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Josip Brekalo (Croatian pronunciation: [jǒsip brěːkalo];[1][2] born 23 June 1998) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a forward for VfL Wolfsburg and Croatia national football team.

Josip Brekalo
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Brekalo training with VfB Stuttgart in 2017
Personal information
Date of birth (1998-06-23) 23 June 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 7
Youth career
2006–2015 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Dinamo Zagreb II 9 (0)
2015–2016 Dinamo Zagreb 8 (0)
2016– VfL Wolfsburg 44 (7)
2016 VfL Wolfsburg II 2 (0)
2017VfB Stuttgart (loan) 26 (4)
National team
2012 Croatia U14 2 (0)
2013 Croatia U15 2 (0)
2013–2014 Croatia U16 8 (2)
2013–2015 Croatia U17 25 (9)
2015 Croatia U18 6 (3)
2015–2017 Croatia U19 17 (6)
2016– Croatia U21 16 (9)
2018– Croatia 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:23, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2019

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Club careerEdit

Brekalo is a youth exponent from Dinamo Zagreb. He made his league debut on 19 December 2015 against Inter Zaprešić.[3] On 15 May 2016 he signed for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for €10 million.

On 31 January 2017, Brekalo was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart until the end of the season with an option for a further year. The loan deal was automatically extended until June 2018 when Stuttgart secured promotion.[4] Brekalo scored his first senior goal on 17 February 2017 coming off the bench for VfB Stuttgart against 1. FC Heidenheim.[5] Brekalo returned prematurely to Wolfsburg on 1 January 2018.[6]

International careerEdit

Brekalo is a youth international and has represented Croatia in 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. He made his debut for Croatia's senior squad on 15 November 2018 in a 2018–19 UEFA Nations League A game against Spain.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 18 May 2019[8]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb II 2015–16 Druga HNL 9 0 9 0
Dinamo Zagreb 2015–16 Prva HNL 8 0 3 1 0 0 11 1
Wolfsburg 2016–17 Bundesliga 4 0 0 0 4 0
2017–18 15 4 0 0 15 4
2018–19 25 3 2 0 27 3
Total 44 7 2 0 0 0 46 7
Wolfsburg II 2016–17 Regionalliga Nord 2 0 2 0
Stuttgart (loan) 2016–17 2. Bundesliga 11 1 0 0 11 1
2017–18 Bundesliga 14 1 3 1 17 2
Total 25 2 3 1 0 0 28 3
Career total 88 9 8 2 0 0 96 11

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jòsip". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 19 March 2018. Jòsip
  2. ^ "brȅcati". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 19 March 2018. Brékalo
  3. ^ "Dinamo Zagreb vs. Inter Zaprešić - 19 December 2015 - Soccerway". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  4. ^ "Josip Brekalo signs for VfB". VfB Stuttgart. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Away win in Heidenheim". VfB Stuttgart. 17 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Josip Brekalo makes early return to VfL Wolfsburg". VfB Stuttgart. 22 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Croatia v Spain game report". UEFA. 11 November 2018.
  8. ^ "J. Brekalo". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 12 January 2018.

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