Petar Krpan

Petar Krpan (born 1 July 1974) is a Croatian retired footballer who played as a forward.

Petar Krpan
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-07-01) 1 July 1974 (age 47)
Place of birth Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Croatia U17 (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1998 Osijek 96 (26)
1998–1999 Sporting CP 29 (3)
1999–2001 União Leiria 46 (5)
2001 Osijek 10 (6)
2002 NK Zagreb 14 (5)
2002–2004 Hajduk Split 55 (21)
2004–2005 União Leiria 26 (5)
2005–2006 Rijeka 17 (4)
2006 Jiangsu Sainty 6 (3)
2006–2007 Inter Zaprešić 16 (11)
Total 302 (84)
National team
1998 Croatia 3 (0)
Teams managed
2017– Croatia U17
Competitor for Croatia
Bronze medal – third place FIFA World Cup 1998
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

Born in Osijek, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Krpan started his career with local club NK Osijek. Due to the war breaking out in 1991, as a 17-year-old he engaged in battle to help save his hometown.[1] He moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal in 1998, being scarcely used during his one-and-a-half-season spell.

In January 2000, staying in Portugal, Krpan left for U.D. Leiria and played for the team until the summer of 2001, initially on loan.[2] He then returned to Croatia and played one season apiece for Osijek, NK Zagreb and HNK Hajduk Split, before returning to Leiria for 2004–05;[3] he was an important attacking element during the campaign as the latter team barely avoided relegation from the Primeira Liga, notably scoring in a 1–1 away draw against FC Porto.[4]

In 2005, Krpan once again moved back to his country by joining HNK Rijeka, where he spent one season before moving to second division side NK Inter Zaprešić.

International careerEdit

Krpan won three caps for the Croatia national team in 1998, all as a second-half substitute. His debut occurred on 6 June in a friendly match with Australia, in Zagreb.

Krpan was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup where he made one appearance, playing the last 13 minutes of the round-of-16 match against Romania (1–0).[5]



NK Zagreb
Hajduk Split
Inter Zaprešić




  1. ^ "Krpan otkriva kako je branio Hrvatsku: Boban je '98 Tuđmanu predavao raport s akreditacijom osječkog ratnika" [Krpan reveals how he defended Croatia: Boban gave lecture to Tudjman in '98 with the accreditation of the Osijek warrior] (in Croatian). Index. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Sporting empresta Petar Krpan à U. Leiria" [Sporting loan Petar Krpan to U. Leiria]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 December 1999. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Krpan: "O FC Porto não devia gostar muito de mim…"" [Krpan: "There certainly was no love lost between FC Porto and me…"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ "FC Porto-U. Leiria, 1–1 (Quaresma 8; Krpan 75)". Record (in Portuguese). 22 September 2004. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  5. ^ "De pena máxima" [Maximum penalty]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 1 July 1998. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Predsjednik Tudjman odlikovao hrvatsku nogometnu reprezentaciju" [President Tudjman decorated Croatian national team] (in Croatian). Croatian Radiotelevision. 12 July 1998. Retrieved 25 November 2016.

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