Mandžukić playing for Bayern Munich in 2012.
|Full name||Mario Mandžukić|
|Date of birth||21 May 1986|
|Place of birth||Slavonski Brod, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Current club||Bayern Munich|
|2003–2004||Željezničar Slavonski Brod|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:50, 18 May 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mario Mandžukić (pronounced [ˈmârio ˈmǎndʒukitɕ]; born 21 May 1986) is a Croatian international footballer who plays as a striker for FC Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga. During his time with Dinamo Zagreb he was the Croatian league Prva HNL top goalscorer in 2008–09. He was UEFA Euro 2012 joint top scorer with three goals and was named Croatian Footballer of the Year for 2012.
Club career 
Early days 
Mandžukić made his first footballing steps at the German club TSF Ditzingen, based near Stuttgart, in 1992. Upon his return to his home city he spent the period between 1996 and 2003 at Marsonia, before spending a season at the city minnows NK Željezničar. The next season he returned to Marsonia and in the summer of 2005 he made a move to NK Zagreb. He thrived under the tuition of Miroslav Blažević and earned a lot interest from other clubs.
Dinamo Zagreb 
In the summer of 2007 he was bought by the Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb for €1.3 million as a replacement for their star striker Eduardo da Silva. Upon his arrival, he managed to secure his spot in starting eleven, playing mostly in the position of second striker. On 4 October 2007, he put on an impressive performance against AFC Ajax in Amsterdam when he scored two goals in extra-time to secure Dinamo Zagreb 3–2 away win, as Dinamo qualified for group stage of 2007–08 UEFA Cup. He finished his first season at Dinamo with 12 goals and 11 assists throughout 29 matches, but also had a bad discipline record, collecting eight yellow cards.
He started the 2008–09 season with two goals against Linfield F.C. in qualifier for Champions League. In the 2008–09 Prva HNL Mandžukić was the league's top goalscorer, bagging 16 goals in 28 appearances. He also scored three goals in 2008–09 UEFA Cup. This was the season of his rise in national team as well, as he collected eight caps in 2010 World Cup Qualifiers.
After the 2008–09 season had finished he was linked with German side Werder Bremen, but the €12m offer was rejected by Dinamo Zagreb board who were of opinion that Mandžukić's price was at least €15m. He started the 2009–10 season by scoring a goal in Champions League Play-Off match against Red Bull Salzburg. Mandžukić received red card in the last minutes of the game. After he told the referee that he got hit by the bottle that somebody threw from the stands, he gave him his second yellow card and ruled him out of the game. On 17 September 2009, after Dinamo lost 2–0 at home to Anderlecht in Europa League, Mandžukić was controversially fined €100k after being accused for poor performance. It was the first time in the history of the club that the player was financially fined. On 20 September, Mandžukić captained Dinamo to a 6–0 victory against Rijeka in Prva HNL. In a post–match interview Mandžukić rejected any speculations about him leaving the club after the fine, stating that it was his childhood dream to captain Dinamo side and that he tends to give his best in any match he plays for the club. During that season he ha s appeared in 24 league matches, scoring 14 goals. He appeared in five Europa League matches as well.
VfL Wolfsburg 
On 14 July 2010, Mandžukić signed for VfL Wolfsburg for a fee believed to be around 7 million euros. Upon his arrival, in the first half of the 2010–11 season, he played regularly but mostly coming on as an substitute. At the time, he was mostly used as left winger under the coach Steve McClaren, who played with only one striker and that was Edin Džeko. Things changed for Mandžukić after departure of Edin Džeko. Upon arrival of Felix Magath, Mandžukić finally got his natural position as striker and scored his first Bundesliga goal under Magath on Matchday 26 against 1. FC Nuremberg. In the last seven season matches he scored eight goals, two of which came in the last match of the season against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and were crucial for club as they avoided relegation. In his second season in Wolfsburg, he was a regular starter in Bundesliga and was the club's top goalscorer with 12 goals in Bundesliga. In two years at Wolfsburg, he scored 20 times in 56 appearances during the tenures of managers Steve McClaren and Felix Magath. He was one of Wolfsburg's best players during his stay and quickly became a fan favourite thanks to his goalscoring ability and his attitude.
FC Bayern Munich 
On 26 June 2012, Mandžukić signed a contract with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, pending a medical test, subsequent to his strong performance at the 2012 Euro Championships held jointly in Ukraine and Poland, and because of his terrific form for VfL Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. On 27 June the transfer was announced by Bayern Munich. The fee was undisclosed. On 24 July 2012, Mandžukić made his debut for Bayern Munich in a 6–0 win against Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan F.C. scoring his first goal in this friendly match, making the score 5–0 in the 79th minute. On 12 August 2012, he scored his first goal in an official game against Borussia Dortmund, in the 6th minute, and helped his team to win the German Supercup. He scored his first league goal for Bayern against Greuther Fürth on matchday one and added another one the next matchday in a 6–1 win against VfB Stuttgart. He went on to score twice against his former club VfL Wolfsburg. Mandžukić then added four more goals in five more Bundesliga matches, taking his tally to nine goals in 11 matches in the German top tier. After the Bundesliga winter break, Mandžukić continued with his goal scoring activity, netting three more goals in first two games, against Greuther Fürth and VfB Stuttgart. He scored another brace against 1. FSV Mainz 05.
National team 
After putting together a string of solid performances in the 2007–08 Prva HNL, as well as in Dinamo's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup matches, he earned a call–up to the Croatian national team, for which he debuted in a game against Macedonia on 17 November 2007. On 10 September 2008, he scored his first ever goal for Croatia in a 4–1 loss against England. He scored twice in Croatia's opening game of Euro 2012 against Republic of Ireland. He also scored against Italy in the following group game. He was co-top scorer of the tournament, with three goals. He opened the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification by providing two assists in the first two matches, against Macedonia in Zagreb and against Belgium in Bruxelles. He scored his first goal of the campaign against Wales in Osijek. Mandžukić added another goal to his tally in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification in a match against Serbia giving Croatia 1-0 lead.
International goals 
|1.||10 September 2008||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||England||
||2010 World Cup Qualifying|
|2.||12 October 2010||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Norway||
|3.||3 June 2011||Poljud Stadium, Split, Croatia||Georgia||
||Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|4.||11 October 2011||Stadion Kantrida, Rijeka, Croatia||Latvia||
||Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|5.||11 November 2011||Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||
||Euro 2012 Qualifying|
|6.||10 June 2012||Municipal Stadium, Poznań, Poland||Republic of Ireland||
||UEFA Euro 2012|
|8.||14 June 2012||Municipal Stadium, Poznań, Poland||Italy||
||UEFA Euro 2012|
|9.||16 October 2012||Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia||Wales||
||2014 World Cup qualifying|
|10.||6 February 2013||Craven Cottage, London, England||South Korea||
|11.||22 March 2013||Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia||Serbia||
||2014 World Cup qualifying|
- Croatian First League top goalscorer: 2008–09
- Best Player of the Croatian First League: 2008–09
- UEFA Euro Co-Top Scorer: 2012
- Croatian Footballer of the Year: 2012
Career statistics 
- As of 18 May 2013
* Doesn't include one goal in DFL Supercup
- "Mario Mandzukic / Forward". FC Bayern Munchen AG. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "Top scorers". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Mandzukic Fußballer des Jahres". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Dinamo act quickly to replace Eduardo". UEFA.com. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
- "Mandžukića igrači trebaju šamarati zbog njegovog seljačkog ponašanja!". Milan Stjelja (in Croatian) (Sportske novosti). 18 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "Ne želi o kaznama: 'Samo se nadam da će reakcija igrača biti pozitivna!". Davorin Olivari (in Croatian) (Sportske novosti). 19 September 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
- "Keine Verlängerung mit Mandzukic" (in German). kicker.de. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- "New Bayern Munich signing Mandzukic: It is great to be here". goal.com. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Terms agreed for Croatia striker Mandzukic". FC Bayern Munich. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- "Euro 2012: Republic of Ireland 1–3 Croatia". UEFA. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
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