Dortmund - From Yugoslavia to Germany, via the USA, Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic has clocked up his fair share of air miles down the years, all for the love of football. retraces the 24-year-old's steps to the top of the club football pile...

Subotic was born on 10 December 1988 in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He spent his childhood years in Prnjavor, but moved with his family to Schömberg, Germany, in the aftermath of the war in former Yugoslavia. It was there that he first began to play football, joining local club TSV Schwarzenberg.

His next move took him to the United States, where his family eventually settled in Bradenton, Florida, in the late 1990s. With his sister taking up a tennis scholarship, it was also a turning point in the career of the future Dortmund stalwart, who soon caught the eye USA U-17 coach John Hackworth. "That’s really when my life changed," said Subotic.

Subotic impressed during his time in the USA youth ranks, and before long was on his way back to Germany with 1. FSV Mainz 05. The 19-year-old excelled under the watchful eye of Jürgen Klopp (r.), who later made the defender one of his first signings when he took up the post of Dortmund head coach in the summer of 2008.

Subotic made quite the impression at Mainz, but his stock rose considerably when he went to Dortmund. He formed a sometimes impregnable defensive partnership with former FC Bayern centre-back Mats Hummels that is still going strong to this very day.

Subotic cemented his place in Dortmund folklore as the Yellow-Blacks lifted the Meisterschale in 2010/11. The Borussia faithful have even designated him his own parking space in the city centre on the exact site where he got out of his car to spontaneously celebrate their title triumph.

More success followed in 2012, as Dortmund defended their Bundesliga crown, helped along the way by a 1-0 win over FC Bayern Munich. Subotic endeared himself further still to the Signal Iduna Park faithful when he got right in the face of Arjen Robben after the Dutchman had missed a late penalty for the Reds.

There's no question that he loves the rivalry his side share with Bayern, but in their last meeting - the UEFA Champions League final - it was the men from Munich who came out on top in a 2-1 victory. And Jerome Boateng took the opportunity to recreate Subotic's celebrations from the previous season.

Born in Bosnia to parents of Serbian descent, and having lived in both Germany and the Unites States, there was certainly no shortage of nations he could have represented at international level, nor any that wouldn't have gladly signed him up. Despite having played for the USA at U-17 and U-20 level, he eventually opted to represent Serbia.

Subotic is currently in a relationship with Isabel Dechert, who can regularly be seen cheering on her man in the Signal Iduna Park. In 2010 he also contributed to a song released by musician and rapper Filip Filipi entitled "Kings of Africa" in preparation for the World Cup.

The disappointment was acute for Subotic after the defeat to Bayern at Wembley, but the 24-year-old remained positive about what the future holds and intimated that more success will follow for BVB. "I'll need a few days to recover but when I look back, I'll see that our team delivered an outstanding season. To play like we did with such a young squad is crazy. I'm still young."