Where Is Chelsea Right-Back Branislav Ivanovic?
BranislavIvanovic was undoubtedly one of the Premier League's top-notch defenders during his stint at Chelsea. He gained immense recognition for his contribution to the club's success over the years. However, after bidding adieu to Stamford Bridge in 2017, his whereabouts left fans pondering. So, what exactly happened to the Serbian sensation and where is he now?
Although Chelsea won the 2009 FA Cup, it wasn't until the following season that Ivanovic established himself as a first-team regular. During his time at Chelsea, Ivanovic scored numerous important goals from the right side of the defense, proving to be a reliable and versatile player for the club.
Now, years after he departs from Chelsea, Ivanovic's passion for football still burns bright. He currently plays for West Bromwich Albion in the English Football League Championship, where he continues to showcase his skills on the field. Even though he is no longer at Chelsea, Ivanovic's legacy at the club will be forever remembered as a stalwart defender who helped bring home several major trophies.
During the 2009/10 season, Ivanovic played a vital role in securing The Blues' Premier League and FA Cup double victory. His consistent performances earned him a spot in the PFA team of the year.
The following season, despite Chelsea's failure to regain the title, Ivanovic remained a reliable figure in the team, playing both as a right back and center back.
In the subsequent season, Ivanovic's thunderous extra-time goal against Napoli propelled Chelsea to the Champions League Quarter Finals, after trailing 3-1 from the first leg. In a dramatic 2-2 draw at Camp Nou, his outstanding defensive performance helped Chelsea beat Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate, but he received a yellow card and was thus suspended for the final. He learned of his suspension from Geoff Shreeves in a post-match interview, which was a disappointment.
Nevertheless, Ivanovic bounced back and helped Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 to win the 2012 FA Cup at Wembley, putting his disappointment behind him. He received a Champions League winner’s medal after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to win their first European Cup, completing a remarkable season for the defender.