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Aleksandar Katai

Aleksandar Katai Serbian footballer

Serbian footballer
Aleksandar Katai
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Serbian footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Serbia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 February 1991, Srbobran, Serbia
Age: 29 years
Star sign AquariusAquarius
Stats
Height: 182 cm
Sports Teams
Olympiacos F.C.
OFI Crete
F.K. Vojvodina
FK Palić
F.K. Vojvodina
Platanias F.C.
Red Star Belgrade
Serbia national under-21 football team
Serbia national football team
Red Star Belgrade
Deportivo Alavés
The details

Biography

Aleksandar Katai (Serbian Cyrillic: Александар Катаи; born 6 February 1991) is a Serbian professional footballer who is currently a free agent.

Club career

Vojvodina

Katai started playing football for his hometown club FK Vojvodina youth squad. After 6 months loan to lower league team FK Palić at the start of 2009–10 season he was promoted to Vojvodina's first team. His debut in Serbian SuperLiga was on 14 March 2010, when he came in as substitute against FK Čukarički, and he scored his first goal just seven days later in a match against FK Mladi Radnik. On 28 June 2011, he left FK Vojvodina and went to Athens to join Olympiacos.

Olympiacos

On 24 June 2011, Olympiacos agreed to sign Katai on a four-year contract. At his first trainings with the club, coach Ernesto Valverde told Katai that he did not defend enough and that he needed to improve as a player. Katai did not play a single match for Olympiacos, but was instead sent on loan four times. He was first loaned to OFI Crete, with whom he made his debut on 5 November 2011, against Panionios. The loan spell to Crete was unsuccessful, and so Olympiacos loaned him back to his hometown club FK Vojvodina. While on loan at Vojvodina, in 2012 after one game with Spartak Subotica, he felt very ill and went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with thrombopenia. He had to have some blood removed and stayed in the hospital for two weeks before he was allowed to recover from home. During his recovery, he had gained over 20 pounds, and did not return to play football until the end of the year. He remained a loaned player for Vojvodina until the club president Ratko Butorović died unexpectedly on 8 June 2013, which led to a period of instability in the club during which Katai left. He subsequently was loaned to Platanias, for whom he scored a total of eight goals and six assists until his loan there expired in the summer of 2014.

"Katai's problem is not motivation, it's in his head, because maybe he did not want to return to Serbia. The boy trained for a month and a half until midnight [at Olympiacos], and they still didn't allow him to train properly. All they did was let him on the training field so he wouldn't sue them. He is a little angry..."

Nenad Lalatović, 7 October 2014

Red Star Belgrade

2014–15 season

On 31 August 2014, in a last-minute deal before the transfer window closed, Katai devoted to a one-year loan to Red Star Belgrade. Throughout the fall of 2014, Katai was reported to be out of shape, and Red Star's coach Nenad Lalatović was said to have claimed that Katai "had a problem in his head".

2015–16 season

On 18 June 2015, it was announced that Katai terminated his contract with Olympiacos and forgave a debt of €300,000 which was owed to him by Red Star from the loan contract, and subsequently signed a two-year contract with Red Star Belgrade. For the 2015–16 season, Miodrag "Grof" Božović was hired as the new coach and Katai played a good game against Kairat in the first qualifying round for the Europa League, although Red Star failed to qualify. By the end of October 2015, Katai had scored 10 goals and made 6 assists in 15 league matches, ranking him one of the most effective midfielders in all of Europe at the time surveyed.

Katai ended the season with the title of the best scorer of the Superliga, scoring his 21st in the last round against Radnički for the 27th title celebration.

2016–17 season

In the first competitive match of the 2016–17 season, Katai scored an equalizer and assist for win against Valletta FC in the first match of the second qualifying round for the Champions League in Valletta and winner in rematch, in Belgrade. In the first game of the third round of qualification for the Champions League against Bulgarian PFC Ludogorets Razgrad continued his goal-scoring series, with a 12th consecutive goal, when he dribbled past three players and scored, though Red Star were ultimately eliminated.

Alavés

On 31 August 2016, Katai signed a three-year contract with La Liga side Deportivo Alavés, for an undisclosed fee.

Chicago Fire

On 6 February 2018, Katai was loaned by Alavés to Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer. The loan was for the 2018 MLS season and includes a purchase option at season's end.

On 11 July 2018, the Chicago Fire acquired Katai on a permanent basis from Alavés for an unknown amount. The deal has Katai signed through the 2019 season with a club option for 2020. It also has him remaining a TAM player for the 2018 season, but will change to a DP in 2019.

LA Galaxy

On 31 December 2019, after leaving the Chicago Fire, Katai joined the LA Galaxy through the use of Targeted Allocation Money.

Katai was released by LA Galaxy on 5 June 2020, following controversial social media messages posted by Katai's wife in the wake of the George Floyd protests across the United States.

International career

Katai played two games for Serbia U21 national team. On 5 October 2015, Katai received his first senior call-up and made his debut for Serbia in a friendly match against the Czech Republic.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 8 March 2020
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Palić 2009–10 (loan) League Vojvodina 10 3 10 3
Vojvodina 2009–10 SuperLiga 6 3 6 3
2010–11 23 3 4 1 27 4
2011–12 (loan) 11 1 2 0 13 1
2012–13 (loan) 20 5 5 0 25 5
Total 60 12 11 1 71 13
OFI Crete 2011–12 (loan) Superleague 2 0 2 0
Platanias 2013–14 (loan) 24 8 2 0 26 8
Red Star Belgrade 2014–15 (loan) SuperLiga 20 2 2 0 22 2
2015–16 33 21 1 2 3 0 37 23
2016–17 4 2 6 4 10 6
Total 57 25 3 2 9 4 69 31
Alavés 2016–17 La Liga 20 3 6 0 26 3
2017–18 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 23 3 7 0 30 3
Chicago Fire 2018 MLS 33 12 4 1 37 13
2019 29 6 0 0 0 0 29 6
Total 62 18 4 1 0 0 66 19
LA Galaxy 2020 MLS 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 240 69 27 4 9 4 0 0 276 77

International

As of 11 September 2019
Serbia
Year Apps Goals
2015 1 0
2016 5 0
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 3 0
Total 9 0

Personal life

Born in Srbobran, a village in northern Serbia, his paternal grandfather was of Ukrainian origin and his grandmother was Hungarian. His surname is Hungarian, adopted from his grandmother.

In June 2020, his wife Tea shared racially insensitive posts on Instagram in reference to Black Lives Matter protesters following the murder of George Floyd. A picture of police ramming protesters was captioned with "Kill the shits". Following backlash from fans, the posts where taken down and Aleksandar made a public apology. On June 5th, LA Galaxy and the player mutually agreed to part ways.

Honours

Club

Red Star
  • Serbian SuperLiga: 2015–16

Individual

  • Serbian SuperLiga Top Goalscorer: 2015–16
  • Serbian SuperLiga Team of the Season: 2015–16
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 05 Jun 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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