Marko Bencun

Marko Bencun (born 9 November 1992 in Metković) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a forward.

Marko Bencun
Personal information
Full name Marko Bencun
Date of birth (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Metković, Croatia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
NK Međugorje
2006–2008 Neretva
2008–2011 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2017 Hajduk Split 50 (9)
2011Primorac 1929 (loan) 16 (12)
2012Dugopolje (loan) 6 (4)
2013Primorac 1929 (loan) 6 (5)
2014Hajduk Split B
2015Brașov (loan) 13 (2)
2017 Inter Zaprešić 8 (0)
2018–2020 Zrinjski Mostar 26 (2)
National team
2009 Bosnia and Herzegovina U19[1] 7 (6)
2014 Croatia U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2019

Club careerEdit

Having passed through the ranks of the Hajduk Split youth academy, Bencun was loaned in the summer of 2011 to the Treća HNL Jug side NK Primorac 1929 and after a great half-season in Primorac, he was subsequently recalled to the Hajduk first team by coach Krasimir Balakov in January 2012. Because of a very big competition in the Hajduk's front line, with the likes of Ante Vukušić and Ivan Vuković who had great season, Bencun was sent on half-year loan again in February, this time to NK Dugopolje in Druga HNL.[2] In Dugopolje, he had a great start where he scored 4 times in only six appearances, but in April he suffered serious ligaments injury in training, which kept him out for the rest of the season. He had a very good first part of the 2012-2013 season at Hajduk, scoring 9 times in 14 appearances, but again, after a row with Hajduk coach, Stanko Poklepović, Bencun was loaned in February 2013 to its feeder club, NK Primorac 1929 again. He was again very prolific, scored 5 goals in 6 matches, and returned to Hajduk after the season ended.

Since Stanko Poklepović was no longer coach, he had made himself a starter again under coach Igor Tudor, and the season 2013-14 was his best. He scored 12 times in the 1. HNL, including a brace in "Eternal derby" against Dinamo Zagreb. After the season ended, there were multiple enquiries from European clubs, including FC Midtjylland, AS Saint-Ettiene and Sochaux, but Hajduk refused to let him go for less than 2.5 million euros.

Eventually, he was loaned to FC Brasov for 500,000 € with an option to purchase him at the end of the season for a further 2,2 million Euro. In Brasov, he scored 5 goals in 11 championship matches and 2 goals in the cup competition, but again, because of his problematic behaviour, he got in an argument with teammates and returned to Hajduk in January, 2015. In 1. HNL, he scored 8 times in 10 matches, and again attracted interest from various football clubs. Hajduk Split set a price of €2,000,000 for young forward.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spahić, S. "Selektor Bubalo traži idealnu postavu". sportsport.ba. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Ukrajinci žele Vukušića za 3,2 milijuna eura > Slobodna Dalmacija > Hajduk". Slobodnadalmacija.hr. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 14 February 2012.

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