Dudi? playing for Újpest in 2008
|Full name||Ivan Dudi?|
|Date of birth||13 February 1977|
|Place of birth||Zemun, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Red Star Belgrade|
|1995-2000||Red Star Belgrade||65||(0)|
|1997||-> ?eleznik (loan)||7||(0)|
|2002-2003||-> Rad Belgrade (loan)||0||(0)|
|1999-2000||FR Yugoslavia U21||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Zemun, Dudi? started at Red Star Belgrade, from whom he debut in 1995, appearing in just one game as Red Star finished second in the league. After not competing in the next season, in 1997, he was sent on a six-month loan to the newly promoted ?eleznik. He returned to Red Star in the winter and appeared in six more matches in the season, finishing runner-up in the league for a second time. His breakthrough only arrived in 1998 at age 21, playing the majority of the league matches in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, winning the title in the latter.
His performance attracted attention from abroad, with Benfica signing him on 18 May 2000, for a fee that Record announced to be in the region of EUR2M. Dudi? was scouted by Michel Preud'homme on two different games: 29 March 2000 in a Euro under-21 qualification match against England and in the eternal derby on 2 April, receiving positive feedback on both times. His signing was meant to solve the problematic right-back position that was occupied on different spells by either, Okonuwo, Andrade or Ricardo Esteves, but Dudi? struggled to perform to expectations, playing just 20 league games and being transfer listed within a year.
He refused to play for Benfica B, saying: "I do not care about that! I am a Benfica player, but I want to play in a club that allows me to progress in my career.". He later acknowledged receiving interest from Tottenham, Leeds United, West Ham and Everton, but could not get the necessary workers permit, so he spent the entire 2001-02 season without playing.
On 14 August 2002, he agreed a loan deal to Rad, a club competing in the Serbian First League. He returned to Benfica in July 2003, but was only released on 29 January 2005, after spending 18 months sidelined on the reserve team. Dudi? immediately joined Mons and helped them win the Belgian Second Division. He later passed through Be?anija, Zalaegerszegi, finally settling at Újpest, retiring after two seasons.
Dudi? played six matches for FR Yugoslavia under-21 in the 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification, including the playoff against England, losing 3-0. He was selected by Vujadin Bo?kov for a friendly against China on 25 May 2000, and received his first cap during the match. Just days later, he was confirmed on the squad for the UEFA Euro 2000, playing the opening game against Slovenia on 13 June, in a 3-3 draw. His last appearance for his national team was on 25 April 2001 in match against Russia, for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification.