Ivica Vrdoljak

Ivica Vrdoljak (pronounced [îʋit͡sa ʋr̩dǒʎaːk]; born 19 September 1983) is a Croatian professional retired footballer.

Ivica Vrdoljak
Ivica Vrdoljak 2011.jpg
Vrdoljak with Legia Warsaw
Personal information
Full name Ivica Vrdoljak
Date of birth (1983-09-19) 19 September 1983 (age 38)
Place of birth Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Centre-back, defensive midfielder
Youth career
1990–1999 Vojvodina
1999–2002 NK Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 NK Zagreb 81 (3)
2002–2003Lučko (loan) ? (?)
2003–2004Croatia Sesvete (loan) 22 (4)
2007–2010 Dinamo Zagreb 80 (6)
2010–2016 Legia Warsaw 128 (20)
2016–2017 Wisła Płock 0 (0)
National team
2004–2005 Croatia U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2017

Club careerEdit

Vrdoljak started playing football at his homeclub, Vojvodinian top league club FK Vojvodina, where he played for the youth teams until 1999, when he moved to Zagreb, Croatia, and settled in the youth system of the Croatian top flight side NK Zagreb. After graduating to the senior team he was sent on loans to NK Lučko and the second division team Croatia Sesvete.[1] Vrdoljak had a good season at Croatia Sesvete, scoring four goals and featuring in 22 league matches, and after that he was returned to NK Zagreb. In three seasons at the club he made 81 league appearances and scored three goals. He was then, along with his teammate Mario Mandžukić, transferred to Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb for a fee of €1 million. Since his arrival, Vrdoljak has established himself as a consistent first-team player. In his debut season for Dinamo he played in twenty-four league matches and bagged three goals. The next season, he was irreplaceable in the midfield and made 29 league appearances by the end of the season and scored three more goals.

During the qualifiers UEFA Champions League 2014-2015 Vrdoljak missed two penalties against Celtic FC. However, Legia won this match 4–1. He retired in 2016 following a knee injury.[citation needed] He briefly returned to football, signing a contract with another Ekstraklasa outfit, Wisła Płock, however after failing to make a single appearance, he decided to ultimately retire.

International careerEdit

He is also a former Croatia under-21 international and capped seven times at the under-21 level during the 2004–05 season.

HonoursEdit

Dinamo Zagreb
Legia Warsaw

Career statisticsEdit

As of 20 May 2016[2]
Club performance League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Cup Super Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Croatia Sesvete Druga HNL 22 4 3 2 0 0 25 6
2004–05 NK Zagreb Prva HNL 25 1 1 0 0 0 26 1
2005–06 25 0 0 0 0 25 0
2006–07 31 2 4 0 0 0 35 2
2007–08 Dinamo Zagreb 24 3 7 0 2 0 33 3
2008–09 29 3 4 0 12 2 45 5
2009–10 27 0 5 0 12 1 44 1
2010–11 Legia Warsaw Ekstraklasa 26 5 6 3 0 0 0 0 32 8
2011–12 24 4 6 0 0 0 10 0 40 4
2012–13 20 2 6 0 1 0 2 0 29 2
2013–14 30 5 1 0 0 0 10 0 41 5
2014–15 28 4 6 2 1 0 14 1 48 7
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 287 33 49 7 2 0 62 4 400 44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Slobodna Dalmacija". arhiv.slobodnadalmacija.hr. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  2. ^ Career statistics at Nogometni Magazin

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