Boris Živković

Boris Živković (Croatian pronunciation: [bôːriz ʒǐːʋkoʋit͡ɕ];[1] born 15 November 1975) is a former Croatian footballer. He played as right and left full-back and centre-back. At one point of his career he even played as defensive midfielder.

Boris Živković
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-11-15) 15 November 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Živinice, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Position(s) Full-back
Youth career
1989–1991 Sarajevo
1992–1993 Marsonia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Sarajevo 11 (1)
1994–1996 Marsonia 44 (1)
1996–1997 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 29 (1)
1997–2003 Bayer Leverkusen 144 (9)
2003 Portsmouth 18 (0)
2004–2006 VfB Stuttgart 23 (0)
20061. FC Köln (loan) 8 (1)
2006–2009 Hajduk Split 51 (2)
Total 328 (15)
National team
1999–2007 Croatia 39 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Živković began his professional career with Marsonia and Hrvatski Dragovoljac in his native country before spending six seasons with Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Following shorter stints at Portsmouth, VfB Stuttgart, and 1. FC Köln, he returned to Croatia to play for Hajduk Split.

At international level, Živković represented the Croatia national team making 39 appearances, 18 of which as the captain of the team.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Živković started his career at Sarajevo as a youth player, before being signed by Marsonia (from Slavonski Brod). He gained a good reputation at Marsonia, first appearing in the 1994–95 season, during which he made 13 appearances. The next season, he played a further 31 games before transferring to Hrvatski Dragovoljac (from Siget, Zagreb). He only spent one season at his new club however, before impressive performances persuaded German club Bayer Leverkusen to sign him.

Bayer LeverkusenEdit

Živković went on to play six seasons for the German club, playing over 150 times, including the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final. Following his contract expiring in the summer of 2003, Živković stated his desire to play in the Premier League, and was signed later that summer by Portsmouth.

Portsmouth and StuttgartEdit

Živković started his Pompey career well, instantly claiming a regular starting place. However, in December, a public fall-out with manager Harry Redknapp led to him being released, having played only 18 times for the club. VfB Stuttgart stepped in to bring Živković back to Germany, and the Croatian joined them in January.

Hajduk SplitEdit

In August 2006 he moved to Hajduk Split.[2]

International careerEdit

Živković was a regular for the Croatian national team, making 39 appearances and scoring twice.[3] He was part of the squad at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but in his first game against Mexico, he caused a penalty in the 59th minute after which he was sent off and the Mexicans went on to score from the penalty mark and win the game by 1-0. He was no longer in the team for the remaining two games Croatia played on the tournament before being relegated — Italy and Mexico progressed from the group to the playoffs instead.

He also played two games at Euro 2004. Boris was out of favour for the Zlatko Kranjčar's World Cup 2006 campaign but many defender injuries forced Slaven Bilić to give him a call for the Euro 2008 spring qualifying games.

International goalsEdit

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 November 2001 Gwangju, Gwangju   South Korea
1 – 1
1 – 1
2 30 April 2003 Råsunda, Stockholm   Sweden
2 – 1
2 – 1


  1. ^ Boris in isolation: [bôːris].
  2. ^ "Statistika: Boris Živković" (in Croatian). Hrvatska nogometna liga. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2009.
  3. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Croatia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 15 October 2009.

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