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Branislav Ivanović - Player of the Week

Branislav Ivanović - Player of the Week

Ivanovic keeps Chelsea on top!

Ivanovic celebrating with Didier Drogba.Serbian international, Branislav Ivanovic, scored the winning goal to give Chelsea a 2-1 win against Aston Villa. The Blues are now 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League table because Manchester City could only draw 1-1 at home against Hull City. Chelsea took the lead after 8 minutes, when Eden Hazard scored after a pass from Willian. Villa hadn't scored a Premier League goal for over 10 hours, but showed a lot of spirit in the second half and finally scored a goal, when Jores Okore headed home. The goal was celebrated by players and fans like they had won the league! Unfortunately for Villa, Ivanovic spoiled the party when he scored with a sensational first-time shot from just outside the penalty area to give Chelsea victory.

"Every striker in the world would be proud to score that magnificent goal."  Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho talking about Ivanovic's winning goal.

What can Chelsea win this season?

Ivanovic scores the winner against Liverpool.Chelsea, with a 7 point lead in the table, are favourites to win their fourth Premier League title, but there will be many twists and turns in the race. In December 1997, Manchester Utd were 13 points ahead of Arsenal but the Gunners won the title and the year before, Newcastle United were 12 points clear of Man Utd in January, but the Red Devils won the title by 4 points. And in 2012, Man Utd were 8 points clear with only 6 games left but it was City that won the title. Chelsea are also still in the Champions League, where they will play Paris St. Germain in the last 16 and play the League Cup Final on March 1st against Tottenham Hotspur, after beating Liverpool in the semi-final.

"Ivanovic's boot should be put in the Academy so the kids can see a boot full of blood. He gives everything." Mourinho talking about Ivanovic's performance against Liverpool.

What do we know about Branislav Ivanovic?

Ivanovic and teammates with the Champions League trophy.Branislav Ivanovic was born in February 1984, and is from Sremska Mitrovica, a town in the north of Serbia, which is famous for being one of the capitals of the Roman Empire. Ivanovic's first professional club was FC Srem, which is based in his hometown in Serbia. In 2003, he moved to the capital to play for OFK Beograd and played 57 times for the club before being spotted by Lokomotiv Moscow. Ivanovic played 71 matches for the Russian team and scored 7 times, helping them win the Russian Cup. In 2008, Ivanovic moved to Chelsea and his career took off. In 8 seasons with the London club, Ivanovic has made over 300 appearances and scored 29 goals. Only 34 players have played more than 300 games for Chelsea in the club's history, and he is only the fifth overseas player to reach this milestone.

 Chelsea's 300 Club
Player Appearances
Peter Cech 490
Didier Drogba 368
Jon Obi Mikel 333
Gianfranco Zola 312
Branislav Ivanovic 302

What has Ivanovic won?

Ivanovic with the Europa League trophy.Apart from the Russian Cup, which Ivanovic won with Lokomotiv Moscow, all his club honours have been won with Chelsea, and he has won nearly everything! He won the Premier League in 2008/09, he has three FA Cup winners medals (2009, 2010, 2012), the Champions League (2012) and the Europa League (2013), when he scored a last-minute winning goal against Benfica to give Chelsea the trophy. The only medal that he hasn't won is the League Cup, which he hopes to change when Chelsea play Spurs in the final on March 1st.

"It's a great feeling that we are going to the Cup Final. This is the only trophy that I am missing with Chelsea and I really want it." Branislav Ivanovic.

Does Ivanovic play international football?

How many Premier League players can you see?As a youth player, Ivanovic captained the Serbian under-21 team to the Final of the European Championships in the Netherlands, where they lost to the hosts. As a senior player, Ivanovic has played 76 times for the Serbian national team and has scored 8 goals. He is the only player to have been named Serbian Player of the Year in consecutive years (2012 and 2013) and only the third player to have won this award twice (the others were Nemanja Vidic and Dejan Stankovic). 

What is Ivanovic's style of play?

Ivanovic in action against West Ham.Ivanovic is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and he is well known for his strong defending and his attacking ability. He is very strong in the air and when tackling in one on one situations. If you look at the Premier League's fantasy football game, you will see that Ivanovic has more points than any other Premier League defender and only 3 players in other positions (Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen) have more points than the Chelsea defender.

"The scariest player to play against is Branislav Ivanovic. He isn't dirty, the guy is just a tank!" Liverpool striker, Raheem Sterling.

 

 

Ivanovic and Drogba celebrating at Stamford Bridge.

What did you understand?

 
How much did you understand?

Ivanovic keeps Chelsea on top!

Serbian international, Branislav Ivanovic, scored the winning goal to give Chelsea a 2-1 win against Aston Villa. The Blues are now 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, because Manchester City could only draw 1-1 at home against Hull City. Chelsea took the lead after 8 minutes, when Eden Hazard scored after a pass from Willian. Villa hadn't scored a Premier League goal for over 10 hours, but showed a lot of spirit in the second half and finally scored a goal, when Jores Okore headed home. The goal was celebrated by players and fans like they had won the league! Unfortunately for Villa, Ivanovic spoiled the party when he scored with a sensational first-time shot from just outside the penalty area to give Chelsea victory.

"Every striker in the world would be proud to score that magnificent goal."  Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho talking about Ivanovic's winning goal.

What can Chelsea win this season?

Chelsea with a 7 point lead in the table are favourites to win their fourth Premier League title, but there will be many twists and turns in the race. In December 1997, Manchester Utd were 13 points ahead of Arsenal but the Gunners won the title and the year before, Newcastle United were 12 points clear of Man Utd in January, but the Red Devils won the title by 4 points. And in 2012, Man Utd were 8 points clear with only 6 games left but it was City that won the title. Chelsea are also still in the Champions League, where they will play Paris St. Germain in the last 16 and play the League Cup Final on March 1st against Tottenham Hotspur after beating Liverpool in the semi-final.

"Ivanovic's boot should be put in the Academy so the kids can see a boot full of blood. He gives everything." Mourinho talking about Ivanovic's performance agianst Liverpool.

What do we know about Branislav Ivanovic?

Branislav Ivanovic was born in February 1984, and is from Sremska Mitrovica, a town in the north of Serbia which is famous for being one of the capitals of the Roman Empire. Ivanovic's first professional club was FC Srem, which is based in his hometown in Serbia. In 2003, he moved to the capital to play for OFK Beograd and played 57 times for the club before being spotted by Lokomotiv Moscow. Ivanovic played 71 matches for the Russian team and scored 7 times and helped them win the Russian Cup. In 2008, Ivanovic moved to Chelsea and his career took off. In 8 seasons with the London club, Ivanovic has made over 300 appearances and scored 29 goals. Only 34 players have played more games for Chelsea in the club's history and he becomes only the fifth overseas player to reach this milestone.

 Chelsea's 300 Club
Player Appearances
Peter Cech 490
Didier Drogba 368
Jon Obi Mikel 333
Gianfranco Zola 312
Branislav Ivanovic 302

What has Ivanovic won?

Apart from the Russian Cup, which Ivanovic won with Lokomotiv Moscow, all his club honours have been won with Chelsea, and he has won nearly everything! He won the Premier League in 2008/09, he has three FA Cup winners medals (2009, 2010, 2012), the Champions League (2012) and the Europa League (2013), when he scored a last-minute winning goal against Benfica to give Chelsea the trophy. The only medal that he hasn't won is the Leaague Cup, which he hopes to change when Chelsea play Spurs in the final on March 1st.

"It's a great feeling that we are going to the Cup Final. This is the only trophy that I am missing with Chelsea and I really want it." Branislav Ivanovic.

Does Ivanovic play international football?

As a youth player, Ivanovic captained the Serbian under-21 team to the Final of the European Championships in teh Netherlands, where they lost to the hosts. As a senior player, Ivanovic has played 76 times for the Serbian national team and has scored 8 goals. He is the only player to have been named Serbian Player of the Year in consecutive years (2012 and 2013) and only the third player to have won this award twice (the others were Nemanja Vidic and Dejan Stankovic). 

What is Ivanovic's style of play?

Ivanovic is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and he is well known for his strong defending and his attacking ability. He is very strong in the air and when tackling in one on one situations. If you look at the Premier League's fantasy football game, you will see that Ivanovic has more points than any other Premier League defender and only 3 players in other positions (Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen) have more points than the Chelsea defender.

"The scariest player to play against is Branislav Ivanovic. He isn't dirty, the guy is just a tank!" Liverpool striker, Raheem Sterling.

 

 

Activity 1: In this activity, try to answer the questions to show how much of the article you understand.

 


 

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Activity 2: Have a go at this hangman game. Can you guess the right word from the article about Branislav Ivanovic? Remember to use the clues to help you!

 


 

Did you know......?

  • Branislav Ivanovic wanted to be a striker when he was young. 
  • Ivanovic's father was also a professional footballer.
  • Ivanovic has made more Premier League appearances than any other Serbian player.
  • Chelsea's win against Aston Villa was the first time Jose Mourinho had won at Villa Park as a manager.
  • Aston Villa failed to score for 659 minutes until they scored against Chelsea. This is the 4th longest time in Premier League history.
Ivanovic is great in the air, at both ends of the pich!

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Abdallah
28/09/2015
KW
1813
points

This season is the worst for him he got old and I think he should move from Chelsea


Abdallah
28/09/2015 21:22
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

This season is the worst for him he got old and I think he should move from Chelsea

Abdallah
22/10/2015
KW
1813
points

I think Chelsea are going to win nothing


Abdallah
22/10/2015 21:47
Kuwait
Chelsea
1813

I think Chelsea are going to win nothing

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almirpereira
24/10/2015
BR
1315
points

very good.


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almirpereira
24/10/2015 21:44
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

very good.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
03/11/2015
ME
6922
points

Chelsea is always one of the runners for the trophy even if they are not in a good form.


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aragorn1986
03/11/2015 15:17
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

Chelsea is always one of the runners for the trophy even if they are not in a good form.

nikosonris
13/11/2015
UA
2453
points

What an excellent performance by Ivanovic in 2014/15 season) And what a sloppy play this season(


nikosonris
13/11/2015 13:59
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

What an excellent performance by Ivanovic in 2014/15 season) And what a sloppy play this season(

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MUGEMANYI
23/11/2015
RW
2320
points

No trophy for Chelsea this season.


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MUGEMANYI
23/11/2015 08:42
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

No trophy for Chelsea this season.

nikosonris
23/11/2015
UA
2453
points

I think they can make a surprise this season)


nikosonris
23/11/2015 09:55
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

I think they can make a surprise this season)

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aragorn1986
05/12/2015
ME
6922
points

I think that Chelsea's players are under the pressure this year. They had very bad start of the season and it won't be easy to get back. Still, blues are shaping the form so we can expect better performances..


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aragorn1986
05/12/2015 12:46
Montenegro
Arsenal
6922

I think that Chelsea's players are under the pressure this year. They had very bad start of the season and it won't be easy to get back. Still, blues are shaping the form so we can expect better performances..

nikosonris
07/12/2015
UA
2453
points

They have improved their performance recently. Now, they need to improve their results.


nikosonris
07/12/2015 12:11
Ukraine
Arsenal
2453

They have improved their performance recently. Now, they need to improve their results.

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HakanUslu1881
16/03/2016
TR
1761
points

No,they can't.


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HakanUslu1881
16/03/2016 20:25
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

No,they can't.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
16/03/2016
TR
1761
points

I think Chelsea will win the Premier League it is very obvious.


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HakanUslu1881
16/03/2016 20:26
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I think Chelsea will win the Premier League it is very obvious.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
16/03/2016
TR
1761
points

They can win all trophies but I think it is 2


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HakanUslu1881
16/03/2016 20:27
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

They can win all trophies but I think it is 2

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kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Leicester city won


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kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 01:01
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Leicester city won

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Zero


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kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 01:01
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Zero

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016
GH
14285
points

Leicester city won


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
07/06/2016 01:03
Ghana
Manchester United
14285

Leicester city won

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