Leonard Mesarić

Leonard Mesarić (pronounced [lɛ̌ːɔnar̩d mɛsariːtɕ]; born 10 August 1983) is a Croatian professional footballer who currently plays for NK Rudeš. With Dinamo Zagreb he won the 2010 Croatian Supercup which was his first honour of the career. Before joining the Croatian champions, Mesarić played for TŠK Topolovac, Karlovac, Segesta and NK Lokomotiva. He also represented Croatian national team at the under-18 and under-19 levels.[2]

Leonard Mesarić
Leonard Mesarić 2010 2.jpg
Mesarić in spring 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-08-10) 10 August 1983 (age 36)
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Rudeš
Youth career
NK Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2002 TŠK Topolovac 11 (0)
2002–2003 Croatia Sesvete
2004–2005 Karlovac 17 (0)
2006 Segesta 10 (0)
2006–2007 Pula 0 (0)
2007–2008 Karlovac 16 (3)
2008–2010 Lokomotiva 53 (6)
2010–2011 Dinamo Zagreb 11 (1)
2011–2014 Lokomotiva 74 (6)
2014–2016 Foolad 52 (1)
2016– Rudeš 46 (1)
National team
2001 Croatia U18 2 (0)
2001 Croatia U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 August 2010

Club careerEdit

Mesarić started his career at TŠK Topolovac. The club was competing in the Prva HNL and Mesarić made a total of 11 appearances throughout the season. TŠK Topolovac finished last and was relegated.[3] He continued his career playing for the second and third tier clubs Karlovac and Segesta. He made a total of 33 appearances for Karlovac and scored 3 goals, while for Segesta he played 10 matches.[1] On 21 January 2007 he gets signed by NK Lokomotiva. Mesarić won two consecutive promotions with the new club and the Zagreb club found itself playing in the Prva HNL for the 2009–10 season. In Prva HNL he made 12 appearances and scored 1 goal for Lokomotiva before he was transferred to Dinamo Zagreb on 26 June 2009.[1]

On 27 July 2014, Mesarić signed a one-year contract with Iranian champions Foolad.[4]

Outside footballEdit

Mesarić is alumnus of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, graduating two double major programs, Pedagogy and Information science. He also performs in the theatre and speaks five languages.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 28 August 2016[1][6]
Club Season League
Apps Goals
TŠK Topolovac 2001–02 11 0
Karlovac 2005–06 17 0
Segesta 10 0
Karlovac 2006–07 0 0
2007–08 16 3
Lokomotiva 14 2
2008–09 27 3
2009–10 12 1
Dinamo Zagreb 2010–11 11 1
Foolad 2014–15 28 1
2015–16 12 0
Total 158 11

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Mesarić Leonard" (in Croatian). Nogometni Magazin. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  2. ^ "Nastupi: Leonard Mesarić" (in Croatian). Croatian Football Federation. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Leonard Mesarić spreman za modre izazove" (in Croatian). Dinamo Zagreb. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  4. ^ Official: Leonard Mesarić joined Foolad
  5. ^ "Leonard Mesarić: Nogometaš koji razbija predrasude" (in Croatian). Index.hr. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Leonard Mesarić" (in Croatian). 1hnl.net. Retrieved 2 August 2010.

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