Danijel Pranjić (pronounced [dǎnijel prǎːɲit͡ɕ]; born 2 December 1981) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Ayia Napa in the Cypriot Second Division. Being a versatile left-footed player, he can play all across the left wing and can also be used as a central midfielder.
Pranjić in 2009
|Full name||Danijel Pranjić|
|Date of birth||2 December 1981|
|Place of birth||Našice, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Left winger, full-back|
|2011||Bayern Munich II||1||(0)|
|2013||→ Celta de Vigo (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2019|
Pranjić started his career at Papuk. He played for NAŠK, Papuk, Belišće, and Osijek before making his move to a bigger stage at Dinamo Zagreb in 2004. While at Dinamo Zagreb, he also played regularly during their 2004–05 UEFA Cup campaign, making six appearances and scoring one goal in the competition.
In 2005, he was transferred to Dutch Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen. His good performances as an offensive winger secured him a return to international football with Croatia in 2007. He started the 2008–09 Eredivisie season well, netting four goals in his first three league matches. Pranjić scored his first hat-trick in the Dutch Cup on 12 November 2008 in a huge 7–0 win against Haaglandia. On 31 January 2009, he made the lone goal in a Heerenveen victory at AFC Ajax. A month later, he scored a late penalty that gave Heerenveen a 3–2 win at PSV.
He won the Dutch Cup with Heerenveen at the end of the 2008–09 season, which turned out to be his last match for the club. In June 2009, Bayern Munich announced Pranjić would join the club. He struggled to make an impact in his first season with the club, starting only 14 matches and losing out to first choice left-back Holger Badstuber. Due to his utility and injuries to other teammates, however, he started an increasing number of games in his second season with the Bavarian club.
On 13 July 2012, after the expiration of his Bayern contract, Pranjić was announced as a new signing for Portuguese Primeira Liga team Sporting Clube de Portugal. He played nine games for Os Leões before joining Spanish La Liga club Celta de Vigo in January 2013 on loan until the end of the season.
On 30 August 2013, Pranjić and Sporting terminated the contract in mutual agreement.
Pranjić started his international career with the Croatian national under-21 football team, winning a total of 15 international caps and scoring one goal for the team between 2002 and 2004.
On 16 November 2004, Pranjić made his full international debut for Croatia in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland. After two years of absence from the national team, he was called up for a friendly match against Norway in February 2007. Later that year, he also appeared in three UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers.
Asked to play a defensive role by Croatia coach Slaven Bilić, although still predominantly a midfielder in his club career, Pranjić was the only Croatian to start all four games at the UEFA Euro 2008 finals. Pranjić provided an assist to Darijo Srna to score the opener in Croatia's 2–1 victory over Germany and an assist to Ivan Klasnić to score the only goal in their next game, a 1–0 win over Poland.
He kept his place as a regular in the national team during their unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, appearing in a total of nine matches.
As of 18 May 2019[update]
|2004–05||Dinamo Zagreb||Prva HNL||29||2||6||1||35||3|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Europe||Total|
|2012–13||Sporting CP||Primeira Liga||9||0||2||0||6||1||17||1|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|2012–13||Celta de Vigo||La Liga||10||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|2017–18||Anorthosis Famagusta||First Division||32||1||0||0||0||0||32||1|
|2019–20||Ayia Napa||Second Division||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
- Scores and Results show Croatia's goal tally first
|1.||28 March 2015||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia||Norway||UEFA Euro 2016 qualification|
- Bundesliga: 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal: 2009–10
- DFL-Supercup: 2010
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2009–10, 2011–12
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Danijel Pranjic". FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- "Laatste duel voor Pranjic" (in Dutch). sportwereld.nl. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
- "Danijel Pranjic to sign for Bayern". Bayern Munich. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- "Pranjic heeft eindelijk gewenste droomtransfer" (in Dutch). SC Heerenveen. 22 June 2009. Archived from the original on 25 June 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- "Danijel Pranjic assina por três anos (Danijel Pranjic signs for three years)". Record (in Portuguese). Cofina. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Pranjic farewell to Alvalade". Sporting Clube de Portugal. 30 August 2013. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
- "Συμφωνία με Pranjic" (in Greek). Panathinaikos. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
- A.V. (11 September 2016). "Nekdanji član Bayerna Pranjić v Kopru" [Former Bayern member sign for Koper] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
- Ανορθωσιάτης ο Ντάνιελ Πράνιτς (in Greek). Anorthosis Famagusta FC. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
- "Danijel Pranjić baš ne želi odustati. Sada je potpisao ugovor s ciparskim drugoligašem" [Danijel Pranjić just does not want to give up. He just signed a contract with a Cypriot second league club]. telesport.telegram.hr (in Croatian). 1 July 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
- "Pranjić napušta reprezentaciju: "Rekao sam da ću otići ako pozovu Sammira!"" (in Croatian). index.hr. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
- "Zbog ozljede Strinića Niko Kovač za Island pozvao Danijela Pranjića" (in Croatian). hrsport.net. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.