Ante Rukavina

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Not to be confused with Antonio Rukavina.
Ante Rukavina
Ante Rukavina 2011.jpg
Rukavina playing for Dinamo Zagreb
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-06-18) 18 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Šibenik, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiva
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Šibenik 52 (15)
2007–2008 Hajduk Split 35 (9)
2008–2010 Panathinaikos 36 (7)
2010– Dinamo Zagreb 103 (20)
2014– Lokomotiva (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Croatia U20 5 (1)
2007–2008 Croatia U21 9 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2008

Ante Rukavina (born 18 June 1986) is a Croatian footballer who currently plays for Lokomotiva on loan from Dinamo Zagreb. He also played at Šibenik, Hajduk Split and Panathinaikos earlier in his career.

Club career[edit]

He started his career with his hometown club HNK Šibenik. He made his debut for Sibenik on the 29th of July, 2006 under coach Ivan Pudar against Osijek, having turned 20 years old just one month earlier. After making a name for himself as one of the hottest young prospects in the 1. HNL, he moved down the Croatian coast to Split side Hajduk in a deal worth around €400k in January 2007. Over the next 18 months at Hajduk, Ante continued impressing European scouts by scoring 9 goals in 34 appearances in what was a difficult time for the Croatia giants.

On 5 July 2008, he signed for the Greek side Panathinaikos FC who saw him as a 'useful addition to their offensive lineup for the next season', considering him to be an 'impressive young prospect'. The 4-year deal was reportedly worth €2.8M. In two seasons at Panathinaikos, Rukavina managed 11 goals in 55 appearances but was ultimately judged as a flop considering his high fee and high expectations when he arrived at the Greek side.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 26 July 2010, Rukavina returned to Croatia and signed for champions Dinamo Zagreb in a transfer worth €700,000.[2]

He made his debut for the club on 4 August 2010 at home to Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol in the return leg of the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League. On 7 August 2010, he made his domestic league debut for the club in a 1-1 draw at NK Varaždin, netting the opening goal of the match in the 5th minute. Later that month, he scored a brace to give the club a 2-0 win at Hungarian Győr FC in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-offs. He went on to make five appearances in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 win at home to Villarreal on 16 September 2010. On 18 July 2012, Rukavina scored a last-minute goal against Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad in a Champions League match to help his team to a 1:1 draw. He also netted twice in the return leg held a week later, which was won in a dramatic fashion by the Croatian side by a score of 3:2.

In January 2014, it was decided by Dinamo's sporting director and manager Zoran Mamic that Rukavina was surplus to the club's requirements. He was sent home early from Dinamo's winter training camp in Turkey and was told he was free to find a new club.[3]

In August 2014 he moved to NK Lokomotiva on a loan.[4]

National team[edit]

He played for the Croatian national under-21 team between 2007 and 2008, Rukavina was called up to the senior side squad for the first time on 12 March 2007,[5] but to date has not appeared for his country at full international level.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 October 2012
Club Season Prva HNL Cup Supercup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia HNK Šibenik 2006–07 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 6
Croatia HNK Hajduk Split 2006–07 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2007–08 26 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 28 9
Greece Panathinaikos 2008–09 25 7 3 1 0 0 7 0 35 8
2009–10 11 0 2 2 0 0 7 1 20 3
Croatia GNK Dinamo Zagreb 2010–11 21 4 6 0 0 0 8 3 35 7
2011–12 19 5 2 0 0 0 10 1 31 6
2012–13 23 4 1 0 0 0 9 3 33 7
2013–14 6 1 3 0 0 0 6 1 15 2
Total Total 144 36 17 3 0 0 49 9 210 48

Honours[edit]

Panathinaikos
Dinamo Zagreb
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/people/croatia/16188/ante-rukavina
  2. ^ Attias, Vedran (26 July 2010). "Rukavina potpisao za Dinamo!". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Rukavina se vraća u Zagreb i može naći novi klub" (in Croatian). GNK Dinamo Zagreb. 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Rukavina moved to NK Lokomotiva on a loan Retrieved 5 August 2014
  5. ^ Rukavina earns maiden Croatia call, UEFA.com, 12 March 2007

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