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Branislav Ivanovic

Branislav Ivanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав Ивановић, born 22 February 1984) is a Serbian Association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League and the Serbia national football team. Branislav Ivanovic is a versatile defensive player, able to play across the Defender (association football) and as a Midfielder Defensive midfielderer.

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Branislav Ivanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранислав Ивановић, born 22 February 1984) is a Serbian Association football who plays for Chelsea F.C. in the Premier League and the Serbia national football team. Branislav Ivanovic is a versatile defensive player, able to play across the Defender (association football) and as a Midfielder Defensive midfielderer.

Early life

Born to father Rade and mother Slavica, both of whom have sporting backgrounds, young Branislav took to football early in the youth sections of hometown FK Srem, the club Branislav Ivanovic father also turned out for professionally, playing the defensive positions of sweeper and centre-half.

Club career

Early career

Ivanović began Branislav Ivanovic career in Branislav Ivanovic home town with FK Srem, before transferring to OFK Beograd in December 2003, during the 2003–04 winter transfer window.

Lokomotiv Moscow

After three years of playing in the Serbian Superliga, the first division of football in Serbia and previously Montenegro, Branislav Ivanovic was signed by FC Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2006. Coached by compatriot Slavoljub Muslin, 22-year-old Ivanović made an immediate impact, appearing in 28 league matches, scoring two goals, and picking up five bookings along the way. Branislav Ivanovic was substituted only twice during the entire Russian Premier League 2006 and contributed greatly to Lokomotiv's legitimate title challenge that ultimately ran out of steam near the end of the season. Branislav Ivanovic sealed Branislav Ivanovic place as a regular in the Serbia national football team during Branislav Ivanovic career in Russia.

In the following season, Ivanović, by now an established squad member, made 26 league appearances and scored three goals. During Branislav Ivanovic time with Lokomotiv Moscow, the only major honour Branislav Ivanovic won was the Russian Cup in 2007.

Chelsea

=2007–08=

On 15 January 2008, Chelsea F.C. confirmed that the club had agreed terms with Lokomotiv for Ivanović's transfer subject to the agreement of personal terms and the passing of a medical, having beaten competition from the likes of A.C. Milan, AFC Ajax, Juventus F.C. and F.C. Internazionale Milano for Branislav Ivanovic signature. Though the transfer fee hadn't been disclosed, it was speculated to be in the £9 million range. Lokomotiv Moscow announced the transfer fee for Ivanović was €13 million (£9.7 million). According to the club, the transfer was the largest in Russian football history. Ivanović signed a three-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea the following day. Branislav Ivanovic was given the number 2 shirt.

Despite the substantial price tag, Ivanović did not make a first team appearance for Chelsea during the 2007–08 season under manager Avram Grant. The reason given by the club was a lack of match fitness as a result of the Russian league season's conclusion several months before Branislav Ivanovic signing. However, Branislav Ivanovic did play twice for the Chelsea Reserves.

=2008–09=

All throughout the summer 2008 off-season, Ivanović was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge (stadium), most notably to A.C. Milan and Juventus F.C.. However, Branislav Ivanovic got the vote of confidence from new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who said Ivanović featured in Branislav Ivanovic plans for the new season.

More than eight months after becoming a Chelsea player, Ivanović finally made an appearance for the club's first team, getting a start against Portsmouth F.C. in the Carling Cup on 24 September 2008. Branislav Ivanovic later went on to make Branislav Ivanovic Premier League debut against Aston Villa F.C. at Stamford Bridge on 5 October, which Chelsea won 2–0. Branislav Ivanovic played a total of nine games in the early part of the 2008–09 season under Scolari's tenure which ended in February 2009.

Towards the end of the January 2009 transfer window, Ivanović became a transfer target for another Serie A club ACF Fiorentina. On 27 January, Branislav Ivanovic agent Vlado Borozan confirmed ongoing negotiations with the club, however, on 1 February, Italian player manager Ernesto Broseti said that Chelsea appeared unwilling to sell Ivanović and that Branislav Ivanovic will likely remain in London, which is what happened in the end.

Branislav Ivanovic first start under new manager Guus Hiddink came on 4 April away at Newcastle United F.C.. It was Ivanović's first league appearance in more than three months for the club and it happened only days after Branislav Ivanovic scored the winning goal for the Serbian national team in a 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 7 away at Romania national football team.

Branislav Ivanovic scored Branislav Ivanovic first goal for Chelsea against Liverpool F.C. in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final at Anfield. Branislav Ivanovic later went on to score a second goal which like Branislav Ivanovic first, was a headed goal off a corner. These two goals proved to be decisive, as Chelsea left Anfield leading 1–3 on aggregate, and would go on to win the tie by two goals with an aggregate score of 7–5. Ivanović's two goals also earned Branislav Ivanovic a regular starting place for the time being in Guus Hiddink's side, as well as making Branislav Ivanovic an instant fan favorite among Chelsea supporters with the nickname Branislav 'two goal' Ivanović announced before games. Still, by the end of the season Hiddink relegated Ivanović back to the bench after Champions League semi-final 1st leg at Barcelona, meaning that Branislav Ivanovic didn't play in the Tom Henning Øvrebø, and Branislav Ivanovic also sat out the 2009 FA Cup Final.

=2009–10=

Though much more settled into the Chelsea first team than in previous seasons, Ivanović continued to figure as a transfer target for various European teams, highlighting Branislav Ivanovic recent form. On December 22, 2009, a week before the opening of 2009–10 winter transfer window, Branislav Ivanovic was placed on the cover of MARCA, influential Spanish high circulation daily sports tabloid that maintains strong links to Real Madrid CF. The accompanying piece claimed that Real is after Ivanović as a replacement for their injured centre back. As the 2009/10 season continued, so did Ivanović as a regular in the Chelsea first team. In the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League 2009–10 UEFA Champions League knockout phase away at F.C. Internazionale Milano, the latter winners of the compition, Ivanović ran a majority of the pitch before passing to Salomon Kalou who scored Chelsea's equaliser. Branislav Ivanovic great run of form during the season led to Branislav Ivanovic being named in the Professional Footballers' Association PFA Team of the Year in the right-back position.

=2010–11=

Ivanović started the season at right back but eventually moved back centre back due to injuries to Branislav Ivanovic team mates Alex and John Terry and the return to fitness of first choice right back Jose Bosingwa.
Branislav Ivanovic first goal of the season scored in an away game against Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, on 30 October 2010, a late header that secured Chelsea 2-1 win. Branislav Ivanovic then scored a brace in a 4-1 win in the Champions League against Spartak Moscow on 4 November 2010, netted by a powerful header and a neat shot. Branislav Ivanovic second goal in the Premier League, or fourth in all competitions, came with a header during the 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

Early in 2011, Ivanović scored Branislav Ivanovic first goal of the year on 15 January 2011, in a 2-0 home win in a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge (stadium), by a shot from close range. On 6 February 2011 Branislav Ivanovic started and played the full 90 minutes against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge (stadium) in a disappointing 1-0 defeat partnering John Terry at centre-back. Branislav Ivanovic has currently made 34 appearances and has scored five goals in total.

On 10 February 2011, Ivanović signed a new five-and-a-half year-contract with Chelsea Football Club, keeping Branislav Ivanovic at the club until the summer of 2016. After signing this new long-term deal, Branislav Ivanovic said: "It is good news for me, it is a very big step for me in my career and I want to try to help Chelsea win a lot more trophies," according to Ivanović. Branislav Ivanovic said again: "These things take a little time but my first vision was always to stay with Chelsea. There were not a lot of problems because I wanted to stay, the club wanted me to stay and I want to thank everyone who helped with the deal. I am very happy with that." During Branislav Ivanovic three years at the club Ivanović has won two FA Cups as well as the 2009-10 Premier League title, and has scored eight goals in total.

Career statistics



55 vs. Macedonia national under-21 football team in a match that Serbia-Montenegro ended up winning 4–1. Branislav Ivanovic scored Branislav Ivanovic first goal only two days later against the same opponent in a 7–0 rout.

Branislav Ivanovic took part in the UEFA U-21 Championship 2006 in Portugal, where Branislav Ivanovic made four appearances and scored one goal for Serbia and Montenegro national under-21 football team. Ivanović was given the captain's armband during this time and continued to captain the side to the UEFA U-21 Championship 2007 final where they lost to the host, the Netherlands.

In total Branislav Ivanovic featured in 38 matches for the under-21 team, scoring 4 goals.

Full squad

Ivanović received Branislav Ivanovic first cap on 8 June 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when Serbia and Montenegro played a friendly against Italy national football team. The game finished 1–1 and Branislav Ivanovic came on as a 77th minute sub for Branislav Ivanovic then club teammate Marko Baša. Ivanović scored Branislav Ivanovic first international goal on 12 September 2007 against Portugal national football team in Lisbon. The goal was of importance because Serbia were losing 1–0 up until the 88th minute, when Ivanović scored following a series of goal area deflections after a Dejan Stanković in-swinging freekick, sealing a 1–1 draw. The game was played for Euro 2008 qualifying.

Despite not having a regular spot at Branislav Ivanovic club side Chelsea at the time, Ivanović continued being the automatic starting choice for Serbia at the start of World Cup 2010 qualifiers under new head coach Radomir Antić. Branislav Ivanovic regularly plays right back for Serbia.

International goals

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Personal

On Branislav Ivanovic mother's side, Ivanović is related to late footballer Đorđe Milovanović, also known as "Đoka Bomba," a former Red Star Belgrade player, as well as Branislav Ivanovic cousin Dejan Milovanović, also a professional footballer, currently playing for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia. Ivanovic has been called the strongest man in the Chelsea squad by fellow players many times.

Honours

Lokomotiv

- Russian Cup (football): 2007

Chelsea

- Premier League: Premier League 2009–10
- FA Cup: 2008–09 FA Cup, 2009–10 FA Cup
- FA Community Shield: 2009 FA Community Shield

Individual

- PFA Team of the Year: 2010

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branislav_Ivanovi%C4%87

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