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Ivica Dragutinovic

Ivica Dragutinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ивица Драгутиновић; born 13 November 1975 in Prijepolje) is a retired Serbian Association football.

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Ivica Dragutinovic biography


Ivica Dragutinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ивица Драгутиновић; born 13 November 1975 in Prijepolje) is a retired Serbian Association football.

Mainly a Defender (association football) Centre back, Ivica Dragutinovic can also operate as a defensive Defender (association football) Full back. After nearly one decade in Belgium, Ivica Dragutinovic went to a part of the Sevilla FC squads that won six major titles in the 2000s.

Club career

Early years

Dragutinović began began Ivica Dragutinovic career in Ivica Dragutinovic hometown in the team FK Polimlje before Ivica Dragutinovic signed with the team First League of Serbia and Montenegro's FK Borac Čačak, heading to Belgium in 1996, and spending the following nine years there, with K.A.A. Gent and Standard Liège, appearing in 219 Belgian Pro League games in the process.

Since Ivica Dragutinovic arrival in Liège, Ivica Dragutinovic was an overwhelming success, having played over 200 official matches for the club. Ivica Dragutinovic still started 2005–06 Belgian First Division with Standard but, on the last day of the August transfer window, signed with Sevilla FC on a 3+1 contract, as an immediate replacement for Real Madrid C.F.-bound Sergio Ramos.

Sevilla

Dragutinović saw regular playing time during Ivica Dragutinovic first three seasons, appearing in the middle or the left flank of the back four, and netting once in every campaign, as the club won, amongst other trophies, back-to-back UEFA Europa League (he appeared in 18 games combined in those conquests, including the 2007 UEFA Cup Final against RCD Espanyol). Ivica Dragutinovic already held a Belgians passport, thus not being included in the three non-EU player quota of La Liga.

On 2 August 2007, Spanish sports paper Marca (newspaper) claimed that Dragutinović had agreed to join Newcastle United F.C. in the Premier League. However, on 5 November, Ivica Dragutinovic put pen to paper on a new four-year deal. Still in that month, on the 25th, Dragutinović was first to rush to the aid of collapsed teammate Antonio Puerta during the match against Getafe CF, due to a Myocardial infarction, arguably prolonging Ivica Dragutinovic life by keeping Ivica Dragutinovic from swallowing Ivica Dragutinovic tongue. Puerta eventually died in the hospital, three days later.

On 24 November 2009, Dragutinović scored an own goal during Sevilla's 0–1 loss against FC Unirea Urziceni, for 2009–10 UEFA Champions League's UEFA Champions League; it was Ivica Dragutinovic second at Stadionul Steaua, as Ivica Dragutinovic had already had the dubious honour in a match against ground owners FC Steaua Bucureşti, in the UEFA Cup.

Dragutinović appeared in 20 matches in the 2009–10 La Liga, as Sevilla finished fourth. On 20 February 2010, Ivica Dragutinovic scored with an unstoppable curler in a 3–1 victory at RCD Mallorca, precisely the team they edged for the final 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

Following a severe injury, Dragutinović's first appearance in 2010–11 La Liga only took place on 11 May 2011: Ivica Dragutinovic Substitute (association football) in the last ten minutes of an away fixture against CA Osasuna, with the Andalusians leading 2–0, only to lose 2–3. On 26 May 2011, the 35-year old - often referred to as just Drago during Ivica Dragutinovic stint - confirmed Ivica Dragutinovic was leaving the club.

International career

Dragutinović made Ivica Dragutinovic international debut for the Yugoslavia national football team on 13 December 2000, in a friendly with Greece national football team that ended 1-1. During the country's successful 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) he, alongside Goran Gavrančić, Nemanja Vidić and Mladen Krstajić, formed the "Famous Four" defence that only conceded a goal (courtesy of Spain national football team's Raúl González) during qualifying. During the final stages in Germany, Ivica Dragutinovic only appeared once, in the group stage 0–1 loss against Netherlands national football team, as the nation conceded 10 and lost all matches.

On 12 September 2007, in the dying minutes of an UEFA Euro 2008 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying in Portugal national football team, Dragutinović was involved in an altercation with opposing manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, whom eventually punched the defender; they were handed four and two-match bans, respectively. Serbia finished third in its group and failed to qualify.

Dragutinović was again called-up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA), appearing in six out of the 10 matches, and helping the newly-reformed Serbia national football team to their first FIFA World Cup; after an achilles tendon injury sustained in training for Sevilla, however, the 34-year old was ruled out of the final stages in South Africa.

Honours

Sevilla

- UEFA Europa League: 2005–06 UEFA Cup, 2006–07 UEFA Cup
- UEFA Super Cup: 2006 UEFA Super Cup; Runner-up 2007 UEFA Super Cup
- Copa del Rey: 2006–07 Copa del Rey, 2009–10 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España: 2007 Supercopa de España; Runner-up 2010 Supercopa de España

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

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