Rade Prica

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Rade Prica
Personal information
Full nameRade Stanislav Prica
Date of birth (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Ljungby, Sweden
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position 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
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 retired Swedish footballer who played as a striker.

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.


Prica is the only player who has won league championships in the three Scandinavian countries – Sweden, Denmark and Norway. [1]

Football in Sweden association football practiced in Sweden

Association football is the most popular sport in Sweden, with over 240,000 licensed players with another 240,000 youth players. There are around 3,200 active clubs fielding over 8,500 teams, which are playing on the 7,900 pitches available in the country. Football was first played in Sweden in the 1870s, the first championship was decided in 1896 and the Swedish Football Association was founded in 1904. Despite being a relatively small country population-wise, both the men's and women's national teams and the club teams have gained rather large success from time to time.

Association football is the most popular sport in Denmark, with 331,693 players and 1,647 clubs registered under the Danish FA. The game was introduced into Denmark by British sailors.

Football in Norway association football in Norway

Football is the most popular sport in Norway in terms of active membership. The Football Association of Norway was founded in 1902 and the first international match was played in 1908. There are 1,822 registered football clubs and about 25,000 teams. There are 393,801 registered football players, which means that 8.5% of the population play organized football.

Club 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]

Helsingborgs IF sports club in Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingborgs IF, commonly referred to as Helsingborg, or HIF, is a Swedish professional football club located in Helsingborg. They played in the Swedish second tier, Superettan in 2018, but were promoted to Allsvenskan ahead of the 2019 season. Formed in 1907, the club has won five national championship titles and five national cup titles. Helsingborgs IF have also won Allsvenskan on two occasions when the title of Swedish champions was not decided by the outcome of that league.

F.C. Hansa Rostock German association football club based in Rostock

F.C. Hansa Rostock[ʔɛf ˈt͡seː ˈhanza ˈʁɔstɔk] is a German association football club based in the city of Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. They have emerged as one of the most successful clubs from the former East Germany and have made several appearances in the top-flight Bundesliga.

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]

Danish Superliga sports league

The Danish Superliga is the current Danish football championship tournament, and administered by the Danish Football Association. It is the highest football league in Denmark and is currently contested by 14 teams each year, with 1–3 teams relegated.

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]

Sunderland A.F.C. Association football club

Sunderland Association Football Club is an English professional football club based in the city of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland play in League One, the third tier of English football. Since its formation in 1879, the club has won six top-flight titles, a total only bettered by five other clubs, and has finished runners-up five times. The club has also won the FA Cup twice and been runners-up twice, as well as winning the FA Community Shield in 1936 and being finalists the following year. Sunderland have also been Football League Cup finalists in 1985 and 2014.

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]

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 football team in February 2001 against Thailand coming on as a substitute in the 66th minute replacing Martin Åslund.

Personal life

Prica's father is Serb and his mother Croat. [15] [16] Prica's son, Tim Prica, is also a professional footballer. [17]

Career statistics


As of 11 November 2016
1995 Ljungby IF Division 3 61000061
1996 Division 2 2050000205
1996 Division 3 1180000118
1998 Helsingborg Allsvenskan 10000010
1999 1860000186
2000 241100512912
2001 2570030287
2002 63000063
2002–03 Hansa Rostock Bundesliga 2773000307
2003–04 2830000283
2004–05 2964100337
2005–06 2. Bundesliga 2942100315
2006–07 Aalborg Superliga 321900003219
2007–08 16900522111
2007–08 Sunderland Premier League 61000061
2008–09 00000000
2009 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 281730203317
2011 271652623820
2012 2611321214114
2012–13 Maccabi Tel Aviv Ligat Winner 1882000208
2013–14 3012001004012
2014–15 1752452226
2015 Helsingborg Allsvenskan 921200104
2015–16 Maccabi Petah Tikva Ligat Winner 1031000113
2016 Landskrona BoIS Division 1 94000094
Career total47518129125911563204

International goals

1.18 January 2007 Estadio Alejandro Serrano Aguilar, Cuenca Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador 2–12–1 Friendly
2.12 September 2007 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 1–21–2 Friendly



Helsingborgs IF

Aalborg Boldspilklub

Rosenborg BK

Maccabi Tel Aviv

Maccabi Petah Tikva


Aalborg Boldspilklub


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