Goran Vlaović

Croatian footballer

Goran Vlaović
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-08-07) 7 August 1972 (age 50)
Place of birth Nova Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Osijek 24 (11)
1991–1994 Croatia Zagreb 80 (59)
1994–1996 Padova 50 (18)
1996–2000 Valencia 73 (17)
2000–2004 Panathinaikos 64 (29)
Total 291 (134)
National team
1993 Croatia U21 2 (0)
2001 Croatia B 1 (1)
1992–2002 Croatia 52 (15)
Honours
Representing Croatia
Bronze medal – third place FIFA World Cup 1998
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Goran Vlaović (born 7 August 1972) is a Croatian former professional footballer who played as a striker.

Club career

Born in Nova Gradiška, Vlaović started his professional career with Osijek in 1989 and moved to HAŠK Građanski in 1992, before going abroad to play for Calcio Padova in Italy, Valencia in Spain and Panathinaikos in Greece, where he retired in June 2004. His biggest personal success at club level came when he topped the goalscoring charts of the 1993–94 Croatian First Football League, netting 29 goals for Dinamo Zagreb that season. The record remained unbroken for 13 years before Eduardo da Silva scored 34 goals for the same club in 2006–07. He remains the youngest player to have scored the most goals in a single season in Croatia. He also won the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de España with Valencia in 1999, as well as a Greek double with Panathinaikos in 2004.

International career

Vlaović was a member of the Croatia national team for over ten years, between July 1992 and August 2002. He won a total of 52 international caps and scored 15 goals for the team (plus a single goal in his only appearance for Croatia B in a friendly against Romania in 2001).[1]

Vlaović made his international debut for Croatia on 5 July 1992 in their friendly match against Australia in Melbourne, during the team's three-match tour through Australia. After the tour, Vlaović only made four international appearances in just over three and a half years, and having undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain in 1995,[2] he was only able to make one appearance in the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying. However, he started to play regularly for Croatia in early 1996. On 13 March 1996, he scored his first goals for the team in a friendly match against Korea Republic, netting a flawless hat-trick in Croatia's 3–0 victory.

He was subsequently added to the Croatian squad for the UEFA Euro 1996 finals in England, appearing in all of the team's four matches before they were knocked out by eventual champions, Germany, in the quarter-finals. In Croatia's first match at the tournament, against Turkey, he came off the bench to replace Alen Bokšić in the final 20 minutes and scored the only goal of the match in the 86th minute, thus becoming the first goalscorer for Croatia in a major international tournament.

Two years later, Vlaović was a member of the Croatian squad that surprisingly won the bronze medal at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, their first FIFA World Cup appearance. He appeared in all of Croatia's seven matches at the tournament, although only making one appearance over the entire 90 minutes in the semi-finals against France. In the 80th minute of the quarter-finals against highly favoured Germany, he scored the second goal in Croatia's 3–0 victory, which all but secured the team's place in the semi-finals.

After a year and a half of absence from the national team, Vlaović made his international comeback in January 2001, making an appearance for Croatia B in a friendly match against Romania, also scoring one goal in the match. He went on to make four appearances and score one goal in Croatia's qualifying campaign for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was also added to Croatia's 23-man squad for the finals of that tournament, but was left an unused substitute in all three group matches as the team failed to qualify for the knock-out stages. He won his last international cap in a friendly match against Wales on 21 August 2002.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[3][4]
Club Season League National cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NK Osijek 1989–90 Yugoslav First League 1 0 0 0 1 0
1990–91 23 11 2 1 25 12
Total 24 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 26 12
HAŠK Građanski 1992 Prva HNL 22 9 6 2 28 11
Croatia Zagreb 1992–93 Prva HNL 29 23 7 11 3[a] 2 39 36
1993–94 30 29 11 7 4 6 45 42
1994–95 2[a] 0 2 0
Total 59 52 18 18 4 6 5 2 86 78
Padova 1994–95 Serie A 27 5 0 0 27 5
1995–96 23 13 1 0 24 13
Total 50 18 1 0 0 0 0 0 51 18
Valencia 1996–97 La Liga 24 8 0 0 7 2 31 10
1997–98 26 7 1 0 27 7
1998–99 20 2 3 1 0 0 23 3
1999–00 4 0 2 0 1 0 0[b] 0 7 0
Total 74 17 6 1 8 2 0 0 88 20
Panathinaikos 2000–01 Superleague Greece 22 12 7 0 29 12
2001–02 21 13 13 2 34 15
2002–03 13 2 3 0 16 2
2003–04 13 2 4 0 17 2
Total 69 29 0 0 27 2 0 0 96 31
Career total 298 136 33 22 39 10 5 2 375 170

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Croatia 1992 3 0
1993 0 0
1994 1 0
1995 1 0
1996 12 8
1997 8 2
1998 10 2
1999 6 1
2000 0 0
2001 8 2
2002 3 0
Total 52 15
Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Vlaović goal.
List of international goals scored by Goran Vlaović
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 March 1996 Kranjčevićeva, Zagreb, Croatia  South Korea 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2 2–0
3 3–0
4 26 March 1996 Stadion Varteks, Varaždin, Croatia  Israel 2–0 2–0 Friendly
5 11 June 1996 City Ground, Nottingham, England  Turkey 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 1996
6 8 October 1996 Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–1 4–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 11 December 1996 Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco 1–0 2–2 1996 King Hassan II Trophy
8 2–0
9 8 June 1997 Olympic, Tokyo, Japan  Japan 3–4 3–4 1997 Kirin Cup
10 29 October 1997 Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Ukraine 2–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 29 May 1998 Aldo Drosina, Pula, Croatia  Slovakia 1–1 1–2 Friendly
12 4 July 1998 Gerland, Lyon, France  Germany 2–0 3–0 1998 FIFA World Cup
13 10 March 1999 Spiridon Louis, Athens, Greence  Greece 1–2 2–3 Friendly
14 25 April 2001 Stadion Varteks, Varaždin, Croatia  Greece 1–2 2–2 Friendly
15 2 June 2001 Stadion Varteks, Varaždin, Croatia  San Marino 1–0 4–0 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Dinamo Zagreb

Valencia

Panathinaikos

Croatia

Individual

Orders

References

  1. ^ "Statistics - Caps: Goran Vlaović". Croatian Football Federation. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Vlaovic finds his form". Archived from the original on 30 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Goran Vlaović statistics". bdfutbol.com. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Goran Vlaović Dinamo". povijest.gnkdinamo.hr. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  5. ^ "ODLUKU KOJOM SE ODLIKUJU REDOM DANICE HRVATSKE S LIKOM FRANJE BUČARA" (in Croatian). hrvatska.poslovniforum.hr.
  6. ^ "PREDSJEDNIK TUDJMAN ODLIKOVAO HRVATSKU NOGOMETNU REPREZENTACIJU" (in Croatian). hrt.hr.

External links

  • Goran Vlaović – FIFA competition record (archived)
  • Goran Vlaović at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Goran Vlaović at the Croatian Football Federation
  • Goran Vlaović at Croatian Football Statistics (national team profile)
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Croatia squad1998 FIFA World Cup third place
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Croatia squad2002 FIFA World Cup
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