Jan Oblak

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Jan Oblak
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Škofja Loka, Slovenia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 41
Youth career
1999–2003 Ločan
2003–2004 Olimpija
2005–2009 Olimpija
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Olimpija 34 (0)
2010– Benfica 16 (0)
2010 Beira-Mar (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Olhanense (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 União Leiria (loan) 16 (0)
2012–2013 Rio Ave (loan) 28 (0)
2013– Benfica B 2 (0)
National team
2009 Slovenia U17
2009 Slovenia U18
2010–2012 Slovenia U20 4 (0)
2009–2013 Slovenia U21 18 (0)
2012– Slovenia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Jan Oblak (born 7 January 1993) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays for S.L. Benfica in Portugal, as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Olimpija[edit]

Born in the Upper Carniolan town of Škofja Loka, Oblak started his career in his hometown playing for NK Ločan. At the age of ten he moved to NK Olimpija Ljubljana, rejecting a contract from Empoli F.C. in favour of a trial at Fulham in 2009[1] but eventually not leaving, committing his future with a contract extension until 2011.[2]

Oblak made his professional debuts in the 2009–10 season aged only 16, only missing three league games for Olimpija as it ranked in fourth position.

Benfica[edit]

On 14 June 2010 Oblak signed a contract with S.L. Benfica,[3] being immediately loaned to fellow top level club S.C. Beira-Mar. He finished 2010–11 with S.C. Olhanense, totalling ten bench appearances combined.

Still owned by Benfica Oblak moved to another Portuguese team, U.D. Leiria, for the 2011–12 campaign.[4] He made his league debut on 15 January 2012, in a 2–2 away draw against C.D. Nacional.

In July 2013 Oblak failed to present himself for preseason training, claiming he had no contract with Benfica.[5] Late into the following month he signed a contract extension until 2018, describing the situation as a "misunderstanding".[6]

After longtime incumbent Artur Moraes made some mistakes midway through the 2013–14 campaign, manager Jorge Jesus dropped him in favour of Oblak, and the latter went on to keep several clean sheets in his first starts, notably in a 2–0 home win against F.C. Porto[7][8] and a 0–0 draw at Juventus F.C. for the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.[9] He then went on the win Best Goalkeeper of the Year in the Primeira Liga on 6 July 2014, only conceding 3 goals in 13 games.[10]

International career[edit]

Oblak was first called by the Slovenia under-21 team in August 2009, replacing injured Jan Koprivec. He made his debut 9 September of that year, against France. On 11 September 2012 Oblak made his first appearance for the senior side, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Norway for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Benfica

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 10 June 2014[12]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olimpija 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 33 0 0 0 33 0
Total 34 0 0 0 34 0
Beira-Mar 2010–11 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Olhanense 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
União Leiria 2011–12 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Rio Ave 2012–13 28 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
Benfica B 2013–14 2 0 2 0
Benfica 2013–14 16 0 3 0 3 0 4 0 26 0
Career totals 96 0 6 0 6 0 4 0 112 0

Personal life[edit]

Oblak's older sister, Teja (b. 1990), is a professional basketball player who plays for CCC Polkowice and is a member of the Slovenian national team.[13][14] Although he has the same last name as Brane Oblak, he is not related to the former Yugoslav international.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fulham move for Olimpic Ljubljana goalkeeper Jan Oblak". Tribal Football. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Jan Oblak rejects Fulham after trials". Tribal Football. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Jan Oblak v Benfici (Jan Oblak to Benfica); Olimpija's official website, 14 June 2010 (Slovene)
  4. ^ "Cajuda: "Oblak tem excelentes capacidades"" [Cajuda: "Oblak has great skills"] (in Portuguese). Record. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Oblak ainda não se apresentou" [Oblak still hasn't showed up] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jan Oblak foi reintegrado: "O Benfica é o meu clube e estou feliz"" [Jan Oblak has been reinstated: "Benfica is my club and i am happy"] (in Portuguese). Benfica's official website. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Oblak fecha a porta da baliza ao dragão" [Oblak closes goal to dragon] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Oblak morde os calcanhares ao melhor Artur" [Oblak bites best Artur in the heels] (in Portuguese). Record. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Juventus 0–0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Prémios da Liga: Veja quem são os vencedores" [League awards: Look who the winners are] (in Portuguese). ZeroZero. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Slovenia undone as Norway strike late". UEFA.com. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Jan Oblak profile at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Teja Oblak odhaja v Evroligo, lanska smola pozabljena" [Teja Oblak departs to the Euroleague, last season forgotten] (in Slovene). Kosarka. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Video: Kako trenira Teja Oblak?" [Video: How does Teja Oblak train?] (in Slovene). Kosarka. 9 January 2014. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Rok Plestenjak (12 September 2012). "Bratje, bratranci, kapetani ... zdaj pa še Oblaki" [Brothers, cousins, captains ... now Oblak's] (in Slovene). Siol. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 

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