Josip Drmić

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Josip Drmić
Drmić with Leverkusen in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Josip Drmić[1]
Date of birth (1992-08-08) 8 August 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Lachen, Switzerland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 9
Youth career
2001–2009 FC Zürich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 FC Zürich II 26 (26)
2010–2013 FC Zürich 62 (18)
2013–2014 1. FC Nürnberg 33 (17)
2014– Bayer Leverkusen 2 (1)
National team
2010 Switzerland U18 1 (0)
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 7 (6)
2011–2013 Switzerland U21 11 (6)
2012 Switzerland Olympic 3 (0)
2012– Switzerland 12 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2014

Josip Drmić (born 8 August 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and the Switzerland national football team.

He began his career at FC Zürich and moved to 1. FC Nürnberg in 2013. His 17 goals in his first Bundesliga season then earned him a transfer to Leverkusen.

A full international since 2012, Drmić represented Switzerland at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

FC Zürich[edit]

Born to Croatian parents in Lachen in the canton of Schwyz, Drmić began his playing career at FC Zürich and rose through the youth ranks, soon playing regularly for Zürich's reserve team. He eventually made his league debut on 6 February 2010 against Neuchâtel Xamax, coming on as a substitute. He scored his first Swiss Super League goal in a 1–1 away draw against FC Luzern on 4 February 2012.[2]

During the 2012–13 season, he scored 13 goals in 31 Super League matches and 19 goals from 39 matches in all competitions.[3]

1. FC Nürnberg[edit]

In July 2013, Drmić joined Bundesliga club 1. FC Nürnberg on a four-year contract.[4] On 18 August, he scored his first Bundesliga goal in a 2–2 draw against Hertha BSC.[5] He finished his first season with 17 league goals, the third most by any player in the league,[6] but his team were relegated.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen[edit]

On 12 May 2014, Drmić agreed to sign a five-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen, for an undisclosed fee.[7] He made his debut on 19 August as an 88th minute substitute for Hakan Çalhanoğlu as the side won 3–2 at FC Copenhagen in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.[8]

He was an unused substitute as they began their Bundesliga campaign on 23 August with a 2–0 win at Borussia Dortmund[9] and did not feature at all in Leverkusen's first two matches of the league season, making his debut on 12 September by replacing Stefan Kießling in added time of a 3–3 sraw at home against Werder Bremen.[10] Nine days later he scored his first goal for the team, starting and then equalising in the 29th minute of a 4–1 defeat at VfL Wolfsburg.[11]

International career[edit]

Drmić is a Swiss international having played at under-19, under-21 and senior level.[12] He was a member of Switzerland's squad at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[3] and came on as a substitute in the last two games as the team were eliminated in last place in Group B.

On 11 September 2012, Drmić won his first cap for the Switzerland senior team in a 2–0 2014 World Cup qualifying win over Albania.[13] He scored his first two international goals in a 2–2 draw with Croatia on 6 March 2014.[14]

On 13 May 2014, Drmić was named in Switzerland's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[15] He scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute from Blerim Džemaili's assist, as Switzerland beat Jamaica in a warm-up game for the tournament on 30 May. In the first game of the tournament, a 2–1 win over Ecuador, he had a goal ruled out for offside and was substituted for Haris Seferović who scored the winning goal.[16] Drmić was dropped for Seferović for the second match, a 5–2 defeat to France, but returned and set up two of Xherdan Shaqiri's three goals in the 3–0 win over Honduras in the last group match in Manaus which saw Switzerland advance to the knockout stage as runners-up.[17]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 March 2014 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Croatia 1–0 2–2 Friendly[14]
2. 2–1
3. 30 May 2014 Swissporarena, Lucerne, Switzerland  Jamaica 1–0 1–0 Friendly


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "FC Luzern v. FC Zürich". Swiss Football League (Schweizerischer Fussballverband). Retrieved 13 April 2012. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b ""Club" verpflichtet Drmic". Bundesliga (in German). 6 July 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Club stellt Drmic vor". kicker (in German). 6 July 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Kiyotake sorgt für Punkteteilung". Bundesliga (in German). 18 August 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Torjäger" [Goalscorers] (in German). DFL. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Leverkusen beat Arsenal to Drmic signing". 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Leverkusen edge København in first-leg thriller". UEFA. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Borussia Dortmund 0-2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen". BBC Sport. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen 3-3 Werder Bremen: Hosts held in six goal thriller". 12 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Wolfsburg trounce Leverkusen, Gladbach draw". Deutsche Welle. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Josip Drmic". Switzerland U-21 (Schweizerischer Fussballverband). Retrieved 13 April 2012. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Josip Drmic". UEFA. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Drmic takes goalscoring to another level". UEFA. 6 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "World Cup 2014: Pajtim Kasami on standby for Switzerland". BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Whalley, Mike (15 June 2014). "Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Emons, Michael (25 June 2014). "Honduras 0-3 Switzerland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 

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