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Saša Ognenovski ( ) (born 3 April 1979) is a Macedonian-Australian football player who currently plays as a central defender for Seongnam Ilhwa.


Club career

He previously played with Preston Lions in the 1997-2000 and 2003-2004 seasons, then with Melbourne Knights in the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons, and in the 2002-2003 season with Greek side Panahaiki, and then with Queensland Roar until transferring to Adelaide United FC in February 2008 to play in the Asian Champions League, starting in March, 2008.

Ognenovski played his 50th A-League match against Sydney FC on 22 November 2008 scoring the opening goal, his first for Adelaide, in the 2-0 win at Hindmarsh Stadiummarker. He followed this up a week later scoring a dramatic equaliser in Adelaide's 1-1 draw with Newcastle Jets heading in from another set piece.

In January 2009 it was revealed that Ognenovski was a target for K-League club Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma but the initial bid of AUD $285,000 was rejected with Adelaide asking for a transfer fee of $570,000. He is also a transfer target of another K-League side, FC Seoul, who sent officials to negotiate the fee with Adelaide.

The transfer saga was resolved on Tuesday 13 January 2009 whe Adelaide United revealed Ognenovski will join Seongnam at the end of the A-League 2008-09 season on a two year deal. The defender gave a glowing tribute to the club upon the announcement saying, “I’ve met some great people, the owners Nick and Dario are probably the best people I’ve met in football so it is a tough decision but obviously I have to secure my future and look after my family so that was the main reason that I took up the offer.”

Ognenovski received an accolade when he was voted the second best Macedonian footballer of 2008, behind Lazio's Goran Pandev.

In January 2009, Ognenovski was called by Srečko Katanec to play for the Republic of Macedonia national football team in the match against Moldova on 11 February 2009.

Ognenovski convincingly won the Payneham Road Chemplus Fresh FM Player of the Year Award in March 2009. He was awarded 30 votes, 10 clear of talented young defender Scott Jamieson.

Career statistics

(Correct as of 19 July 2009)

Club Season League1 Cup International2 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Queensland Roar 2006–07 17 0 5 0 0 0 22 0
2007–08 21 2 5 1 0 0 26 3
Total 38 2 10 1 - - 48 3
Adelaide United 2008–09 23 3 1 0 11 0 35 3
Total 23 3 1 0 11 0 35 3
Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 2009 18 0 9 0 27 0
Total 99 6
1 - includes A-League final series statistics; K-League statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (ie. 2008 ACL in 2008-09 A-League season etc.)


  1. Football Federation of Macedonia (in Macedonian)
  2. (in English)

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