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Dejan Stefanovic

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Norwich Career: 2008-2009  (12 appearances)
Current Club: Havant & Waterlooville
Date of Birth: 28/10/1974 (Vranje, Yugoslavia)
Nationality: Serbian

Biography

Serbian central-defender Dejan Stefanovic joined Norwich City on 18th July 2008 for an undisclosed fee from Fulham.

Stefanovic began his career in his home town with Dinamo Vranje before being signed by Red Star Belgrade. Whilst there he made his international debut for FR Yugoslavia, aged 20, against Hong Kong in January 1995.

In 1996, he signed for Sheffield Wednesday for £2million but struggled to break into the first team and was released in 1998/99 after playing just 72 games. He signed for Italian side Perugia. He returned to Serbia with OFK Belgrade before joining Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem.

After four years in Holland where he became club captain, Stefanovic returned to England joining Portsmouth for £1.85m at the start of the 2003/4 season. He made 112 appearances for Pompey and became a fan favourite, winning Player of the Year in 2004/5 and was named club captain by Alain Perrin.

The arrivals of Hermann Hreidarsson and Sylvain Distin during the summer of 2007 cast his position as a first team regular into doubt and he was replaced as captain by Sol Campbell for the 2007/08 season. In August 2007 Rangers revealed an interest in signing Stefanovic but he signed for Fulham. Having spent less than a year at Craven Cottage and makin just 13 appearances, he moved to Norwich City on 18 July 2008, agreeing a two year deal.

An knee ligament injury sustained against Preston in November 2008 meant that Dejan had to miss the rest of the 2008/9 season following a successful operation.

Norwich announced on 6th August 2009 that Stefanovic is looking to leave Carrow Road and seek a fresh challenge elsewhere. Speaking to the club's official website, Norwich City boss Bryan Gunn said: "We are in negotiations with Dejan and his representative regarding the settlement of his contract. He's indicated that he would like to pursue other options which may be available to him, and maybe look to settle back in the south of the country. So we're currently in negotiations but Dejan continues to train with us which gives him an opportunity to overcome his injury. We'll keep everyone informed as to how negotiations go in due course."

Dejan finally left Norwich on 1st September 2009 with his contract terminated

On 8th October 2010, Stefanovic signed for Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville.


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