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Marko Simić (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Симић, pronounced [mâːrko sǐːmitɕ]; born 16 June 1987) is a Serbian-born Montenegrin football defender playing for Pakhtakor Tashkent and Montenegro national football team.

Marko Simić
Iran vs. Montenegro 2014-05-26 (210).jpg
Simić with Montenegro in a friendly versus Iran in 2014
Personal information
Full name Marko Simić
Date of birth (1987-06-16) 16 June 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Obrenovac, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Pakhtakor Tashkent
Number 55
Youth career
Partizan
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Spartak Varna 0 (0)
2007Chernomorets Byala (loan) 6 (0)
2007–2008 Radnički Kragujevac 11 (0)
2008OFK Mladenovac (loan) 12 (1)
2008–2009 Budapest Honvéd 3 (0)
2009–2010 Bežanija 25 (4)
2010 Jagodina 12 (1)
2011–2012 BATE Borisov 48 (5)
2013–2016 Kayserispor 75 (4)
2016 Hapoel Tel Aviv 6 (0)
2017 Rostov 7 (0)
2017– Pakhtakor Tashkent 38 (4)
National team
2013– Montenegro 34 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2018

Born in Obrenovac,[1] SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Serbia), Marko Simić initially played in the youth categories of FK Partizan.[2] Simić was a part of one of the best generations of BATE Borisov which made the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2011 and 2012. He made his debut for the Montenegro national team in 2013.

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Club careerEdit

Spartak VarnaEdit

In January 2007 Simić joined Bulgarian A PFG side Spartak Varna. He made his team début on 3 February in a 3–1 friendly win over Svetkavitsa,[3] but he never played in competitive match for Spartak. One months later Simić joined North-East V AFG club Chernomorets Byala on loan and earned 6 appearances to the end of the season.[4]

Journeyman yearsEdit

In summer of 2007 he signed with Serbian League West side FK Radnički Kragujevac. After a loan spell with OFK Mladenovac during the second half of the season, he moved to Hungary to play with Budapest Honvéd FC in the Hungarian Championship. In summer 2009 he was back to Serbia to play with Serbian First League (second tier) club FK Bežanija.[5] The following summer he moved to FK Jagodina playing in the Serbian SuperLiga where he made 12 league appearances scoring one goal during the first half of the 2010–11 season.

BATE BorisovEdit

During the winter break he moved to FC BATE Borisov in the Belarusian Premier League. He has established himself as a starter for the team. Simić featured in BATE's lineups in the UEFA Champions League in 2011 and 2012, featuring against Barcelona, Milan, and Bayern Munich.[6]

KayserisporEdit

In the winter 2013 transfer window, Simić moved to Kayserispor, whose coach at the time, Robert Prosinečki, was instrumental in bringing Simić to the club.[7]

RostovEdit

On 14 March 2017, he signed a short-term deal with the Russian Premier League side FC Rostov until the end of the 2016–17 season after Rostov's first-choice defender Vladimir Granat suffered a season-ending injury.[8]

International careerEdit

On 29 September 2011, he received his first ever call for the Serbian national team for the upcoming UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Italy and Slovenia on 7 and 11 October, but did not debut.[9]

Later, he received a call for the Montenegro national football team and debuted in a friendly match played against Belarus on August 14, 2013.[10]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Montenegro's goal tally first.[11]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 1 September 2017 Astana Arena, Astana, Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan 3–0 3–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Marko Simić: spreman sam za Mesija article and interview at Kurir
  2. ^ Marko Simić: spreman sam za Mesija article and interview at Kurir
  3. ^ "Спартак Варна победи Светкавица" (in Bulgarian). sportni.bg. Retrieved 3 February 2007.
  4. ^ "Бивш футболист на Черноморец Бяла игра в Шампионската лига" (in Bulgarian). varnautre.bg. Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Marko Simić at Srbijafudbal
  6. ^ Mozzart Sport (author name unknown) (4 October 2012). "Marko Simić: Pokazali smo da nije sve u parama" (in Serbian).
  7. ^ [1] Ostojić, Dražen. Alo! Marko Simić kod Robija (in Serbian) 15 January 2013
  8. ^ Марко Симич – игрок «Ростова» (in Russian). FC Rostov. 14 March 2017.
  9. ^ Dva debitanta, na spisku i Vidić!? at B92
  10. ^ Crna Gora remizirala u Bjelorusiji at Vijesti, 14-8-2013
  11. ^ "Simić, Marko". National Football Teams. Retrieved 4 September 2017.

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