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Gabrijel Boban (born 23 July 1989 in Požega) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Moldavian Moldovan National Division club Sheriff Tiraspol as a winger.

Gabrijel Boban
Personal information
Full name Gabrijel Boban
Date of birth (1989-07-23) 23 July 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Požega, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward, Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Sheriff Tiraspol
Youth career
1998–2007 Kamen Ingrad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Kamen Ingrad 21 (2)
2008–2009 Virovitica
2009–2012 Vinogradar 71 (10)
2012–2013 Pomorac 29 (8)
2013–2016 NK Zagreb 96 (41)
2016–2019 Osijek 81 (12)
2019- Sheriff Tiraspol 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:10, 27 June 2019 (UTC)

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Požega, Boban went through the youth ranks of the nearby Kamen Ingrad team from Velika who was competing in Prva HNL at the time. He debuted for the first team in the 2007–08 season in Druga HNL were Kamen Ingrad was relegated from Prva HNL just the season before. In his first professional season he made a 21 appearances scoring twice, but was unable to contribute more and prevent the club from yet another relegation in the end. Club's performance over last two seasons declined drastically resulting in relegations due to various financial difficulties caused by embezzlement and fraud problems within main club sponsor, a local construction company of the same name Kamen Ingrad. As the team was relegated further down to Treća HNL for the 2008–09 season, just before the start of competition, on 23 July 2008, club announced its withdrawal from senior competitions for the season. Boban was allowed to leave on free release and a week later he decided to join another third tier club, Virovitica.

He returned to Druga HNL quickly, however, playing three seasons at Vinogradar. In the 2011–12 season, he scored four goals in 24 appearances. In the 2012–13 season he played for Pomorac. At Pomorac, Boban was a mainstay in the starting lineup and added eight goals to his tally that season.

NK ZagrebEdit

The impressive season earned him a move to the newly relegated NK Zagreb in the summer of 2013. He helped Zagreb return to the Prva HNL by scoring 18 goals during the season, trailing only behind Inter Zaprešić's Ilija Nestorovski (20 goals) in the league's overall rankings.[1] He made his Prva HNL debut three days short of his 25th birthday, scoring in the 1–3 loss against Rijeka, repeating the feat a week later in his second top tier match, against Slaven Belupo.[2] He finished his first season in the top tier with 13 goals, the fourth highest total in the league.

NK OsijekEdit

Gabrijel Boban signed for Osijek in July 2016, on a three-year contract.[3] He scored 4 goals and contributed 6 assists. In his second season, he scored 6 goals and contributed 9 assists in all competitions, notably scoring in a 1–0 away win over Dinamo Zagreb.[4] For his performances, he was voted as the NK Osijek Player of the Year.[5]

Sheriff TiraspolEdit

Gabrijel Boban move to Sheriff Tiraspol in June 2019 on a free transfer. He signed an 18 months contract. [6]

Personal lifeEdit

Boban's family originates from Sovići in Herzegovina, and he is a distant cousin of Croatia international Zvonimir Boban. Gabrijel Boban is the brother of Bruno Boban who was also a footballer of NK Slavonija Požega.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ilija NESTOROVSKI najbolji strijelac Druge HNL at druga-hnl.com
  2. ^ SLAVEN BELUPO - ZAGREB 3:2 Farmaceuti protiv Zagreba u završnici upisali sva tri boda u Koprivnici at jutarnji.hr
  3. ^ "Gabrijel Boban potpisao trogodišnji ugovor!". nk-osijek.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  4. ^ LiveScore, SofaScore.com. "GNK Dinamo Zagreb NK Osijek live score, video stream and H2H results - SofaScore.com". www.sofascore.com. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Emotivno u Osijeku: Kohorta zahvalila svom junaku Bobanu" (in Croatian). Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Još jedan Hrvat prijeti Dinamu, Gabrije Boban novi je igrač Šerifa". sportnet.rtl.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 June 2019.

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