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Roman Bezjak (born 21 February 1989) is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a forward for APOEL and the Slovenian national team.

Roman Bezjak
Bezjak 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Roman Bezjak
Date of birth (1989-02-21) 21 February 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Slovenj Gradec, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
APOEL
Number 89
Youth career
Korotan Prevalje
–2005 Dravograd
2005–2008 Celje
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2012 Celje 108 (34)
2009–2010Mladi upi Šentjur (loan) 8 (4)
2012–2015 Ludogorets Razgrad 60 (20)
2015–2016 Rijeka 39 (20)
2016–2018 Darmstadt 98 14 (0)
2017Rijeka (loan) 16 (4)
2018–2019 Jagiellonia Białystok 30 (7)
2019– APOEL 14 (4)
National team
2007 Slovenia U18 8 (3)
2007 Slovenia U19 6 (3)
2009–2010 Slovenia U20 2 (0)
2008–2010 Slovenia U21 2 (0)
2013– Slovenia 28 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2018

Contents

Club careerEdit

CeljeEdit

Bezjak made his debut for Celje on 9 April 2008 against Maribor coming on as a substitute for the last 6 minutes.[1] The following season he made his first start for Celje, on 2 August 2008, in a 0–0 home draw against Domžale before being substituted by Saša Bakarič.[2] Two weeks later, Bezjak scored his first goal in a 2–2 away draw against Primorje. He began to establish himself in the Celje first team from the 2009–10 season, making 24 appearances (15 starts) and scoring six goals.

Ludogorets RazgradEdit

On 22 August 2012, Bezjak signed a four-year contract with Bulgarian A Group side Ludogorets Razgrad.[3] He made his debut for Ludogorets against CSKA Sofia on 22 September where he came on as a substitute in a 1–0 home win. His first goals for Ludogorets came on 3 May 2013 when he scored twice in a 3–0 home win over Chernomorets Burgas. He made 14 appearances during the 2012–13 season, finishing with five goals.

In the following season Bezjak became a first team regular.[4] He scored his first goal of the season in the second league game, a 1–0 win at home to Chernomorets Burgas on 27 July 2013. On 27 October, he scored his first-ever career hat-trick, netting four goals in a 5–1 league win over Lyubimets 2007. He also scored three goals in two matches against PSV Eindhoven in the group stage of the Europa League. In February 2014, he netted in both legs of the 4–3 aggregate victory over Lazio in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League. On 13 March 2014, he earned а penalty kick in the 0–3 home loss against Valencia CF, but missed from the spot.[5] On 15 May 2014, Bezjak scored the winning goal in the 1–0 victory over Botev Plovdiv in the 2014 Bulgarian Cup Final to help his team achieve a double.[6] He ended the season as the club's top scorer, scoring 20 goals in all competitions.

RijekaEdit

On 14 May 2015, HNK Rijeka announced that Bezjak had signed a three-year contract, tying him with the club until June 2018.[7] He made his official début for the club on 10 July 2015, in a goalless away draw against Inter Zaprešić in Round 1 of the Croatian First Football League.[8] On 19 July 2015, Bezjak scored a brace in a 3–3 home draw against Slaven Belupo.[9] With 13 goals to his account, he was the club's top scorer during the 2015–16 season.

Jagiellonia BiałystokEdit

On 1 February 2018, Bezjak signed a two and a half year contract with Jagiellonia Białystok.[10] His debut for Jagiellonia was against Piast Gliwice in a 2–0 victory being subbed in the 73rd minute.[11] Bezjak's first goal for the club was on 23 February 2018 against Lechia Gdańsk in a 4–2 win at home.[12]

International careerEdit

Bezjak earned his first cap for his country on 14 August 2013, after coming on as a substitute in the 0–2 loss against Finland in a friendly match.[13] On 23 March 2016, Bezjak scored his first goal for Slovenia in the 1–0 win against Macedonia.[14] On 8 October 2017, Bezjak scored twice for the 2–2 draw between Slovenia and Scotland.[15]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 22 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celje 2007–08 1. SNL 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 11 1 0 0 11 1
2009–10 24 6 4 3 28 9
2010–11 32 7 2 1 34 8
2011–12 34 16 7 1 41 17
2012–13 6 4 0 0 2[a] 0 8 4
Total 108 34 13 5 2 0 123 39
Ludogorets 2012–13 A Group 14 5 0 0 14 5
2013–14 31 13 5 1 15[b] 6 51 20
2014–15 15 2 7 0 9[c] 2 31 4
Total 60 20 12 1 24 8 96 29
Rijeka 2015–16 1. HNL 32 13 5 4 2[a] 0 39 17
2016–17 23 11 3 0 2[a] 2 28 13
Total 55 24 8 4 4 2 67 30
Darmstadt 98 2016–17 Bundesliga 11 0 1 0 12 0
2017–18 2. Bundesliga 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 14 0 2 0 0 0 16 0
Jagiellonia 2017–18 Ekstraklasa 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
2018–19 16 4 1 0 2 0 19 4
Total 30 7 1 0 2 0 33 7
APOEL 2018–19 Cypriot First Division 14 4 5 0 0 0 19 4
Career total 281 89 41 10 32 10 354 109
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in the UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Six appearances in the UEFA Champions League; nine appearances and six goals in the UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League

International statisticsEdit

SummaryEdit

As of 19 November 2018
National team Year Apps Goals
Slovenia 2013 3 0
2014 2 0
2015 3 0
2016 7 1
2017 4 2
2018 9 1
Total 28 4

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.[16]
International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2016 Bonifika Stadium, Koper, Slovenia   North Macedonia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
2. 8 October 2017 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia   Scotland 1–1 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 2–1
4. 2 June 2018 City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro   Montenegro 1–0 2–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Maribor 5–2 Celje". prvaliga.si. Retrieved 9 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Celje 0–0 Domžale". prvaliga.si. Retrieved 2 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Ludogorets bought a striker from Slovenia". ludogorets.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
  4. ^ Kichukov, Simeon (15 May 2015). "След като не му беше предложен нов договор, Роман Безяк напусна "Лудогорец". Словенецът отива в хърватския "Риека", ще взима между 300 и 350 хил. евро на година". 7sport.net. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Валенсия събуди Лудогорец от "европейския" им сън, този път и късметът обърна гръб на разградчани". topsport.bg. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Лудогорец триумфира с Купата в мач, изпълнен с простотия, нерви и ексцесии, "oрлите" подчиниха "Ботев" на "Лазур". topsport.bg. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Roman Bezjak novi igrač Rijeke". nk-rijeka.hr. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Inter Zaprešić-Rijeka 0:0". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Rijeka-Slaven Belupo 3:3". prvahnl.hr. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Jagiellonia Białystok. Roman Bezjak podpisał kontrakt" (in Polish). eurosport.interia.pl. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Piast Gliwice - Jagiellonia Białystok 0:2" (in Polish). dziennikzachodni.pl. 12 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Jagiellonia imponuje i wskakuje na pozycję lidera! Posada Owena wisi na włosku" (in Polish). przegladsportowy.pl. 23 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Roman Bezjak personal profile and match log". soccerway.com. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Z Bezjakovim prvencem zmaga Slovenije na Bonifiki". Delo.si. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Slovenia–Scotland 2:2". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Bezjack, Roman". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 October 2017.

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