Aleksandar Prijović

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Aleksandar Prijović
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Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Prijović
Date of birth (1990-04-21) 21 April 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
PAOK
Number 9
Youth career
St. Gallen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Parma 1 (0)
2008–2010 Derby County 0 (0)
2009 Yeovil Town (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Northampton Town (loan) 10 (2)
2010–2013 Sion 41 (6)
2012 Lausanne-Sport (loan) 10 (0)
2012–2013 Tromsø (loan) 26 (4)
2013–2014 Djurgårdens IF 27 (10)
2014–2015 Boluspor 31 (16)
2015–2017 Legia Warsaw 44 (13)
2017– PAOK 7 (5)
National team
2007 Serbia U-17
2009 Serbia U-19 8 (3)
2010 Switzerland U-20 2 (1)
2011 Switzerland U-21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 May 2012

Aleksandar Prijović (Serbian Cyrillic: Aлeкcaндap Пpиjoвић; born 21 April 1990) is a Swiss footballer of Serbian descent who plays as a striker for Greek club PAOK FC.

Career

Early career

Prijović started his career as a youth player with his home town club FC St. Gallen but moved to Italy at the age of 16 to start his football career with Italian side Parma, making the first appearance of his career as a substitute for Parma on 27 April 2008 in a match against Reggina Calcio. Prijović's contract with Parma finished at the end of the 2007/08 season and he rejected the offer of a new one-year deal with the club.

Derby County

Prijović went on trial with English Championship side Derby County where he caught the eye by scoring a hat-trick as Derby's academy side beat Arsenal youth 4–1.[1] Derby offered Prijović a two-year contract. He provisionally signed for Derby on 7 August 2008,[2] subject to international clearance.[1] His full signing was delayed by issues over international clearance, firstly following disagreements over the player's registration which was sorted when Derby agreed to pay Prijović's former club, Parma, an undisclosed amount as compensation[3] and then by the Swiss army, who made Prijović return home to complete his spell with them.[4] On 27 January 2009, Prijović joined League One Yeovil Town on a months loan,[5] playing four times before returning early due to illness.

On 16 March, Prijović joined Northampton Town on loan for a month. He made his debut in the 4–0 win over Stockport County and impressed the fans. He scored his first professional goal in the 3–2 defeat to Southend United. He then scored his second in the 3–1 victory away at Leyton Orient.[6][7]

On 6 July 2009, he was called for a trial period with Germany-based club MSV Duisburg before he joined OB Odense on a similar deal in November 2009, where he impressed with a goal in a trial match. Of Prijović, Derby boss Nigel Clough said "They are very interested in taking him in January so we are just trying to get a deal done if they want to do one. If not, we will probably look to get him out on loan. If we can do it before the deadline, we will do. If not, in January."[8] He eventually signed for FC Sion for a nominal fee on 1 February 2010.[9]

Sion

While on loan at Lausanne, he went on a trial with the Norwegian club, Molde at their training camp in Marbella, Spain in February 2012.[10] He played one match for Molde, the pre-season match against the Spanish club Xerez CD, but was not offered a contract.[11]

On 31 July 2012, Tromsø signed Prijović on a one-year loan deal, with an option to buy.[12] Tromsø's head coach Per-Mathias Høgmo stated that Molde's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær and coach Mark Dempsey had recommended Prijovic after the trial.[13] Prijović got his debut coming in off the bench for the last 22 minutes of an away loss to Fredrikstad on 5 August. Four days later he made his first start and scored his first goal in the away leg of the third qualifying round of the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League against Metalurh Donetsk, ensuring a 2–1 aggregate win for Tromsø.[14]

Tromsø could not afford to extend Prijović' loan-deal, and he returned to Sion when the loan-deal expired on 1 July 2013.[15]

Djurgårdens IF

On 15 August 2013, Prijović signed a 2,5 years contract with the Stockholm-based club Djurgårdens IF, where he was reunited with his coach from Tromsø, Per-Mathias Høgmo.[16] In his starting debut for Djurgårdens IF Prijovic scored a hattrick, when IFK Norrköping was beaten 3–2.[17]

Legia Warsaw

On 9 July 2015, Prijović joined Legia Warsaw on a four-year deal.[18] During the 2015–16 Polish Cup Final on May 2, 2016, he scored the match winner in the 69th minute to defeat Lech Poznan 1–0.[19] On 22 November 2016, he scored two goals in the 2016–17 Champions League group match against Borussia Dortmund as his team lost 8–4 away from home.[20]

PAOK

On 16 January 2017, Prijović left Legia Warsaw to join Greek Super League club PAOK on a 4.5-year contract. The reported transfer fee paid to Warsaw was €1.9 million plus 10% of a future transfer fee, receiving an annual income of €850.000.[21] He started being the undisputed leader of the club's offense. He scored on his debut in a Greek Cup game against Panetolikos. On 19 February 2017, he scored a brace (pen. 42', 50'), PAOK won easily 4-0 against Veria F.C. at Toumba Stadium.

On 16 March 2017, Prijovic suffered a shoulder injury and underwent a successful operation, the club confirmed. The Serbian striker picked an injury in his shoulder and he is set to miss the next 6 weeks. PAOK confirmed that Prijovic went under knife successfully and he will start rehabilitation imminently. [22] Prior to his injury, has only featured in 10 games , but he is already leading the scoring charts of PAOK with 7 goals.

International career

Though born in Switzerland, Prijović qualifies for Serbia through his parents and has represented the country at both U17 and U19 level.

However, he used his only chance in nationality switch in 2010. He scored in his debut with Switzerland national under-20 football team on 28 April. He collected his second cap on 6 September 2010.

Prijović made his Swiss U21 debut on 10 August 2011. He also played in the next match on 1 September 2011. In February 2017 Prijovic made an official request to FIFA for permission to play for the Serbian national football team. On 20 March, Aleksandar has received confirmation from FIFA to be played for Serbian national football team, which is confirmed by the national coach Slavoljub Muslin.[23]

Career statistics

As of 9 April 2017.
Season Club Division League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2007–08 Parma Serie A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Yeovil League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09 Northampton 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2009–10 Sion Super League 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2010–11 25 6 3 1 0 0 28 7
2011–12 6 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
2011–12 Lausanne-Sport 10 0 1 1 0 0 11 1
2012 Tromsø Tippeligaen 13 3 3 0 3 2 19 5
2013 13 1 3 4 2 0 18 5
2013 Djurgården Allsvenskan 10 5 1 0 0 0 11 5
2014 17 5 2 0 0 0 19 5
2014–15 Boluspor PTT 1. Lig 31 16 0 0 0 0 31 16
2015–16 Legia Warsaw Ekstraklasa 30 8 6 5 11 3 47 16
2016–17 14 5 2 0 9 3 25 8
2016–17 PAOK Super League 7 5 3 2 0 0 10 7
Career Total 201 56 24 13 26 8 251 77

References

  1. ^ a b "Rams sign kid striker who sank young guns". therams.co.uk. 8 August 2008. Archived from the original on 11 August 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rams sign Eastern European duo". BBC Sport. 7 August 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Serbian striker gets the all-clear to complete move to Derby County". therams.co.uk. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Swiss army delays Derby signing". BBC Sport. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "Yeovil Town make double signing". BBC Sport. 27 January 2009. Archived from the original on 30 January 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2009. 
  6. ^ therams.co.uk (16 March 2009). "Prijović joins Northampton on loan". [dead link]
  7. ^ "Leyton Orient 1–3 Northampton". BBC Sport. 18 April 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  8. ^ football.co.uk (26 November 2009). "Prijović set for Danish switch". 
  9. ^ "Prijovic leaves Rams". dcfc.co.uk. 1 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Hustad, Trond (27 February 2012). "Solskjær sjekker serbisk spiss". aftenposten.no (in Norwegian). Romsdals Budstikke. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Hustad, Trond (1 March 2012). "Solskjær vil se prislappen". aftenposten.no (in Norwegian). Romsdals Budstikke. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "TIL signerte ny spiss" (in Norwegian). nordlys.no. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  13. ^ "Spiss-kjøp etter Solskjær-råd". vg.no (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Prijovic helten da Tromsø avanserte". nrk.no (in Norwegian). NRK. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Grindstein, Gunnar (15 May 2013). "Prijovic forlater TIL i sommer" (in Norwegian). NRK. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Høgmo henter tidligere Tromsø-spiller til Djurgården" (in Norwegian). Dagbladet. Norwegian News Agency. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  17. ^ "Djurgården og Høgmo reddet av gammel elev" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Norwegian News Agency. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Aleksandar Prijović w Legii" (in Polish). 90minut.pl. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  19. ^ "Legia Warsaw Claim Puchar Polski over Lechh". psnfutbol.com. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  20. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 8-4 Legia Warsaw". BBC Sport. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "Legia Warszawa. Aleksandar Prijović podpisał kontrakt z PAOK Saloniki". Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 16 January 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "Πρίγιοβιτς: Το πρόβλημα στην κλείδα άρχισε με ένα ψαλίδι" (in Greek). www.sport24. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  23. ^ Aleksandar Prijović može da igra za Srbiju! at mozzartsport, 20-3-2017 (Serbian)

External links

  • Aleksandar Prijović at Soccerbase
  • Aleksandar Prijović at 90minut.pl (Polish)
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