Ivica Olić

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Ivica Olić
Ivica Olić.jpg
Olić with Bayern Munich in 2010
Personal information
Full name Ivica Olić[1]
Date of birth (1979-09-14) 14 September 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Davor, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
VfL Wolfsburg
Number 11
Youth career
Posavac Davor
Marsonia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Marsonia 42 (17)
1998–2000 Hertha BSC II 30 (10)
1998–2000 Hertha BSC 2 (0)
2000–2001 Marsonia 42 (21)
2001–2002 NK Zagreb 29 (21)
2002–2003 Dinamo Zagreb 27 (16)
2003–2007 CSKA Moscow 78 (35)
2007–2009 Hamburger SV 78 (29)
2009–2012 Bayern Munich 55 (13)
2012– VfL Wolfsburg 73 (27)
National team
1996 Croatia U17 3 (0)
1997 Croatia U18 1 (0)
1997–1998 Croatia U19 9 (1)
1998 Croatia U20 1 (0)
2000–2001 Croatia U21 6 (2)
2002– Croatia 100 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

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. 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.[3]

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 Cups, 2002, 2006, 2014, and the two UEFA European Championship, in 2004 and 2008, earning his 100th cap on 16 November 2014.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.

Olić with HSV.

CSKA Moscow[edit]

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).

Hamburger SV[edit]

In January 2007, Olić moved to Hamburger SV, playing his first Bundesliga game with them against Energie Cottbus on 31 January.[4] 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.

Bayern Munich[edit]

Olić with Bayern.

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.

VfL Wolfsburg[edit]

Olić signed for Wolfsburg at the start of the 2012–13 season.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10] He scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season in opening season match against Bayern Munich on 22 August 2014.

International career[edit]

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.

In September 2006, Olić was dropped from Croatian squad for a qualifying match for one game due to a late-night partying binge together with Darijo Srna and Boško Balaban.[11]

Olić was named man of the match in the very last qualifier of their group in which Croatia defeated England 3–2.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] In the second group game against Cameroon, on 18 June, Olić opened the scoring in 11th minute for eventual 0–4 win.[16] 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.[17]

On 16 November 2014, in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Italy in the San Siro, Olić earned his 100th cap in a 1–1 draw.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Olić with his wife Natalia has two sons and one daughter, named Luka, Antonio and Lara.[13] Unlike many of his counterparts, he prefers to keep a low media profile and generally lives a quiet private life.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 26 April 2014[19]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Club League Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Other1 Total
NK Marsonia Prva HNL 1996–97 0 0
Druga HNL 1997–98 0 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Other1 Total
Hertha BSC Bundesliga 1998–99 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
1999–2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Croatia League Croatian Cup Europe Other1 Total
NK Marsonia Prva HNL 1999–2000 13 4 0 0
2000–01 29 17 0 0
NK Zagreb 2001–02 29 21 0 0
Dinamo Zagreb 2002–03 27 16 4 3
Russia League Russian Cup Europe Other1 Total
CSKA Moscow Premier League 2003 10 7 2 1 0 0 12 8
2004 24 9 3 1 10 0 37 10
2005 20 10 5 1 0 0 25 11
2006 24 9 5 2 6 1 35 12
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB-Ligapokal Europe Other2 Total
Hamburger SV Bundesliga 2006–07 15 5 0 0 0 0 15 5
2007–08 32 14 4 2 10 2 46 18
2008–09 31 10 5 6 14 9 50 25
Bayern Munich 2009–10 29 11 2 1 10 7 41 19
2010–11 6 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 10 0
2011–12 20 2 4 0 5 2 29 4
VfL Wolfsburg 2012–13 32 9 4 4 0 0 36 13
2013–14 31 14 5 1 0 0 36 15
Career totals Croatia 140 75 4 3 144 78
Germany 192 63 25 13 0 0 41 20 1 0 259 96
Russia 78 35 15 5 16 1 109 41
Career statistics 410 173 40 18 0 0 61 24 1 0 512 215
  • 1.^ There is no other competition.
  • 2.^ Statistics includes DFL-Supercup which restarted in 2008.

International[edit]

Croatia national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 9 2
2003 9 2
2004 10 2
2005 4 0
2006 10 0
2007 8 3
2008 12 2
2009 6 2
2010 5 1
2011 3 1
2012 4 0
2013 9 1
2014 5 3
Total 94 19

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. 17 April 2002 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia  Bosnia-Herzegovina
1 – 0
2 – 0
Friendly
02. 8 June 2002 Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima, Japan  Italy
1 – 1
2 – 1
2002 FIFA World Cup
03. 30 April 2003 Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden  Sweden
0 – 1
1 – 2
Friendly
04. 11 October 2003 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia  Bulgaria
1 – 0
1 – 0
UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
05. 29 May 2004 Kantrida Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia  Slovakia
1 – 0
1 – 0
Friendly
06. 5 June 2004 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark
0 – 2
1 – 2
Friendly
07. 16 October 2007 Kantrida Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia  Slovakia
1 – 0
3 – 0
Friendly
08. 16 October 2007 Kantrida Stadium, Rijeka, Croatia  Slovakia
3 – 0
3 – 0
Friendly
09. 21 November 2007 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England
0 – 2
2 – 3
UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
10. 12 June 2008 Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt, Austria  Germany
2 – 0
2 – 1
UEFA Euro 2008
11. 15 October 2008 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia  Andorra
2 – 0
4 – 0
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
12. 12 August 2009 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus
0 – 1
1 – 3
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
13. 12 August 2009 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus
1 – 3
1 – 3
2010 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
14. 3 September 2010 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia
0 – 2
0 – 3
UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying
15. 11 November 2011 Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey  Turkey
0 – 1
0 – 3
UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying
16. 22 March 2013 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Serbia
2 – 0
2 – 0
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
17. 5 March 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Switzerland
1 – 1
2 – 2
Friendly
18. 5 March 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Switzerland
2 – 2
2 – 2
Friendly
19. 18 June 2014 Arena da Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil  Cameroon
1 – 0
4 – 0
2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

NK Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb
CSKA Moscow
FC Bayern Munich

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ivica Olić". VFL Wolfsburg. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bilić šokiran zbog Olića: Ovo je užas i horor!" (in Croatian). tportal.hr. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 6 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "Olić set for summer switch to Bayern". UEFA. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Breitner lobt Olic: Ein Hochgenuss" (in German). Abendzeitung. 10 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (27 April 2010). "Lyon 0–3 Bayern Munich (agg 0–4)". BBC News. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Die "Wölfe" holen Olic und buhlen um Giovinco". kicker (in German). 26 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Five-star Wolves sink Freiburg". Sky Sports. 9 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Olic staying on board". VfL Wolfsburg. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Croatian trio expelled from squad". CNN. 4 September 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Croats punish poor England". FIFA. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Olic: Nothing's decided yet". FIFA. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Classy Croats stun Germany". FIFA. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Brazil 3–1 Croatia". BBC Sport. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Croatia boost hopes, Cameroon bow out". FIFA. 19 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Olic: Twelve years and still going strong". FIFA. 19 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Italy cling on to hold Croatia". UEFA. 16 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Olic, Ivica" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 

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