Thursday, 15 December 2011

Postcard from Obscurity: Mateja Kezman

It's pretty fair to say that one time Chelsea forward Mateja Kežman has disappeared off football's 'big time' radar since his heady days at Stamford Bridge. RBB last saw the Serbian appear for Atletico Madrid a while back and was shocked to see him back in action for BATE Borisov during the group stages of this season's Champions League.

The once prolific forward was a hugely promising talent having emerged as a teenage sensation for Partizan Belgrade in his native Serbia with 43 goals in 74 games and collecting a league title with the club to boot. It didn't take long for a bigger club to come calling and PSV Eindhoven sealed his signature in what turned out to be an incredible deal. During his 4 years in the Netherlands Kežman notched up 129 goals in only 176 games, firing the club to 2 Eredivisie titles and 3 Dutch Super Cups in the process. His goalscoring exploits meant he quickly became a fan favourite and the Serbian picked up the nickname 'Batman' as the club played the theme tune every time Kežman scored. This led to a devastating partnership of 'Batman and Robben' as the Dutch footballing superstar Arjen Robben was also plying his trade at PSV at the time.

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