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Marko Pantelić

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Marko Pantelić
Full nameMarko Pantelić
Date of birth (1978-09-15) 15 September 1978 (age 37)
Place of birthBelgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
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Playing positionStriker
Youth career
1990–1992Red Star Belgrade
1992–1993Kilkisiakos F.C.
1993–1996Iraklis
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1996–1997Iraklis8(4)
1997Paris Saint-Germain B 20(12)
1998–1999Paris Saint-Germain3(0)
1998–1999Lausanne-Sport (loan)21(14)
1999–2000Celta0(0)
1999Sturm Graz (loan)3(0)
2000Yverdon-Sport (loan)3(0)
2002–2003Obilić5(0)
2003–2004Sartid Smederevo31(13)
2004–2005Red Star Belgrade44(26)
2005–2009Hertha BSC114(45)
2009–2010Ajax25(16)
2010–2013Olympiacos38(20)
Total315(150)
National team
2003–2011Serbia43(10)

Marko Pantelić (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Пантелић; born 15 September 1978 in Belgrade) is a retired Serbian footballer who played as a striker. He represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early years

As Pantelić was coming up through the Red Star Belgrade youth system, his father got a job in Thessaloniki and took the family to Greece. Pantelić was still only 14 years old when he signed a professional contract with Iraklis Thessaloniki, where he spent two and a half years. At 17, he accepted an offer in France to play for Paris Saint-Germain and soon found himself training and playing alongside stars like Raí, Marco Simone and Leonardo. Finding playing time at PSG in short supply, he moved on to Lausanne for a season, scoring 14 goals in 21 Swiss league matches.

Next stop was an unsuccessful spell in Spain at Celta Vigo. During this time, he was sent out on loan to Sturm Graz in Austria.

Obilić, Smederevo and Red Star

In the summer of 2002, after a two-year absence from professional football, Pantelić returned home to Serbia, and signed with FK Obilić. Barely 24 years of age, he was essentially starting over as many were quick to write him off as yet another prospect whose career was derailed by going abroad too soon. In January 2003 he moved to FK Sartid Smederevo.

After settling in, he quickly established himself as the team's leader, spearheading them to the Serbia and Montenegro Cup title in 2003. Glowing performances in Smederevo did not go unnoticed by Red Star, and in January 2004, Pantelić became their biggest mid-season signing.

Hertha BSC

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Pantelić with Hertha

After securing a loan move to Hertha for 250,000 on 31 August 2005, the last day of the transfer window, he went on to score 11 goals in 28 league matches during the 2005–06 season. In April 2006, he permanently moved to Hertha for an additional €1.5 million fee and soon established himself as one of the most formidable strikers in the Hertha squad.

Right after getting signed permanently, he responded with an even better season with 14 goals from 32 matches in the 2006–07 season. The 2007–08 season brought more steady play with 13 goals from 28 league matches. The next season, Pantelic was often benched in favor of Andriy Voronin as Hertha contended for the Bundesliga title. Hertha fell short, finishing in 4th place.

On 17 March 2009, Pantelić denied that he had held talks with any other clubs and coupled with his refusal to sign a new contract with the club,[1] he became a free agent during the summer 2009.[2]

Ajax

On 1 September 2009, after completing several medical tests, Pantelić signed a one-year contract with Dutch side Ajax, and was given the number 9 shirt.[3] During the season, Pantelić scored 16 goals and delivered 9 assists in 25 league matches. Following the season, Pantelić expressed his desire to sign a new contract with Ajax, preferably a multi-year deal, however Ajax has preferred a one-year deal. Pantelić did not accept the Ajax offer of a one-year deal with an option of another, because he wanted a sure future for his family.[4] Ajax signed Mounir El Hamdaoui as his successor.

Olympiacos

On 21 August 2010, Pantelić joined Olympiacos on a free transfer. He signed a two-year contract worth €1.6 million per year.[5] He scored his first goal against Panserraikos. On 11 December 2011, Pantelić managed to score four goals and to secure a victory against Kerkyra.

International career

Though he debuted for the national team in 2003, Pantelić started getting more frequent call-ups only in 2006 when he was almost 28 years of age. He represented Serbia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and scored his first World Cup goal against Australia in a 2–1 loss. Pantelić also scored three goals in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers. He has not featured for his country since the failed UEFA Euro 2012 campaign.

Outside football

"Pantelić is a miracle of a man. He's the kind of legend that I would rarely ever meet."

Josip Šimunić, March 2013[6]

Pantelić is widely known in his home country for his alter ego "Pantela", which was created when an anonymous editor of Kurir allegedly began writing columns under the nickname "Pantela" to reflect the real Pantelić's wit and charisma.[7] The phenomenon became so popular that anonymous fans created profiles on Twitter and Facebook to mimic Pantelić's humorous personality.[8] Pantelić himself confirmed that he is not the owner of either profiles, but admitted to Kurir that he found his alter egos funny and claimed that he would even want to meet the people behind his social networking profiles.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Serbia and Montenegro League Cup Continental Total
2002–03 Obilić First League 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Sartid Smederevo 16 5 2 1 0 0 18 6
2003–04 15 8 2 0 4 1 21 9
Red Star Belgrade 12 5 3 1 0 0 15 6
2004–05 29 21 5 1 6 2 40 24
2005–06 3 0 0 0 2 3 5 3
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2005–06 Hertha BSC Bundesliga 28 11 2 1 0 0 30 12
2006–07 32 14 4 0 6 2 42 16
2007–08 28 13 1 1 0 0 29 14
2008–09 26 7 2 2 9 4 37 13
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Ajax Eredivisie 25 16 7 3 7 2 39 21
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2010–11 Olympiacos Superleague 20 9 4 1 0 0 24 10
2011–12 12 10 3 6 3 0 18 16
2012–13 6 1 2 0 1 0 9 1
Total Serbia and Montenegro 80 39 13 3 12 6 105 48
Germany 114 45 9 4 15 6 138 55
Netherlands 25 16 7 3 7 2 39 21
Greece 38 20 9 7 4 0 51 27
Career total 257 120 38 17 38 14 333 151

International statistics

Serbian national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 2 0
2005 0 0
2006 5 1
2007 7 0
2008 7 2
2009 6 1
2010 7 3
2011 8 3
Total 43 10

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 16 August 2006 Městský fotbalový stadion Miroslava Valenty, Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic 23x15px Czech Republic 1–2 1–3 Friendly
2. 24 May 2008 Croke Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Template:Country data Republic of Ireland 0–1 1–1 Friendly
3. 28 May 2008 Wacker Arena, Burghausen, Altötting, Germany 23x15px Russia 1–1 1–2 Friendly
4. 10 October 2009 Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda, Beograd, Serbia 23x15px Romania 2–0 5–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying
5. 3 March 2010 Stade 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria 23x15px Algeria 0–1 0–3 Friendly
6. 5 June 2010 Stadion FK Partizan, Beograd, Serbia 23x15px Cameroon 4–2 4–3 Friendly
7. 23 June 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa 23x15px Australia 1–2 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup
8. 25 March 2011 Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia 23x15px Northern Ireland 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
9. 29 March 2011 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia 23x15px Estonia 0–1 1-1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
10. 2 September 2011 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 23x15px Northern Ireland 0–1 0-1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

Honours

Club

Lausanne
Paris Saint-Germain
Sturm Graz
Smederevo
Red Star
Hertha
Ajax
Olympiacos

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Pantelic yet to discuss future". skysports.com. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Abschied von zwei alternden Stars" (in German). Welt Hertha Linke. 28 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Ajax contracteert Pantelic" (in Dutch). ajax.nl. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Pantelic moet 'goodbye' zeggen tegen Ajax" (in Dutch). voetbalprimeur.nl. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Olympiakos snap up Pantelic". sportingreece.com. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 30 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Šimunić: Marko Pantelić je čudo od čoveka" (in Serbian). Sportski Zurnal. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pantelić: Hoću da upoznam Pantelu!" (in Serbian). Kurir. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "FENOMEN GODINE: Brat Pantela" (in Serbian). Mozzart Sport. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 

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