Mario Maloča

Mario Maloča (born 4 May 1989) is a Croatian football player who currently plays as a centre back for Lechia Gdańsk.

Mario Maloča
Mario Maloča.jpg
Maloča playing for Hajduk Split in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-05-04) 4 May 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Lechia Gdańsk
Number 23
Youth career
1998–2004 Dinamo Zagreb
2004–2005 NK Zagreb
2006 Inter Zaprešić
2006 Kamen Ingrad
2007–2008 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2015 Hajduk Split 170 (4)
2015–2018 Lechia Gdańsk 47 (4)
2017–2018Greuther Fürth (loan) 31 (2)
2018-2019 Greuther Fürth 24 (0)
2019– Lechia Gdańsk 17 (0)
2019– Lechia Gdańsk II 1 (0)
National team
2008 Croatia U19 3 (1)
2008–2009 Croatia U20 6 (0)
2008–2010 Croatia U21 13 (0)
2012 Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2020

Club careerEdit

Maloča spent most of his youth career at Dinamo Zagreb and had spells with youth teams at NK Zagreb, Inter Zaprešić and Kamen Ingrad.[1] In 2007, Maloča signed for Hajduk Split.

He made his Prva HNL debut with Hajduk at the age of 18 against Šibenik in the 2007–08 season and soon became a first team regular, playing alongside renowned defenders such as Igor Tudor, Goran Sablić and Boris Živković. After the season ended he signed a five-year contract with Hajduk, binding him to Poljud until 2013. In April 2015, he was dropped to B team for a short time, and in July 2015 he left Hajduk.

In July 2017, Maloča joined 2. Bundesliga side SpVgg Greuther Fürth on loan for the 2017–18 season.[2]

In May 2019 it was confirmed, that he had joined Lechia Gdańsk on a 3-year contract.[3]

International careerEdit

Maloča also earned 13 caps for Croatia's U-19 and U-21 teams and took part in Croatia's 2008 Under-19 European Championship campaign where he scored a goal against Albania. In August 2012, he was called to the Croatian national football team by Croatian manager Igor Štimac.[1] He debuted in a friendly match against Switzerland, where he started and played full 90 minutes of the match.

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 27 January 2018 [4][5]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2007–08 Prva HNL 12 0 4 1 16 1
2008–09 16 0 5 1 3[a] 0 24 1
2009–10 20 0 6 0 2[a] 0 28 0
2010–11 27 0 1 0 9[a] 0 1[b] 0 38 0
2011–12 14 1 3 0 2[a] 0 19 1
2012–13 23 1 6 0 4[a] 0 33 1
2013–14 30 1 2 0 4[a] 1 36 2
2014–15 28 1 5 1 6[a] 0 39 2
Total 170 4 32 3 30 1 1 0 233 8
Lechia Gdańsk 2015–16 Ekstraklasa 22 2 0 0 6[c] 0 28 2
2016–17 24 2 1 0 7[d] 0 32 2
2017–18 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 47 4 1 0 0 0 13 0 61 4
Greuther Fürth 2017–18 2. Bundesliga 17 1 2 0 19 1
Career total 234 9 35 3 30 1 14 0 313 13
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in the Hrvatski Superkup
  3. ^ Appearances in the 2015–16 Ekstraklasa Championship round
  4. ^ Appearances in the 2016–17 Ekstraklasa Championship round

Personal lifeEdit

Despite being born in Zagreb and part of Dinamo Zagreb youth team in his early years, Maloča opted to play for Hajduk Split. Maloča married his childhood sweetheart Ivana in June 2012. The couple had their first child, Tea, on 21 March 2013.[6]

Player honoursEdit

Hajduk Split

Lechia Gdańsk

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vatreni.info - Mario Maloča Biography" (in Croatian). vatreni.info. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. ^ "SpVgg Greuther Fürth leiht Innenverteidiger Mario Maloca von Lechia Gdansk aus". kicker Online (in German). 25 July 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  3. ^ Oficjalnie: Mario Maloca wraca do Lechii Gdańsk! "Zdecydowaliśmy z moją rodziną, że to najlepsze rozwiązanie", dziennikbaltycki.pl, 22 May 2019
  4. ^ "Mario Maloca > Club Matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  5. ^ "M. Maloča". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Mario Maloča postao ponosni otac male Tee - Večernji.hr" (in Croatian). vecernji.hr. Retrieved 2 December 2014.

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