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Dejan Čurović (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Чуровић, pronounced [dějan tʃûroʋitɕ]; 10 August 1968 – 11 August 2019) was a Serbian professional footballer who played as a striker.

Dejan Čurović
Personal information
Full name Dejan Čurović
Date of birth (1968-08-10)10 August 1968
Place of birth Zemun, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 11 August 2019(2019-08-11) (aged 51)
Place of death Belgrade, Serbia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Zemun 106 (39)
1993–1994 Partizan 32 (19)
1994–2000 Vitesse 109 (41)
2000–2003 Groningen 42 (7)
Total 289 (106)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He represented four clubs during his active career, playing with Zemun and Partizan in the former Yugoslavia, as well as with Vitesse and Groningen in the Netherlands.

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Playing careerEdit

Čurović started out at his local club Zemun. He was a member of the team that won the Yugoslav Second League in 1990. In his debut season in the Yugoslav First League, Čurović scored 11 goals from 27 appearances, as the club finished in 13th place.

In the summer of 1993, Čurović was transferred to Partizan. He was the club's second-highest scorer in the 1993–94 season, behind Savo Milošević, as the club won the double.

After a successful year at Partizan, Čurović moved abroad and signed with Dutch club Vitesse. In 1998, the GelreDome replaced the Nieuw Monnikenhuize. The first goal in the new stadium was scored by Čurović. Also, he scored the last goal in the old stadium. Čurović spent the next six seasons in Arnhem, scoring 47 goals in all competitions. In the summer of 2000, Čurović switched to fellow Eredivisie club Groningen. He spent three years at the club, before retiring from the game.

Post-playing careerEdit

From 2003 to 2008, he was a director in FK Zemun. In July 2011, he became the director of football of the newly-promoted Serbian club FK Inđija.[1]

DeathEdit

Čurović died of leukemia on 11 August 2019, the day after his 51st birthday.[2]

StatisticsEdit

Club Season League
Apps Goals
Zemun 1989–90 19 3
1990–91 27 11
1991–92 31 12
Vitesse 1994–95 11 4
1995–96 28 8
1996–97 22 6
1997–98 27 17
1998–99 11 5
1999–00 10 1

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tandem direktora FK Inđija". savezsportova.com (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  2. ^ "ŠOK! Čuveni golgeter Partizana preminuo u 51. godini (VIDEO)". kurir.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 2019-08-11.

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