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Neven Subotic

Neven Subotić (Serbian Cyrillic: Heвeн Cубoтић) (born 10 December 1988) is a Serbian football Defender (association football), who plays for Borussia Dortmund of the Germany Fußball-Bundesliga. Neven Subotic made Neven Subotic first-team debut in the 2006–07 Fußball-Bundesliga for 1. FSV Mainz 05. In 2008, Neven Subotic signed with Dortmund. Neven Subotic also competes internationally for Serbian national football team.

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Neven Subotic biography

Neven Subotić (Serbian Cyrillic: Heвeн Cубoтић) (born 10 December 1988) is a Serbian football Defender (association football), who plays for Borussia Dortmund of the Germany Fußball-Bundesliga. Neven Subotic made Neven Subotic first-team debut in the 2006–07 Fußball-Bundesliga for 1. FSV Mainz 05. In 2008, Neven Subotic signed with Dortmund. Neven Subotic also competes internationally for Serbian national football team.

Early life

Born to Bosnian Serb parents Željko and Svetlana in Banja Luka, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Subotić was five years old when the family moved to Germany in 1994, settling in the town of Schömberg, Calw. Subotić took up football at the age of 7 with the local outfit TSV Schwarzenberg.

In the late 1990s Neven Subotic family's residence authorization in Germany expired and in order to avoid being deported back to Bosnia they opted to move to the USA in 1999. They settled in Salt Lake City where Subotić's father had a cousin. In addition to confident and effective defensive displays far beyond Neven Subotic years, Subotić was also a factor on the offensive end - scoring 6 league goals throughout the season.

In June 2009, Neven Subotic signed a new contract which last until summer 2014. In the 2009–10 Bundesliga season, Subotić was one of only four players in the entire league to play every minute of every league match.

On 15 December 2010, Subotić got Neven Subotic first goal ever in the European competition, scoring a header off a corner at Sevilla FC in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League group stage to tie the score at 2–2. The match was a decider on which of the two teams would go on from the group stage as Borussia needed to win away, while Sevilla was fine even with a draw. It ended 2-2 and Borussia got eliminated. Throughout the 2010-11 winter transfer window, Subotić was repeatedly linked with a move to Chelsea FC as the London club decided to look for a central defender following injuries to Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa and general poor defensive form. In mid January, the Blues reportedly even submitted a formal offer to the tune of £17.5 million, but Borussia turned it down.

Career statistics

148 for the US entry in the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship during September 2005 in Peru. Sixteen years of age at the time, Neven Subotic entered all three group matches as a sub during the final five minutes. In the quarterfinal versus the Netherlands that the US team lost 0–2 and got eliminated, Neven Subotic played from the start, but got red carded in the 73rd minute.

Neven Subotic has also made two appearances for the United States U-20 men's national soccer team. What would prove to be Neven Subotic last one took place in November 2006 in a friendly after which head coach Thomas Rongen criticized Subotić, who had signed for Mainz several months earlier, for "not accelerating over there to the point where we feel Neven Subotic belongs on the U.S team". Next summer, Rongen controversially did not select Neven Subotic to play in the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada – picking defenders such as Nathan Sturgis, Anthony Wallace (soccer), Julian Valentin, Ofori Sarkodie, Tim Ward (soccer), and Amaechi Igwe ahead of Subotić – decision that has resulted in Rongen receiving a fair amount of criticism. While Rongen insisted that a groin injury was to blame, there has been considerable speculation since then that Subotić was so stung by Rongen's criticism that Neven Subotic decided to reconsider Neven Subotic international future:{{cquote or even Germany national football team were mentioned as possibilities as well, however both options were soon revealed to be media concoctions more than anything else. Bosnia-Herzegovina fell out of the running early as Subotić publicly rejected overtures by the country's football officials and head coach Miroslav Blažević.

By late fall 2008, it became clear that only Serbia figured in Neven Subotic international choice. Citing sources close to Subotić's family, many reports in the Serbian press appeared about Neven Subotic decision to play for Serbia already being made, but waiting for the right moment to state it publicly since Neven Subotic had until 10 December 2009 (his 21st birthday) to declare Neven Subotic choice. In mid December 2008 Subotić informed national team head coach Radomir Antić about Neven Subotic decision to represent Serbia. Then in late December 2008, Subotić notified US Soccer Federation about Neven Subotic decision – the first official step in the process of changing national team attachment.

2010 World Cup qualifying

On 28 March 2009, Subotić made Neven Subotic debut for the Serbian national team, in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 7 against Romania national football team in Constanţa that Serbia won 2–3. Coming on as a 65th minute sub for striker Marko Pantelić with Serbia leading 1-3, Subotić played the slightly altered central defensive role as Antić looked to protect the lead for the remaining thirty minutes in the crucial qualifying match. Afterwards, head coach Antić was very supportive of Neven Subotic new young defender, comparing Neven Subotic to Fernando Hierro. After starting against Sweden in a friendly, Subotić's first competitive start took place versus Austria on 6 June just after the end of club season, partnering Nemanja Vidić in central defence (if only for one half since Vidić got injured and replaced by Antonio Rukavina) - the contest in which Serbia displayed a very letarghic overall team effort and was lucky to win 1-0 after numerous defensive breakdowns. Four days later on 10 June 2009, Subotić scored Neven Subotic first goal for Serbia national football team in a fairly straightforward 2–0 win over Faroe Islands national football team. For the next qualifier at the end of summer against France - Serbia's chance to seal qualification by winning at home - Subotić got benched and didn't enter the contest at all as Antić preferred Aleksandar Luković to partner Vidić on this occasion. The same central defensive pairing started the next qualifier against Romania at home (another chance to automatically qualify with a win after failing to beat the French), while Subotić got a chance to run out for the last 15 minutes as a sub for Vidić with the score 2-0 for Serbia as it eventually clinched the World Cup spot with a 5-0 thrashing. In the last meaningless qualifier versus Lithuania, Subotić played the full 90 in a free role on the wing as Antić looked to experiment and try different setups without any fear of dropping points.
Though Neven Subotic came in with high praise and even higher hopes, Subotić's initial performances for Serbia weren't stellar. Following unconvincing defensive displays and fairly frequent mistakes, Neven Subotic had to deal with plenty of criticism in the Serbian press.

2010 World Cup

At the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Subotić was left out of the starting lineup for the opening group stage match versus Ghana national football team, with Vidić and Luković the preferred choices for central defensive spots by coach Antić. Subotić's benching came as a result of Neven Subotic poor starting displays in the friendlies leading up to the World Cup versus New Zealand, Poland, and Cameroon. However, during the second half of the Ghana match, Luković got sent off, forcing Antić to bring Subotić on for the remaining 14 minutes. Due to Luković's one-match suspension as a result of the red card, Subotić started the next match in a must-win situation versus Germany national football team, putting in a confident and effective performance against German forwards who despite mounting great pressure spells throughout the match ultimately failed to score as Serbia recorded a famous 1-0 win. Playing against the players Neven Subotic knew well from Fußball-Bundesliga, Subotić's showed excellent positional play with a few crucial reactions, including the clearance in front of Mesut Özil to prevent the rebound following goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković's penalty save on Lukas Podolski. For the group decider against Australia national football team, Subotić was back on the bench as Luković returned from suspension.

Euro 2012 qualifying

Subotić was back in the starting squad for the Euro 2012 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Group C that began under beleaguered head coach Antić (who was serving a four-match touchline ban as a result of the verbal altercation with the Uruguayan referee at the World Cup). The youngster played full ninety minutes at Faroe Islands in the opener and also in a match versus Slovenia. Subotić's somewhat inconsistent form continued as Neven Subotic established strong presence in central defence with Vidić, but also the duo's hesitant reaction to Milivoje Novaković's run off the ball led to Slovenian go-ahead goal. Following the Slovenian draw, Antić got fired and Vladimir Petrović took over the job. Subotić got called up for the new coach's debut match versus Estonia, but was an unused sub as Serbia disastrously lost a competitive match at home for the first time in nine years. Pižon included Subotić in the starting lineup for the next qualifier away at Italy, but the infamous contest in Genoa got interrupted after six minutes due to rioting by the traveling Serbian hooligans.

As the qualifying resumed in late March 2011 Subotić got the start at home versus Northern Ireland. Since center back Lukovic announced Neven Subotic retirement from international football before this match, 22-year-old Subotić pretty much became an automatic first-team choice. However, partnering Milan Biševac in central defence (on instead of injured Vidić), Subotić again had a shaky performance as the duo failed to properly deal with Chris Brunt's set piece cross that led to Gareth McAuley's headed goal. Furthermore, Subotić picked up an injury during the match that ruled Neven Subotic out of the next qualifier four days later at Estonia.

International goals

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Borussia Dortmund
- Fußball-Bundesliga: 1

Other activities

In 2010 Subotić recorded a Dance music song with Filip Filipi called "Kings of Africa".


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