Mladen Krstajić

Mladen Krstajić (Serbian Cyrillic: Младен Крстајић, pronounced [mlǎden kr̩stâjitɕ]; born 4 March 1974) is a Serbian professional football manager and former player who played as a centre-back.

Mladen Krstajić
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Krstajić as Serbia manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Mladen Krstajić
Date of birth (1974-03-04) 4 March 1974 (age 47)
Place of birth Zenica, SR Bosnia and
Herzegovina
, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Youth career
1984–1992 Čelik Zenica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Senta
1993–1996 Kikinda 55 (2)
1996–2000 Partizan 84 (7)
2000–2004 Werder Bremen 112 (11)
2004–2009 Schalke 04 131 (7)
2009–2011 Partizan 43 (3)
Total 425 (30)
National team
1999–2008 Serbia 59 (2)
Teams managed
2011 Partizan (sporting director)
2016–2017 Serbia (assistant)
2017–2019 Serbia
2021 TSC
2021– Maccabi Tel Aviv
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. From January 2015[1] until March 2020,[2] Krstajić served the role of chairman of the board of Bosnian Premier League club Radnik Bijeljina. Krstajić became head coach of Maccabi Tel-Aviv in December 2021.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Krstajić was born and raised in Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia, present day Bosnia and Herzegovina to a Bosnian Serb mother from Bijeljina and a father from Žabljak, Montenegro.[3] After playing in the youth teams of Čelik Zenica, Krstajić moved to Kikinda, FR Yugoslavia, present day Serbia in April 1992, following the breakout of the Bosnian War. He started playing with Senta for six months. He then moved to OFK Kikinda, at that time a first league club. At some point of a successful career as a Serbian football player, there comes the time, to decide, whether one wants to play for Partizan or for Red Star Belgrade, and Krstajić decided to take the move to Partizan in 1996. According to Krstajić himself, Red Star was interested in him, but as he comes from a family that cheers for Partizan, he decided to sign a contract with his favourite club. His four and a half years at Partizan were more than successful, winning the national championships three times (1996, 1997, 1999) and also the national cup in 1998.

Werder Bremen and SchalkeEdit

 
Krstajić with Schalke 04 in 2007.

In 2000, Krstajić, the defender with the "winner mentality" (Jupp Heynckes)[citation needed] joined German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen who paid a DM 1.8 million (about €950,000) transfer fee to Partizan.[4] At Werder Bremen he was initially deployed at left-back in his first season[5] but became one of the best central defenders in the Bundesliga,[4] winning the double of Bundesliga and cup with Werder in 2004.

In 2004 he joined Schalke 04, where he was named the new captain on 17 March 2009.[6]

PartizanEdit

On 5 June 2009, Krstajić signed a two-year contract with his former club Partizan.[7] In January 2010, after the departure of Nenad Đorđević, he was named the new Partizan captain.[8] After two very successful seasons, Krstajić played his last professional match on 21 May 2011.[9] Immediately after retiring, he was appointed as the new director of football of the club. After less than 6 months as director of football, he was sacked due to a media war against club president Dragan Đurić. Aleksandar Stanojević resigned as manager as a result.

The day before Krstajić was released, Partizan fans, Grobari, chanted his name as a sign of support during a basketball match against arch rivals Red Star.[10]

International careerEdit

Krstajić was a part of the Serbia and Montenegro national team "Famous Four" defence, which conceded just one goal during the qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The other members of the famous four were Ivica Dragutinović, Goran Gavrančić and Nemanja Vidić.

Between 1999 and 2008 he made 58 international appearances scoring 2 goals. He represented three senior national sides: FR Yugoslavia (1992–2002; 20 appearances, 2 goals), Serbia and Montenegro (2002–2006; 27 appearances), and Serbia (2006–2008; 11 appearances).[11]

Managerial careerEdit

SerbiaEdit

In October 2017, Krstajić succeeded Slavoljub Muslin as head coach of the Serbia national team, initially as a caretaker. In December, it was announced he would take on the role permanently and at least until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[12][13]

On 13 June 2019, Krstajić was sacked from the position after a dismal 5–0 loss in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Ukraine.[14][15]

TSCEdit

Krstajić became head coach of TSC in January 2021.[16] He left the club in October.[17]

Maccabi Tel-AvivEdit

On 9 December 2021, Krstajić was appointed manager of Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Tel Aviv.[18]

Administrative careerEdit

Before becoming a manager, Krstajić became the new chairman of the board of Bosnian Premier League club Radnik Bijeljina on 23 January 2015.[19]

During his time as club chairman, Radnik became a stable Bosnian Premier League club, finishing almost always in the top five or six. It won its first ever national and major trophy, the Bosnian Cup in the 2015–16 season and thus qualified for its first ever UEFA competition, the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds.[20][21][22]

In the 2018–19 Bosnian Premier League season, Radnik finished in fifth place, but as fourth placed Željezničar did not get an UEFA license to compete in the following season's UEFA Europa League, Radnik was qualified by default to the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds for a second time in its history.[23]

On 27 December 2019, Krstajić unexpectedly decided to leave Radnik, stating that it was time for someone new to lead the club.[24] He officially left the club on 28 March 2020, with Predrag Perković succeeding him as chairman.[2]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kikinda 1993–94 First League of FR Yugoslavia 24 0 0 0 24 0
1994–95 Second League of FR Yugoslavia 31 2 0 0 31 2
Total 55 2 55 2
Partizan 1995–96 First League of FR Yugoslavia 6 1 1 0 6 1
1996–97 First League of FR Yugoslavia 11 0 1 0 12 0
1997–98 First League of FR Yugoslavia 21 4 4 0 2 0 23 4
1998–99 First League of FR Yugoslavia 17 0 7 2 4 1 21 3
1999–00 First League of FR Yugoslavia 29 2 2 0 6 2 37 4
Total 84 7 14 2 13 3 111 12
Werder Bremen 2000–01[25] Bundesliga 25 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 32 2
2001–02[25] Bundesliga 26 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 30 2
2002–03[25] Bundesliga 31 4 5 0 1 0 4 1 41 5
2003–04[25] Bundesliga 30 3 5 0 0 0 4 0 39 3
Total 112 11 14 0 1 0 15 1 142 12
Schalke 04 2004–05[25] Bundesliga 28 1 5 1 0 0 12 1 45 3
2005–06[25] Bundesliga 29 2 1 0 2 0 12 0 44 2
2006–07[25] Bundesliga 27 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
2007–08[25] Bundesliga 23 2 2 0 3 0 6 0 34 2
2008–09[25] Bundesliga 24 1 3 0 4 0 31 1
Total 131 7 13 1 5 0 34 1 183 9
Partizan 2009–10 Serbian SuperLiga 22 2 1 0 9 2 32 4
2010–11 Serbian SuperLiga 21 1 4 0 12 0 37 1
Total 43 3 5 0 21 2 69 5
Career total 425 30 46 3 6 0 83 7 560 40

InternationalEdit

Appearances and goals by national team and year[26]
National team Year Apps Goals
FR Yugoslavia 1999 2 0
2000 5 0
2001 5 1
2002 11 1
Serbia and Montenegro 2003 7 0
2004 5 0
2005 8 0
2006 5 0
Serbia 2006 5 0
2007 4 0
2008 2 0
Total 59 2

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 22 January 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Serbia 30 October 2017 13 June 2019 19 9 5 5 30 21 +9 047.37
TSC Bačka Topola 4 January 2021 19 October 2021 33 15 8 10 51 37 +14 045.45
Maccabi Tel-Aviv 9 December 2021 Currently 7 3 3 1 15 9 +6 042.86
Total 59 27 16 16 94 67 +27 045.76

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

Partizan

Werder Bremen[27]

Schalke 04[27]

ReferencesEdit

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