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Ante Vukušić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǎːnte ʋǔkuʃitɕ]; born 4 June 1991) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a striker for Slovenian PrvaLiga club Olimpija Ljubljana.

Ante Vukušić
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Sinj, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Olimpija Ljubljana
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2007 Junak Sinj
2007–2009 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Hajduk Split 84 (36)
2012–2016 Pescara 22 (1)
2014Lausanne-Sport (loan) 13 (4)
2014–2015Waasland-Beveren (loan) 15 (3)
2015–2016 Pescara 1 (0)
2016–2017 SpVgg Greuther Fürth 21 (2)
2016SpVgg Greuther Fürth II 1 (0)
2017–2018 Tosno 0 (0)
2018 Olimpia Grudziądz 9 (0)
2018–2019 Krško 27 (4)
2019– Olimpija Ljubljana 16 (14)
National team
2009 Croatia U18 6 (2)
2009–2010 Croatia U19 7 (1)
2010–2012 Croatia U21 11 (3)
2012 Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 November 2019

Club careerEdit

Vukušić started his career playing at youth level for his hometown club Junak Sinj. He joined Hajduk Split in 2007, and during his time at their youth academy was regarded as one of the most promising players.

Hajduk SplitEdit

In January 2009, he signed a professional ​5 12-year contract with Hajduk keeping him at the club until summer 2014.[1] He made his debut for the first team in a 5–0 win against Croatia Sesvete on 22 April 2009.[2] In the last round of 2008–09 season, he scored his first goal in Prva HNL, a late equalizer against rivals Dinamo Zagreb.[3]

In the 2009–10 season, Vukušić established himself as the first choice striker at the club. In 22 league appearances, he scored 6 goals and a further 2 goals in 5 cup appearances. His stature at the club at such a young age impressed many of Europe's top clubs and he was set to make a move away from the Croatian club but the management and he mutually chose for him to remain at the club for the following season.

In the 2010–11 season, he scored 14 league goals in 29 appearances, finishing the season as the club's top scorer. He also scored four goals in nine UEFA Europe League appearances, the most memorable of which was a last minute winner against Anderlecht.

At the start of the 2011–12 season, under new coach Krasimir Balakov, Vukušić continued as the first choice striker at the club, this time alongside new signing Ivan Vuković as the most preferred front duo. He scored his first goal of the 2011–12 Prva HNL only three minutes into the first match against Šibenik and added his second in a match against Rijeka. In doing so he injured his toe and was consequentially ruled out for the next four weeks. He ended the season with 12 league goals in 24 appearances and 15 total goals in 29 appearances which made him the top goalscorer at the club for the second year running.

The 2012-13 season at Hajduk started with another new coach, but Ante remained the first choice striker and captain at the club, despite his young age. He converted a penalty in Hajduk's 2–0 win over Italian club Internazionale at the San Siro.

PescaraEdit

In August 2012, Vukušić was transferred to the newly promoted Serie A club Pescara for a reported fee of around €3.8 million.[4] He was initially the first choice striker at the club, but ended up losing his place and managed just one goal in 19 appearances as Pescara were relegated.

Lausanne-SportEdit

In February 2014 he moved to Lausanne-Sport on a six-month loan.[5]

Waasland-BeverenEdit

In August 2014 he moved to Waasland-Beveren on a loan.[6]

Greuther FürthEdit

He moved to Greuther Fürth on 29 January 2016. On 7 May 2016 he extended his contract until June 2018.[7]

TosnoEdit

On 5 June 2017, he signed a 2-year contract with the Russian Premier League club FC Tosno.[8] Three weeks later, he underwent a surgery on his lungs, due to years-long medical problems.[9]

Olimpia GrudziądzEdit

On 7 March 2018, he signed with the Polish club Olimpia Grudziądz.[10] In the summer of 2018 he left Olimpia Grudziądz.

KrškoEdit

After leaving Grudziądz, he signed with Slovenian PrvaLiga club NK Krško, where he scored 4 goals in 27 appearances during the 2018–19 season.[11]

International careerEdit

In May 2011, Vukušić was first called up to the national squad by manager Slaven Bilić for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Georgia, but was later moved to under-21 squad for their opening match in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifications, also against Georgia.[12][13] On 15 August 2012, he made his full debut for the national side under manager Igor Štimac as a second-half substitute in a 4–2 defeat against Switzerland.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 8 December 2018
Club Season League League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2008–09 Prva HNL 4 1 4 1
2009–10 22 6 5 2 27 8
2010–11 29 14 2 0 9 4 40 18
2011–12 24 12 3 3 2 0 29 15
2012–13 5 3 4 2 9 5
Total 84 36 10 5 15 6 109 47
Pescara 2012–13 Serie A 19 1 0 0 19 1
2013–14 Serie B 3 0 1 0 4 0
Total 22 1 1 0 23 1
Lausanne-Sport 2013–14 Swiss Super League 13 4 13 4
Waasland-Beveren 2014–15 Belgian Pro League 15 3 1 0 16 3
Pescara 2015–16 Serie B 1 0 1 0 2 0
Greuther Fürth 2015–16 2. Bundesliga 14 2 14 2
2016–17 7 0 1 0 8 0
Total 21 2 1 0 22 2
Olimpia Grudziądz 2017–18 I liga 9 0 9 0
Krško 2018–19 Slovenian PrvaLiga 12 1 3 1 15 2
Career total 177 47 17 6 15 6 209 59

InternationalEdit

As of match played 15 August 2012
National team Year Apps Goals
Croatia
2012 1 0
Total 1 0

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

ClubEdit

Hajduk Split

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Alfirević, Slaven (14 January 2009). "Siniša Šošo se vratio u Hajduk!". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  2. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (22 April 2009). "Rekordna pobjeda mogla biti i veća". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  3. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (31 May 2009). "Svakome po poluvrijeme i bod". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 May 2011.
  4. ^ Bradovski, Mihaela (26 August 2012). "Ante Vukušić stavio potpis na ugovor s Pescarom". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  5. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (17 February 2014). "Ante Vukušić na posudbi u Lausanne-Sport". hrsport.net (in Croatian). Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  6. ^ Passarella, Enrico (5 August 2014). "Pescara's Vukusic set to join Waasland-Beveren on loan". gianlucadimarzio.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Transferkarussell dreht sich". Greuther Fürth. 29 January 2016. Archived from the original on 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" АНТЕ ВУКУШИЧ – ИГРОК «ТОСНО» (in Russian). FC Tosno. 5 June 2017. Archived from the original on 14 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ http://sportske.jutarnji.hr/nogomet/nogomet-mix/potresna-ispovijest-bivseg-golgetera-hajduka-i-pravog-miljenika-torcide-nakon-dvosatne-operacije-zavapio-sretan-sam-i-odsad-disem-punim-plucima/6310050/
  10. ^ "ANTE VUKUŠIĆ PIŁKARZEM OLIMPII!" (in Polish). Olimpia Grudziądz. 7 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Ante Vukušić – Prva liga Telekom Slovenije" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  12. ^ Glasnović, Mario (20 May 2011). "Bilić: Pobijedit ćemo uz pun Poljud". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  13. ^ Pavković, Božo (2 June 2011). "Šušak protiv Gruzije izvodi Hajdukov napad Vukušić - Lendrić - Čop". dalmacijanews.com (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  14. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (15 August 2012). "Video: Hrvatska razočarala na početku Štimčeva mandata". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012.

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