team spot.[3]

In the 2007-08 season Papac was a regular at left-back and played in the Scottish Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup finals. He made 46 appearances and produced consistently reliable performances. Papac netted his first goal for Rangers on his 83rd appearance for the club, during a league match against Dundee United on November 4, 2008.[4] He signed a two-year contract extension in November 2008 that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2011.

International career

Papac made his debut on 7 September 2002, against Romania but quit in March 2007, citing problems with the staff at the Bosnian FA.[5][6] In January 2008, he decided to return to the international set under new boss Meho Kodro. Shortly after Kodro's dismissal, he was called up by new coach Miroslav Blažević but refused to come and retired from international football claiming it was to give space to new young players. However, in 2010 it emerged that Papac could make a return to the national team.[7]

Career statistics

Correct as of 2 October 2009

Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rangers 2006-07 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
2007-08 22 0 3 0 3 0 18 0 46 0
2008-09 29 1 4 1 4 0 2 0 39 2
2009-10 4 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
Total 76 1 7 1 10 0 22 0 115 2

Honours

Austria Vienna

2006
2005, 2006

Rangers

2009
2008, 2009
2008

References

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