Ante Vukušić

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Ante Vukušić
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Sinj, Croatia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Waasland-Beveren
Number 9
Youth career
2000–2007 Junak Sinj
2007–2009 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Hajduk Split 84 (36)
2012– Pescara 22 (1)
2014 Lausanne-Sport (loan) 13 (4)
2014– Waasland-Beveren (loan) 5 (2)
National team
2009 Croatia U18 6 (2)
2009–2010 Croatia U19 7 (1)
2010–2012 Croatia U21 11 (3)
2012– Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 August 2012

Ante Vukušić (born 4 June 1991) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a striker for Belgian club Waasland-Beveren on loan from Pescara, and for the Croatian national football team.

Club career[edit]

Vukušić started his career playing at youth level for his hometown club Junak Sinj. He joined Hajduk Split in 2007, and during his time at the their youth academy was regarded as one of the most promising players.

Hajduk Split[edit]

In January 2009, he signed a professional five-and-a-half year contract with Hajduk keeping him at the club until summer 2014.[1] He made his debut for the first team in a 5–0 win against Croatia Sesvete on 22 April 2009.[2] In the last round of 2008–09 season, he scored his first goal in Prva HNL, a late equalizer against rivals Dinamo Zagreb.[3]

In the 2009–10 season, Vukušić established himself as the first choice striker at the club. In 22 league appearances, he scored 6 goals and a further 2 goals in 5 cup appearances. His stature at the club at such a young age impressed many of Europe's top clubs and he was set to make a move away from the Croatian club but the management and he mutually chose for him to remain at the club for the following season.

In the 2010–11 season, he scored 14 league goals in 29 appearances, finishing the season as the club's top scorer. He also scored four goals in nine UEFA Europe League appearances, the most memorable of which was a last minute winner against Anderlecht.

At the start of the 2011–12 season, under new coach Krasimir Balakov, Vukušić continued as the first choice striker at the club, this time alongside new signing Ivan Vuković as the most preferred front duo. He scored his first goal of the 2011–12 Prva HNL only three minutes into the first match against Šibenik and added his second in a match against Rijeka. In doing so he injured his toe and was consequentially ruled out for the next four weeks. He ended the season with 12 league goals in 24 appearances and 15 total goals in 29 appearances which made him the top goalscorer at the club for the second year running.

The 2012-13 season at Hajduk started with another new coach, but Ante remained the first choice striker and captain at the club, despite his young age. He converted a penalty in Hajduk's 2–0 win over Italian club Internazionale at the San Siro.

Pescara[edit]

In August 2012, Vukušić was transferred to the newly promoted Serie A club Pescara for a reported fee of around €3.8 million.[4]

Lausanne-Sport[edit]

In February 2014 he moved to Lausanne-Sport on a six month loan.[5]

Waasland-Beveren[edit]

In August 2014 he moved to Waasland-Beveren on a loan.[6]

International career[edit]

In May 2011, Vukušić was first called up to the national squad by manager Slaven Bilić for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Georgia, but was later moved to under-21 squad for their opening match in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifications, also against Georgia.[7][8] On 15 August 2012, he made his full debut for the national side under manager Igor Štimac as a second-half substitute in a 4–2 defeat against Switzerland.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2008–09 4 1 4 1
2009–10 22 6 5 2 27 8
2010–11 29 14 2 0 9 4 40 18
2011–12 24 12 3 3 2 0 29 15
2012–13 5 3 4 2 9 5
Pescara 2012–13 22 1 22 1
Total 106 37 10 5 15 6 131 48
Last Update: 1 February 2014[10]

Honours[edit]

Hajduk Split

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alfirević, Slaven (14 January 2009). "Siniša Šošo se vratio u Hajduk!". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (22 April 2009). "Rekordna pobjeda mogla biti i veća". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (31 May 2009). "Svakome po poluvrijeme i bod". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Bradovski, Mihaela (26 August 2012). "Ante Vukušić stavio potpis na ugovor s Pescarom". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (17 February 2014). "Ante Vukušić na posudbi u Lausanne-Sport". hrsport.net (in Croatian). Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Passarella, Enrico (5 August 2014). "Pescara’s Vukusic set to join Waasland-Beveren on loan". gianlucadimarzio.com (in Italian). Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Glasnović, Mario (20 May 2011). "Bilić: Pobijedit ćemo uz pun Poljud". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Pavković, Božo (2 June 2011). "Šušak protiv Gruzije izvodi Hajdukov napad Vukušić - Lendrić - Čop". dalmacijanews.com (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Jurišić, Bernard (15 August 2012). "Video: Hrvatska razočarala na početku Štimčeva mandata". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ante Vukusic > Club Matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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