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Austria
Aleksandar Dragović
Date of Birth: 06 March 1991
Age: 27
Place of birth: Vienna
Citizenship: Austria
Height: 186
Weight: 79
Previous clubs: FK Austria (Austria), Basel-1893 (Switzerland)
Joined Dynamo: 26 July 2013

Sometimes sophistication is the skill of making right choices according to intuition.

Aleksandar Dragovic learned how to make right decisions being a kid.

Choice in favor of football

Football entered the life of the small boy, born in the family of Serbian immigrants who moved to Vienna, when he was 6. He started attending FK Austria football academy. Several years later he was enlisted to the amateur team of this club. At that moment he had to choose between school and football. He chose the second variant and thus Austrian football got a very promising player.

On May 6 2008 (being 17) Dragovic was on Austria-2 players’ list for the first time. Still in 2007/08 season he also made two appearances for the main squad.

Vain expectations…

Aleksandar Dragovic made his debut in Austrian Football Bundesliga on May 13 2008 as FK Austria faced Kapfenberger SV (2:2). He made a substitute appearance 15 minutes before the time. In general he made 17 appearances (1202 minutes) that season.

That year he was finally reclassified into center back, besides FK Austria won the Austrian Cup.

On July 6 2009 Dragovic made his debut for Austria national team against Serbia (0:1) within the FIFA 2010 World Cup qualification. This time Aleksandar didn’t have to make a choice as he was never called-up to the national team of the country he always dreamed to play for…

Sudden decision

In 2009/10 season Dragovic was already FC Austria first team regular. Never the less following season he made a sudden decision and moved from Vienna to humble Swiss city of Basel.

Later it turned out that the intuition hadn’t let Aleksandar down! Dragovic made 17 appearances for Basel 1893 in the second half of 2010/11 and made strong contribution into his new team’s Premiership.

Next season was a real success for young Austrian defender. Basel won Swiss Super League and Swiss Cup. Besides Thorsten Fink’s men outplayed Manchester United within the UEFA Champions League group stage. After that Swiss side faced Bayern Munich. Basel won the first leg 1:0, but suffered hammering away – 7:1…Fink’s resignation followed this defeat. Heiko Vogel became Basel new head coach and it seemed that troublesome times were waiting for the team…

Another right choice

As Basel won only 4 out of 11 Swiss Super League games early 2012/13 season, Vogel left the team and Murat Yakin became the head coach. After that Dragovic made 55 appearances for Swiss side in different competitions, including Europa League semi-finals.

Talented defender was spotted by different European teams. In December of 2012 Dragovic became the best layer of Swiss Super League.

Inter Milan were close to signing Dragovic until FC Dynamo Kyiv entered the struggle. “Dynamo had a concrete proposal and they really wanted to sign me. When I came to Kyiv I realized that the White-Blues are a great club. They have much better infrastructure than Basel. So I don’t regret moving here. I hope I’ll make myself useful for Dynamo”.

According to Aleksandar’s opinion only best players must take the field in every match: “There is a great competing in Dynamo. Still, no matter who will play, Dynamo must win the Ukrainian Premier League”.

Let’s wish Austrian player of Serbian origin luck. It was a right decision to join the White-Blues!

Stats in Dynamo Kyiv *

 
Season
* - Base statistics at time of filling
M
— Games Played
G
— Goals for

Statistics in other teams

Season

Team

Competition

Appearances

Goals

2007/08

Austria-2

Erste Liga

2

0

 

 

U-19 Liga

11

1

 

Austria U-19

Friendlies

6

2

2008/09

Austria-2

Erst Liga

6

2

 

FK Austria

Austrian Bundesliga

17

0

 

 

Austrian Cup

4

0

 

 

UEFA Cup

1

0

 

Austria national team

World Cup (qualification)

5

0

 

Austria U-19

Friendlies

6

2

2009/10

FK Austria

Austrian Bundesliga

32

0

 

 

Austrian Cup

3

0

 

 

Europa League

11

0

 

Austria national team

Friendlies

4

0

2010/11

FK Austria

Austrian Bundesliga

18

1

 

 

Austrian Cup

3

0

 

 

Europa League

6

0

 

FC Basel 1983

Swiss Super League

16

0

 

 

Swiss Cup

1

0

 

Austria national team

World Cup (qualification)

4

0

2011/12

FC Basel 1983

Swiss Super League

28

1

 

 

Swiss Cup

3

0

 

 

Champions League

8

0

 

Austria national team

Friendlies

3

0

2012/13

FC Basel 1893

Swiss Super League

32

3

 

 

Swiss Cup

4

0

 

 

Champions League

6

0

 

 

Europa League

13

1

 

Austria national team

World Cup (qualification)

4

0

 

 

Friendlies

1

0

 

FC Dynamo Kyiv

Ukraine Cup 2014, 2015

Ukraine Premier League winner 2014/15, 2015/16

Ukraine Super Cup 2016

Austria national team

Appearances: 49

Goals: 1

Euro 2016 participant

FK Austria Vienna

Austrian Cup winner – 2009

Austrian Bundesliga runner-up – 2009/10

FC Basel 1893

Swiss Super League winner - 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13

Swiss Cup winner - 2012

Swiss Cup runner-up - 2013

Individual awards

Swiss Super League best defender - 2012

March 6 in Kyiv Dynamo history (+ VIDEO)

March 6 in Kyiv Dynamo history (+ VIDEO)

We wish happy birthday to the White-Blues player Nikita KORZUN (1995)! Aleksandar DRAGOVIC (1991)

Aleksandar Dragovic to continue his career in Bayer

Aleksandar Dragovic to continue his career in Bayer

Defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who had been featuring for FC Dynamo Kyiv since July of 2013, will continues his career in the Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

SHOVKOVSKYI, DRAGOVIC and YARMOLENKO in UPL matchday 2 all-star teams

SHOVKOVSKYI, DRAGOVIC and YARMOLENKO in UPL matchday 2 all-star teams

After victory against FC Karpaty Lviv (0:2) in the UPL matchday 2 game three performers of our team were included into all-star teams by football media.

Aleksandar DRAGOVIC thrilled with Dynamo fans!

Aleksandar DRAGOVIC thrilled with Dynamo fans!

Having won his first Ukrainian Super Cup with the White-Blues FC Dynamo Kyiv Austrian centre back Aleksandar Dragovic mentioned great contribution our fans made into victory against FC Shakhtar Donetsk on his Facebook page:

Austria with Aleksandar Dragovic finish Euro-2016 campaign

Austria with Aleksandar Dragovic finish Euro-2016 campaign

Austria have lost the last Euro-2016 group stage game against Iceland 1:2 and tumbled out of the contest.

Austria with Aleksandar Dragovic lose against Netherlands

Austria with Aleksandar Dragovic lose against Netherlands

In the final friendly before the Euro-2016 start Austria national team lost against Netherlands in Wien – 0:2.

Aleksandar DRAGOVIC on Austria Euro-2016 players’ list

Aleksandar DRAGOVIC on Austria Euro-2016 players’ list

FC Dynamo Kyiv centre back Aleksandar Dragovic will take part in Euro-2016.

Aleksandar DRAGOVIC – Dynamo best foreign player in 2015/2016 season!

Aleksandar DRAGOVIC – Dynamo best foreign player in 2015/2016 season!

It’s time to name FC Dynamo Kyiv best foreign player in 2015/2016 season.

- Dragovic was born in the family of Serbian immigrants.

- He went in for football being six years old.

- Playing for Basel 1893 Aleksandar slapped some man on the head during medal ceremony. Later this man became the president of Switzerland.

- Once Aleksandar was sent off for obscene sign he demonstrated to Basel assistant coach jokingly.

- He would have taken a ball, his best friend and Berislva Stanoevic (Dynamo Kyiv talent scout) to the uninhabited island.

- If he had a chance to make a wish, he would have chosen good health for his family and very long life for himself.

- They call him Drago in Austria and Switzerland.

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