- Squad No: 2
- Position: Defender
- Age: 28
- Birth Date: Feb 22, 1984
- Birth Place: Sremska Mitrovica, Yugoslavia
- Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88m)
- Weight: 84 kg
He captained Serbia to the final of the 2007 European Under-21 Championship, and he was also named in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament. He made his full international debut for the former Serbia & Montenegro in the summer of 2005 in a friendly against Italy played in Canada.
He moved to Chelsea in January 2008 in a transfer that largely went under the radar, though the Russian club reported the deal was worth £9.7 million. He did not appear for the Blues until the 2008-09 campaign and he proved his reliability in an auxiliary role.
He has since gone on to become an established first-team player under several different managers and his performances have led to links with clubs including Real Madrid.
Strengths: Strong in the air, the tackle and a threat at set-pieces.
Weaknesses: Lacks pace and, at times, concentration.
Career high: Scoring twice against Liverpool at Anfield to help Chelsea through to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2008-09.
Career low: Missing out on the 2012 Champions League final due to the yellow card he picked up in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona.
Style: A versatile player who can fit in on the right of the defence or at centre back, Ivanovic is a dependable and highly regarded defender.
Quotes: “When you join a club like Chelsea and then find it hard to get games, it can be tough, but he has been determined in training and shown a good mentality.” Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink after Ivanovic’s double against Liverpool in April 2009.
Trivia: His father Rade was a former professional football at FK Srem, where Branislav began his career.