|Date of birth||1 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Metković, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Right back
|Current club||Shakhtar Donetsk|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Darijo Srna (pronounced [dâːrio sř̩na]; born 1 May 1982) is a Croatian footballer who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk as a captain and is also the captain of the Croatian national team. He can play as a right back and at right midfield and is known for his crossing and freekick ability. He began his career at Hajduk Split, before moving to Shakhtar in 2003. He has won numerous trophies during his time at Shakhtar, including a UEFA Cup title in 2009, 6 Ukrainian Premier League titles, 4 Ukrainian Cup titles and 4 Ukrainian Super Cup titles. Srna made his international debut for Croatia in November 2002. In 2009, manager Slaven Bilić made him the captain of the national team. He is the most capped player in the history of Croatian national team, and has represented the country on 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012.
Club career 
Hajduk Split 
Srna's talent was seen by many scouts in Croatia while he was young. He was later signed by Hajduk Split as his talent became desirable for the Croatian giants. Come on Croatia At Hajduk, Srna won the 1999–2000 Croatian Cup, 2002–03 Croatian Cup and the 2000–01 Prva HNL. They played in the first round of 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, 2001–02 UEFA Cup, 2002–03 UEFA Cup, as well as the second round of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League and the third round of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League. He made 83 appearances for the club, including 63 league appearances, and scored 8 goals, 4 of which came in the league, before moving to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.
Shakhtar Donetsk 
In 2003, Srna was sold, along with Stipe Pletikosa to Shakhtar Donetsk. He is a common member and the captain in his club side, for whom he has made a large impact in the league. In his first season with the club he made 29 appearances, including 19 in the league, scoring 3 goals, all of which came in the Cup. He helped the club to win the Ukrainian Cup, his first honour with the club, and to a second place finish in the Premier League.
In his second season, Shakhtar won the Super Cup and the Premier League. He made 42 appearances for the club, 22 of which came in the league, and netted two goals, once in the league and once in the cup. Srna made his debut in main stage of UEFA Champions League on 14 September 2004 against Milan. His third season saw Shakhtar retain the Premier League title. He made 21 league appearances, scoring twice. After the 2006 World Cup, Benfica were reported to be after the player's signature but nothing materialized, with what many considered a fallen or rejected sale. Since then, he had been linked with a number of other clubs, including S.S. Lazio, but a move never materialized.
The following season Shakhtar were trumped to the Premier League title by Dynamo Kyiv as they failed to achieve any silverware. Darijo made 35 appearances for the club, 20 in the league, and scored four times, 3 of which came in the league. In the 2007–08 season Shakhtar picked up the Premier League trophy and were victorious in the Ukrainian Cup Final. Darijo made 41 appearances, 28 of which came in the league.
The 2008–09 season saw Shakhtar win the Super Cup and the UEFA Cup. On 15 July 2008 Shakhtar emerged victorious in the Super Cup Final against Dynamo Kyiv. At the end of extra time the teams were level at 1–1. In the penalty shoot-out Shakhtar converted all 5 penalties to win 5–3. Srna, who captained the side, scored one of the penalties. On 3 August he scored the first goal in a 3–0 victory over Illichivets Mariupol. On 13 August he scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory over Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. On 18 October he scored a goal in Shakhtar's 4–2 win against Kryvbas. On 2 March he scored the winning goal in Shakhtar's 2–1 league victory over Illichivets. On 22 March he scored the only goal in a league win over Vorskla. In the semi final of the UEFA Cup Shakhtar faced Dynamo Kyiv in an all-Ukrainian tie. After a 1–1 away draw in the first leg, Shakhtar won 2–1 at the Donbass Arena for a 3–2 aggregate win to progress to the final. Darijo played the full 90 minutes of both legs. On 20 May 2009, he captained Shakhtar in the 2–1 victory over Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup Final. Srna provided the assist for Jádson's winning goal seven minutes into extra time. He also picked up a yellow card. This was the last UEFA Cup before the change to the Europa League. Shakhtar finished the Premier League in 2nd position, 15 points behind champions Dynamo Kyiv. Darijo made 46 appearances and scored 5 goals, with 25 appearances and 4 goals in the league.
In the 2009–10 season Shakhtar regained the Premier League. On 28 August he played in Shakhtar's 1–0 extra time loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup, picking up a yellow card on 65 minutes. He scored the third goal in a 4–1 away victory over Club Brugge in the Europa League. He scored a goal and picked up a yellow card in a 2–0 Ukrainian Cup victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 28 October. He netted his first league goal of the season in a 2–1 victory against Zorya Luhansk on 20 March. On 3 April he scored the only goal in a league victory over Obolon. Darijo played 39 matches, 26 in the league, and scored 4 goals, 2 of which came in the league.
The 2010–11 season was extremely successful for Shakhtar as they won the treble (Premier League, Ukrainian Cup and the Super Cup). He played in Shakhtar's 7–1 Super Cup victory over Tavriya Simferopol on 4 July. On 15 September he netted the only goal, and picked up a yellow card, in a 1–0 Champions League win over Partizan Belgrade. In the following match, against Tavriya, after going 1–0 down, Srna scored the equaliser in a 4–1 victory. On 30 October he was sent off in added time against Dnipro as Shakhtar won 1–0. On 1 April he scored the first goal in a 3–1 victory over Illichivets Mariupol. On 7 May, against Metalurh Donetsk, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 win. On 25 May he played in the 2–0 Ukrainian Cup Final victory over Dynamo Kyiv, picking up a yellow card. Srna was named in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Year according to player rater (statistics) in the 2010–2011 season where Shakhtar lost in the quarter-final to Barcelona. Srna gave 5 assists in 5 games He made 39 appearances, 27 of which were in the league, scoring 4 goals, 3 of which came in the league.
Shakhtar won the Premier League and the Ukrainian Cup in the 2011–12 season, Darijo's sixth league title with the club. He scored a goal in first half injury time in a 2–0 away win over Metalurh Donetsk. On 2 December he scored the first goal in a 5–0 league victory over Arsenal Kyiv at the Donbass Arena. On 16 April, in the 27th gameweek of the season, Darijo netted the final goal in a 5–1 victory over Zorya Luhansk. On 6 May he played in the Ukrainian Cup Final against Metalurh Donetsk, in which Shakhtar emerged victorious after an extra time winner from Oleksandr Kucher made it 2–1. This marked Darijo's fourth Ukrainian Cup success with Shakhtar. He picked up a yellow card in the final match of the season, a 3–0 victory over Oleksandriya. Shakhtar won the league by 4 points over Dynamo Kyiv. He scored 3 goals in 25 league matches and made a total of 34 appearances in the season.
Darijo began the 2012–13 season with an assist for Luiz Adriano in the 6th minute of Shakhtar's 2–0 Super Cup victory over Metalurh Donetsk. He assisted Ilsinho for the second goal in a 3–1 Premier League win against Hoverla. He assisted Fernandinho for a 93rd minute winner against Kryvbas. and added another for Marko Dević in a 4–0 victory against Volyn Lutsk. On 19 August, Darijo assisted Willian for the third goal in a 5–1 win against Chornomorets Odesa In the next match he provided Luiz Adriano with an assist in a 3–0 win over Karpaty Lviv. On 2 September he assisted Oleksandr Kucher's second goal in a 3–1 victory against Dynamo Kyiv. On 23 September Darijo scored a free kick in a 4–1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the last 32 of the Ukrainian Cup. On 28 September he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. He picked up the Man of the Match award for his contribution to win over Dnipro. On 19 October he assisted Ilsinho for a goal in a 2–1 victory against Illichivets.
International career 
Euro 2004 
Srna made his full international debut for the Croatian national team in a friendly match against Romania in November 2002. He went on to score his first international goal on his competitive debut for Croatia in their Euro 2004 qualifier against Belgium in March 2003, netting the opening goal in Croatia's 4–0 win. He made a total of six appearances in Croatia's qualifying campaign for the Euro 2004, including both play-off matches against Slovenia.
2006 World Cup 
After the Euro 2004, Srna went on to become one of the key players in Croatia's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring five goals in nine appearances during the campaign and being the team's top goalscorer in the competition. During the 2006 World Cup qualifying, he scored both goals in Croatia's two 1–0 wins over Sweden, including a long-range free kick in the away fixture in Gothenburg. He also netted both goals in Croatia's 2–2 home draw against Bulgaria as well as one goal in their 3–1 away win at Iceland.
Srna then starred in all three games of Croatia's 2006 World Cup campaign. He was highly praised and remembered for his spectacular 30-yard free kick which put Croatia ahead against Australia in the infamous "Graham Poll three-yellow card" blunder match that ended 2–2 and saw Croatia therefore exit from the group stage.
In September 2006, Srna was temporarily dropped from the Croatian squad for a Euro 2008 qualifying match with Russia because of a late night partying spree in a local disco along with teammates Boško Balaban and Ivica Olić.
Euro 2008 
Srna was considered the hero of the match when he came on as a substitute against FYR Macedonia in a Euro 2008 qualifying match and scored shortly after from a free kick which was shot into the right corner of the goal. In the 88th minute, he provided a cross which found teammate Eduardo and allowed him to score and snatch a late win for Croatia. He also scored Croatia's equaliser in their hard fought away victory against Israel, which eventually ended 4–3 in Croatia's favor. Srna went on to miss a penalty against Estonia, however his overall contribution to teamwork attack compensated for this mistake which Croatia quickly capitalised on to win 2–0.
Since helping his country qualify for Euro 2008 with a strong qualifying campaign, Srna was unsurprisingly named in their 23-man squad for the current tournament. On 12 June, Srna scored the opening goal in the 24th minute of Croatia's 2–1 victory over Germany in their second game of Group B. He was the only player to score for Croatia in their unsuccessful penalty shootout in the quarter finals against Turkey. At the conclusion of the match, Srna was seen struggling to hold back an emotional breakdown because of Croatia's strong efforts but eventual defeat.
International goals 
Personal life 
Srna was born in Metković to a Bosnian father Uzeir and a Croatian mother Milka. His father, a World War II orphan and a former footballer for FK Sarajevo, supported his fledgling football career despite discrimination during the Yugoslav wars and widespread corruption among football coaches. Before leaving Croatia to join for Shakhtar, he gifted his parents with a brand new Mercedes. He has a tattoo of a deer playing football on his leg, as 'Srna' in Croatian means 'deer'.
Srna has a half-brother, Renato, a coach at Neretva, from their father's first marriage. His other brother Igor has Down syndrome. As a result, Srna dedicates all his goals to him, and even revealed a shirt under his jersey saying "Igor, svi smo uz tebe" ("Igor, we are all here for you") after scoring a goal against Macedonia. He also has a tattoo of "Igor" along his heart.
Career statistics 
- As of 13 April 2013
- Ukrainian Premier League (7): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
- Ukrainian Cup (4): 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012
- Ukrainian Super Cup (4): 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012
- UEFA Cup (1): 2009
- Heart of Hajduk Award: 2003
- Best Ukrainian Premier League player according to sport journalists: 2008/09, 2009/10
- Included in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Team of the Season.
- GOŠK Gabela
- Lyttleton, Ben. "Euro 2012: Croata". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
- Wilson, Jonathan (1 June 2008). "Darijo Srna owes a huge debt to his father". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 1 May 2010.
- "MasterCard UEFA Champions League – Players". Mastercard.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Ukraine 2003/04". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2004/05". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2005/06". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2006/07". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2007/08". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar – Dynamo: lineups". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Illichivets 3–0". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dinamo Zagreb 2–0". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Kryvbas 4–2". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Illichivets vs Shakhtar Donetsk". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Vorskla 1–0". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Fernandinho gives Shakhtar the whip hand". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Ilsinho sends Shakhtar to Istanbul". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Jadson the difference as Shakhtar triumph". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2008/09". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2009/10". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Club Brugge vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–4". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv 2–0". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Zorya vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Obolon vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Ukraine 2010/11". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Tavriya 7–1". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Partizan 1–0". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Tavriya 4–1". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Dnipro vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0–1". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Illichivets vs Shakhtar 1–3". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Metalurh Donetsk 2–0". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Dynamo Kyiv vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Darijo teamed with Messi and Piqué | News | FC Shakhtar Donetsk official website". Shakhtar.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Ukraine 2011/12". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Arsenal Kyiv 5–0". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Zorya vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–5". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Oleksandria 3–0". Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "Metalurh Donetsk vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0–2". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Hoverla vs Shakhtar Donetsk 1–3". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 Kryvbas". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Volyn vs Shakhtar Donetsk 0–4". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Chornomorets vs Shakhtar Donetsl 1–5". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Karpaty 3–0". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar Donetsk vs Dynamo Kyiv 3–1". Retrieved 13 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar outclass Dynamo". Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Dnipro 2–1". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- "Srna named the Man of the Match". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
- "Shakhtar vs Illichivets 2–1". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- "Hummels leaves it late". ESPNFC. 13 February 2013.
- "Croatia coach drops three players for partying – Sports –". International Herald Tribune. 29 March 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "ESPNsoccernet – Report: Croatia vs Macedonia – European Championship Qualifying". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Euro 2012: Croatia profile – Darijo Srna". The Guardian. 4 June 2012.
- Sportal.hr – Ako Niko Kovač ode, novi kapetan bit će Darijo Srna
- "ESPNsoccernet: Darijo Srna". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 1 May 1982. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Wilson, Jonathan (1 June 2008). "Darijo Srna owes a huge debt to his father". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Srna mami kupio Mercedes". 24sata.hr. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- Jonathan Wilson (21 August 2008). "Super Darijo a very proud son of his father". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 June 2008.
- "920 детей-сирот получили билеты на футбол из рук капитана "Шахтера" " Корреспондент Донецка". Korrdon.info. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Капитан ведет детей | Новости | Официальный сайт ФК "Шахтер"" (in Russian). Shakhtar.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Darijo Srna i Mirela Forić dobit će djevojčicu". Index.hr. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Mirela Forić i Dario Srna vjenčat će se 16. svibnja u Dubrovniku". Vecernji.hr. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Darijo Srna došao poljubiti kćer pa se vratio u Ukrajinu". Vecernji.hr. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "На вершине хит-парадов | Новости | Официальный сайт ФК "Шахтер"". Shakhtar.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- "Three Manchester United players & Gareth Bale included in Uefa's Champions League team of the season". Goal.com. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Darijo Srna|
- Darijo Srna at the official Shakhtar Donetsk website
- ESPN Profile
- Darijo Srna international stats at the Croatian Football Federation website
- Darijo Srna – FIFA competition record
- Darijo Srna at National-Football-Teams.com