Aleksandar Pešić

Aleksandar Pešić (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Пешић; born 21 May 1992) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Red Star Belgrade.

Aleksandar Pešić
Aleksandar Pešić 01.jpg
Pešić in 2017
Personal information
Full name Aleksandar Pešić
Date of birth (1992-05-21) 21 May 1992 (age 30)
Place of birth Niš, Serbia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Red Star Belgrade
Number 72
Youth career
Filip Filipović Niš
Partizan
Radnički Niš
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008 Radnički Niš 1 (0)
2008–2010 OFI Crete 13 (1)
2011–2013 Sheriff Tiraspol 59 (25)
2013–2014 Jagodina 22 (13)
2014–2017 Toulouse 57 (8)
2016–2017Atalanta (loan) 6 (0)
2017–2018 Red Star Belgrade 35 (25)
2018–2020 Al-Ittihad 11 (1)
2019–2020FC Seoul (loan) 26 (10)
2020–2021 Maccabi Tel Aviv 23 (10)
2021–2022 Fatih Karagümrük 31 (14)
2022– Red Star Belgrade 15 (7)
International career
2010–2011 Serbia U19[a] 6 (0)
2013–2015 Serbia U21[a] 16 (3)
2016 Serbia 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 10 November 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 21 February 2022

Club careerEdit

EuropeEdit

Pešić made his senior debut with Radnički Niš on 24 May 2008, just three days after his 16th birthday. He came on as a late second-half substitute in a goalless draw with ČSK Čelarevo at home, thus breaking the record of Dejan Petković and becoming the youngest ever player in the club's history.[2] However, the club suffered relegation from the Serbian First League at the end of the season after losing to Inđija in the playoffs.

In July 2008, Pešić moved abroad to Greece and signed for OFI Crete on a three-year deal.[3][4] He made one appearance in the 2008–09 Superleague Greece, still aged 16, as the club suffered relegation from the top flight. In early 2011, Pešić joined the reigning Moldovan champions Sheriff Tiraspol. He helped them win back-to-back championship titles in 2012 and 2013. On 15 August 2013, Pešić left the club by mutual agreement.[5]

On 30 August 2013, Pešić returned to his homeland and joined Jagodina.[6] He netted a brace on his debut for the club on 14 September 2013, thus giving his side a 2–0 home league win over Spartak Subotica.[7] On 4 December 2013, Pešić scored a hat-trick in a 4–1 Serbian Cup quarter-final victory over Donji Srem. He was the club's top scorer with 13 goals in the 2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga, being named in the competition's best eleven.[8]

On 26 June 2015, Pešić officially signed a five-year contract with French club Toulouse.[9] He scored six goals in Ligue 1 during his debut season, but only two in the next one. On 1 September 2016, it was announced that Pešić was transferred to Italian club Atalanta on a season-long loan.[10]

On 4 July 2017, Pešić signed a three-year contract with Red Star Belgrade.[11] He became the top goalscorer of the 2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga with 25 goals.

AsiaEdit

In July 2018, Pešić signed a three-year contract with Saudi Arabia club Al-Ittihad.[12]

On 8 February 2019, Pešić was loaned to FC Seoul on a one-and-a-half-year contract.[13]

International careerEdit

Pešić has represented Serbia under-19 at the 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where the team were eliminated in the semi-finals against the Czech Republic. He was also a member of the Serbia under-21 team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, as they finished bottom of their group.

On 15 November 2016, Pešić made his full international debut for the senior team, playing in a second half in a 2–0 friendly defeat against Ukraine.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of end of 2021—22 season[14]
 
Pešić playing for Red Star Belgrade in the UEFA Europa League in 2018.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Radnički Niš 2007–08 1 0 0 0 1 0
OFI Crete 2008–09 1 0 1 0 2 0
2009–10 12 1 0 0 12 1
Total 13 1 1 0 14 1
Sheriff Tiraspol 2010–11 11 5 1 0 0 0 12 5
2011–12 23 14 2 0 0 0 25 14
2012–13 24 6 2 1 1 0 5 0 32 7
2013–14 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 5 0
Total 59 25 5 1 2 0 8 0 74 26
Jagodina 2013–14 22 13 5 4 0 0 27 17
Toulouse 2014–15 34 6 1 0 1 0 36 6
2015–16 23 2 2 0 4 0 29 2
Total 57 8 3 0 5 0 65 8
Atalanta (loan) 2016–17 6 0 1 1 7 1
Red Star Belgrade 2017–18 35 25 3 3 13 1 51 29
Al-Ittihad 2018–19 11 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 14 1
FC Seoul (loan) 2019 25 10 1 0 26 10
2020 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 26 10 1 0 0 0 27 10
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2020–21 23 10 2 0 6 1 31 11
Fatih Karagümrük 2021–22 31 14 0 0 31 14
Career total 284 107 21 9 5 0 3 0 29 2 342 118

InternationalEdit

National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 2016 1 0
Total 1 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Sheriff Tiraspol
Red Star Belgrade

IndividualEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Only official UEFA matches included.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aleksandar Pešić". Red Star Belgrade. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Pešić za "Novosti": Može se daleko i bez "večitih"" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Εχασε ο ΟΦΗ, έφτασε ο Πέσιτς" (in Greek). contra.gr. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Βατσινάς: "Ολα είναι ψέματα για Πέσιτς"" (in Greek). contra.gr. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Aleksandar Pesic leaves Sheriff". fc-sheriff.com. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Jagodina pojačala napad" (in Serbian). srbijasport.net. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Pešićev debi iz snova" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ ""Večiti" i Voša imaju po tri igrača u idealnom timu lige, Jagodini fer-plej nagrada" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Officiel : Aleksandar Pesic, nouveau Violet !" (in French). tfc.info. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Aleksandar Pesic prêté à l'Atalanta Bergame" (in French). tfc.info. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Pešić prvi put sa crveno-belim obeležijima: Biću brzo spreman, možda i za A reprezentaciju". mozzartsport.com (in Serbian). 4 July 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  12. ^ Kevin Affleck (15 July 2018). "Saudi Arabia giants Al-Ittihad make two international signings". Arab News. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  13. ^ "FC Seoul sign Serbian striker Pesic". Yonhap News Agency. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  14. ^ a b c d "A. Pešić". Soccerway. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Zvezdin BINGO: Pešić od džokera sa klupe do igrača sezone u Superligi!" (in Serbian). www.mozzartsport.com. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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