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Aljaž "Kiki"[2] Struna (born 4 August 1990) is a Slovenian football defender who plays for Houston Dynamo. He is the younger brother of Andraž Struna.

Aljaž Struna
Personal information
Full name Aljaž Struna
Date of birth (1990-08-04) 4 August 1990 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Piran, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Houston Dynamo
Number 6
Youth career
–2009 Koper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Koper 63 (3)
2010Jadran Dekani (loan)
2012–2018 Palermo 63 (2)
2012–2013Varese (loan)[1] 9 (0)
2014–2015Carpi (loan) 34 (1)
2016–2017Carpi (loan) 30 (1)
2019– Houston Dynamo 25 (0)
National team
2008 Slovenia U18 3 (0)
2008–2009 Slovenia U19 5 (0)
2009 Slovenia U20 1 (0)
2009–2012 Slovenia U21 12 (0)
2016– Slovenia 17 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2019

Club careerEdit

Struna started his career at FC Koper, where he played from 2009 to 2012 and quickly established himself as a starter.

On 21 May 2012, Koper confirmed to have sold Struna to Palermo, for €300,000.[3] In the summer he moved Varese of the Serie B on loan, with an option for his new club to acquire 50% of his transfer rights by the end of the season.[4] For the 2014–15 season he moved on loan to Carpi. Having contributed to the club's promotion to the Serie A, he returned to Palermo in the summer of 2015 and broke into the first team. He made his debut in Serie A on 30 August 2015 against Udinese.

In December 2018, Struna transferred to Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer.[5]

International careerEdit

Struna was a member of the Slovenia U21 team.[6] He made his debut with the senior national team on 23 March 2016 in a friendly against Macedonia.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 September 2019 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia   Poland 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Scheda anagrafica di Aljaz Struna". aic.football.it. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Kiki Struna". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Aljaž Struna tudi uradno član Palerma" [Aljaž Struna officially a Palermo player] (in Slovenian). FC Koper. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Acquistato Struna dal Koper, andrà in prestito al Varese" [Aljaž Struna officially a Palermo player, he moved on loan to Varese] (in Italian). US Palermo. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Dynamo sign defender Aljaž Struna on full transfer from Palermo". Houston Dynamo. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Aljaž Struna » Internationals". Worldfootball. Retrieved 13 December 2015.

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