Nemanja Gudelj

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Nemanja Gudelj
Nemanja Gudelj (2016).jpg
Gudelj with Ajax in 2016
Personal information
Full name Nemanja Gudelj
Date of birth (1991-11-16) 16 November 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou Evergrande
Number 8
Youth career
1998–2001 BSV Boeimeer
2001–2010 NAC Breda
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 NAC Breda 79 (8)
2013–2015 AZ 61 (16)
2015–2017 Ajax 40 (6)
2017 Tianjin TEDA 19 (1)
2018– Guangzhou Evergrande 11 (2)
National team
2010–2012 Serbia U21 15 (2)
2014– Serbia 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2017

Nemanja "Neno" Gudelj (Serbian Cyrillic: Немања Гудељ; born 16 November 1991) is a Serbian footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande and the Serbian national team. He is the son of former NAC player Nebojša Gudelj and the older brother of Dragiša Gudelj. He holds both Serbian and Dutch citizenship.

Club career

NAC Breda

He signed his first professional contract with NAC Breda in July 2009 but failed to make an official appearance in his debut season despite being named on the bench several times.[1]

AZ

Gudelj playing for AZ in 2014

In the summer of 2013 Gudelj transferred to AZ Alkmaar for a fee of around €3 million, sold by his father who was manager at NAC, signing a 4-year contract.[2]

He received interest from Portuguese club Porto.[3]

Ajax

On 6 May 2015, it was announced that Gudelj will join AFC Ajax starting from the 2015–16 season. Along with him, his younger brother Dragiša will move to Ajax youth team and his father Nebojša will become a scout for the club focusing primarily on scouting players from the Balkans and Serbia.[4] On 5 November 2016 Gudelj was removed from the first team selection after stating he couldn't be motivated when not starting.[5]

Tianjin TEDA

On 5 January 2017, Ajax announced Gudelj will transfer to Tianjin TEDA on 25 January 2017 for a sum rumoured to be around €5.5 million.[6]

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao

On 28 January 2018, Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao announced that Gudelj was transferred from Tianjin TEDA and signed a 2-year contract. The transfer fee was not announced.[7] He made his debut for Guangzhou on 21 February 2018 in a 0–0 away draw against Cerezo Osaka in the second group stage match of 2018 AFC Champions League.[8] On 14 March, he scored his first goal for the club in the fourth group stage match of the AFC Champions League against Jeju United, which ensured Guangzhou Evergrande's 2–0 away win.[9]

International career

After being capped at the U19 and U21 levels, Gudelj earned his first cap for Serbia on 5 March 2014, in a 2–1 away win over Ireland in a friendly match after coming on as a last minute substitute for Antonio Rukavina.[10] In 2014, Gudelj played for the national team a further four times, playing against Jamaica twice, Panama and Brazil.

In July 2014 his former coach at AZ, Dick Advocaat, was named as Serbia's national team manager for the Euro 2016 campaign.[11] He scored his first goal on 18 November 2014 in a 2–0 away friendly win against Greece.

Career statistics

Club

As of 20 May 2018[12]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NAC Breda 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 29 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 33 2
2011–12 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2012–13 34 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 37 5
Total 79 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 87 8
AZ 2013–14 29 5 5 0 14 1 4 1 52 7
2014–15 32 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 36 12
Total 61 16 9 1 14 1 4 1 88 19
Ajax 2015–16 34 4 2 0 10 1 0 0 46 5
2016–17 6 2 0 0 7 0 0 0 13 2
Total 40 6 2 0 17 1 0 0 59 7
Tianjin Teda 2017 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
Total 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
Guangzhou Evergrande 2018 11 2 0 0 6 1 1 0 18 3
Total 11 2 0 0 6 1 1 0 18 3
Career total 210 33 20 1 37 3 5 1 272 38

International statistics

As of 10 November 2017[12]
Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 9 1
2015 2 0
2016 5 0
2017 6 0
Total 22 1

International goals

Scores and results list Serbia's goal tally first.[12]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 18 November 2014 Perivolia Municipal Stadium, Chania, Greece  Greece 2–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours

Club

Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao[13]

References

  1. ^ "NAC geeft jeugdspeler Nemanja Gudelj contract" (in Dutch). bndestem.nl. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Voetbal International - Gewilde Gudelj verlaat NAC Breda voor contract bij AZ". Voetbal International. 
  3. ^ "Gudelj niet naar FC Porto". rtvnh.nl. 
  4. ^ "Ajax sign Serbian brothers and give dad a job in package deal". Channel NewsAsia. 
  5. ^ "Ajax zet ook Gudelj uit selectie". 
  6. ^ "Nemanja Gudelj vertrekt naar China". 
  7. ^ "内马尼亚·古德利(Nemanja Gudelj)正式加盟". 
  8. ^ "古德利:第一场满意自身表现 0-0这结果能接受". 
  9. ^ "两场零失球!恒大已走上正轨 古德利正向暴力鸟看齐". 
  10. ^ "Ireland vs. Serbia 1:2". flashscore.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  11. ^ "BBC Sport - Serbia appoint Dick Advocaat as coach for Euro 2016 qualifiers". BBC Sport. 
  12. ^ a b c "Serbia - N.Gudelj - Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Nemanja Gudelj - Career Honours". Soccerway. 

External links

  • Nemanja Gudelj at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Nemanja Gudelj at Soccerway
  • Voetbal International profile (in Dutch)
  • Official Twitter account
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