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Mario Mandžukić ( ; born 27 May 1986 in Slavonski Brodmarker, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslaviamarker) is a Croatianmarker professional footballer, currently playing for Dinamo Zagreb and Croatian national team.

Club career

He made his first footballing steps at the German club Ditzingen, based near Stuttgartmarker. Upon his return to his home city he spent the period between 1997 and 2003 at Marsonia, before spending a season at the city minnows NK Željezničar. The next season he returned to Marsonia and in the summer of 2005 he made a move to NK Zagreb. He thrived under the tuition of Miroslav Blažević and earned a lot interest from other clubs. In the summer of 2007 he was bought by the Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb for €1.3 million as a replacement for their star striker Eduardo da Silva. He finished his first season at Dinamo with 12 goals and 11 assists throughout 29 matches, but also had a bad discipline record, collecting 8 yellow cards. In the 2008–09 Prva HNL Mandžukić was league's top goalscorer, bagging 16 goals in 28 appearances. After the 2008–09 season had finished he was linked with German side Werder Bremen, but the €12m offer was rejected by Dinamo Zagreb board who were of opinion that Mandžukić's price was at least €15m. On 17 September 2009, after Dinamo lost 2–0 at home to Anderlecht in Europa League, Mandžukić was controversially fined €100k after being accused for poor performance. It was the first time in the history of the club that the player was financially fined. On 20 September, Mandžukić captained Dinamo to a 6–0 victory against Rijeka in Prva HNL. In a post–match interview Mandžukić rejected any speculations about him leaving the club after the fine, stating that it was his childhood dream to captain Dinamo side and that he tends to give his best in any match he plays for the club.

National team

After putting together a string of solid performances in the 2007–08 Prva HNL, as well as in Dinamo's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches, he earned a call–up to the Croatian national team, for which he debuted in a game against Macedonia on 17 November 2007. On 10 September 2008, he scored his first ever goal for Croatia in a 4–1 loss against England.

International goal

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. 10 September 2008 Maksimir Stadiummarker, Zagrebmarker, Croatiamarker
1 – 3
1 – 4
2010 World Cup Qualifying


Honours





Career statistics



References

  1. Dinamo act quickly to replace Eduardo, uefa.com, Tuesday 10 July 2007
  2. Career statistics at transfermarkt.de
  3. Career statistics at Nogometni Magazin


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2004–05 Marsonia Druga HNL 23 14 23 14
2005–06 NK Zagreb Prva HNL 27 3 27 3
2006–07 23 11 23 11
2007–08 Dinamo Zagreb 29 12 8 5 10 3 40 20
2008–09 28 16 5 5 10 3 43 24
2009–10 8 6 0 0 7 3 15 9
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