Haris Vučkić

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Haris Vučkić
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Personal information
Date of birth (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth Ljubljana, Slovenia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 29
Youth career
Domžale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Domžale 5 (0)
2009– Newcastle United 6 (0)
2012 Cardiff City (loan) 5 (1)
2013–2014 Rotherham United (loan) 22 (4)
National team
Slovenia U17
Slovenia U19
2010–2013 Slovenia U21 11 (3)
2012– Slovenia 1 (0)
* 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 29 February 2012

Haris Vučkić (born 21 August 1992 in Ljubljana) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Newcastle United and the Slovenia national team.

He has represented Slovenia international youth selections in every category to date. On 1 October 2010, he was summoned into a 23-man squad of the Slovenia national football team for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Faroe Islands and Estonia, however, he did not make his debut at the time. His international debut did come in a Friendly match against Scotland on 29 February 2012.

Club career[edit]

Domžale[edit]

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Vučkić played football at NK Domžale from Domžale, a small town in central Slovenia, during his youth.

A few months short of his 16th birthday he made a debut for the club against NK Celje in a Slovenian PrvaLiga match on 24 May 2008 coming on as a late substitute.[1] As he was too young according to Football Association of Slovenia rules, his club was fined.[2][3][4] After turning 16 in August 2008 he was finally promoted to the club's first squad where he would go on to play another four league games, before signing for English Premier League club Newcastle United.[5]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 16 January 2009, it was confirmed that Vučkić would sign for Premier League team Newcastle United for a substantial fee and signed a three and a half year deal at St. James' Park.[6][7] He is regarded as one of Europe's brightest talents and reports suggest he underwent a trial at AC Milan.[citation needed]

Vučkić made his first appearance for Newcastle's reserve team on 16 February 2009 when he came off the bench to score the winning goal against Blackburn reserves, curling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.[8] He scored his first goal for the U18 team in his league debut in a 4–2 away win at Derby.[9]

He has scored three goals altogether for the reserves, two league goals for the U18s and five more in 2009–10 pre-season friendlies. Vučkić made his Newcastle United debut on 26 August 2009 as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Huddersfield Town, where he played on the left wing. Five days later Vučkić came off the bench to replace striker Nile Ranger in a 1–0 victory over Leicester City. This was to be his first league appearance for the club.[10]

Vučkić scored his first senior goal for Newcastle against Carlisle United in a friendly on 17 July 2010 with a curled effort into the bottom left hand corner.[11] In the 2010–2011 campaign, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton gave many of the youngsters a chance in the Football League Cup, Vučkić played in the second round tie against Accrington Stanley in central midfield alongside fellow youngster Ryan Donaldson.[12] After Newcastle progressed with a 3–2 victory, he played in the third round away game to Chelsea, where Newcastle overcame expectations to win 4–3 in a thrilling encounter.[13] He continued his impressive display against Arsenal in the League Cup fourth round getting the Man of the Match award despite Newcastle United losing 4–0.[14] In January 2011 Vučkić signed a new five and a half year contract with Newcastle.[15]

On 26 July 2011, Vučkić went on to score again for Newcastle, scoring the final goal in a 3–0 win over MLS side Columbus Crew.[16] In Newcastle United's next pre-season friendly against Leeds United at Elland Road, Vučkić went on to score Newcastle's second goal and provided an impressive display since coming on despite Newcastle losing the game 3–2.[17] He made his Premier League debut on 28 August 2011 against Fulham as a 78th minute substitute,[18] but was himself substituted seven minutes later with a suspected dislocated finger.[19] He made his comeback for the team as a substitute four months later in a 0–0 draw with Swansea City. He went on to make his first Premiership start for Newcastle against West Bromwich Albion on 21 December and won plaudits for his performance, which included hitting the woodwork from 30 yards and forcing a fine save from the opposition goalkeeper [20]

On 30 August, Vučkić made his continental début for Newcastle United, coming on as a substitute for an injured Ryan Taylor against Greek side Atromitos, scoring the winning goal in the process, sending Newcastle through to the Europa League group stages.

Cardiff City (loan)[edit]

On 9 February 2012, it was confirmed that Vučkić would join Cardiff City on a month loan.[21] He made his debut in the 2–1 loss to Leicester City on 11 February, but only managed to stay on half the game before being substituted. He scored his first professional goal the following game against Peterborough United. He returned to Newcastle United on 12 March, due to injuries at the club and both player and Cardiff wanted him to return to the club however this didn't materialise due to consistent injuries at Newcastle.[22]

Rotherham United (loan)[edit]

On 28 November 2013, Vučkić joined League One side Rotherham United on loan until 2 January 2014.[23][24] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Bradford City on 26 December 2013. [25]

International career[edit]

He impressed in the 2009 U-17 European championship qualifiers against Turkey, Russia and Malta, where he scored 3 goals in 3 games.[26][27][28] Despite only being 16 years old, Vučkić played for Slovenia during the finals of the U19 European Championships, held in the Ukraine in July 2009.[29][30]

On 10 August 2010, Vučkić made his first appearance for the Slovenia U-21 team.[31] Haris Vučkić played in second half (from 46 minute) in a U-21 qualifying match between Sweden and Slovenia held in Trelleborg on 6 October 2011, after his terrific cross from the right side in the 81st minute, Robert Berič equalised and set the final score 1–1.

On 1 October 2010, Vučkić was summoned into a 23-man squad of the Slovenia national football team for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Faroe Islands and Estonia that was scheduled on 8 and 12 October 2010.[32] Vučkić was on the stands for the whole 90 minutes of the match against Faroe Islands and did not travel to Estonia as he had returned in Slovenia U-21 team before that.

Vučkić made his professional debut for senior national team on 29 February 2012, replacing Valter Birsa in the 62 minute of friendly match with Scotland.

Personal life[edit]

Vučkić is the younger brother of professional footballer Alen Vučkić, a defender who plays for Krka. Vučkić was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As his father is of Bosnian descent[33] it was reported that Bosnia wants him in their team.[34] However Vučkić has rejected the claims of Bosnian media that he is about to switch national allegiances to Bosnia and stated that he is a Slovenian national team player and will be the same in the future.[35] He has also made public statements saying that he will always be available for Slovenia national football team selections if called upon.[36] After continuous pressure from both the media and the fans - primarily from Bosnia - upon the then 18-year old, he made an open statement about the matter:

I will not hide that I am proud of my ancestry. I am proud of the fact that I am Bosnian thanks to my parents, but I am equally proud of the fact that I was born and grew up in Slovenia. Yes, I am proud of being Slovenian as well and Slovenia is my country. I made my first steps here, went to school here and have all my friends here. It would be very hard to say no to Slovenia, although it is nice to know that someone else wants you too, as that means I am on the right track, however, I never had any doubts on whom I want to play for. Rumours that are being spread in public do not concern me as I have decided a long time ago on whom I wish to play for.

—Haris Vučkić when asked if he would follow the example of certain players that where born and raised in one country but played for another.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 3 May 2014.[38]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Domžale 2007–08 Slovenian PrvaLiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Slovenian PrvaLiga 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Newcastle United 2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
2010–11 Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Cardiff City (loan) 2011–12 Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Newcastle United 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 2[a] 1 3 1
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2013–14 League One 22 4 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 23 4
Domžale Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Newcastle United total 6 0 0 0 9 0 2 1 17 1
Career total 38 5 0 0 9 0 2 1 50 5
  1. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  2. ^ Appearance in the League One play-offs.

International[edit]

As of 29 February 2012.[39]
Slovenia national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
Total 1 0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Zapisnik obravnave disciplinskega sodnika NZS" (in Slovenian). FA of Slovenia. 11 June 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Zalar prijavil Domžale" (in Slovenian). Ekipa. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
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  6. ^ "Haris Vučkić odhaja v Newcastle" (in Slovenian). NK Domžale. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Magpies sign Slovenian starlet". SkySports. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Slovenian Supersub Snatches Victory For United". 16 February 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Vuckic On Target In Toon Ram Raid". 22 February 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "Newcastle 4–3 Huddersfield". BBC. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Carlisle United 0 Newcastle United 3". NUFC.co.uk. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Accrington Stanley 2–3 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chelsea 3–4 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Newcastle 0–4 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Vuckic signs new contract". Premier League. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "Columbus Crew 0 Newcastle United 3". NUFC.co.uk. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Leeds 3 Newcastle 2". NUFC.co.uk. 31 July 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Newcastle 2–1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Vuckic flies in on Magpies Loan". Cardiff City Football Club. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Malky Mackay hopeful over Haris Vuckic return to Cardiff". BBC Sport. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Second Magpie lands before the deadline". Rotherham United Official Website. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  24. ^ "Haris Heads To The New York Stadium". Newcastle United Official Website. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  25. ^ "Bradford 0-1 Rotherham". BBC Sport. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Slovenia 1–0 Russia". UEFA. 27 September 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Malta 0–1 Slovenia". UEFA. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Ukraine 0–0 Slovenia". UEFA. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "Slovenia 1–2 Switzerland". UEFA. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  31. ^ "Razigrani slovenski upi ponižali Makedonce" (in Slovenian). siol.net. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  32. ^ "Kek vpoklical tri novince" (in Slovenian). nogomania.com. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  33. ^ Rok Plestenjak (17 February 2012). "'Slave' o Vučkiću: Kalkulacij se ne grem" (in Slovene). Siol. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  34. ^ "Bosanci Vučkiču mešajo glavo" (in Slovenian). ekipa.org. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  35. ^ "Vuckic out for two months". Sky Sports. 22 October 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  36. ^ "Haris Vučkić: "Vabilu v reprezentanco se bom vedno odzval"" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  37. ^ "Bosna? Ponavljam, Slovenija!" (in Slovenian). ekipa.org. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  38. ^ Haris Vuckic career stats at Soccerbase
  39. ^ Haris Vučkić at National-Football-Teams.com

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