Perišić with Borussia Dortmund in 2012
|Full name||Ivan Perišić|
|Date of birth||2 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Split, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|2009||→ Roeselare (loan)||18||(5)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ivan Perišić (born 2 February 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for German club VfL Wolfsburg. He usually plays as a winger, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder or second striker.
Product of Hajduk Split youth academy, Perišić made name for himself while playing for Club Brugge, where he was the Belgian Pro League top goalscorer and was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for 2011. This earned him a transfer to Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the 2011–12 Bundesliga before signing with VfL Wolfsburg for €8 million in January 2013. He made his debut for the Croatia national team in 2011.
Aged only 17, Perišić received a large amount of interest from a number of clubs, including Anderlecht, PSV, Ajax, Trabzonspor, Hertha BSC and Hamburger SV, before he eventually signed for French club FC Sochaux. He moved to France from Hajduk Split. In Split, he was called by some journalists "the new Asanović," a famous Croatian midfielder who also played in France. From 2007 till January 2009 he played for the reserve team of FC Sochaux.
In 2009, he was on loan for half a season to Roeselare, a team in the Belgian first league. Shortly moving, Perišić was in front page headlines, describing him as a new Aljoša Asanović. At Roeselare, Perišić managed to win a place in the first team and immediately made an impact with four goals and two assist. His appearance and goal continue to rise and at the end of the season, transfer speculation reports that Perišić is on the verge of joining Belgian giant Anderlecht.
On 26 August 2009, Belgian club Club Brugge signed Perišić from Sochaux for €250,000 on a three-year deal. Prior his move to Club Brugge, Perišić was linked with a move to German side Hertha BSC, having gone on trial.
On the opening game of the season, Perišić scored his first goal in a 1–1 draw against Genk, then scored his second in two consecutive games and provided assists, in a 4–1 win over Westerlo. Later in the season, Perišić scored six goals in twenty-three appearance. Elsewhere in the Europa League, Perišić scored three goals in three consecutive games during the group-stage in Europa League, in which Perišić scored four goals in Brugge's Europa League Campaign. At the end of the season, Perišić signed a three-year deal at Club Brugge, keeping him until 2015.
Belgian football critics predict a bright future for the 20-year-old. In the 2010–11 season, Perišić was the top scorer of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League with 22 goals for Club Brugge, and was elected Player of the Year in Belgium. During the season, Perišić scored four goals in a match and provided assist, as Brugge thrashed Charleroi on 29 December 2010, and in which, Perišić received a red card twice.
He made his debut for the club in their 3–1 home victory over Hamburg on 5 August, coming on for Chris Löwe in the 76th minute. During a Champions League match on 13 September 2011, he scored a late equaliser with a volley from 20 yards against Arsenal after coming on as a substitute in the 69th minute. On 14 October, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 win against Werder Bremen, a match in which he was later sent off for a second bookable offence. On 21 April 2012, he scored the important 1–0 goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach and opened the door to the eighth national championship for Dortmund. The game ended 2–0 (the second was scored by Shinji Kagawa). He scored in total 12 goals in 64 games for BVB in all competitions.
In the new season, Perišić started his season, scoring a brace in a 3–2 loss against Hamburg on 22 September 2012. However, Perišić soon found his first team opportunities limited, having played less in the first team and soon told Croatian channel Nova-TV that he received no support from Jürgen Klopp and accuse him of favouring other players. In response, Klopp criticised his actions as childish and Perišić will face a fine, due to his comment.
On 6 January 2013, it was reported that Perišić transferred for €8 million to VfL Wolfsburg. Perišić scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in a friendly match against Standard Liège on 10 January. He made his competitive debut for Wolfsburg against VfB Stuttgart on 19 January 2013. In March, Perišić had suffered a left knee injury that caused him to be sidelined throughout the whole March and April. He made his comeback in May in the match against Hamburg SV, coming on as a substitute and providing an assist. On 11 May 2013, he faced his former club Borussia Dortmund and scored two goals.
On 3 August 2013, he scored his first cup goal for Wolfsburg in their 3-1 win against Karlsruher SC. On 26 October 2013, Perišić opened his goal scoring form in 2013-14 season in their 3-0 win against Werder Bremen, he also assisted a goal. He scored a brace in their 4-1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg. Perišić finished a good season as the second striker of the club after countryman Ivica Olić, with ten goals and recording four assists.
Perišić has appeared internationally for the Croatian national under-17, under-18 and under-21 teams. He participated in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification for Croatia, where he scored two goals. On 26 March 2011, at the age of 22, Perišić made his debut for the senior Croatian national team against Georgia. He was a member of Croatia's squad for UEFA Euro 2012, starting in the team's opening two matches against Ireland and Italy, and appearing as a substitute in the team's final match, a 1–0 loss to Spain.
2014 FIFA World Cup
On 14 May, Perišić was named in Croatia's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. On May 31, he scored two goals in 2–1 win against Mali in a World Cup warm-up match in Osijek. Perišić was confirmed as a member of Croatia's final 23-man World Cup squad on 2 June.
Perišić was in Croatia's starting team for the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a controversial 3–1 defeat to tournament hosts Brazil at the Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. In the following match, he scored Croatia's second goal as they defeated Cameroon 4–0. On 23 June, he scored a consolation goal in the team's final group match, 3–1 defeat to Mexico which eliminated them from the tournament. Despite Croatia's early elimination, Perišić was ranked as the second-best performing player of the group stage by FIFA.
- As of 10 May 2014
- Score and result lists Croatia's goals first:
|1.||11 September 2012||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||
||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||31 May 2014||Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia||Mali||
|4.||18 June 2014||Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil||Cameroon||
||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|5.||23 June 2014||Arena Pernambuco, São Lourenço da Mata, Brazil||Mexico||1–3||1–3||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|Correct as of 23 June 2014|
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