Striker Andrija Kaluderović looks set to be the latest Serbian to join the A-league. It’s believed that the Brisbane Roar are close to announcing the Serbian international as a replacement for the Albanian Mensur Kurtiši. Kaluderović was released from FC Thun – the Swiss club Marco Rojas has joined on loan from VfB Stuttgart – this month after a short 5 game stint in the Swiss Super League.
The 27 year old has been somewhat of a journeyman having played for nine clubs in five different countries and two continents. He has played for Joel Griffiths former team, Beijing Guoan and Serbian giants Red Star who he joined after an impressive season with Rad Beograd, scoring 17 league goals. A successful stint at Red Star led to a move to China in 2012, however it didn’t work out there and he was loaned out three times over the course of his two year deal; first to Racing Santander in Spain then Vojvodina in Serbia, and finally AEK Limassol in Cyprus before leaving China for FC Thun on a free transfer.
Having scored only 14 goals this season with half of them coming from Henrique, the Roar is in desperate need of another forward to share the goal scoring burden. They’ll be hoping the man with three substitute appearances for Serbia can take on this responsibility with a respectable game career goal scoring record.
Kaluderović also has experience in continental competition having played in the Europa League and the Asian Champion’s League which may come in handy for Brisbane who will be kicking off their ACL campaign next month. First though they’ll need him firing in the league to ensure they earn a hotly contested spot in the top six.
Last year Kaluderović made headlines when he almost died on the football field while on loan at AEL Limassol after a collision with an opposition player while going up for a header saw him fall to the ground hit his head and swallow his tongue. His life was saved by the quick thinking of fellow player Valentinis Sielis who was on the opposing team. The defender saved Kaluderović’s life by sticking his fingers into the mouth of the choking striker to move his tongue and unblock the airway.