Kramarić with Dinamo Zagreb in 2010
|Full name||Andrej Kramarić|
|Date of birth||19 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Current club||HNK Rijeka|
|2012–2013||→ Lokomotiva (loan)||45||(20)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Andrej Kramarić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈandrɛi ˈkramariːtɕ]; born 19 June 1991) is a Croatian professional footballer who currently plays for HNK Rijeka. He is also a member of under-21 national team.
Kramarić joined Dinamo Zagreb when he was six, and staid at the club for over 15 years. He is the top youth goalscorer in the club's history. He made his first official appearance for Dinamo Zagreb on 24 May 2009. Since then he made a total of 41 appearances for the club scoring 12 goals.
He was capped 46 times at the youth level for the national team side, also scoring eighteen goals. Kramarić took part at the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship where he made four appearances for Croatian side which reached the semi-finals.
Kramarić joined Dinamo Zagreb when he was just six years old. During his youth career, Kramarić scored over 450 goals for Dinamo Zagreb youth teams which makes him the best youth scorer in club's history.
Kramarić made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb senior squad on 24 May 2009, in a league match against NK Zagreb. He made an appearance as a 69th minute substitute for Josip Tadić. It was also his only match for Dinamo Zagreb first-team during the 2008–09 season.
He was promoted to the first-team squad the following season. He made his first appearance of the season and also debuted in the UEFA Champions League on 15 July in an away match against Pyunik which finished by a goalless draw. Overall, Kramarić made 24 league appearances for Dinamo Zagreb and scored 7 goals. He also made 5 appearances in the 2009–10 Croatian Cup and scored 4 goals, and made 5 appearances in UEFA competitions.
In February 2012, Kramarić was loaned to NK Lokomotiva until the end of the season. At Lokomotiva, Andrej became one of the most proficient strikers in South-Eastern Europe, scoring 21 goals in 45 appearances in the season and a half he spent with the Lokosi. In his first full season with Lokomotiva he finished runner up to Leon Benko in the 1.HNL top goalscorer race with 15 goals.
Return to Dinamo Zagreb
There was a lot of excitement with Kramaric returned to Dinamo Zagreb at the start of the 2013-14 season, with many pundits predicting that he would become the ruthless striker Dinamo had been lacking in recent season. Andrej also thought that he would become the centrepiece of the Dinamo forwardline, but when manager Krunoslav Jurčić had Duje Čop and Ante Rukavina ahead of him in the pecking order, Kramaric quickly became discouraged and complained to the press about his lack of playing time. This did not go down well with club director Zdravko Mamić who decided to put the young star on the transfer list.
Rijeka were the quickest to react to the falling out between Kramarić and Dinamo, securing his services on the 31st of August, 2013. Kramarić debuted for the team on 15 September 2013, playing in the starting line-up, in Prva HNL league match against Slaven Belupo, in which he also scored his first goal for the team in the 15th minute, also the only goal of the match. He scored 8 goals against Blato during Croatian Cup. In November 2013, he scored an astonishing goal against Olympique Lyon in Europa League group stage. Kramarić scored his first hattrick of the season against NK Istra 1961, in a match that ended 3-3 with Kramarić also missing a penalty-kick. He then netted another goal against Rijeka`s arch rivals Hajduk Split on Poljud.
Kramarić was capped a total of 46 times for various Croatian youth teams and scored 18 goals in return. His first national team appearance came against Bavaria national team on 31 March 2005. He was then playing for the under-14 team and was capped a total of two times. Kramarić then started competing at the under-16 and under-17 levels. He made a total of 7 appearances in friendly matches for the under-16 team and scored 4 goals. For the under-17 team he was capped 12 times and scored 6 goals. He also participated in all of under–17 team's qualifiers for the 2008 European U–17 Championship. At the under-18 level, Kramarić was capped nine times and scored three goals.
In 2008 he started playing for the under-19 team with whom he reached he semi-finals of the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship. He debuted and scored his first goal at under–21 level on 5 September 2009 in a European Championship qualifier against Norway, aged just 18 years and 81 days.
Style of play
Kramarić has been described as versatile striker who is mobile enough to run behind defences and rather than waiting for crosses or ball to come to him, tends to run towards the ball, engulfing his opposition with an air of unpredictability about his play. Although naturally a lone striker his versatility makes him able to play well as winger or second striker.
- Dinamo Zagreb
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