Olić with Bayern Munich in 2010
|Full name||Ivica Olić|
|Date of birth||14 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Davor, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1998–2000||Hertha BSC II||30||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Ivica Olić (pronounced [îʋitsa ǒːlitɕ]; born 14 September 1979) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and Croatian national team. He primarily plays as striker, but can also operate as a winger. Being named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2009 and 2010, with Bayern Munich he appeared in two UEFA Champions League finals in 2010 and 2012. Olić represented his country in three FIFA World Cup's, 2002, 2006, 2014, and the two UEFA European Championship, in 2004 and 2008. He has been described as a relentless pursuer of the ball and possessing "power and a decent bit of pace with him." Former Croatia manager Slaven Bilić described him as a typical "match-winner" and "king of important matches", due to his ability to score in important matches against big opponents.
Olić was born and raised in the village of Davor near Slavonski Brod, Croatia. He started playing football for the local club NK Marsonia in 1996, and spent two good seasons there before he was acquired by Hertha BSC in 1998. He did not see much play there and returned to Marsonia the following year.
After another successful season at Marsonia – in the 2000–01 season, he scored 17 goals in 29 games – in 2001, he moved to NK Zagreb where he scored 21 goals in 28 appearances and helped his team win the league. The following season, he moved to Dinamo Zagreb, where he scored 16 goals in 27 games, and became the best striker in the Croatian First League.
In 2003, Olić was acquired by CSKA Moscow. His form rose gradually, and in the 2005 season, he contributed 10 goals in twice as many games. With CSKA Moscow, he won the UEFA Cup in 2005, the Russian Premier League three times (in 2003, 2005 and 2006), the Russian Cup twice (in 2005 and 2006), and twice the Russian Super Cup (2004 and 2006).
In January 2007, Olić moved to Hamburger SV, playing his first Bundesliga game with them against Energie Cottbus on 31 January. He was signed because Hamburg were in deep trouble, finishing in the relegation zone before the winter break. It worked out in the end, and Hamburg finished seventh, which even acquired them an Intertoto Cup place, which they eventually won. He scored two goals in the last match in the 2006–07 Bundesliga season against Alemannia Aachen in a 4–0 win. In October 2007, Olić scored a hat-trick in the Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart, which Hamburg won 4–1. He was the first player in the club's history to score three successive goals in one half.
Olić effectively won the 2008 Emirates Cup for Hamburg, with two injury time goals against Juventus increasing the team's points tally to an unassailable level (due to the points-for-goals system). He endeared himself to Hamburg fans for his commitment and consistent work rate on the pitch. In his last game for the north German club, he sported a t-shirt with the words, "Danke fans" ("Thank you, fans") written on it as he bid farewell to the fans.
On 3 January 2009, Olić signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. He joined the club on a free transfer on 1 July 2009. Initially, he was supposed to be back-up to the likes of Miroslav Klose and Mario Gómez, but due to injury and fitness issues, he began to be preferred as first choice. On 8 August, his Bayern debut, he scored the opening goal against TSG Hoffenheim in a 1–1 draw and soon became a favourite with the Bayern fans. He reached new heights upon scoring a crucial goal in the 2010 Champions League quarter-final (first leg) against Manchester United in injury time, to give Bayern a slender 2–1 lead. He also scored the first goal in the second leg for his team, but they trailed 3–1. The game ended 3–2. Bayern, however, won on away goals. This knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League. He scored his first hat-trick for the Bavarians against Olympique Lyonnais scoring with his left foot, right foot and his head, in the Champions League semi-final second leg on 27 April 2010. The victory against Lyon secured his team a place in the UEFA Champions League final, against Inter Milan which they eventually lost 2–0. Olić played his final game for Bayern in the 2012 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea, in which he came on as a 97th-minute substitute for the injured Franck Ribéry. Bayern eventually lost the game in a penalty shootout when the game ended 1–1 after extra time. Olić missed their fourth penalty as they lost the shootout 4–3.
Olić signed for Wolfsburg at the start of the 2012–13 season. Olić scored his first Bundesliga goal for Wolfsburg against Greuther Fürth, and the netted another one against Fortuna Düsseldorf. He started a season with hat-trick against FC Schönberg 95 in 2012–13 DFB-Pokal. He scored another goal in quarterfinal match of DFB-Pokal against Kickers Offenbach on 26 February 2013, as Wolfsburg secured the DFB-Pokal semifinals. He produced an "acrobatic overhead kick" to score the first of his two goals in a 5–2 win against SC Freiburg in March. He finished the season as first striker of the club, with fifteen goals and recording six assists. On 24 April 2014, Olić signed a new two-year deal with the German side. He scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season in opening season match against Bayern Munich on 22 August 2014.
Olić was part of the Croatian national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup where he played in two games and scored one goal, but an important one against Italy which ended 2–1 for Croatia. Shortly after scoring, Olić revealed a picture of his newly born child at the time under his jersey. He was remembered as being unable to put his jersey back on, as the material became tangled in the excitement during his celebration. Olić also played three games for Croatia in Euro 2004, and two games in 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Olić was named man of the match in the very last qualifier of their group in which Croatia defeated England 3–2. Olić scored to make it 2–0 with a no-look strike, en route to a 3–2 victory for Croatia which knocked England out of contention for a place at Euro 2008. England manager Steve McClaren was sacked as a result.
Olić was named in Croatia's 23-man squad for Euro 2008. On 12 June, he scored in the 62nd minute of Croatia's second Group B match against Germany to give the Croats a 2–1 shock win over the pre-tournament favourites. He was rested for the last group match as they had already secured qualification for the knockout stages ahead of Germany. Croatia was victorious over Poland, making Croatia hold a record of 3–0–0 in the first round of Euro Cup 2008. On 15 June 2008, he was, according to Castrol Index sponsors, the fastest player at Euro 2008.
Olić was recalled to the side for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. He contributed three goals in eight games, but Croatia missed out on a play-off spot by a point. Olić was injured in a friendly match against Norway, which was the cause of his last-moment absence in UEFA Euro 2012. On 22 March 2013, Olić scored his first goal since November 2011 and assisted Mario Mandžukić in 2014 World Cup Qualification against Serbia raising Croatia's lead to 2–0. In the opening game of the finals, on 12 June, his left-wing cross led to the first goal of the tournament, deflected into his own net by Marcelo of Brazil. In the second group game against Cameroon, on 18 June, Olić opened the scoring in 11th minute for eventual 0–4 win. It was his first goal in World cup games after twelve years, being second footballer to achieve this after Michael Laudrup, and with this goal became the country's oldest World Cup goalscorer.
Olić with his wife Natalia has two sons and one daughter, named Luka, Antonio and Lara. Unlike many of his counterparts, he prefers to keep a low media profile and generally lives a quiet private life.
Statistics accurate as of 26 April 2014
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|NK Marsonia||Prva HNL||1996–97||—||0||0||—|
|NK Marsonia||Prva HNL||1999–2000||13||4||—||0||0||—|
|CSKA Moscow||Premier League||2003||10||7||2||1||—||0||0||—||12||8|
|Croatia national team|
|01.||17 April 2002||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Bosnia-Herzegovina||
|02.||8 June 2002||Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan||Italy||
||2002 FIFA World Cup|
|03.||30 April 2003||Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden||Sweden||
|04.||11 October 2003||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Bulgaria||
||UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying|
|05.||29 May 2004||Kantrida Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia||Slovakia||
|06.||5 June 2004||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||
|07.||16 October 2007||Kantrida Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia||Slovakia||
|08.||16 October 2007||Kantrida Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia||Slovakia||
|09.||21 November 2007||Wembley Stadium, London, England||England||
||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|10.||12 June 2008||Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt, Austria||Germany||
||UEFA Euro 2008|
|11.||15 October 2008||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Andorra||
||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|12.||12 August 2009||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||
||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|13.||12 August 2009||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||
||2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|14.||3 September 2010||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||
||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|15.||11 November 2011||Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||
||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|16.||22 March 2013||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia||Serbia||
||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|17.||5 March 2014||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Switzerland||
|18.||5 March 2014||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Switzerland||
|19.||18 June 2014||Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil||Cameroon||
||2014 FIFA World Cup|
- Russian Premier League: 2003, 2005, 2006
- Russian Cup: 2005, 2006
- Russian Super Cup: 2004, 2006
- UEFA Cup: 2005
- Bundesliga: 2009–10
- DFB-Pokal: 2009–10
- DFL-Supercup: 2010
- UEFA Champions League Runner-up: 2009–10, 2011–12
- Croatian Football Hope of the Year: 2001
- Croatian First League Player of the Year: 2002, 2003
- Prva HNL Player of the Year: 2002
- Prva HNL Top scorer: 2002, 2003
- Croatian Footballer of the Year: 2009, 2010
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