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Darko Zorić (Serbian Cyrillic: Дарко Зорић; born 12 September 1993) is a Montenegrin professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Kazakh club FC Okzhetpes and the national team of Montenegro.

Darko Zorić
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Zorić with Montenegro in 2014
Personal information
Full name Darko Zorić
Date of birth (1993-09-12) 12 September 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Nikšić, FR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Okzhetpes
Number 28
Youth career
–2010 Sutjeska Nikšić
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Sutjeska Nikšić 7 (0)
2011–2014 Čelik Nikšić 54 (16)
2014–2017 AEK Athens 19 (3)
2015–2016Borac Čačak (loan) 25 (4)
2017–2018 Čukarički 44 (3)
2019– Okzhetpes 11 (2)
National team
2013–2014 Montenegro U21 8 (1)
2014– Montenegro 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:01, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Zorić made his professional debut with Sutjeska Nikšić in 2010 at the age of 17. After just playing seven games with Sutjeska, he transferred to city rivals Čelik Nikšić, with whom Zorić would reach two Montenegrin Cup finals. Throughout the winter of 2013-2014, negotiations took place between Zorić and Inter Milan[1] and Red Star Belgrade.[2]

AEK AthensEdit

On 11 February 2014, it was announced that Zorić signed a contract with AEK Athens, but would play the rest of the 2013-14 season with Čelik before moving to AEK in July 2014.[3] It was reported that Dušan Bajević tipped off the Greek club into recruiting Zorić.[3] After almost three years with the club, he agreed to terminate his contract with AEK on 4 January 2017.

Loan to Borac ČačakEdit

On 31 August 2015, Zorić joined Serbian side Borac Čačak on loan, coached by Nenad Lalatović at the time.[4] On December 2, 2015, Zorić scored a hat-trick and made two assists in a 1-5 upset which eliminated heavily favored Red Star Belgrade in the second round of the 2015-16 Serbian Cup.[5]

ČukaričkiEdit

In early January 2017, Zorić signed a 2.5-year contract with Serbian team Čukarički, managed by his same coach from Borac Čačak, Nenad Lalatović.[4][6] He made his debut for Čukarički on January 21, 2017, in a friendly match with BSK Borča which Čukarički won 9-0.[7] On February 1, 2019, Čukarički agreed with Zorić to terminate his contract.[8]

OkzhetpesEdit

On 4 February 2019, Zorić signed a one-year contract with Kazakh club FC Okzhetpes, with an option for a one-year extension.[9]

International careerEdit

Zorić debuted at the age of 20 for the Montenegro national football team on May 23, 2014, in a 2-0 loss against Slovakia under coach Branko Brnović.[10]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Montenegro's goal tally first.[11]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 October 2018 LFF Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania   Lithuania 4–0 4–1 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C

HonoursEdit

Čelik
AEK Athens

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1] G Factor: Darko Zoric, il giovane montenegrino sul taccuino di Inter e Borussia Dortmund (in Italian) 7 December 2013
  2. ^ [2] Janković, Nikola. Mondo: Darko Zorić potvrdio: Pregovaram sa Zvezdom! (in Serbian) 14 January 2014
  3. ^ a b Mijušković, Dejan. "Zorić potpisao za AEK, pa pozajmljen Čeliku".
  4. ^ a b Mihajlo Vidojević (January 23, 2017). "Sportske: Zorić: "Lalatović je garant uspeha"" (in Serbian). Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Katarina Ivanović (December 3, 2015). "Politika: Zvezda nas je potcenila" (in Serbian). Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  6. ^ "Novosti: Matijašević: Nadam se da će Zorić biti kapitalno pojačanje" (in Serbian). January 11, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Blic: O NOVOM KLUBU Darko Zorić: Čuka je najsređeniji klub u Srbiji" (in Serbian). January 23, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  8. ^ [3] Sportske.net: Darko Zorić napustio Čukarički (in Serbian). February 1, 2019.
  9. ^ [4] Mozzart Sport: Zorić na istoku, potpisao na 1+1 (in Serbian). February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ [5] Soccerway: SLOVAKIA VS. MONTENEGRO 2 - 0
  11. ^ "Zorić, Darko". National Football Teams. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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