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Marko Pantelić (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Пантелић; born 15 September 1978 in Belgrademarker) is a Serbianmarker footballer currently playing for Dutchmarker side Ajax.

Club career

Early years

As Marko was coming up through the Red Star Belgrade youth system, his father got a job in Thessalonikimarker and took the family to Greecemarker. Marko was still only 14 years old when he signed a professional contract with Iraklis FC, where he spent two and a half years. At 17, he accepted an offer in Francemarker to play for Paris Saint-Germain and soon found himself training and playing alongside stars like Raí, Marco Simone and Leonardo. Finding playing time at PSG in short supply he moved on to FC Lausanne-Sport for a season – scoring 14 goals in 21 Swiss league matches.

Next stop was an unsuccessful spell in Spainmarker at Celta de Vigo. During this time, he was sent out on loan to SK Sturm Graz in Austriamarker.

Obilić, FK Smederevo, and Red Star Belgrade

In the summer of 2002, Pantelić returned home to Serbia, unsuccessfully attempting to negotiate a transfer to Red Star Belgrade, and eventually signing with FK Sartid via FK Obilić. Barely 24 years of age, he was essentially starting over as many were quick to write him off as yet another prospect whose career was derailed by going abroad too soon.

After settling in, he quickly established himself as the team's leader, spearheading them to the Yugoslav Cup title in 2003. Glowing performances in Smederevomarker didn't go unnoticed by Red Star, and in January 2004, Pantelić became their biggest mid-season signing.

Hertha BSC

Pantelić with Hertha


After securing a loan move to Hertha for 250,000 on 31 August 2005, the last day of the transfer window, he went on to score 11 goals in 28 league matches during the 2005–06 Bundesliga season. In April 2006, he permanently moved to Hertha for an additional €1.5 million fee and soon established himself as one of the most formidable strikers in the Hertha squad.

Right after getting signed permanently, he responded with an even better season with 14 goals from 32 matches in 2006–07 Bundesliga.

Next season, 2007–08, brought more steady play with 13 goals from 28 league matches.

On 17 March 2009, Pantelić denied that he had held talks with any other clubs and coupled with his refusal to sign a new contract with the club, he became a free agent during the summer 2009.

Ajax

Pantelić with Ajax.


On 1 September 2009, after completing several medical tests, Pantelic signed a one year contract with Dutch side AFC Ajax, and was given the number 9 shirt.

Career statistics

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2005–06 Hertha BSC Fußball-Bundesliga 28 11 2 1 0 0 30 12
2006–07 32 14 4 0 2 0 38 14
2007–08 28 13 1 1 0 0 29 14
2008–09 26 7 2 2 5 1 33 10

2009–10 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 9 6 2 0 4 1 15 10

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