Rade Prica

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Rade Prica
Personal information
Full nameRade Stanislav Prica
Date of birth (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Ljungby, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Ljungby IF
Senior career*
1995–1998 Ljungby 37 (14)
1998–2002 Helsingborg 74 (27)
2002–2006 Hansa Rostock 113 (20)
2006–2008 AaB 48 (28)
2008–2009 Sunderland 6 (1)
2009–2012 Rosenborg 104 (57)
2013–2015 Maccabi Tel Aviv 62 (24)
2015–2016 Helsingborg 9 (2)
2016 Maccabi Petah Tikva 10 (3)
2016 Landskrona BoIS 9 (4)
National team
1995–1997 Sweden U17 31 (5)
1998–1999 Sweden U19 21 (4)
1999–2001 Sweden U21 13 (5)
2001–2008 Sweden 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Rade Stanislav Prica (born 30 June 1980) is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a striker. He is the only player who has won league championships in the three Scandinavian countries – Sweden, Denmark and Norway. [1] A full international between 2001 and 2008, he won 14 caps for the Sweden national team, scoring two goals.


Club career

Early career

Prica started his footballing career as a youth player for Ljungby, he then made his way into the first team, making 37 appearances and scoring 14 goals, over a period of three seasons. [2]

After leaving Ljungby, Prica signed for renowned Swedish club Helsingborg in 1998, he then went on to play for them for five seasons playing 73 times scoring 27 goals, Prica then moved to German team Hansa Rostock. [3]

Prica signed for Aalborg BK in 2006 after being released by Hansa Rostock, [4] During the 2006–07 season, he was topscorer in the Danish Superliga scoring 19 goals. [5]


Sunderland completed the signing of Prica on 23 January 2008 for a fee of more than £2 million on a three-and-a-half-year contract. [6]

He scored on his debut for at Sunderland against Birmingham City on 29 January 2008, and missed out in scoring a second with referee Mark Halsey ruling it out for handball. [7]

Prica came on as a substitute for Kieran Richardson in a League game against Liverpool at Anfield after just 7 minutes, but was then substituted himself after 56 minutes. [8]

Prica was rarely featured in the Sunderland squad. In January 2009, official sources with the club acknowledged that he was sought by two unnamed British clubs and a European club, rumored to be his previous Danish club Aalborg BK. [9]

Prica was given limited opportunities by Sunderland and did not start a game. It was reported on Sky Sports that Prica had been made available for loan.


On 9 March 2009, Prica signed a four-year deal with Rosenborg for £2.3 million. [10] He became the top scorer in the Norwegian top division in the 2009 season, scoring 17 goals in 27 appearances. [11] On 10 April 2011, round three of the 2011 Tippeligaen, Prica scored all four goals for Rosenborg in a 4–4 draw with Lillestrøm SK. [12]

Later career

On 9 January 2013, it was reported Prica had agreed terms with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Israeli Premier League. [13] Prica signed in January 2013. Since his arrival to the club he has been very appreciated by either the Israeli fans and media, and had an instant impact for Maccabi Tel Aviv, scoring 8 goals in his first 18 appearances.

On 11 August 2015, he returned to Helsingborg. [14]

International career

Prica made his debut for the Sweden national team in February 2001 against Thailand coming on as a substitute in the 66th minute replacing Martin Åslund. [15]

Personal life

Prica's father is a Serb and his mother is a Croat. [16] [17] Prica's son, Tim Prica, is also a professional footballer. [18]

Career statistics


As of 11 November 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Ljungby IF 1995 Division 3 61000061
1996 Division 2 2050000205
1997 Division 31180000118
Helsingborg 1998 Allsvenskan 10000010
1999 1860000186
2000 241100512912
2001 2570030287
2002 63000063
Hansa Rostock 2002–03 Bundesliga 2773000307
2003–04 2830000283
2004–05 2964100337
2005–06 2. Bundesliga 2942100315
Aalborg 2006–07 Superliga 321900003219
2007–08 16900522111
Sunderland 2007–08 Premier League 61000061
2008–09 00000000
Rosenborg 2009 Tippeligaen 281730203317
2010 2313301133716
2011 271652623820
2012 2611321214114
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2012–13 Ligat Winner 1882000208
2013–14 3012001004012
2014–15 17524522411
Helsingborg 2015 Allsvenskan921200104
Maccabi Petah Tikva 2015–16 Ligat Winner1031000113
Landskrona BoIS 2016 Division 1 94000094
Career total47518129125911563204

International goals

Scores and results list Sweden's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Prica goal.
List of international goals scored by Rade Prica
118 January 2007 Estadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar, Cuenca Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 1–21–2 Friendly
212 September 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 2–12–1Friendly



Helsingborgs IF



Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi Petah Tikva




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