Lovren playing for Lyon in 2010
|Full name||Dejan Lovren|
|Date of birth||5 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2006–2008||→ Inter Zaprešić (loan)||50||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:30, 27 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Dejan Lovren (pronounced [loʋrêːn]; born 5 July 1989) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a central defender for Southampton in the Premier League and for the Croatian national team. Lovren has previously played for GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Olympique Lyonnais, where he won the Coupe de France, and in 2013, he signed for Southampton.
Although born in Yugoslavia, present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lovren has represented Croatia at many levels and has been a full international since 2009. He has gone on to make more than 25 appearances and score two goals for his country, as well as being selected for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
When the Yugoslav civil war began in the 1990s, Lovren's family made the decision to escape to Munich. Lovren was three years old when his family fled Yugoslavia, and spent the next seven years in Germany. Lovren states that he was "a happy boy, I spoke German perfectly, I went to school, I played for a little club." The family, however, eventually had to return as they did not possess necessary documentation. They settled in Karlovac, Croatia, 50 kilometres southwest of the capital city of Zagreb.
Lovren initially found his re-settlement in Croatia difficult, and struggled in school for a couple of years due to his unfamiliarity with the language.
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Lovren started his career in the youth teams of NK Karlovac. He joined top flight club GNK Dinamo Zagreb in 2004. On 10 June 2006, he debuted for the senior squad of Dinamo in a Prva HNL match against Inter Zaprešić. On 17 July 2007, he was loaned to Inter Zaprešić for two seasons in which he featured in 50 league matches and scored a goal against NK Osijek in Inter's 2–1 loss on 10 May 2008. Following his return from loan, Lovren regularly featured in Dinamo's starting XI, appearing in 38 matches throughout 2008–09 season and scoring three goals. In 2009–10, he featured in all four UEFA Champions League qualifiers against Pyunik Yerevan and Red Bull Salzburg, respectively, also managing to score a close–range header against Pyunik.
In January 2010, Lovren signed for French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais for €8 million plus €1.5 million in incentives on a four-and-a-half-year contract. He made his competitive debut on 24 January 2010 in their 2–1 defeat at AS Monaco in the Coupe de France, playing the full match. His Ligue 1 debut came on 31 January in Lyon's 2–1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain, once again playing the full 90 minutes. During the second half of the season, he made 10 appearances, mostly as a substitute. He was not allowed to participate in Lyon's matches in the UEFA Champions League, however, because he had already played in the competition for Dinamo Zagreb.
Lovren's playing time increased during the 2010–11 season, following the departure of two other defenders, Jean-Alain Boumsong and Mathieu Bodmer, in the summer of 2010. During the season, he gradually established himself as the first team regular starter, playing as a centre-back alongside Cris. In some games during the season, he was also used as a right or left full-back, demonstrating himself as a versatile defender.
On 23 January 2012, the Croatian defender extended his contract with Lyon for two more seasons, signing with the French club until 2016. On 14 June 2013, however, Lovren left Lyon to sign for Southampton in the English Premier League. He won the Coupe de France in his time at Lyon.
On 14 June 2013, Lovren signed for Southampton on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee, which was estimated at £8.5 million. He made his debut on 17 August 2013, in 1–0 win against West Bromwich Albion. He scored his first goal for Southampton against Liverpool at Anfield on 21 September 2013, a goal which proved to be the winner. On 19 October, he assisted in closing minutes to Adam Lallana for equalising goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
He added a second league goal in the 2–2 away draw against Sunderland on 18 January 2014, but was stretchered off late in the game and required hospital treatment after the match. On 23 January, it was announced that along with midfielder Gastón Ramírez, Lovren would be out for six-to-eight weeks with ankle ligament damage.
At the conclusion of his first season in the Premier League, Lovren was named in Bloomberg Sports' Power 50 list, which provides statistical rankings of performances from players in Europe's top five leagues. He was the fifth-highest ranked player from the Premier League in 31st position.
Lovren was first called–up to Croatian national team in 2009 by manager Slaven Bilić, who included the player in his match squad against Belarus on 12 August. He was an unused substitute, but still was delighted with the new experience. Lovren was also capped 48 times in the various Croatia youth national teams and scored four goals.
On 2 September 2011, Lovren scored his first international goal, against Malta in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match. He was included by manager Slaven Bilić in a preliminary 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012 but had to withdraw because of injury just one week before the tournament.
Lovren scored his second goal for Croatia on 26 March 2013 in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Wales at Liberty Stadium in Swansea. It was an equaliser that levelled the match 1–1, after Gareth Bale had given Wales the lead from a penalty conceded when Lovren brought down Joe Ledley. Croatia eventually won the game 1–2.
In May 2014, Lovren was named in manager Niko Kovač's provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In the opening match of the tournament, on 12 June against the hosts Brazil in São Paulo, Lovren was judged by the Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura to have fouled Fred in the 69th minute when the score was 1–1. A controversial penalty was given, which was converted by Neymar and led to Brazil's eventual 3–1 win.
- Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.
|1||2 September 2011||Ta'Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali||Malta||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|2||26 March 2013||Liberty Stadium, Swansea||Wales||1–1||1–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Croatia||League||Croatian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2005–06||Dinamo Zagreb||Prva HNL||1||0||0||0||—||—||0||0||1||0|
|2006–07||Inter Zaprešić||Druga HNL||21||0||—||—||—||—||—||—||21||0|
|France||League||Coupe de France||Coupe de la Ligue||Europe||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Inter Zaprešić
Interests outside football
Lovren runs the "Russell Brown" fashion label in partnership with Lovro Krčar. The company is based in Croatia and employs eight people, including two designers.
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 28. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
- "Dejan Lovren pozvan za utakmicu protiv Bjelorusije" (in Croatian). monitor.hr. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
- "Dejan Lovren". Player profile. Southampton FC. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Cunningham, Sam (5 December 2013). "Lovren is always in top gear for Saints...". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
- Doyle, Paul (30 November 2013). "Dejan Lovren puts traumas behind him to enjoy Southampton high life". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
- "Dinamo pred praznim Maksimirom prošao dalje" (in Croatian). Dnevnik. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "Reference Document 2008/09" (PDF). Olympique Lyonnais. www.actusnews.com. p. 101. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Don Balon’s list of the 100 best young players in the world". Don Balón. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- Smith, Ben (14 June 2013). "Southampton sign Croatian defender Dejan Lovren from Lyon". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Saints Land Lovren". Southampton FC. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Simpson, Gordon (14 June 2013). "Saints make £8m swoop for defender". Southampton Echo. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "West Brom 0 – 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
- "Liverpool 0 - 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- "Manchester United 1 - 1 Southampton". BBC Sport. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
- "Sunderland 2 – 2 Southampton". BBC Sport. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- Slavin, Harry (19 January 2014). "Pochettino admits concern over Lovren and Ramirez injuries". Goal.com. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
- "Gaston Ramirez and Dejan Lovren out for up to eight weeks". BBC Sport. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
- "Saints trio in Bloomberg Power 50". Southampton FC. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Power 50 List". Bloomberg Sports. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Novi reprezentativac spreman za "modre" izazove" (in Croatian). NK Dinamo. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2009.
- List of national team appearances at official website of Croatian Football Federation
- "Croatia Euro 2012 squad sees Lovren and Kalinic miss out". Daily Mail. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "Lovren izjednačio, Eduardo zabio za pobjedu!". gol.dnevnik.hr. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
- Pope, Bruce (26 March 2013). "Wales 1 - 2 Croatia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Provisional Croatia call for Lovren". Southampton FC. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- "Brazil 3-1 Croatia". BBC Sport. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
- "World Cup 2014: Brazil v Croatia referee scandalous - Dejan Lovren". BBC Sport. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
- "Dejan Lovren profile". eu-football.info. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Career statistics at Nogometni Magazin
- Career statistics at Dinamo Zagreb's official website
- Dejan Lovren career stats at Soccerbase
- "D. Lovren". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- "Dejan Lovren". ArticleBio. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- Dejan Lovren career stats at Soccerbase
- Dejan Lovren at National-Football-Teams.com
- Dejan Lovren at nogometni-magazin (Croatian)