Mladen Krstajić


Mladen Krstajić
Mladen Krstajić
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Personal information
Full name Mladen Krstajić
Date of birth 4 March 1974 (1974-03-04) (age 37)
Place of birth Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Partizan (Director of football)
Youth career
1984–1992 Čelik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Senta 15 (1)
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 440 (31)
National team
1999–2008 Serbia 59 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mladen Krstajić (Serbian Cyrillic: Младен Крстајић; born 4 March 1974 in Zenica) is a former Serbian footballer who currently works as a director of football for FK Partizan.

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Early life

Mladen Krstajić was born in Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia to Serb parents (his mother is from Bijeljina and his father from Žabljak).

He grew up in Bosnia and played in the youth squads of NK Čelik (1984–1992). In 1992 it became dangerous to live in Bosnia, because of the civil war, so he and his family moved to Serbia.

Club career

After playing in the youth system of NK Čelik, Krstajić moved to Kikinda in April 1992, following the breakout of the Bosnian war. He started playing with FK Senta for six months. He then moved on the 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 Zvezda, and Krstajić decided to take the move to Partizan in 1996. According to Krstajić himself, also FK Crvena zvezda was interested in him, but as he comes from a "Partizan" family, he decided to sign a contract with his favourite club. His four and a half years at Partizan was more than successful, winning the national championships three times (1996, 1997, 1999) and also the national cup in 1998.

The defender with the "winner mentality" (Jupp Heynckes) moved then to SV Werder Bremen, where he became one of the best defenders in the Fußball-Bundesliga, winning the German Championship and Cup with Werder in 2004. Since 2004 he played for FC Schalke 04, where he was named the new captain on 17 March 2009.[1] On 5 June 2009, Krstajić signed a two-year contract with his former club FK Partizan.[2] In January 2010, after the departure of Nenad Đorđević, he was named a new Partizan captain.[3] After two very successful seasons, he played his last professional match on 21 May 2011.[4] Immediately after retiring he was appointed as the new director of football of the club.[5]

International career

Krstajić has been 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 are Ivica Dragutinović, Goran Gavrančić and Nemanja Vidić. He was capped 59 times for Serbia, and was undoubtedly the leading figure of the "Famous Four" due to his experience and age.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 1995–96 6 1 6 1
1996–97 11 0 11 0
1997–98 21 4 21 4
1998–99 17 0 17 0
1999–00 29 2 2 0 6 2 37 4
Total 84 7 2 0 6 2 92 9
Werder Bremen 2000–01 25 2 2 0 0 0 5 0 32 2
2001–02 26 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 30 2
2002–03 31 4 5 0 1 0 4 1 41 5
2003–04 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 28 1 5 1 0 0 12 1 45 3
2005–06 29 2 1 0 2 0 12 0 44 2
2006–07 27 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
2007–08 23 2 2 0 3 0 6 0 34 2
2008–09 24 1 3 0 4 0 31 1
Total 131 7 13 1 5 0 34 1 183 9
Partizan 2009–10 22 2 1 0 9 2 32 4
2010–11 21 1 4 0 12 0 37 1
Total 43 3 5 0 21 2 69 5
Career total 370 28 34 1 6 0 76 6 486 35

Honours

Club

Partizan
Werder Bremen
Schalke 04

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marcelo Bordon
Schalke 04 captain
2009
Succeeded by
Heiko Westermann
Preceded by
Nenad Đorđević
Partizan captain
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Saša Ilić

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