Serbian star Branislav Ivanovic began his football career at hometown club FK Srem. At the start of 2004, Branislav Ivanovic moved to OFK Belgrade in the top flight in his native Serbia. He spent two years more in Serbian football before signing for Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League. Ivanovic won his first trophy as a professional footballer during his time at Lokomotiv Moscow.At Lokomotiv Moscow, BranislavIvanovic won the 2007 Russian Cup.
IVANOVIC: FOOTBALL CAREER IN FOCUS
PLAYER FOCUS: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC – CHELSEA’S FORMER MAESTRO
When Branislav Ivanovic first arrived at Chelsea, he spent a good deal of time on the outside looking in. The outside being a comfortable spot on the bench. Luckily, the Serb had Ukrainian Andriy Shevchenko for company; a friend, a translator, and someone who convinced him that if he was patient and persistent, he would get his chance.
Injuries to defensive rivals Alex and Ricardo Carvalho gave him an opportunity to ply his trade at the heart of the back four, and with his large frame and considerable power, Ivanovic looked every inch the traditional English centre-back. He involved himself as much as he could on the ground and in the air, to try and secure a regular starting role for the position he seemed designed to fill. Continue reading
IVANOVIC TIPS RUDIGER TO CONSIDER JUVENTUS SWITCH
Serie A giants Juventus are pushing hard to land the signature of Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who is also a Barcelona and Newcastle United target. The German defender will be out of contract at the end of the season and he is yet to agree on a new deal with Chelsea. Chelsea are set to lose Rudiger at the end of the campaign and his contractual status makes him an attractive prospect for several sides.
Rudiger’s agent has been entertaining interest from other clubs as well and Newcastle are believed to be keen to sign him on a free transfer in the summer. But according to Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are pushing to secure a deal to sign the centre-back at the end of the season as well. The Italian giants have been keeping tabs on Rudiger’s situation for several months and are now pressing ahead with their efforts to sign him. Continue reading
IVANOVIC: SERBIA NATIONAL TEAM CAREER REVIEWED
BranislavIvanovicmade his Serbia senior national team debut against Italy in Toronto, Canada on June 8, 2005. The utility defender played the final 13 minutes of the game after coming on for Marko Basa as the two teams played out a 1-1 draw. BranislavIvanovic missed out on the Serbia and Montenegro squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament in Germany. He didn’t feature for the national team until his country’s dissolution.
Ivanovic scored his first goal for the Serbia senior national team against Portugal in Lisbon on September 12, 2007. The Portugal game was a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying clash. He scored off the in-swinging free-kick from DejanStankovic to secure a 1-1 draw for his team.
IVANOVIC OPEN TO DIFFERENT OPTIONS AMID CONTINUED UNCERTAINTY
The future of West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic is of course still very much up in the air and it looks like no matter what he does, his name will continue to pop up among the rumors. After escaping a summer transfer window without leaving the club, some West Brom fans have continued to express their dissatisfaction at the fact that the club refused to allow him leave and they believe that he should no longer play for the Baggies anymore after the rough start he had to his career at the Hawthorns. Ivanovic himself has admitted that he’s not happy with how his stint at West Brom has been going and would like to make amends.
ABRAMOVICH SAVED MY CAREER – IVANOVIC
Ex-Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has revealed the role that Blues owner Roman Abramovich played in saving his career. Branislav Ivanovic considers Abramovich to be his friend after the Russian billionairesaved his Chelsea career in 2008.
IVANOVIC ADDRESSES HIS FUTURE OVER EXIT RUMORS
West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic has finally lifted the lid about his future as rumors continue to make the rounds over his potential exit from the club. The former Chelsea defender has been tipped to make the exit after falling out of favor at the club. He was initially signed to improve West Brom’s defensive ranks with his vast experience after spending a couple of years in the Premier League with Chelsea before leaving for Russia some years after.
IVANOVIC COULD BE HEADING TO CHINA
One of the seemingly known facts currently is that West Bromwich Albion defender Branislav Ivanovic will be leaving the club in the summer after failing to convince the club’s bosses that he is capable of being at the club for another season. The veteran Premier League defender has turned out to be the reverse signing of what the Baggies expected when they signed him last summer, and they are set to now part ways with him in order to make fresh signings to the squad.
BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: 3 REASONS WHY CHELSEA FANS LOVE THEIR FORMER STAR
When Chelsea signed a certain Branislav Ivanovic from Russian giants Locomotiv Moscow back in the 2008 summer transfer window, the club’s fans immediately placed high expectations on the defender upon his completion of the switch.