Danijel Pranjić

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Danijel Pranjić
Danijel-Pranjic.jpg
Pranjić in 2009
Personal information
Full name Danijel Pranjić[1]
Date of birth (1981-12-02) 2 December 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Našice,[2] SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left winger / full-back
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos
Number 32
Youth career
1998–2000 NAŠK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 NAŠK
2000–2001 Papuk
2001–2002 Belišće 28 (7)
2002–2004 Osijek 53 (3)
2004–2005 Dinamo Zagreb 29 (2)
2005–2009 Heerenveen 128 (32)
2009–2012 Bayern Munich 55 (1)
2011 Bayern Munich II 1 (0)
2012–2013 Sporting CP 9 (0)
2013 Celta de Vigo (loan) 10 (0)
2013– Panathinaikos 34 (7)
National team
2002–2004 Croatia U21 15 (1)
2004– Croatia 52 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 June 2014

Danijel Pranjić (pronounced [dǎnijel prǎːɲit͡ɕ]; born 2 December 1981) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Greek club Panathinaikos. Being a versatile left-footed player, he can play all across the left wing and can also be used as a central or attacking midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Pranjić started his career at Papuk. He played for NAŠK, Papuk, Belišće, and Osijek before making his move to a bigger stage at Dinamo Zagreb in 2004. While at Dinamo Zagreb, he also played regularly during their 2004–05 UEFA Cup campaign, making six appearances and scoring one goal in the competition.

In 2005, he was transferred to Dutch Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen. His good performances as an offensive winger secured him a return to international football with Croatia in 2007. He started the 2008–09 Eredivisie season well, netting four goals in his first three league matches. Pranjić scored his first hat-trick in the Dutch Cup on 12 November 2008 in a huge 7–0 win against Haaglandia. On 31 January 2009, he made the lone goal in a Heerenveen victory at AFC Ajax. A month later, he scored a late penalty that gave Heerenveen a 3–2 win at PSV.

He won the Dutch Cup with Heerenveen at the end of the 2008–09 season, which turned out to be his last match for the club.[3] In June 2009, Bayern Munich announced Pranjić would join the club.[4][5] He struggled to make an impact in his first season with the club, starting only 14 matches and losing out to first choice left-back Holger Badstuber. Due to his utility and injuries to other teammates, however, he started an increasing number of games in his second season with the Bavarian club.

On 13 July 2012, after the expiration of his Bayern contract, Pranjić was announced as a new signing for Portuguese Primeira Liga team Sporting Clube de Portugal. He played nine games for Os Leões before joining Spanish La Liga club Celta de Vigo in January 2013 on loan until the end of the season.[6]

On 30 August 2013, Pranjić and Sporting terminated the contract in mutual agreement.[7]

On 2 September 2013, it was officially announced that Pranjić had signed with Panathinaikos for three years.[8] He made his professional debut in a 1–1 away draw against Platanias F.C.

International career[edit]

Pranjić started his international career with the Croatian national under-21 football team, winning a total of 15 international caps and scoring one goal for the team between 2002 and 2004.

On 16 November 2004, Pranjić made his full international debut for Croatia in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland. After two years of absence from the national team, he was called up for a friendly match against Norway in February 2007. Later that year, he also appeared in three UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Asked to play a defensive role by Croatia coach Slaven Bilić, although still predominantly a midfielder in his club career, Pranjić was the only Croatian to start all four games at the UEFA Euro 2008 finals. Pranjić provided an assist to Darijo Srna to score the opener in Croatia's 2–1 victory over Germany and an assist to Ivan Klasnić to score the only goal in their next game, a 1–0 win over Poland.

He kept his place as a regular in the national team during their unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, appearing in a total of nine matches.

On 28 September 2012, Pranjić retired from the national team in protest to the call up of Brazilian-born player Sammir.[9]

On 10 November 2013, Kovač called up Pranjić to the national team after Ivan Strinić sustained an injury that made him ineligible for the playoffs against Iceland.[10]

Pranjić exceptional season year with Panathinaikos was his passport to be called to the final 23-man squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 15 May 2014

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Osijek Prva HNL 30 1 30 1
2003–04 23 2 23 2
2004–05 Dinamo Zagreb Prva HNL 29 2 6 1 35 3
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Heerenveen Eredivisie 32 5 2 0 8 0 42 5
2006–07 34 2 1 0 6 1 41 3
2007–08 33 9 2 0 2 0 37 9
2008–09 24 16 2 3 4 1 30 20
Germany League DFB-Pokal Europe Total
2009–10 Bayern Munich Bundesliga 20 1 2 0 7 0 29 1
2010–11 28 0 4 0 7 0 39 0
2011–12 7 0 1 0 5 0 13 0
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Europe Total
2012–13 Sporting CP Primeira Liga 9 0 2 0 6 1 17 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2012–13 Celta de Vigo La Liga 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Greece League Greek Cup Europe Total
2013–14 Panathinaikos Superleague 28 5 7 0 0 0 35 5
Total Croatia 82 5 6 1 88 6
Netherlands 123 32 7 3 20 2 150 37
Germany 55 1 7 0 19 0 81 1
Portugal 9 0 2 0 6 1 17 1
Spain 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Greece 28 5 7 0 0 0 35 5
Career total 307 43 23 3 51 4 381 50

Honours[edit]

Heerenveen
Bayern Munich
Panathinaikos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Danijel Pranjic". FC Bayern Munich. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Laatste duel voor Pranjic" (in Dutch). sportwereld.nl. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Danijel Pranjic to sign for Bayern". Bayern Munich. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pranjic heeft eindelijk gewenste droomtransfer" (in Dutch). SC Heerenveen. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Danijel Pranjic assina por três anos (Danijel Pranjic signs for three years)". Record (in Portuguese). Cofina. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Pranjic farewell to Alvalade". Sporting Clube de Portugal. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Συμφωνία με Pranjic" (in Greek). Panathinaikos. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pranjić napušta reprezentaciju: "Rekao sam da ću otići ako pozovu Sammira!"" (in Croatian). index.hr. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Zbog ozljede Strinića Niko Kovač za Island pozvao Danijela Pranjića" (in Croatian). hrsport.net. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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