Andrija Delibašić

Andrija Delibašić (Serbian Cyrillic: Андрија Делибашић, pronounced [ǎndrija dělibaʃitɕ]; born 24 April 1981) is a Montenegrin retired professional footballer who played as a striker.

Andrija Delibašić
Andrija Delibasic 2012.jpg
Delibašić in action for Rayo Vallecano in 2012
Personal information
Full name Andrija Delibašić
Date of birth (1981-04-24) 24 April 1981 (age 40)
Place of birth Nikšić, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1995–1999 Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2004 Partizan 100 (48)
2004–2008 Mallorca 29 (7)
2005Benfica (loan) 3 (0)
2005–2006Braga (loan) 10 (4)
2006AEK Athens (loan) 10 (1)
2007Beira-Mar (loan) 11 (1)
2007–2008Real Sociedad (loan) 33 (6)
2008–2010 Hércules 65 (20)
2010–2013 Rayo Vallecano 81 (14)
2014 Ratchaburi 7 (0)
2015 Sutjeska 2 (0)
Total 351 (101)
National team
1998–1999 FR Yugoslavia U18 5 (2)
2001–2004 Serbia and Montenegro U21 20 (6)
2004 Serbia and Montenegro U23 3 (0)
2009–2013 Montenegro 21 (6)
Teams managed
2016–2018 Partizan (assistant)
2018– Budućnost (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After starting out at Partizan he went on to spend most of his career in Spain, representing Mallorca, Real Sociedad, Hércules and Rayo Vallecano and amassing totals of 208 matches and 47 goals the two major levels combined. He also competed professionally in Portugal and Greece.[1]

Club careerEdit

Born in Nikšić, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia, Delibašić started his professional career at FK Partizan, where he played for three-and-a-half seasons. In January 2004 he transferred to RCD Mallorca, never establishing himself in the first team, his best output occurring in his first season with four goals in 17 matches; in early 2005 he started a spell with S.L. Benfica,[2] that proved to be short and unsuccessful as he saw only a few minutes of action.

For 2005–06, Delibašić was loaned again, still to a Portuguese Primeira Liga club, S.C. Braga.[3] The following campaign, two more loan spells befell: starting off at AEK Athens F.C. in January 2007 he was released and returned to Portugal, appearing for lowly S.C. Beira-Mar; his first match for the latter was against U.D. Leiria on 4 February.[4]

In the 2007 pre-season, Delibašić came back to Mallorca and had some solid performances, scoring six goals in two matches –[5] that was not enough to remain with the team, however, as they loaned him out again, this time to Real Sociedad of the Spanish second division.[6] He was definitely released on 5 August 2008, joining Hércules CF (also second level) on a free transfer and penning a two-year contract.[7]

After two seasons as first-choice with the Alicante team, achieving top flight promotion in 2010, Delibašić moved to another side in the second tier, Rayo Vallecano.[8] He contributed with seven goals in 30 games, as the Madrilenians also reached the top flight.[9][10]

In the following two years, Delibašić was used mainly as a substitute by Rayo, scoring a combined seven times as they managed to consecutively retain their league status. He left in June 2013.[11]

On 13 February 2014, aged nearly 33, Delibašić joined Thai League 1 side Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC.[12]

International careerEdit

Delibašić played for the Serbia and Montenegro under-21 team that finished runners-up at the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Germany.[13] A couple of months later, he was also part of the Olympic team that exited in the first round.[14]

After a loss of form dropped him from international play, Delibašić's chances for a callup increased in mid-2006 as Montenegro separated from Serbia and became an independent country, with him now eligible to play for the newly formed national team due to his birthplace. However, even before Montenegro's inaugural match squad was announced, he voiced his dissatisfaction in the press about not being contacted by Montenegrin football officials at all and then said that he would never play for the national team in the future, if he was not included on the list of inaugural callups.[15]

In September 2009, Delibašić was summoned for Montenegro's match with Bulgaria, but did not play in the 1–4 defeat on the 5th. He finally made his debut on 10 October, scoring the 2–1 winner against Georgia;[16] both matches were 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Delibašić scored his second goal for the national team on 7 October 2011, a dramatic 2–2 home draw against England that led Montenegro to the UEFA Euro 2012 playoffs. He helped the hosts come from behind 0–2 with his last-minute header.[17] He has earned a total of 21 caps, scoring 6 goals.[18] His final international was a June 2013 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Ukraine in Podgorcia.[19]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 October 2009 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro   Georgia
2010 World Cup qualiciation
2 7 October 2011 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro   England
Euro 2012 qualifying
3 11 September 2012 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino   San Marino
2014 World Cup qualification
4 11 September 2012 Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle, San Marino   San Marino
2014 World Cup qualification
5 14 November 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro   San Marino
2014 World Cup qualification
6 14 November 2012 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro   San Marino
2014 World Cup qualification




  1. ^ Delibasic, el trotamundos del gol (Delibasic, the goal globetrotter); Marca, 12 April 2013 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Delibasic bound for Benfica; UEFA, 31 January 2005
  3. ^ Braga increase attacking options; UEFA, 9 August 2005
  4. ^ "Roma relança a esperança" [Roma relaunches hope] (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ El Mallorca le mete una decena al Mittersill (Mallorca put ten past Mittersill); Marca, 24 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Delibašić u Real Sosijedadu (Delibašić to Real Sociedad); B92, 5 August 2007 (in Serbian)
  7. ^ "Delibasic y Aguilar, nuevos fichajes" [Delibasic and Aguilar, new signings] (in Spanish). Diario Información. 5 August 2008. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ El delantero Andrija Delibasic completa la plantilla del Rayo (Forward Andrija Delibasic completes Rayo squad); Marca, 19 August 2010 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Diego Acedo (12 May 2011). "El uno a uno del Rayo" [Rayo one by one] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  10. ^ El Rayo Vallecano sube a Primera (Rayo Vallecano promote to Primera); 20 minutos, 22 May 2011 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Delibasic critica el trato del Rayo a Casado" [Delibasic lambasts Rayo's treatment of Casado] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  12. ^ Delibasic... Lembra-se? Vai jogar no Ratchaburi (Delibasic... Do you remember? He will play in Ratchaburi) Archived 3 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine; A Bola, 13 February 2014 (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Nine-man Belarus blow out; UEFA, 1 June 2004
  14. ^ Andrija DelibašićFIFA competition record (archived)
  15. ^ "Andrija Delibašić: Neka me izbrišu zauvijek" [Andrija Delibašić: I will be forever ineligible] (PDF) (in Serbian). Arena. 13 March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 5 August 2007.
  16. ^ Debutant Delibasic propels Montenegro; FIFA, 10 October 2009
  17. ^ England qualify, Montenegro in play-offs; UEFA, 7 October 2011
  18. ^ Montenegro - Record International Players - RSSSF
  19. ^ "Player Database". Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  20. ^ "V. Setúbal triunfante 38 anos depois" [V. Setúbal triumphant 38 years later] (in Portuguese). TSF. 29 May 2005. Retrieved 3 January 2019.

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