Mario Maloča

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Mario Maloča
Mario Maloča.jpg
Maloča playing for Hajduk Split in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-05-04) 4 May 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Zagreb, SR Croatia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hajduk Split
Number 22
Youth career
1998–2004 Dinamo Zagreb
2004–2005 NK Zagreb
2006 Inter Zaprešić
2006 Kamen Ingrad
2007–2008 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Hajduk Split 194 (6)
National team
2008 Croatia U19 3 (1)
2008–2009 Croatia U20 6 (0)
2008–2010 Croatia U21 13 (0)
2012– Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mario Maloča (born 4 May 1989 in Zagreb) is a Croatian football player currently playing for Hajduk Split.

Club career[edit]

He spent most of his youth career at Dinamo Zagreb, playing there some 6 years. Before coming to Hajduk at the age of 17 he also had spells with youth teams at NK Zagreb, Inter Zaprešić and Kamen Ingrad.

Hajduk Split[edit]

He had his Prva HNL debut at 18 years of age against Šibenik in the 2007–08 season and soon became a first team regular, playing alongside renowned defenders such as Igor Tudor, Goran Sablić and Boris Živković. After the season ended he signed a five-year contract with Hajduk, binding him to Poljud until 2013. He was an important player for Hajduk in the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League where he played 9 games. In the Spring part of the 2011-12 Prva HNL he suffered an injury which stopped his transfer to Werder Bremen. He recovered for the new season and became one of the best defenders in Prva HNL. During the winter preparations in the 2012–13 Prva HNL he suffered another injury which delayed his transfer to Kuban. After he recovered from the injury that lasted 4 months he continued with his solid performances.

International career[edit]

Maloča also earned 13 caps for Croatia's U-19 and U-21 teams and took part in Croatia's 2008 U-19 European Championship campaign where he scored 1 goal against Albania. In August 2012, he was called to the Croatian national football team by Croatian manager Igor Štimac. He debuted against in a friendly match against Switzerland.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2007–08 12 0 4 1 16 1
2008–09 16 0 5 1 3 0 24 1
2009–10 20 0 6 0 2 0 28 0
2010–11 27 0 1 0 9 0 381 0
2011–12 14 1 3 0 2 0 19 1
2012–13 23 1 6 0 4 0 33 1
2013–14 17 2 0 0 4 1 14 1
Total 194 4 25 2 21 1 182 6
Last Update: 19 July 2013[1]
1Includes appearance in 2010 Croatian Supercup

Personal life[edit]

Despite being born in Zagreb and part of Dinamo Zagreb youth team in his early years, Maloča opted to play for Hajduk Split. Maloča married his childhood sweetheart Ivana in June 2012. The couple had their first child, Tea, on 21 March 2013.[2]

Player honours[edit]

Croatia Hajduk Split

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