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  • IVANOVIC: BLUES BROTHERS IVANOVIC: BLUES BROTHERS - 28.01.2014
    Branislav Ivanovic praised his compatriot Nemanja Matic after the midfielder made his full Chelsea debut in Sunday's FA Cup win over Stoke City...
  • IVANOVIC: FIGHTING FIT IVANOVIC: FIGHTING FIT - 24.01.2014
    Branislav Ivanovic is back, and if selected he's looking forward to returning to FA Cup action this weekend...
  • DEFENSIVE DUO ON BIG WIN DEFENSIVE DUO ON BIG WIN - 20.01.2014
    Two of the defenders responsible for nullifying Manchester United's attacking threat in our 3-1 win against the champions have been reflecting on another important victory...
  • IVANOVIC WINS SERBIAN HONOUR IVANOVIC WINS SERBIAN HONOUR - 28.12.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic has been named Serbia's Footballer of the Year...
  • IVANOVIC: FINISHING STRONGLY IVANOVIC: FINISHING STRONGLY - 10.12.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic has underlined the importance of finishing top of the group ahead of our Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest...
  • IVANOVIC: BIG MONTH IVANOVIC: BIG MONTH - 03.12.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic believes the ability to dig deep and grind out results, even when we are not at our best, will be pivotal over a busy December period...
  • WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 09.10.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic talks to the official Chelsea website about his position on the pitch, his goal in Amsterdam and his aspirations under the new manager…
  • WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 09.10.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic talks to the official Chelsea website about his position on the pitch, his goal in Amsterdam and his aspirations under the new manager…
  • IVANOVIC: STAND UP IVANOVIC: STAND UP - 19.09.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic believes defeat to Basel on matchday one of the Champions League leaves us plenty of time to correct our poor start.
  • IVANOVIC: MORE TO DO IVANOVIC: MORE TO DO - 28.08.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic believes we can be satisfied with a start to the season that has brought us seven points from an available nine.
  • IVANOVIC: STAYING FOCUSED IVANOVIC: STAYING FOCUSED - 26.08.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic believes securing a positive result at Old Trafford tonight could have a significant impact for the remainder of the campaign...
  • INTERNATIONALS: VICTORY FOR ENGLISH PAIR INTERNATIONALS: VICTORY FOR ENGLISH PAIR - 14.08.2013
    Gary Cahill featured for the full 90 minutes while Frank Lampard was a half-time substitute in England's 3-2 win over Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday night...
  • IVANOVIC: WORKING TOGETHER IVANOVIC: WORKING TOGETHER - 05.08.2013
    Having completed his first full 90 minutes of pre-season, Branislav Ivanovic praised the collective effort of the team following our 2-0 win over AC Milan in New Jersey...
  • IVANOVIC: DIFFICULT WEEK PASSED IVANOVIC: DIFFICULT WEEK PASSED - 16.07.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic says the players have come through a difficult challenge in the first week of pre-season training, and believes Jose Mourinho will help to improve the squad with his coaching.
  • IVANOVIC: GETTING TO GRIPS IVANOVIC: GETTING TO GRIPS - 13.07.2013
    Before flying to Thailand, Branislav Ivanovic began his sixth pre-season with Chelsea at Cobham this week, and has been enjoying his time under Jose Mourinho.
  • A QUESTION OF SPORT: IVANOVIC AND TERRY A QUESTION OF SPORT: IVANOVIC AND TERRY - 18.06.2013
    Professional footballers have spent the majority of their lives focused on mastering their art but, away from the beautiful game, which other sports do they take an interest in?
  • LAMPS LIGHTS UP NEW MAGAZINE LAMPS LIGHTS UP NEW MAGAZINE - 03.06.2013
    In this month's Chelsea magazine, Frank Lampard reflects on a truly incredible end to the season...
  • IVANOVIC: BIG GAME HUNTERS IVANOVIC: BIG GAME HUNTERS - 17.05.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic's winner against Benfica so late in the game typified the indomitable spirit seen on so many occasions from this squad in recent times, and the Serbian defender has given his thoughts on how such matches are won...
  • IVANOVIC: NOTES ON NEMANJA IVANOVIC: NOTES ON NEMANJA - 15.05.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic gives an update on his fellow Serbian international and one of the players we are aiming to overcome tonight - former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic…
  • IVANOVIC: THIRD EYED IVANOVIC: THIRD EYED - 10.05.2013
    Much of the talk as Chelsea's league season draws to a close has been about the need to gain a top-four finish. The target within the camp has long been set higher...
  • IVANOVIC: GIVING MORE IVANOVIC: GIVING MORE - 04.05.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic insists there is no time to relax as the Blues face five games between now and 19 May which will define our season...
  • IVANOVIC: HEADS UP IVANOVIC: HEADS UP - 02.05.2013
    Defensive figures played their part in last week's Europa League win in Basel, and Branislav Ivanovic believes they are ready to do it again if required.
  • KINGSTON TRIO LAUNCH KITS FOR KIDS KINGSTON TRIO LAUNCH KITS FOR KIDS - 28.03.2013
    A very special launch took place today at our Kingston megastore as Demba Ba, Branislav Ivanovic and Marko Marin announced a new initiative to recycle football kits for underprivileged children around the world...
  • KINGSTON SIGNING SESSION WITH BLUES TRIO KINGSTON SIGNING SESSION WITH BLUES TRIO - 26.03.2013
    Our Kingston Megastore will be hosting a signing session on Thursday 28 April, with three members of the first team squad popping down to meet supporters...
  • TRIO IN KINGSTON NEXT WEEK TRIO IN KINGSTON NEXT WEEK - 19.03.2013
    Branislav Ivanovic, Marko Marin and Demba Ba will be at the Kingston Store for a signing session on Thursday 28 March...
  • BENITEZ: SET FOR STOKE BENITEZ: SET FOR STOKE - 12.01.2013
    Rafael Benitez is hoping another impressive away showing will bring all three points at Stoke on Saturday afternoon.
  • IVANOVIC: PRAISING PETR IVANOVIC: PRAISING PETR - 30.12.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic talks about his recent individual accolade and Petr Cech who is set to reach a milestone at Everton…
  • IVANOVIC ACCEPTS ACCOLADE IVANOVIC ACCEPTS ACCOLADE - 26.12.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic has been named Serbia's Player of the Year...
  • IVANOVIC: STILL BUILDING IVANOVIC: STILL BUILDING - 21.12.2012
    A resurgent Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, and Branislav Ivanovic is wary of the threat posed by in-form striker Christian Benteke...
  • IVANOVIC ON CHELSEA TV THIS WEEK IVANOVIC ON CHELSEA TV THIS WEEK - 19.12.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic will be on Chelsea TV's Friday Night Live show this Friday, 21 December.
  • THE TWEET SPOT: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC THE TWEET SPOT: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 17.12.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic has told our followers of his pride in being nominated for Chelsea's Player of the Year award three times in recent seasons.
  • READY TO GO READY TO GO - 15.12.2012
    The players completed their final training session ahead of tomorrow's FIFA Club World Cup final at the home of Yokohama F. Marinos earlier this evening here in Japan...
  • IVANOVIC: FINISHING THE JOB IVANOVIC: FINISHING THE JOB - 15.12.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic believes our experience in competing in major finals could give us the edge when we attempt to become only the second English team to be crowned world champions...
  • FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR UEFA AWARD FIVE BLUES NOMINATED FOR UEFA AWARD - 04.12.2012
    The final nominations for UEFA.com's Team of the Year have been announced, and the Blues are well represented, with five of our players in the reckoning...
  • LAMPARD AND HAZARD NAMED ON FIFA SHORTLIST LAMPARD AND HAZARD NAMED ON FIFA SHORTLIST - 26.11.2012
    The 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI 2012 have been announced, with two Chelsea players represented...
  • IVANOVIC: THE RIGHT APPROACH IVANOVIC: THE RIGHT APPROACH - 20.11.2012
    Winning, rather than avoiding defeat, must be the aim against Juventus this evening, says Branislav Ivanovic...
  • IVANOVIC: LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE IVANOVIC: LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE - 17.11.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic recognises the importance of returning to winning ways against West Bromwich Albion this afternoon...
  • IVANOVIC: COUNTER THE COUNTER IVANOVIC: COUNTER THE COUNTER - 06.11.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic hopes the new-look Chelsea can 'grow up as a team' during tomorrow night's Champions League rematch with Shakhtar Donetsk...
  • CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BUSY BRANISLAV CHELSEA TV EXCLUSIVE: BUSY BRANISLAV - 03.11.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic begins November's match action today at Swansea where he will either play right-back or centre-back having returned from a one-match ban...
  • IVANOVIC: TIME FOR FOCUS IVANOVIC: TIME FOR FOCUS - 26.10.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic feels we must head into Sunday's game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in better shape than we did against Shakhtar on Tuesday...
  • IVANOVIC: TEST MATCHES IVANOVIC: TEST MATCHES - 08.10.2012
    Like many of his colleagues, Branislav Ivanovic leaves Chelsea this week to play international fixtures, but he is already thinking hard about the games that await on his return...
  • NIGHT OF DRAWS FOR BLUES TRIO NIGHT OF DRAWS FOR BLUES TRIO - 08.09.2012
    Both Branislav Ivanovic and Petr Cech were involved in stalemates, while Victor Moses' Nigeria also had to settle for a draw...
  • IVANOVIC FREE TO PLAY AT WIGAN IVANOVIC FREE TO PLAY AT WIGAN - 13.08.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic will not be suspended for the beginning of our Barclays Premier League campaign, despite his red card in the Community Shield on Sunday.
  • IVANOVIC: READY TO FACE THE CROWD IVANOVIC: READY TO FACE THE CROWD - 18.07.2012
    With the opening tour game later this evening local time, Branislav Ivanovic has been speaking about reasons why Seattle suits this fixture...
  • IVANOVIC: KEEPING COOL WARMING UP IVANOVIC: KEEPING COOL WARMING UP - 06.07.2012
    Professional footballers might well be the only people in England currently appreciating the dreadful midsummer weather...
  • MY FIRST DAY: PART THREE MY FIRST DAY: PART THREE - 04.07.2012
    The first day in any new workplace can often be a daunting one, but how does it feel when you join a top, Premier League football club?
  • LOOKING BACK: NO.2 LOOKING BACK: NO.2 - 15.06.2012
    The Serbian defender enjoyed one of his most memorable seasons in a Chelsea shirt...
  • IVANOVIC WANTS TO END ON A HIGH IVANOVIC WANTS TO END ON A HIGH - 11.05.2012
    As he prepares for his final outing of the campaign, Branislav Ivanovic has paid tribute to the supporters that have stuck by the team through a testing year...
  • IVANOVIC APPEALS IVANOVIC APPEALS - 11.04.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic has responded to the FA's charge of violent conduct and has appealed against it...
  • FA STATEMENT ON BRANISLAV IVANOVIC FA STATEMENT ON BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 10.04.2012
    The Football Association has today (Tuesday) announced the following statement...
  • IVANOVIC: NET GAINS IVANOVIC: NET GAINS - 08.04.2012
    By scoring the opener against Wigan on Saturday, Branislav Ivanovic took his goal total for the season to five, one behind the tally for last year which was his Chelsea best so far...
  • IVANOVIC: RAPID RESPONSE IVANOVIC: RAPID RESPONSE - 02.04.2012
    No one could accuse Branislav Ivanovic of scoring unimportant goals and on Saturday he put his side back in front after a two-goal lead had been wiped out...
  • IVANOVIC: CRUCIAL CHARACTER IVANOVIC: CRUCIAL CHARACTER - 15.03.2012
    Last night was not the first time Branislav Ivanovic has emerged as a Champions League hero for Chelsea, but he insists it was a team effort that saw us through to the last eight...
  • IVANOVIC: ONLY A WIN WILL DO IVANOVIC: ONLY A WIN WILL DO - 06.03.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic has called for a show of strength as we begin life under Roberto Di Matteo at Birmingham City tonight.
  • INTERNATIONALS: VICTORY FOR IVANOVIC AND DAVID LUIZ INTERNATIONALS: VICTORY FOR IVANOVIC AND DAVID LUIZ - 28.02.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic kicked-off this week's senior international involvement for Chelsea players with a win and a goal and there were victories and goals for other Blues...
  • IVANOVIC: TEAM TIME IVANOVIC: TEAM TIME - 23.02.2012
    With cruical matches imminent, Branislav Ivanovic has emphasised the vital importance of team work and togetherness in the weeks ahead...
  • IVANOVIC: SHOULD DO BETTER IVANOVIC: SHOULD DO BETTER - 01.02.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic's second game back following injury was as a central defender at Swansea. He discusses the game with the official Chelsea website...
  • IVANOVIC: STILL SPECIAL IVANOVIC: STILL SPECIAL - 27.01.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic reaffirms the squad's collective desire to win the FA Cup...
  • WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 25.01.2012
    This month sees Branislav Ivanovic celebrate four years as a Chelsea player, and the versatile defender spoke to the club's website in order to take a look back at his time in the capital...
  • WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC WORDS WITH: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 25.01.2012
    This month sees Branislav Ivanovic celebrate four years as a Chelsea player, and the versatile defender spoke to the club's website in order to take a look back at his time in the capital...
  • CHELSEA 2012: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC CHELSEA 2012: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 18.01.2012
    With London 2012 set to dominate the headlines in the capital this summer, it is Branislav Ivanovic's turn to take our Olympic questionnaire...
  • DI MATTEO: ABSENCES MOUNT DI MATTEO: ABSENCES MOUNT - 07.01.2012
    Branislav Ivanovic is ruled out of Sunday's FA Cup game against Portsmouth, but Florent Malouda is available after overcoming illness...
  • HOME AND AWAY: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC HOME AND AWAY: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 14.03.2011
    After a free weekend, our Serbian defender considers life at Cobham, friends in high places and life next to Yury Zhirkov...
  • THE THURSDAY INTERVIEW: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC THE THURSDAY INTERVIEW: BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - 25.11.2010
    Branislav Ivanovic discusses his goalscoring run, a desire for more momentum and the growth of Serbian influence in the Premier League...
  • Name: Branislav Ivanovic
  • Nationality: Serbian
  • Date of Birth: 22/02/1984
  • Height: 185 cm
  • Weight: 91.0 kg
  • Previous Clubs: Lokomotiv Moscow, OFK Belgrade
  • Position: Defender

Chelsea career
Branislav's start to life as a Chelsea player was slow. Signed in January 2008, it took him eight months to gain the necessary match fitness to play in the Carling Cup away at Portsmouth, before a lengthier spell in the heart of defence alongside John Terry after injury to Ricardo Carvalho and Alex.

Settled in London and his English steadily improving, Branislav began to show his true capabilities, while also earning cult status among Chelsea fans for his Champions League double at Anfield in April 2009.

Deployed at centre-half, Ivanovic went up for two corners and was almost ignored as the threat of Terry and Didier Drogba was deemed more dangerous by Liverpool, allowing him to ghost in and crash home two headers, all but booking our place in that season's semi-finals.

He kept his place for a run of games afterwards, marking Thierry Henry in the Camp Nou, and while at first struggling with the Frenchman's raw pace, he adapted and made a number of important blocks, interceptions and clearances.

If steady progress was the theme of Branislav's first full season as a Chelsea player when he played 26 times, in his second he made himself almost indispensable.

Beginning that 2009/10 campaign as understudy to Jose Bosingwa at right-back, the Serbian came in when the Portuguese suffered a season-ending knee injury in October, and never looked back, contributing a series of assured displays with his strong defensive work and powerful attacking play.

His 41 appearances placed him as a frontrunner in voting for our Player of the Year award, and although he eventually lost out to Drogba, he joined the Ivorian in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season.

He bundled himself his solitary goal of the campaign at Bolton at the end of October as he kept seven consecutive clean sheets in all competitions, while beginning to offer an added threat in attack.

Away in the San Siro in the Champions League he was arguably at fault for Inter's first goal but compensated by charging his way through their midfield and defence to tee up Salomon Kalou for the equaliser.

The domestic title race was tight, and going all the way, so it was frustrating for the Serbian to pick up a calf injury at Blackburn in March. It kept him out almost a month, returning as a half-time sub at Spurs after damage had already been done, and starting in the 7-0 bashing of Stoke.

Impeccable in a vital win at Liverpool, he then set up Nicolas Anelka before coming off on the hour to a champion's ovation against Wigan as the title was won.

During 2010/11, Ivanovic was an almost ever-present in the back four, his form rarely dipping below excellent as he earned a new five-and-a-half year deal, signed in early February that will keep him at the club until 2016.

There were key goals too, like the late winner at Blackburn in October and a brace against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stages, yet his season will be remembered for his committed consistency on the back foot. Boasting one of football's most powerful physiques, he finished a runner-up in the end of season Player of the Year awards.

The appointment of Andre Villas-Boas brought a more attacking philosophy to the side, which meant increased competition at right-back from the previously out of favour Bosingwa who was given the nod to start the season. Injury in the centre allowed the Serbian a route back into the team though, but clean sheets were proving hard to come by. To counter this, Villas-Boas shifted Branislav to right-back and recalled Alex for the trip to Blackburn in early November. We secured a 1-0 win courtesy of a Frank Lampard header, the inch-perfect cross supplied by the roaming Ivanovic.

The majority of that campaign saw him switched between right-back and centre-back, although a string of niggling injuries kept him sidelined at intermittent periods. However, just like his double at Anfield in the quarter-finals of the Champions League back in 2009, Ivanovic will be remembered for some time for his extra time winner against Napoli that sent the Blues through at the Italians' expense.

That March was a profitable month for the Serbian international in terms of goals; he also netted two in a 4-2 away win at Aston Villa.

A booking in the semi-final of the Champions League sadly ruled the Serbian out of the Final, but he played the full 90 minutes of the FA Cup Final as we beat Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley.

The 2012/13 campaign began on a sour note when Ivanovic was dismissed during our Community Shield defeat to Manchester City, but he made amends a week later, scoring our first goal of the season against Wigan Athletic after only two minutes, and followed it up three days later with the fourth goal in our 4-2 home win against Reading.

With new-signing Cesar Azpilicueta now vying for the right-back slot alongside the Serbian, he netted his third goal of the season with a well-taken volley in the 4-1 win against Norwich City.

Ivanovic was handed a one-match ban after seeing red during our 3-2 home defeat against Manchester United, subsequently sitting out the Capital One Cup victory against the same opponents only a few days later.

On his return to the side for the 1-1 draw at Swansea, he played in the centre of defence alongside Gary Cahill in the absence of both John Terry and David Luiz, a move which paved the way for Cesar Azpilicueta to make his first league start for the club at right-back.

Ivanovic enjoyed a solid campaign, and the progression of Azpilicueta enabled him to play more often than not in the centre of defence.

It was a season which ended in the most unforgettable manner for the Serbian, as he headed home the winning goal in the last minute of the Europa League final. It was a goal that appeared all the more significant after he'd missed the Champions League final a year earlier through suspension.

Ivanovic had signed for the Blues just a few months after Jose Mourinho's first spell in charge had come to an end, but he has begun this season as first-choice right-back under the Portuguese, impressing as we have striven for defensive solidity. There was an early winning goal to celebrate, too, as the Serbian headed home the decider in our second match of the season, against Aston Villa.

Pre-Chelsea
Signed from Lokomotiv Moscow on a three-and-a-half year contract, Branislav became then manager Avram Grant's second signing in the January 2008 transfer window, following on from the arrival of Nicolas Anelka.

Having begun his career in his native Serbia at local club Sremska Mitrovica, he soon moved to the Serbian capital Belgrade to play for OFK Beograd where he remained for three seasons, joining Lokomotiv in the summer of 2006. He appeared for the Russian side in the Uefa Cup.

International Career
A star of Serbia's Under-21s in both the 2006 and 2007 European Championships, Branislav was voted into the Uefa Team of the Tournament for the more recent event, and successfully graduated into a regular for the full national side.

He made his Serbia and Montenegro debut in June 2006 and was established on the international scene before he was established for Chelsea. No-one played more minutes for Serbia in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup. He was a regular in South Africa although his team didn't make it out the group stage despite defeating Germany. He previously captained Serbia to the final of the European Under 21 Championships.

When Nemanja Vidic stood down as captain of the national side in 2011, Branislav was handed the armband, but the opportunity to captain Serbia at a major tournament has yet to arrive after they failed to qualify for both Euro 2012 and the 2014 World Cup.

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Defensive Stats

  • Goals Conceded/Game0.94
  • Shots on Target/Goals Conceded5.54
  • Clean Sheets/Game0.17

Attacking Stats

  • Goals13
  • Shots/Goals Ratio0.09
  • Shots on Target Ratio0.38

How Goals Scored

  • Left Foot1
  • Right Foot8
  • Headers3
  • Other1

Discipline

  • Red Cards1
  • Yellow Cards37
  • Fouls192
  • Fouls/Cards Ration0.2

Goals Times

How Goals Scored