Mateja Kežman

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Mateja Kežman
0Full Name Mateja Kežman
0Date of Birth 12 April 1979
0Place of Birth Belgrade
0Position Striker
0Chelsea career 2004 - 2005
0Debut 15 August 2004
0Games (goals) 41 (7)
0Other clubs Radnički Pirot
Sartid Smederevo
PSV Eindhoven
Atlético Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain
Zenit Saint Petersburg
South China
BATE Borisov

Mateja Kežman is a Serbian former striker who played for Chelsea in the 2004-05 season. Previously a prolific goalscorer in the Dutch Eredivise, he left to join Atlético Madrid after one season after failing to make a significant impact in England. Nonetheless he was a member of Chelsea's 2004-05 Championship-winning squad, and also won the League Cup at Chelsea, having scored in the final.


Before Chelsea

Kežman's early career saw him play for a succession of minor Serbian clubs before securing a move to Partizan Belgrade in 1998. Two years later he signed for PSV Eindhoven and scored 105 goals in 122 games, the best goalscoring record in the Dutch Eredivise since Marco van Basten. [1]

Chelsea career

In the summer of 2004 he was one of the first players recruited by new Chelsea manager José Mourinho, joining for a reported £5m. Though Kežman was a part of the side which won the Premier League and League Cup (where he scored against Liverpool in the final), he struggled to make an impact in west London, starting just 14 games and scoring only four league goals. After one season at Stamford Bridge he was sold to Atlético Madrid for £5.3m, where he would often partner future Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

After Chelsea

Kežman subsequently played for Fenerbahçe and Paris Saint-Germain and had a loan spell with Zenit Saint Petersburg. He then moved to Hong Kong side South China, where he would return to finish his career after a brief spell at Belarusian side BATE Borisov.


Kežman won 49 caps international caps, scoring 17 goals. Both of his appearances at international tournaments ended with red cards. As a youngster at Euro 2000 he made a late substitute in a group stage match against Norway, but was sent off after 90 seconds for a tackle on Erik Mykland. Kežman's goals helped his national side to the 2006 World Cup, but again he was dismissed in a group stage match, this time against Argentina; a match that would prove to be his last for Serbia and Montenegro.


Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-05 25 4 3 1 4 2 9 0 0 0 41 7
Total 25 4 3 1 4 2 9 0 0 0 41 7


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
12004-0527 October2004League CupWest Ham United1-01-0Stamford Bridge
22004-0504 December2004Premier LeagueNewcastle United4-04-0Stamford Bridge
32004-0508 January2005FA CupScunthorpe United1-13-1Stamford Bridge
42004-0527 February2005League CupLiverpool3-13-2Millennium Stadium
52004-0505 March2005Premier LeagueNorwich City2-13-1Carrow Road
62004-0519 March2005Premier LeagueCrystal Palace3-14-1Stamford Bridge
72004-0519 March2005Premier LeagueCrystal Palace4-14-1Stamford Bridge

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