Antoni Sarcevic

Antoni Charles Sarcevic (Serbian Cyrillic: Антони Чарлс Шарчевић, romanizedAntoni Čarls Šarčević; born 13 March 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bolton Wanderers.

Antoni Sarcevic
Antoni Sarcevic 26-10-2013 1.jpg
Sarcevic playing for Fleetwood Town in 2013
Personal information
Full name Antoni Charles Sarcevic[1]
Date of birth (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Youth career
2000–2008 Manchester City
2008–2009 Woodley Sports
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Woodley Sports
2010–2011 Crewe Alexandra 12 (1)
2010Chester (loan) 4 (0)
2011–2013 Chester 60 (15)
2013–2016 Fleetwood Town 118 (18)
2016 Shrewsbury Town 12 (0)
2017–2020 Plymouth Argyle 116 (18)
2020– Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
National team
2013 England C 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:56, 16 July 2020 (UTC)

After being released by Manchester City, Sarcevic began his senior career with Woodley Sports, where he spent only one season before joining Crewe Alexandra, but struggled to break into the first team and went on loan to Chester in 2010, before making a permanent transfer to them in the next year, but moved to League Two side Fleetwood Town in June 2013 for an undisclosed fee. He scored 15 league goals for Fleetwood in 2013–14, he also topped the Club's assist charts with nine, and was named in the League Two PFA Team of the Year after his performances for Fleetwood. In January 2017, Sarcevic joined Plymouth Argyle on a free transfer.

Club careerEdit

Born in Manchester,[2] Sarcevic was in the youth system of boyhood club Manchester City aged seven to 15,[3] before joining the youth system at Woodley Sports in 2008.[4] He made his first team debut for Woodley in August 2009 and was offered a trial with Premier League club Blackburn Rovers during the 2009–10 season.[4] Sarcevic was signed by League Two side Crewe Alexandra for an undisclosed fee in May 2010, on a one-year contract with an option to extend for a further year.[5]

ChesterEdit

He was loaned out to Northern Premier League Division One North club Chester in October 2010.[6] After two goals in seven appearances he was recalled to Crewe by Dario Gradi.[7] Impressive in his loan spell,[8] he scored on his Crewe debut on 1 February 2011, the last goal of a 6–2 defeat to Northampton Town.[9] On 23 November 2011 he returned to Chester as a permanent signing.[10] During his first two seasons with Chester, they were promoted twice to the Football Conference, in the process winning the Northern Premier League Premier Division, Peter Swales Shield, Conference North and Cheshire Senior Cup. After impressive performances for Chester Sarcevic reportedly attracted interest from football league clubs and won a call up to the England C.[11]

Fleetwood TownEdit

On 26 June 2013 Fleetwood Town signed Antoni Sarcevic for an undisclosed fee.[12] He made his debut for the club as Fleetwood Town beat Dagenham & Redbridge 3–1. On 23 November Sarcevic scored his first Football League hat-trick in the 5–4 home victory against Mansfield Town 5–4.[13] His 15th goal of the season was a 75th-minute free-kick in the play-off final against Burton Albion on 26 May, which won promotion to League One.[14]

Shrewsbury TownEdit

At the end of his contract at Fleetwood, Sarcevic joined fellow League One side Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in May 2016, signing a two-year deal.[15] He left the club on 9 December 2016, by a mutual consent after agreeing to cancel his contract.[16]

Plymouth ArgyleEdit

On 26 January 2017, Sarcevic joined League 2 side Plymouth Argyle on a free transfer.[17] Sarcevic scored on his first start for Plymouth to earn them victory at Cambridge United on 4 February 2017.[18] Due to his passion and consistent performances in the side he has earned the nickname 'Manchester Messi' from the green army.

Bolton WanderersEdit

On 15 July 2020, Sarcevic joined League Two side Bolton Wanderers, signing a two-year deal.[19][20]

International careerEdit

Antoni was called up to England C for the first to face Bermuda in a friendly on 5 May 2013. He scored the first goal in the game.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

He is of Italian and Serbian descent.[3]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 16 July 2020
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2010–11[22] League Two 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2011–12[23] 6 0 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 10 0
Total 12 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 16 1
Chester (loan) 2010–11[24] NPL Division One North 4 0 0 0 3[b] 2 7 2
Chester 2011–12[25] NPL Premier Division 23 3 0 0 3[c] 1 26 4
2012–13[26] Conference North 37 12 4 1 6[d] 4 47 17
Total 60 15 4 1 9 5 73 21
Fleetwood Town 2013–14[27] League Two 42 13 3 0 1 0 8[e] 2 54 15
2014–15[28] League One 37 2 1 0 1 0 1[f] 0 40 2
2015–16[29] 39 3 1 0 1 0 3[g] 0 44 3
Total 118 18 5 0 3 0 12 2 138 20
Shrewsbury Town 2016–17[30] League One 12 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 15 0
Plymouth Argyle 2016–17[30] League Two 17 2 17 2
2017–18[31] League One 30 3 1 0 1 0 3 0 35 3
2018–19[32] League One 37 3 2 1 1 0 2 0 42 4
2019–20[33] League Two 32 10 3 1 3 0 38 11
Bolton Wanderers 2020–21 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 116 18 6 2 2 0 8 0 132 21
Career total 322 52 16 3 7 0 36 9 390 65
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Two appearances and two goals in NPL President's Cup, one appearance in Cheshire Senior Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, four appearances and four goals in Cheshire Senior Cup
  5. ^ Five appearances and one goal in Football League Trophy, three appearances and one goal in League Two play-offs
  6. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  7. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

HonoursEdit

Club

Chester
Fleetwood Town
Plymouth Argyle

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/11/2011 and 30/11/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. p. 3. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Crewe Alex: Sarcevic aiming to prove to boss he's no long-shot selection". The Sentinel. Stoke. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Badcock, Matt (11 June 2013). "Taste Of The Caribbean? Paradise For Me Is Chester!". The Non-League Football Paper. London. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Alex snap up Sarcevic". Manchester Evening News. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Crewe Alexandra sign Woodley Sports' Antoni Sarcevic". BBC Sport. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Chester FC swoop for Antoni Sarcevic and Steve Beck". Liverpool Echo. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Crewe recall Antoni Sarcevic from Chester loan". BBC Sport. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Antoni Sarcevic poised for Crewe Alexandra call-up". BBC Sport. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Northampton 6 – 2 Crewe". BBC Sport. 1 February 2011. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  10. ^ "CCrewe Alex: Antoni Sarcevic happy to move on". Crewe Chronicle. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  11. ^ "England C news: squad selected for Bermuda Trip". England C. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Fleetwood Town sign Chester midfielder". Chester FC. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  13. ^ "Fleetwood's Antoni Sarcevic scored a stoppage-time penalty after Mansfield had equalised in the 89th minute". Fleetwood. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Sky Bet League Two play-off final: Fleetwood beat Burton 1–0 to earn promotion". Sky Sports News. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Antoni Sarcevic: Shrewsbury Town sign Fleetwood Town midfielder". BBC Sport. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  16. ^ "Antoni Sarcevic: Shrewsbury Town midfielder leaves club by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  17. ^ "Plymouth Argyle: Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic becomes third January signing". BBC Sport. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Cambridge United 0-1 Plymouth Argyle". BBC Sport. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Sarcevic: I'm proud to be associated with Bolton Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers FC official site. 15 July 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  20. ^ "Antoni Sarcevic: Bolton sign former Plymouth midfielder". BBC Sport. 15 July 2020.
  21. ^ Norris, Tom (6 June 2013). "Three Lions pride for Chester FC hero Sarcevic". The Leader. Wrexham. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  22. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  23. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Statistics 2010/11". Chester F.C. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  25. ^ a b "Statistics 2011/12". Chester F.C. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  26. ^ a b "Statistics 2012/13". Chester F.C. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  27. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  28. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  29. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  30. ^ a b c "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  31. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Antoni Sarcevic in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  34. ^ chester-city.co.uk "STATISTICS 2011/12 EVO-STOCK LEAGUE NORTHERN PREMIER"
  35. ^ chester-city.co.uk "STATISTICS 2012/13 CONFERENCE NORTH"
  36. ^ https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/ "Cheshire Senior Cup final: Chester 2 Stalybridge Celtic 1"
  37. ^ "BBC Sport: "Burton Albion 0–1 Fleetwood Town"
  38. ^ a b c d "BWFC.co.uk "Getting to know: Antoni Sarcevic"
  39. ^ "Soccerbase: "League Two 2016/17"
  40. ^ Soccerbase: "League Two 2019/20"
  41. ^ "Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker wins PFA Player of the Year award". BBC Sport. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  42. ^ "plymouthherald.co.uk "Plymouth Argyle player-of-the-year Antoni Sarcevic leaving newly-promoted Pilgrims"
  43. ^ Plymouth Argyle: "Player of the Season 2019-20 | Antoni Sarcevic"

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