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The Journey: Dusan Vlahovic To DV 7

by Kolkata Today

Friday (28th January)was a day for celebration on multiple fronts for both the player and his brand new club. On his first day in Turin as something other than a Fiorentina player, Juventus announced 28 January (Friday )night that the club has completed the signing of the 22-year-old Vlahovic for €70 million and another €10 million in potential bonuses. Vlahovic has put pen to paper on a contract through 2026 that will pay him a reported €7 million net a season.

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Vlahovic is now officially the most expensive January transfer in Serie A history — which has surely bucked the trend of Juventus not doing much at all during the winter transfer window. But when opportunity knocked for Juventus to bring the dude who currently leads Serie A in goals to Turin, there was no hesitation in doing so — which came at the surprise of many simply because of the financial commitment the club just made.

Dusan Vlahovic began his senior career at Partizan, making his debut in 2016. After helping them win a league title and two Serbian Cups, Vlahovic left for Italian club Fiorentina in 2018; he was awarded Serie A Best Young Player in 2020–21, after having scored 21 league goals. In 28 January 2022, he moved to Juventus.

Twenty goals in 24 appearances, between Serie A and Coppa Italia, in the first part of the 2021/2022 season. Those numbers rise to 41 in 64 appearances if totalled with those from the 2020/2021 season.

Any player boasting stats like these can be summed up in two words: lethal finisher – or, if you prefer, Dusan Vlahovic.

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It would be reductive to describe Dusan as simply a force of nature. In addition to his physical prowess, he displays outstanding technique, power, class, and all-importantly, a clinical coldness in front of goal.
Born in Belgrade on January 28, 2000, at 16 he became the youngest ever player to appear for his local club, the legendary Partizan Belgrade. He left Serbia for Italy in the summer of 2018, when he agreed to join Fiorentina.
In less time than expected, he grasped the demands of football in Italy and adapted his individual playing style to the rigours of calcio. Although officially a member of the U-19 squad, he was immediately promoted to the first team, making 10 appearances, in addition to scoring 20 goals in 22 games with the Viola U-23 side.
The following season, 2019/20, he was promoted to the first team proper. Glimpses of raw talent in his eight goals from 34 appearances between Serie A and the Italian Cup had football followers wondering just how far this player could go.
Season 2020/21 was the year Dusan definitively exploded onto the scene. No other striker has scored as many as his 38 goals over the last two seasons combined, one more than Ciro Immobile and at least ten more than any other striker still playing in Serie A.

He finished the 2021 calendar year with 33 Serie A goals. In the history of the Italian top-flight, only Juventus legend from the 1930s, Felice Borel (41 goals in 1933) and Milan’s Swedish scoring machine Gunnar Nordahl (36 goals in 1950) have scored more in a single calendar year.

And his journey to the top has not been limited to club football alone.
Having represented Serbia internationally at youth level, after making his way through the ranks for his native Serbia, he was called up to the full national side in September 2020. Vlahovic made his senior debut in the UEFA Nations League in 2020.
A goal in his fourth appearance, his first from kick-off, proved what he does best: score. He now has seven goals to show for from his 14 international caps – six of which contributed to Serbia’s qualification to the 2022 World Cup.

With 44 goals, Dusan is also one of only two footballers born from 2000 on, alongside Erling Haaland, to have scored at least 40 goals in Europe’s top-5 leagues.

A penalty box predator, 93% of his goals in Serie A, 41 out of 44, were scored from inside the penalty area, and already this campaign, he is the player who has attempted most shots, 75.


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Partizan 2015–16 Serbian SuperLiga 14 1 4 2 18 3
2016–17 Serbian SuperLiga 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
2017–18 Serbian SuperLiga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 21 1 5 2 1 0 27 3
Fiorentina 2018–19 Serie A 10 0 0 0 10 0
2019–20 Serie A 30 6 4 2 34 8
2020–21 Serie A 37 21 3 0 40 21
2021–22 Serie A 21 17 3 3 24 20
Total 98 44 10 5 108 49
Juventus 2021–22 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 119 45 15 7 1 0 135 52


As of match played 14 November 2021[48]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Serbia 2020 4 1
2021 10 6
Total 14 7
Scores and results list Serbia’s goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Vlahović goal.[48]
List of international goals scored by Dušan Vlahović
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 18 November 2020 Rajko Mitić Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Russia 3–0 5–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League B
2 24 March 2021 Rajko Mitić Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Republic of Ireland 1–1 3–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 1 September 2021 Nagyerdei Stadion, Debrecen, Hungary  Qatar 3–0 4–0 Friendly
4 9 October 2021 Stade de Luxembourg, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 1–0 1–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
5 12 October 2021 Rajko Mitić Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Azerbaijan 1–0 3–1 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 2–1
7 11 November 2021 Rajko Mitić Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia  Qatar


Serbia Serie A  Juventus Football Sports Kolkata

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