MIROSLAV DJUKIC

Date of Birth: 19 February, 1966
Nationality: Yugoslavia (international)
Period at Deportivo: 1990 - 1997
Transfer: 40 mln ptas (ca €250.000) (1990)
Previous Clubs: RAD Belgrade (1988-1990), Macva Sabac (1986-1988)
Sold: ? (1997, to Valencia)
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Position: Defender (central)

Yugoslavian defender DJUKIC arrived at Deportivo when they were still playing in the Segunda División and he would stay for seven years at the club. One single moment will be forever linked to his name.

On 14 May 1994 he missed a penalty kick against Valencia in the last match of the season in Riazor. It was the final minute of the season and a goal would have earned Deportivo their first ever Liga title. But as first penalty taker Donato wasn't playing and Bebeto didn't dare to take it, Djukic stepped forward. Many years later Djukic commented on his miss that "only people who take risks can miss chances. But this action has become part of my history."

His unfortunate miss cannot, however, make us forget what Djukic has done for Deportivo. He was part of the team which achieved promotion to the Primera División in 1991. He led the defence when Superdepor was formed. Together with players like Voro, Ribera, López-Rekarte and Nando he formed the best Spanish defence of the early 1990s and finished third (1993) and second (1994) with the team. One season later he was part of the squad which won the Copa del Rey and Supercopa while finishing runners-up in the Liga for a second consecutive time.

The elegant defender would never win the Liga in a Deportivo shirt. The defender was always a starter at the club since signing in 1990. But in 1997, at the age of 31 and after having played 212 Primera División matches at the club, he left the club after negotiations for a new contract failed, and signed for Valencia. Deportivo noticed his absence as the season 1997/1998 would become Deportivo's worst since the promotion in 1991. Djukic left the club when they finished third in 1997.

At Valencia he would play another six seasons in the Primera División, reached 156 Liga matches for them, and finally clinched the Liga title in 2002. He also played two Champions League finals with Valencia, in 2000 and 2001, but he lost both of them. In 2004, he said goodbye to professional football after playing one season at Tenerife.
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