SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Serbia's World Cup opener against Costa Rica on Sunday will have added significance for Branislav Ivanovic.
A win would be nice, but the 34-year-old defender and former Chelsea player could make his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic.
Zenit signs defender Ivanovic from Chelsea
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Defender Branislav Ivanovic has left Chelsea to join Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg.
The 32-year-old Serb has signed a 2½-year contract with Zenit. His deal with Chelsea had been due to expire after this season.
Speaking on Zenit's website, Ivanovic says "I think I can still play for a long time at a high level and I can seriously say that I am very happy."
As rivals struggle in FA Cup, Chelsea flaunts squad strength
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea's display of its squad strength bodes well for the pursuit of a double.
A 4-0 victory over Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday appeared routine, with Willian, Pedro Rodriguez, Branislav Ivanovic, and Michy Batshuayi scoring.
But with nine changes made to the side that beat Hull in the English Premier League last weekend, this was an exhibition of strength in depth. And more significantly, youth from the league leader.