Mario Vrančić

Mario Vrančić (Bosnian pronunciation: [mâːrio ʋrâːntʃitɕ]; born 23 May 1989) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English Championship club Norwich City and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Mario Vrančić
Mario Vrancic (cropped).jpg
Vrančić playing for Norwich City in 2017
Personal information
Full name Mario Vrančić[1]
Date of birth (1989-05-23) 23 May 1989 (age 31)[2]
Place of birth Slavonski Brod, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[3]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Norwich City
Number 8
Youth career
1996–2004 VfR Kesselstadt
2004–2006 Mainz 05
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Mainz 05 II 45 (16)
2007–2011 Mainz 05 9 (0)
2009–2010Rot Weiss Ahlen (loan) 12 (0)
2011–2012 Borussia Dortmund II 47 (16)
2012–2015 Paderborn 07 93 (12)
2015–2017 Darmstadt 98 45 (6)
2017– Norwich City 89 (12)
National team
2006 Germany U17 5 (0)
2007–2008 Germany U19 12 (1)
2008–2009 Germany U20 11 (3)
2015– Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:36, 11 July 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Vrančić started his professional career at Mainz 05, playing mainly in its reserve team. In 2009, he had a loan spell with Rot Weiss Ahlen. Two years later, he joined Borussia Dortmund II. The following year, he moved to Paderborn 07. Three years later, he signed with Darmstadt 98. In 2017, Vrančić was transferred to Norwich City.

A former German youth international, Vrančić made his senior international debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015.

Early and personal lifeEdit

Vrančić was born in Slavonski Brod.[4] His older brother Damir was also a professional footballer.[5]

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Vrančić came through Mainz 05's youth academy, which he joined in 2004 from a local club. He made his professional debut with Mainz 05 II in 2006 at the age of 17.[6]

In June 2009, he was sent on a season-long loan to Rot Weiss Ahlen.[7]

In January 2011, he moved to Borussia Dortmund II.[8]

Paderborn 07Edit

 
Vrančić playing for Paderborn 07 in 2012

Vrančić signed a two-year contract with Paderborn 07 on 1 July 2012.[9] He debuted in the opening match of season against Hertha BSC,[10] and scored his first goals in the next match against VfL Bochum.[11]

Vrančić was instrumental in his team's first ever promotion to Bundesliga, which was sealed in May 2014.[12] That same month, he extended his contract until June 2016.[13]

Darmstadt 98Edit

Vrančić was transferred to Darmstadt 98 on 24 June 2015 for an undisclosed fee.[14] He made his debut in a DFB-Pokal match against TuS Erndtebrück on 7 August.[15] He made his league debut two weeks later in a draw at Schalke 04.[16] He scored his first goal for Darmstadt 98 against FC Augsburg on 12 March 2016.[17]

Norwich CityEdit

Vrančić signed for English Championship club Norwich City on 8 June 2017 on a three-year contract.[18] He made his debut for on 5 August against Fulham.[19] Vrančić scored two goals on 19 September in an EFL Cup tie against Brentford, which were his first goals for the club.[20] He scored his first league goal in a win over Reading on 17 March 2018.[21]

Vrančić was an important piece in Norwich's conquest of the Championship title, which was sealed on 5 May 2019 and earned them promotion to the Premier League. He had an impact of 10 goals and 7 assists.[22]

In July 2019, Vrančić signed a new two-year contract with Norwich.[23] He scored his first Premier League goal in a home draw against Tottenham Hotspur on 28 December.[24]

International careerEdit

Despite representing Germany at various youth levels, with whom he won the 2008 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, Vrančić decided to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina at senior level.[25]

In June 2015, Vrančić's application to change his sports citizenship from German to Bosnian was approved by FIFA.[26] Subsequently, in August 2015, he received his first senior call-up, for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers against Belgium and Andorra.[27] Vrančić debuted in a win over latter on 6 September.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 11 July 2020[29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mainz 05 II 2006–07 Oberliga Südwest 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Oberliga Südwest 13 9 13 9
2008–09 Regionalliga West 19 7 19 7
2010–11 Regionalliga West 12 0 12 0
Total 45 16 45 16
Mainz 05 2006–07 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 5 0 1 0 6 0
2008–09 2. Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 9 0 1 0 10 0
Rot Weiss Ahlen (loan) 2009–10 2. Bundesliga 12 0 0 0 12 0
Borussia Dortmund II 2010–11 Regionalliga West 15 2 15 2
2011–12 Regionalliga West 32 14 32 14
Total 47 16 47 16
SC Paderborn 2012–13 2. Bundesliga 33 5 1 0 34 5
2013–14 2. Bundesliga 30 5 1 0 31 5
2014–15 Bundesliga 30 2 1 0 31 2
Total 93 12 3 0 96 12
Darmstadt 98 2015–16 Bundesliga 22 2 3 0 25 2
2016–17 Bundesliga 23 4 2 0 25 4
Total 45 6 5 0 50 6
Norwich City 2017–18 Championship 35 1 1 0 3 2 39 3
2018–19 Championship 36 10 0 0 2 0 38 10
2019–20 Premier League 18 1 2 0 1 0 21 1
Total 89 12 3 0 6 2 98 14
Career total 340 62 12 0 6 2 358 64

InternationalEdit

As of match played 28 March 2017[30]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2015 1 0
2016 3 0
2017 2 0
Total 6 0

HonoursEdit

Norwich City

Germany U19

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019/20 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Mario Vrancic: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Mario Vrancic: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
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  5. ^ "Mario Vrančić u posjeti NS BiH: Bit ću neizmjerno sretan ako zaigram za Zmajeve". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 8 December 2014. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Wird Vrancic Darmstads erster Neuzugang?". Bild (in German). 23 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Mainz leiht Mario Vrancic an Ahlen aus". Bild (in German). 26 June 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  8. ^ "BVB II holt mit Mario Vrancif Verstärkung aus Mainz". Bild (in German). 30 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Vrancic wechselt an die Pader". kicker (in German). Olympia-Verlag. 2 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Allagui beendet ein verrücktes Fußballspiel". kicker (in German). Olympia-Verlag. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Vrancic beeindruckt mit cleverem Torabschluss". kicker (in German). Olympia-Verlag. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Nakon Damira i Mario svojim golom klub uveo u Bundesligu". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 11 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  13. ^ "Novi ugovor kao nagrada: Vrančić u Paderbornu do 2016. godine". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 12 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Mario Vrančić iz Paderborna prešao u Darmstadt". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Darmstadt eliminisao niželigaša, Vrančić igrao 60 minuta". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 7 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Bayern se provukao, Schalkeu i Wolfsburgu po bod". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 22 August 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Mönchengladbach rutinski slavio, Vrančić zabio za Darmstadt". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 12 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  18. ^ "Zvanično: Mario Vrančić novi član Norwich Citya". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 8 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Mario Vrančić debitovao za Norwich". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 5 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Vrančić dvostruki strijelac u pobjedi Norwicha". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Pogoci Đurića i Vrančića u Engleskoj". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 17 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Mario Vrančić još jednom majstorijom zaključio sjajnu sezonu". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Mario Vrančić produžio ugovor s Norwich Cityjem". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 11 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Vrančić strijelac u remiju Norwich Cityja i Tottenhama, Leicester bez Vardya do pobjede u Londonu". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  25. ^ "Želi igrati za Zmajeve! Mario Vrančić pokrenuo proceduru za dobijanje pasoša BiH". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 31 July 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  26. ^ "Mario Vrančić može igrati za BiH!". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 5 June 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  27. ^ "Baždarević objavio spisak reprezentativaca za utakmice protiv Belgije i Andore". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 24 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.
  28. ^ "Zmajevi za poluvrijeme savladali Andoru sa 3:0". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 6 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  29. ^ a b "M. Vrančić: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  30. ^ "National football team player Mario Vrančić". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  31. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2019). Football Yearbook 2019–2020. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 258–259. ISBN 978-1-4722-6111-3.

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