Josip Knežević

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Josip Knežević
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-10-03) 3 October 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2006 NK Osijek
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 NK Osijek[1] 69 (12)
2010–2013 Amkar Perm 20 (1)
2012 Kairat (loan) 16 (6)
2013- Kairat 47 (16)
National team
2006 Croatia U18 2 (0)
2006–2007 Croatia U19 8 (0)
2008–2009 Croatia U20 4 (1)
2009 Croatia U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:36, 2 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Josip Knežević (born 3 October 1988 in Osijek[2]) is a Croatian international footballer, currently playing for Kazakhstani side FC Kairat.


Knežević has started his career in senior professional team of NK Osijek on 2005/2006 at the age of 17. He has regularly played for Croatian national team U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21, has total 13 caps in Croatian national team for young players. Now, Josip Knežević is an active member of the Croatian national under-21 team. This season 2008/2009 he is actually second on the list of assists of Croatian Championship Prva HNL with 7 assists.

On 12 February 2010 Knežević moved to Russian side Amkar Perm in a deal initially worth 500,000.[3] Two years later, in January 2012, Knežević signed a season-long loan deal with Kazakhstan Premier League outfit FC Kairat.[4] After an impressive start, in which he scored 3 goals in 5 appearances, Knežević suffered a mid-season injury, but still ended up as the teams topscorer with 6 goals (3 - pen.). At the end of Kneževićs loan deal he reutrned to Amkar Perm, before signing a permanent three-year contract with FC Kairat in February 2013.[5]

International Career[edit]

Knežević is former youth international player for the Croatian U21,[6] U19 and U17 sides.[7]