Alen Halilović

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Alen Halilović
Darijo Srna (L), Alen Halilovic - Croatia vs. Portugal, 10th June 2013 (crop).jpg
Halilović playing for Croatia in 2013
Personal information
Full name Alen Halilović
Date of birth (1996-06-18) 18 June 1996 (age 17)
Place of birth Dubrovnik, Croatia[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current club Dinamo Zagreb
Number 28
Youth career
Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Dinamo Zagreb 38 (5)
National team
2010 Croatia U14 2 (1)
2010–2011 Croatia U15 6 (3)
2012 Croatia U16 4 (1)
2012–2013 Croatia U17 12 (4)
2013– Croatia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 November 2013

Alen Halilović (born 18 June 1996) is a Croatian footballer, currently playing for Dinamo Zagreb in the Prva HNL. He is the first division's youngest ever goalscorer and also the youngest ever debutant for the Croatian national team. He is considered to be one of the most promising young talents of European football.[2][3]

On 27 March 2014, FC Barcelona reached an agreement with Dinamo for a five-year transfer to the club for an initial fee of €2.2 million.[4]

Club career[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 27 September 2012, he made his debut for the first team in the "Eternal derby" win over Hajduk Split (3–1), when he replaced Sammir for the final ten minutes of the match.[5] This made him the youngest debutant in the history of Dinamo Zagreb, at the age of 16 years and 101 days. In the next round match against Slaven Belupo, he again came off the bench and scored the final goal in a 4–1 victory. This made him the youngest goalscorer in the history of the league, at the age of 16 years and 112 days, breaking the record set in November 2010 by his former teammate, Mateo Kovačić.[6] In November 2012, he scored his second league goal for Dinamo in a 5–0 win against NK Zadar, scoring a goal from outside of the box on an assist provided by Kovačić.[7] In his first professional season with Dinamo, he also managed to participate in UEFA Champions League. On 24 October 2012, he made his European bow in the 90th minute of the encounter against French giants, Paris Saint-Germain, in the Maksimir Stadium, coming on as a substitute for fellow teenager, Mateo Kovačić. Thus he became the club's youngest player ever to feature in a Champions League match, and second youngest player in the history of UEFA Champions League.[8]

Barcelona[edit]

On 27 March 2014, FC Barcelona reached an agreement with Dinamo Zagreb for Halilović and he will move to Barcelona in July 2014 at the end of the current season. Halilović signed a five-year contract and will join Barcelona for an initial fee of €2.2 million, which will increase if he manages to secure a spot in the first team. He will start his Barcelona career in the club's reserve team, FC Barcelona B. On the transfer he commented "I am delighted and it’s hard to find the words to describe how I feel. Thank you very much to Dinamo, who will always be my first love and the club where my dreams started coming true. I would like to thank all the Dinamo youth coaches and all of the fans. Of course, Barcelona is something special, I have loved the club since I was a kid and it will be an honour to be able to play for Barça. But before that, I want to win the double with Dinamo and then I’ll start concentrating on my new club".[9] On April 2nd 2014, it was announced that Barcelona would be banned from buying players in the transfer window, until summer 2015. As a result, there have been doubts regarding Halilović's transfer.[10]

International career[edit]

Halilović represents Croatia at international level. In March 2013, he was a member of Croatia U17 that qualified for 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in Slovakia.[11] On 10 June 2013, Halilović made his international debut against Portugal in a friendly match. He came as a 50th minute substitute for Ivan Strinić. At 16 years, he became the youngest debutant in the history of Croatia.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

His father, Sejad, is a former Bosnian international and also played for Dinamo Zagreb. His younger brother, Dino, plays for Dinamo Zagreb's youth team.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 March 2014[1]
Team Season League Cup Europe[nb 1] Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb 2012–13 Prva HNL 18 2 0 0 3 0 21 2
2013–14 Prva HNL 20 3 4 1 8 0 1[a] 0 33 4
Career total 38 5 4 1 11 0 1 0 54 6
  1. ^ Appearances in the Croatian Super Cup

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes European club competitions such as the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Croatia – A. Halilović". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Sharland, Peter. "Stars of the future: A look at some of European football's most talented 16-year-olds". GiveMeFootball. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sky Sports Scout – Alen Halilovic". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Agreement with Dynamo Zagreb for Alen Halilovic transfer". FC Barcelona official website. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Dominik, Ivan (29 September 2012). "Alen Halilović debitirao za Dinamo u derbiju: "Osjećaj je fenomenalan i presretan sam"". Sportnet. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Halilović postao najmlađi strijelac u povijest HNL-a: 'Hvala Čačiću i Beqiraju'". Sportske Novosti. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Halilović nakon golčine Zadru: "Lijepo mi je". Index.hr. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jüngste und älteste Spieler der Champions League". transfermarkt.de. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Agreement with Dynamo Zagreb for Alen Halilovic transfer". FC Barcelona official website. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Barcelona hit with a year-long transfer ban for breaching rules on youngsters". Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Hrvatska na Euru U-17 u skupini s Italijom, Rusijom i Ukrajinom". Večernji list. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Croatia vs Portugal". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Transfer news: Barcelona complete signing of Croatian starlet Alen Halilovic from Dinamo Zagreb in €2.2m (£1.8m) deal". Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 

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