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Dino Kresinger (born 20 March 1982 in Čakovec) is a Croatian football striker who plays for Austrian club SC Stainz.[1]

Dino Kresinger
Kresinger at a fan day. own.jpg
Kresinger pumping the crest. An action that became synonymous with the Croatian amongst the fans during his time at the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Personal information
Full name Dino Kresinger
Date of birth (1982-03-20) 20 March 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Čakovec, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre forward / striker
Club information
Current team
SC Stainz
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Varteks 4 (0)
2004–2007 Međimurje 88 (26)
2007 Cibalia 8 (2)
2007–2009 Slaven Belupo 54 (6)
2009–2012 Cibalia 68 (21)
2012–2013 Western Sydney Wanderers 25 (2)
2013–2015 Zavrč 44 (12)
2015–2016 Široki Brijeg 20 (4)
2016–2017 Varaždin 6 (5)
2017– SC Stainz
National team
1998–2000 Croatia U17 4 (0)
2003 Croatia U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 September 2016

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kresinger was born in the Croatian city of Čakovec and started his professional career in the nearby city of Varaždin, at NK Varaždin. In the three years he spent in the 1. HNL club, he made just four appearances. This led him to move to the newly promoted NK Međimurje, a side from Čakovec, the city of his birth. In his time at Međimurje, Dino scored an impressive 26 goals in 88 appearance. In January 2007, Dino moved to another Croatian first division side in HNK Cibalia. He spent just five months with Cibalia, scoring twice in six appearances. He then moved to NK Slaven Belupo. In his first season at Slaven Belupo, he managed five assists in 28 league games, mostly playing in the number 10 role. In his second season at the club, he managed six goals and two assists in 32 appearances. He then returned to HNK Cibalia for the 2009/10 season. In the next three season at Cibalia, Dino managed 21 goals in 68 appearances.

Western Sydney WanderersEdit

On 13 August 2012, it was announced that Kresinger had signed with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers. An experienced campaigner in the Croatian league, Kresinger had spent the last 11 seasons plying his trade making over 200 appearances for five different clubs. He was brought into the squad to add a level of experience to the newly founded team as well as strength and aggression to the forward line.[2] On December 21, 2012, Kresinger scored his first goal in the regular season for the Wanderers from a well worked header in the 6–1 thumping of Adelaide United at the Parramatta Stadium.[3]

Throughout the season Kresinger made a name for himself in the A-League through his strength, creating space for other team-mates and ability to retain possession he created many chances and goals for the Wanderers. He saved his best for last as his second goal in the 2013 A-League season came through a back-heel flick against Brisbane Roar in the semi-final and secured his team's place in the Grand Final against competition favourites Central Coast Mariners.[4]

Kresinger, along with Tarek Elrich, Joey Gibbs, and Rocky Visconte, were released by the Wanderers at the conclusion of the 2012-13 season.[5][6]

ZavrčEdit

On 31 July 2013, it was announced that Kresinger had signed with top flight Slovenian club Zavrč.[7] In his first season in Slovenia, Dino managed 7 goals and 4 assists in 26 appearances in all competitions.

International careerEdit

A talented junior, Kresinger represented Croatia at both Under-17 and Under-20 levels.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ SportClub Stainz‚ ticker.ligaportal.at
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 August 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-au/match/87932/western-sydney-wanderers-vs-adelaide-united/report
  4. ^ http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/dino-kresinger-admits-his-first-a-league-season-with-western-sydney-has-been-frustrating-at-times/story-e6frf4gl-1226621939319
  5. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/western-sydney-wanderers-release-dino-kresinger-tarek-elrich-joey-gibbs-and-rocky-visconte/story-fndmcfmm-1226632458280
  6. ^ http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/western-sydney-wanderers-release-dino-kresinger-tarek-elrich-joey-gibbs-and-rocky-visconte/story-fndkzvnd-1226632458280
  7. ^ WS Wanderers News [@WSWFCNews] (31 July 2013). "SUPER DINO" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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