Bojan Krkić

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Bojan
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Bojan with Barcelona in 2008
Personal information
Full name Bojan Krkić Pérez[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-28) 28 August 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Linyola, Spain
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Stoke City
Youth career
1999–2006 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Barcelona B 22 (10)
2007–2011 Barcelona 104 (26)
2011–2013 Roma 33 (7)
2012–2013 Milan (loan) 19 (3)
2013–2014 Barcelona 0 (0)
2013–2014 Ajax (loan) 24 (4)
2014– Stoke City 0 (0)
National team
2006–2007 Spain U17 20 (16)
2007–2011 Spain U21 21 (4)
2008 Spain 1 (0)
2007– Catalonia 7 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2013

Bojan Krkić Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈboʝaŋ ˈkirkit͡ʃ ˈpeɾeθ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Бојан Кркић Перез [bǒjan kr̩̂kit͡ɕ]; born 28 August 1990), also known as simply Bojan, is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Stoke City, as a forward or winger.

He began his career at Barcelona, before being sold to the Serie A club Roma in 2011, who later loaned him to Milan. Bojan returned to Barcelona in 2013 on a €13 million buyback clause, but spent the next season on loan at Ajax in the Netherlands before joining Stoke in 2014.

As a Spanish youth international, he won European Championships with the Under-17 team in 2007 and the Under-21 team in 2011, as well as earning his only cap for the senior team in 2008. He has also represented the Catalonian national team seven times since 2007.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Linyola, Lleida, Catalonia, to a Serbian father (Bojan Krkić, Sr.) who was a professional footballer for the Serbian side Red Star Belgrade and a Spanish mother (Maria Lluïsa Pérez),[2] Bojan played for FC Barcelona's youth teams from 1999 to 2006.[3] A quick striker with quite notable dribbling skills, it was reported that he scored over 900 goals for various youth teams since joining the club as an eight-year old.[4] He then played the 2006–07 season with the FC Barcelona B team until he signed a professional contract with the first team upon turning 17. Bojan played his first match with Barcelona on 24 April 2007, scoring a goal in a friendly match against Egyptian club Al-Ahly.[5]

Barcelona[edit]

2007–08 season[edit]

Bojan playing in the 2008 Joan Gamper Trophy against Boca Juniors

On 16 September 2007 (at 17 years and 19 days), Bojan made his official debut for Barcelona against CA Osasuna, replacing Giovani dos Santos in the 78th minute[2][6] and breaking Lionel Messi's record of the youngest Barcelona player to feature in a La Liga match.[7] Three days later, he made his UEFA Champions League debut against Olympique Lyonnais, coming on at the 88th minute for Messi. He was, at the time, the youngest Barcelona player ever to feature in a Champions League game, at 17 years and 22 days.[8] He made his second Champions League appearance on 2 October, coming on at the 81st minute for Ronaldinho against VfB Stuttgart. On 20 October 2007 (at 17 years and 53 days), Bojan made his first league start for Barcelona away to Villarreal CF and scored in the 25th minute. It was his first goal for the club's first team and it made him the youngest ever goalscorer for Barcelona in a league match.[9][10]

Bojan scored his first ever Champions League goal on 1 April 2008 (at 17 years and 217 days) against Schalke 04, netting the only goal in the first (away) leg of the quarter-finals, making him the first person born in the 1990s to score in the Champions League and the second youngest player ever, behind Ghanaian forward Peter Ofori-Quaye, then playing for Olympiacos, who scored at the age of 17 years and 195 days.[2][11][12] Bojan finished the season with a record of 10 goals, breaking Raúl's record of most goals scored in a debut season.[2]

2008–09 season[edit]

Bojan celebrates his goal against Sporting Gijón on 31 August 2009 at Camp Nou

Upon the departure of Gianluca Zambrotta, Bojan was handed the number 11 shirt. After 14 games (13 of which he entered as a substitute), Bojan ended a goal drought by netting a brace against UD Almería in a 2-0 victory.[13] Despite featuring less compared to the previous season, Bojan helped Barcelona to their 19th La Liga title. He also aided Barcelona to their first Copa del Rey win in 11 years by scoring five goals in the competition, including one in the final against Athletic Bilbao. Bojan was an unused substitute in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United, which Barcelona won 2-0 and saw them cap off a treble-winning campaign. Bojan's three goals in ten appearances throughout the competition saw him finish as the equal sixth highest goalscorer for the season.[14]

2009–10 season[edit]

Bojan (right) in training in February 2010, with Jeffrén and Eric Abidal

On the first day of the La Liga campaign against Atlético Madrid, Bojan scored a header in the 18th minute courtesy of a flick from Seydou Keita. Barcelona went on to win the game by a scoreline of 3-0.[15] On 10 November, he scored twice in the second leg of the Copa del Rey against Cultural Leonesa, helping his team to a 5-0 victory.[16] Coming off the bench as a late substitute for Andrés Iniesta, Bojan scored his first and only Champions League goal of the season against VfB Stuttgart.[17] He began finding the net more often towards the end of the season; 7 of his 8 league goals for the season came from the last 12 games.[18]

2010–11 season[edit]

Bojan took the number 9 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimović moved on loan to A.C. Milan. The season saw Bojan find himself behind Lionel Messi, Pedro and David Villa in the pecking order. In the match against AD Ceuta in the Copa del Rey, Bojan captained Barcelona for the first time in an official match.[citation needed] He came off of the bench against UD Almería to score the sixth and eighth goals in an 8-0 win and later came on against Real Madrid in El Clásico to set up the fifth goal for Jeffrén Suárez in a 5-0 win. In a La Liga match against Real Sociedad, Bojan again came off the bench to score the fifth goal in 5-0 win. He scored a crucial league goal from a Daniel Alves assist for Barcelona against Sevilla in a 1-1 draw. He marked his 100th league appearance for the Catalan club with a goal against Getafe CF.

Roma[edit]

Bojan with Roma in July 2012

On 22 July 2011 A.S. Roma bought Bojan for a fee of €12 million. The sale includes a buyback clause giving Barcelona the option to re-sign Bojan in 2012 or obligatory in 2013, although with the option of Roma paying an additional €28 million to retain the player.[19][20] He made his unofficial debut on 3 August 2011 against Vasas in Budapest.[citation needed] He scored his first goal from an assist from Daniele De Rossi for the Giallorossi against Atalanta B.C. on 1 October 2011. He made 33 league appearances for Roma in his first season with the club, scoring seven times in total.[21]

Milan (loan)[edit]

On 29 August 2012, Bojan joined Milan on a season-long loan from Roma.[22][23] Barcelona later announced that the move would not affect the prior buyback agreement between Roma and them.[24] However, Milan CEO Adriano Galliani stated that a new agreement was worked out so that Milan have an option to sign the player at the end of the season, but Barcelona still have a buyback option.[25] Bojan made his debut for Milan on 1 September, coming off the bench during the second half of a 3–1 away win over Bologna F.C. 1909.[26] He scored his first goal for Milan against Chievo on 3 November 2012.[27]

Return to Barcelona[edit]

Following the 2012–13 season in Italy, Bojan returned to his former club Barcelona for €13 million,[28][29] having made 19 league appearances for Milan, and scoring three goals.[30] He revealed his desire for more playing time, or otherwise interest to play for a club where he will receive more minutes.[31] Milan decided not to extend their loan of the young player, as they were not able to guarantee him minutes, as well as Roma did not exercised their option of additional €28 million to sign Bojan definitively.[32] He was free to find an alternative club to play for if he pleased, and talks began with Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV.[33][34][35]

Ajax (loan)[edit]

On 6 July 2013, it was announced that AFC Ajax had signed Bojan on a one-year loan deal, with an option for a second year loan spell from FC Barcelona.[36] Marc Overmars and Michael Kinsbergen flew into Barcelona a day prior to finalize the deal.[37] Bojan explained that conversations with Johan Cruyff had influenced his decision to move to Ajax, as well as the opportunity to play in the UEFA Champions League.[38][39] Bojan made his debut for his new club on 13 July 2013 in a pre-season friendly encounter against RKC Waalwijk. The match ended in a 5–1 victory for Ajax at the Mandemakers Stadion, as Krkić was substituted on for Danny Hoesen in the 60th minute, assisting Boban Lazić in the final goal for the Amsterdam side in the closing minutes of the game.[40] He scored his first goal for Ajax in another pre-season friendly encounter, this time against Werder Bremen on 19 July 2013, scoring the second goal for Ajax in the 43' minute in the 3–2 away win in Germany.[41]

On 27 July 2013, Krkić won his first trophy with Ajax, winning the Dutch Super Cup (Johan Cruijff Shield) against AZ, 3–2 after extra time.[42] He started the match on the right wing, playing for 61' minutes before being substituted off for Lucas Andersen, as Ajax acquired their eighth Dutch Super Cup title overall.[43] Following a hamstring injury sustained on 29 September 2013 in a 6–0 victory over Go Ahead Eagles, Bojan scored his first regular season goal after eight weeks of absence on 1 December 2013 in a 0–4 victory in The Hague over ADO Den Haag in the 90' minute of the match.[44][45] On 8 May 2014, it was announced that Ajax would waive the option to extend Bojan's contract, with Bojan returning to Barcelona, having scored four goals in 24 regular season matches, having scored 5 goals in 32 matches overall, helping Ajax to secure their 33rd title and fourth consecutive.[46]

Stoke City[edit]

On 22 July 2014, Bojan signed a four-year contract with Premier League side Stoke City,[47] for an undisclosed fee.[48] Manager Mark Hughes said "Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact that he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting".[48]

International career[edit]

Spanish national youth teams[edit]

Bojan (red right) with teammate Adrián with Spain U21 after Adrián scores in their 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship semi-final match against Belarus

Bojan shot to prominence as a 15-year-old[49] at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in Luxembourg in May 2006 when he was joint top-scorer. He achieved this despite being a year younger than most of the other players in the tournament and only playing 40 minutes in four out of five of Spain Under-17's matches. He scored a hat-trick against Luxembourg, before inspiring his side to a 3–0 victory over the eventual champions Russia, with all of the goals of the game being scored with him on the pitch as a second half substitute. In the third match of the tournament, he scored a penalty after once again being introduced at half time. He started the semi-final against the Czech Republic but, after his team-mate Roberto García was sent off, Spain struggled and lost 2–0 in a shock result. In the third-place play-off, Bojan was once again a second half sub and scored the opener in the 53rd minute. When the match went to penalties, he scored and Spain won 5–4 to finish third. In the 2007 European Under-17 Football Championship, Bojan led Spain to victory scoring the only goal against England in the final. He also scored in the semi-final against Belgium.

There was controversy surrounding Bojan's call up to the Spain U-17 squad for the 2007 Under-17 World Cup in South Korea, because Barcelona wanted to keep him so that he could be part of their Asian tour. The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) denied the request and further controversy arose when the RFEF denied one of Barcelona's medics, Ricard Pruna, the opportunity to accompany Bojan to the tournament to monitor a tendon problem in the player's knee.

Bojan at Bydgoszcz Ignacy Jan Paderewski Airport, a few days before the U-21 match between Spain and Poland

During the tournament, Bojan scored five goals, finishing as joint third top scorer along with Germany and Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. He was inspirational in leading Spain to the final. However, in the semi-final against Ghana, Bojan was sent off for his second yellow card with only seconds left to play. He was suspended for the final and Spain lost to Nigeria on penalties. Because of his performances, Bojan was given the Adidas Bronze Ball, naming him the third best player in the tournament, behind Macauley Chrisantus (silver) and Toni Kroos (gold).[50]

Bojan scored for the Spanish Under 21s in their 2–0 win over Poland on 12 October 2007, quickly establishing himself as an important player, also prompting rumours of an eventual call-up from senior side's manager Luis Aragonés. Bojan was selected in the squad for the 2009 UEFA Under-21 Championship. However, the Spanish team underperformed and picked up one point from their first two games, leaving progression almost impossible.

Bojan was called up to the Spain U-21 squad for 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship.

Spanish national team[edit]

Bojan with Catalonia in its friendly against Argentina on 22 December 2009.

Bojan was approached to play for Serbia in 2008 but declined because of his wish to play for Spain.[51][52] He was included in the Spanish squad for a friendly game against France on 6 February 2008. Should he have featured in that match, Bojan would have made history by becoming the youngest player ever to represent Spain at 17 years, 5 months and 9 days, eclipsing Ángel Zubieta's record of 17 years and 9 months, which had stood for over 70 years.[53] However, Bojan fell ill and could not play.[54]

On 17 May 2008, it was revealed that Bojan had been left out of Spain's 23-man squad for Euro 2008, after having talked to Luis Aragonés asking if he could be left out of the team on personal grounds, and also citing fatigue.[55] He made his full Spanish debut on 10 September 2008 (at 18 years and 13 days) under Vicente del Bosque against Armenia, where he came on during the last ten minutes for Santi Cazorla and played on the right wing.[56]

Catalan national team[edit]

Bojan made his official debut with Catalonia in the friendly match against the Basque Country on 29 December 2007 in Bilbao; he scored the Catalan goal in the 1–1 draw. He also scored a year later on 29 December 2008 in the 2–1 win over Colombia and in the 4–2 win against Argentina in 22 December 2009. He scored twice and also provided two assists in a 4–0 win against Honduras on 29 December 2010.

Club career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014.[57]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other* Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2006–07 22 10 22 10
Total 22 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 10
Barcelona 2007–08 31 10 8 1 9 1 48 12
2008–09 23 2 9 5 10 3 42 10
2009–10 23 8 4 2 5 1 4 1 36 12
2010–11 27 6 5 1 3 0 2 0 37 7
Total 104 26 25 9 27 5 6 1 162 41
Roma 2011–12 33 7 2 0 2 0 37 7
Total 33 7 2 0 2 0 0 0 37 7
Milan 2012–13 19 3 2 0 6 0 27 3
Total 19 3 2 0 6 0 0 0 27 3
Ajax 2013–14 24 4 3 1 4 0 1 0 32 5
Total 24 4 3 1 4 0 1 0 32 5
Spain 126 36 25 9 27 5 6 1 184 51
Italy 52 10 4 0 8 0 0 0 64 10
Netherlands 24 4 3 1 4 0 1 0 32 5
Career total 202 50 32 10 39 5 7 1 280 66

International career statistics[edit]

As of 10 September 2008
National team Season Apps Goals
Spain 2008–09[18] 1 0
Total 1 0
Bojan Krkić: Catalonia National Team Appearances and Goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 December 2007 San Mamés Stadium, Basque Country, Spain  Basque Country 1 - 0 (1-1) Draw Friendly
2 28 December 2008 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain  Colombia 2 - 0 (2-1) Win Friendly
3 22 December 2009 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain  Argentina 1 - 0 (4-2) Win Friendly
4 28 December 2009 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain  Argentina 3 - 1 (4-2) Win Friendly
5 28 December 2010 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain  Honduras 1 - 0 (4-0) Win Friendly
6 28 December 2010 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Barcelona, Spain  Honduras 3 - 0 (4-0) Win Friendly
7 2 January 2013 Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain  Nigeria 1 - 0 (1-1) Draw Friendly
International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Result Goal Competition
2008
1. 10 September 2008 Estadio Carlos Belmonte, Spain  Armenia 4–0 0 2010 FIFA World Cup Q

Honours[edit]

Bojan Krkić

Barcelona[edit]

Ajax[edit]

Spain national team[edit]

Individual[edit]

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