Mijat Gaćinović (Serbian Cyrillic: Мијат Гаћиновић, pronounced [mǐjat ɡatɕîːnoʋitɕ]; born 8 February 1995) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Gaćinović with Eintracht Frankfurt in 2017
|Full name||Mijat Gaćinović|
|Date of birth||8 February 1995|
|Place of birth||Novi Sad, FR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2011||Bosnia and Herzegovina U17[a]||3||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 February 2020|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2019
Gaćinović was born in Novi Sad while his father Vladimir played for FK Bečej. His family is from Trebinje in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where Gaćinović returned when his father finished his career. He started to play football at Leotar, before joining the youth academy of Vojvodina. He made his first team debut under manager Nebojša Vignjević on 19 March 2013, coming off the bench as a substitute for Miroslav Vulićević in a 3–0 home win over Donji Srem. On 18 May 2013, Gaćinović scored his first senior goal in a 3–2 home league victory over Radnički Niš.
After already establishing his place in the starting lineup, Gaćinović helped Vojvodina win the 2013–14 Serbian Cup in the club's centennial year. He was named the team's captain in early 2015, eventually becoming their top league scorer in the 2014–15 season, netting 11 goals.
In the summer of 2015, Gaćinović moved to Germany and signed with Eintracht Frankfurt. He made his official debut for the club on 28 November 2015, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–2 away league loss against Mainz 05. On 19 May 2016, Gaćinović scored the equalizer in the first leg of the 2015–16 Bundesliga relegation playoffs against Nürnberg, before assisting the only goal in the return leg away to keep his club in the top flight.
Gaćinović played for Bosnia and Herzegovina at Under-17 level, before eventually choosing to represent Serbia at Under-19 level. He was a member of the team that won the 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. Furthermore, Gaćinović scored an equalizer against Portugal in the 85th minute of the semi-final. He also appeared at the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
He debuted for the senior national team on 24 March 2017 against Georgia, replacing Filip Kostić in the 81st minute, and scored the third goal for Serbia in the 86th minute. In May 2018 he was named in Serbia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but he wasn't selected for the final squad.
- As of 15 February 2020
|Serbia national team|
- As of match played 2 September 2017
|1||24 March 2017||Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia||1||Georgia||3–1||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||2 September 2017||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||2||Moldova||1–0||3–0|
- Only official UEFA matches included
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- Mijat Gaćinović at Soccerway. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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