Dejan Osmanović

Dejan Osmanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Дејан Османовић; born 29 January 1973) is a Serbian former footballer of Romani descent.[1][2]

Dejan Osmanović
Personal information
Full name Dejan Osmanović
Date of birth (1973-01-29) 29 January 1973 (age 49)
Place of birth Vranje, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Dinamo Vranje
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Dinamo Vranje 99 (51)
1996–2001 Hajduk Kula 121 (67)
1999Extremadura (loan) 4 (0)
2001–2002 Vitória 11 (2)
2002Hajduk Kula (loan) 2 (1)
2003–2006 Hajduk Kula 66 (23)
2004Budućnost Banatski Dvor (loan) 12 (5)
2007 Bežanija 16 (5)
2007 Smederevo 13 (2)
2008 Banat Zrenjanin 18 (3)
2009–2010 Dinamo Vranje 53 (15)
2011 Bežanija 4 (0)
2011 Dinamo Vranje 3 (1)
2012 Radan Lebane
2013 Dinamo Vranje
2014 Roma Vranje 1 (0)
2021 Radnički Vranje 1 (2)
Total 424 (177)
Teams managed
2021– Radnički Vranje
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

One of the most prolific strikers in FR Yugoslavia during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Osmanović is the third-highest scorer in the top flight of his country (including Serbia and its predecessors) with 101 goals (behind only Saša Ilić and Nenad Mirosavljević).[3] He is best remembered for his time at Hajduk Kula, becoming the club's all-time top scorer.

Club careerEdit

After starting out at his hometown club Dinamo Vranje, Osmanović was transferred to Hajduk Kula in the summer of 1996. He helped the side to a fourth-place finish in his debut season, as they qualified for the 1997 UEFA Intertoto Cup. With 16 goals, Osmanović would become the First League of FR Yugoslavia top scorer in the NATO bombing-suspended 1998–99 season.[4]

In August 1999, after scoring in Hajduk's opening round of the new campaign,[5] Osmanović moved abroad to Spain and signed with Segunda División club Extremadura.[6][7] He, however, failed to make an impact with the team, appearing in just four league matches, before leaving in December.[8][9] Upon his return to Kula, Osmanović scored 25 times in 24 fixtures (1.04 goals per game) during the 2000–01 season, but finished second in the league behind Petar Divić with 27 goals.[10]

In July 2001, Osmanović moved abroad for the second time to play for Brazilian club Vitória. He scored two goals until the end of the year. In early 2002, Osmanović was loaned to his former club Hajduk Kula until the end of the season, before returning to Brazil.[11]

In December 2002, it was reported that Osmanović would be rejoining Hajduk Kula for the third time.[12] He scored five goals in 22 appearances during the 2003–04 season.[13] In the summer of 2004, Osmanović was loaned to Second League club Budućnost Banatski Dvor ahead of their UEFA Cup campaign.[14]

In August 2007, shortly after leaving Bežanija, Osmanović was signed by fellow Serbian SuperLiga side Smederevo.[15] He scored his 100th goal in the top flight while playing for Banat Zrenjanin in 2008. In February 2009, Osmanović returned to his parent club Dinamo Vranje.[16]

International careerEdit

In January 2001, Osmanović represented FR Yugoslavia at the Millennium Super Soccer Cup, as the team won the tournament.[17] He made three (non-official) appearances in the process.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Kula 1996–97 First League of FR Yugoslavia 31 4 31 4
1997–98 First League of FR Yugoslavia 28 11 4 1 32 12
1998–99 First League of FR Yugoslavia 21 16 21 16
1999–2000 First League of FR Yugoslavia 17 11 0 0 17 11
2000–01 First League of FR Yugoslavia 24 25 2 0 26 25
2001–02 First League of FR Yugoslavia 2 1 0 0 2 1
2002–03 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 1 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 22 5 22 5
2004–05 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 13 7 0 0 13 7
2005–06 First League of Serbia and Montenegro 25 11 25 11
2006–07 Serbian SuperLiga 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 189 91 2 0 5 1 196 92
Bežanija 2006–07 Serbian SuperLiga 15 5 15 5
2007–08 Serbian SuperLiga 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Total 16 5 0 0 2 0 18 5
Smederevo 2007–08 Serbian SuperLiga 13 2 2 1 15 3
Banat Zrenjanin 2007–08 Serbian SuperLiga 9 2 1 0 10 2
2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga 9 1 9 1
Total 18 3 1 0 19 3
Career total 236 101 5 1 7 1 248 103

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tema o kojoj se ne priča" (in Serbian). danas.rs. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  2. ^ "NAJVEĆA ROMSKA FUDBALSKA ZVEZDA: Poveo sam u Brazil celu porodicu, sada se kajem što nisam izdržao" (in Serbian). novosti.rs. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Od 1.000 maraka po golu do kombija za Nemačku: Ispovest najboljeg romskog fudbalera Srbije ikada" (in Serbian). telegraf.rs. 21 June 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Yugoslavia 1998/99". rsssf.com. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Yugoslavia 1999/2000". rsssf.com. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Osmanovic causa buena impresión en Almendralejo" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. 16 August 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  7. ^ "El alta de Osmanovic no cierra la plantilla del Extremadura" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. 19 August 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  8. ^ "El Extremadura cubrirá la baja por lesión de Felip" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. 10 December 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Comienza el movimiento" (in Spanish). mundodeportivo.com. 15 December 1999. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Yugoslavia 2000/01". rsssf.com. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Vraćam se da osvojim Brazil" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 12 July 2002. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Osmanović opet u Kuli" (in Serbian). glas-javnosti.rs. 28 December 2002. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Serbia and Montenegro 2003/04". rsssf.com. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Dvorani debituju u Evropi" (in Serbian). b92.net. 10 August 2004. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Brzo do novog angažmana" (in Serbian). sportskacentrala.com. 21 August 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  16. ^ "OSMANOVIĆ PONOVO U DINAMU" (in Serbian). okradio.rs. 18 February 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Millennium Super Soccer Cup - India 2001". rsssf.com. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  18. ^ "Dejan Osmanović, international footballer". eu-football.info. Retrieved 25 November 2021.

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