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)|
|2006–2008||→ Inter Zaprešić (loan)||50||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Although born in Bosnia, Lovren has represented Croatia at many levels and has been a full international since 2009. He has gone on to make 19 appearances and score 2 goals for his country although he is yet to represent them in the finals of a major tournament.
When the war began, Lovren's family made the decision to escape to Munich, but eventually had to go back because they did not have the right papers. They settled in Karlovac in Croatia (50 kilometres southwest of Zagreb), where Lovren grew up.
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Dejan 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 Prva HNL match against Inter Zaprešić. On 17 July 2007 he was loaned to Zaprešić club 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 first eleven, appearing in 38 matches throughout 2008–09 season, bagging three goals. In 2009–10 he featured in all 4 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 Monaco in the Coupe de France, playing the full match. His Ligue 1 debut came on 31 January 2010 in Lyon's 2–1 win at home to Paris Saint-Germain, once again completing 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, 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 Olympique Lyonnais for two more seasons, signing with the French club until 2016. However on 14 June 2013, Lovren left Lyon to sign for Southampton. 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.
Lovren was first called–up to Croatia 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, he scored his first international goal, against Malta in a Euro 2012 qualifier. 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 a week before the tournament.
He scored his second goal for Croatia on 26 March 2013, in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Wales on Liberty Stadium. It was an equaliser for 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 2–1.
- 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 Krcar. The company is based in Croatia and employs eight people, including two designers.
- "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.
- "Dinamo pred praznim Maksimirom prošao dalje" (in Croatian). Dnevnik.hr. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009.
- "Reference Document 2008/09" (PDF). Olympique Lyonnais. www.actusnews.com. p. 101. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- "Dejan Lovren nach Lyon" (in German). www.transfermarkt.de. 13 January 2010. 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.
- "Lovren signs new deal". www.transfermarkt.co.uk. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 15 June 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.
- "Novi reprezentativac spreman za "modre" izazove" (in Croatian). nk-dinamo.hr. 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.
- Career statistics at Nogometni Magazin
- Career statistics at transfermarkt.de (German)
- Career statistics at Dinamo Zagreb's official website
- Dejan Lovren career stats at Soccerbase
- Dejan Lovren career stats at Soccerbase
- Dejan Lovren at National-Football-Teams.com
- Dejan Lovren at Transfermarkt
- Dejan Lovren at nogometni-magazin (Croatian)