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Luka Jović (Serbian Cyrillic: Лука Јовић, pronounced [lûːka jǒːʋitɕ]; born 23 December 1997) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Serbia national team as a striker.

Luka Jović
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Jović with Serbia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Luka Jović[1]
Date of birth (1997-12-23) 23 December 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid
Number 18
Youth career
2005–2014 Red Star Belgrade
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2016 Red Star Belgrade 42 (12)
2016–2017 Benfica B 18 (4)
2016–2019 Benfica 2 (0)
2017–2019Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 49 (25)
2019 Eintracht Frankfurt 5 (0)
2019– Real Madrid 4 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Serbia U16 12 (10)
2013–2014 Serbia U17 19 (16)
2015 Serbia U18 1 (1)
2014–2016 Serbia U19 13 (10)
2016 Serbia U20 1 (0)
2015– Serbia U21 16 (7)
2018– Serbia 7 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:01, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2019

Early lifeEdit

Jović was born in the small village of Batar near Bijeljina, to Milan and Svetlana Jović. At the age of five, he started playing football in Loznica, where he was spotted in 2004 and offered to play in Mini Maxi, a development league for kids aged between 4 and 12 in Belgrade. After just one game where Jović scored three goals his father was offered €50 for each game he played and 2000 dinars for travelling costs from Batar to Belgrade. At one of those games he was scouted by Toma Milićević, Red Star's scout who invited him to trial with Red Star Belgrade.[3] His playing style attracted comparisons to Darko Pančev and Radamel Falcao, who is also his idol.[4][5]

Club careerEdit

Red Star BelgradeEdit

YouthEdit

Jović was offered the chance to play for Red Star Belgrade in 2005. Before he committed, his father took him to train with Partizan, who had been trying to sign Jović for some time. They offered his father 200 euros per month for Jović to play with them, but he insisted on staying with Red Star.[3]

2013–14 seasonEdit

On 28 May 2014, at the age of 16 years, five months and five days, Jović made his professional debut against FK Vojvodina in Novi Sad, where he broke Dejan Stanković's record as the youngest goalscorer in a competitive match in the club's history.[6][7] He scored the goal only two minutes[6] after he was brought on as substitute, and the final score of 3–3 was enough to give Red Star the 2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga title.

2014–15 seasonEdit

On 18 October 2014, Jović became the youngest player ever to play in Eternal derby at the age of 16 years, 9 months and 25 days, breaking the previous record of Dejan Milovanović who was 17 years and 6 months old at the time.[8] Jović missed some crucial chances, but in spring half of the season scored six goals. His first goal of the season came against Vojvodina, in a match where Red Star celebrated its 70th birthday. He then scored against Spartak, a double against Borac and a decisive goal against Voždovac, ahead of the Eternal derby clash.[9] He missed the end of the season and the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand due to injury. On 17 May 2015, he signed a three-year contract with Red Star to last until 2018.

2015–16 seasonEdit

From the beginning of the 2015–16 season, Jović started as a first choice in Red Star attack along with Hugo Vieira and scored 3 goals in first 5 games. He scored again against Voždovac a winning goal and brought another win to Red Star at Stadion na Vračaru. He scored another game winner in Subotica, against Spartak. In November 2015, a racketeer from Loznica threatened him and his family that if they did not pay money to him, that he would "break Jović's legs".[10] A suspect was apprehended immediately afterwards.[10]

BenficaEdit

In February 2016, Jović signed with Portuguese champions Benfica until 2021.[11] On 9 March, he debuted for the club's reserve team in a 2–2 home draw against Sporting da Covilhã in the Segunda Liga.[12] He debuted for the first-team on 20 March, as a substitute, in a 1–0 away victory against Boavista in the Primeira Liga.

On 30 January 2017, Jović made his only appearance for the first team when he came on as a substitute in the 81st minute against Vitória de Setúbal.[13]

Loan to Eintracht FrankfurtEdit

2017–18 seasonEdit

In June 2017, Jović joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-season loan while his new club secured an option to sign him on a permanent basis.[14][15] He made five appearances as they won the 2017–18 DFB-Pokal, and scored the only goal of the win at Schalke 04 in the semi-finals on 18 April 2018,[16] but was an unused substitute in the 3–1 final win over Bayern Munich.

2018–19 seasonEdit

20-year-old Jović became the youngest player to score five goals in a Bundesliga game when he did so in a 7–1 home win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on 19 October 2018.[17] On 14 March 2019, he scored the only goal, his seventh for the campaign, in a 1–0 win over Inter Milan to secure the club's progression to the quarter finals of the Europa League. In doing so, he helped Eintracht become the first German club ever to record eight wins in a single season in the competition.[18]

On 17 April 2019, Eintracht Frankfurt exercised a clause in Jović's contract to make his loan move permanent until 30 June 2023.[19]

Real MadridEdit

On 4 June 2019, Jović signed for Real Madrid for a reported €60 million, on a six-year contract.[20][21] He made his debut on 17 August 2019, coming in as a substitute in a 3–1 win over Celta Vigo.[22]

International careerEdit

On 11 December 2013, Jović scored a hat-trick for Serbia U-17 in a 4–1 win against Croatia U-17.[23] In July 2014, he was called up by youth coach Veljko Paunović to Serbia's U19 squad for the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[24]

In May 2018, Jović was named in Serbia's preliminary squad for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.[25] On 4 June, he made his international debut in a friendly match against Chile, coming on as a substitute for Aleksandar Mitrović in the 84th minute.[26] Later in June, Jović was included in the final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[27] where he appeared as a late substitute against Brazil.[28]

On 20 March 2019, Jović scored his first goal for Serbia in a friendly against Germany.[29]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 September 2019[30][31]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 2013–14 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
2014–15 22 6 2 0 0 0 24 6
2015–16 19 5 2 1 2 0 23 6
Total 42 12 4 1 2 0 48 13
Benfica B 2015–16 7 2 7 2
2016–17 11 2 11 2
Total 18 4 18 4
Benfica 2015–16 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
2016–17 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 2017–18 22 8 5 1 0 0 0 0 27 9
2018–19 27 17 1 0 11 8 1 0 40 25
Eintracht Frankfurt 5 0 3 2 8 2
Total 54 25 6 1 14 10 1 0 75 36
Real Madrid 2019–20 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 120 41 10 2 1 0 18 10 1 0 150 53

InternationalEdit

As of match played 7 September 2019[31][32]
National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 2018 3 0
2019 4 2
Total 7 2

International goalsEdit

As of 10 June 2019 (Serbia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Jović goal)
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 20 March 2019 Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany   Germany
1–0
1–1
Friendly
2. 10 June 2019 Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia   Lithuania
3–0
4–1
UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

HonoursEdit

Red Star

Benfica

Eintracht Frankfurt

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Luka Jović". realmadrid.com. 2 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Mozzart Sport: Čudesan slučaj Luke Jovića, ili – Kako je klinac koji je spavao u gepeku stigao do velike pozornice" (in Serbian). 27 December 2013.
  4. ^ OBRENOVIĆ, Aleksandar (11 August 2014). "Terzić: Luka Jović je novi Falkao".
  5. ^ B. Cvetojevic (16 October 2013). "Zvezdin biser Jović: Hoću kao Pančev" (in Serbian).
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