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 16:36, 7 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Mario Mandžukić (pronounced [mârjo mǎnd͡ʒukit͡ɕ]; born 21 May 1986) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a striker for Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga and for the Croatian national team. Besides being a prolific striker, Mandžukić is known for his great defensive work and off-the-ball play.
He started his career in his hometown club Marsonia from where he moved to two Croatian capital city football clubs, first joining NK Zagreb and then signing with Dinamo Zagreb in 2007, where he was Prva HNL top goalscorer in 2008–09 season. His prolific scoring earned him a transfer to VfL Wolfsburg in 2010. After some impressive performances at UEFA Euro 2012, where he was joint top scorer with three goals, he was signed by German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
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 NK 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 much interest from other clubs, such as Chelsea and Manchester United.
In the summer of 2007, Mandžukić was bought by the Croatian powerhouse Dinamo Zagreb for €1.3 million as a replacement for their Arsenal-bound star striker Eduardo. 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's 2–3 away win, as Dinamo qualified for the 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 poor discipline record, collecting eight yellow cards.
He started the 2008–09 season with two goals against Linfield in a qualifier for the UEFA Cup. 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 the season's UEFA Cup. This was the season of his rise in the Croatian national team as well, as he collected eight caps in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. After the 2008–09 season had finished, he was linked with German side Werder Bremen, but the €12 million offer was rejected by the Dinamo board, who were of opinion that Mandžukić's worth was at least €15 million. He started the 2009–10 season by scoring a goal in a 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 €100,000 after being accused for poor performance. It was the first time in the history of the club that a player was financially fined. On 20 September, Mandžukić captained Dinamo to a 6–0 victory against HNK 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 appeared in 24 league matches, scoring 14 goals. He appeared in five Europa League matches as well.
On 14 July 2010, Mandžukić signed for VfL Wolfsburg for a fee believed to be around €7 million. 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 coach Steve McClaren, who played with only one striker, Edin Džeko. Things changed for Mandžukić, however, after the departure of Džeko to Manchester City in January 2011. Mandžukić scored his first Bundesliga goal for Wolfsburg on Matchday 26 against 1. FC Nürnberg under interim manager Pierre Littbarski. Upon the arrival of manager Felix Magath, Mandžukić was played in his natural position as striker. In the last seven matches of the domestic season, he scored eight goals, two of which came in the last match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, and were crucial for the club as they avoided relegation. In his second season in Wolfsburg, he became a regular starter in the Bundesliga and was the club's top goalscorer with 12 goals. In his two years at Wolfsburg, he scored 20 times in 56 appearances, establishing himself as one of Wolfsburg's best players during his stay and quickly becoming a fan favourite due to his goalscoring ability and attitude.
On 26 June 2012, Mandžukić signed a contract with Bundesliga club Bayern Munich for a transfer fee of €13 million, pending a medical test, subsequent to his strong performance at UEFA Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and because of his terrific form for Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga. On 27 June, the transfer was officially announced by Bayern. The fee was undisclosed.
On 24 July 2012, Mandžukić made his debut for Bayern in a 6–0 win against Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan, scoring the fifth goal in the friendly match in the 79th minute. On 12 August, he scored his first goal in an official game against reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in the sixth minute, helping his team 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 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 Stuttgart. He scored another brace against 1. FSV Mainz 05. He finished his first Bundesliga season with Bayern as the club's top goalscorer, netting a total of 15 goals in 24 matches and having a major impact in winning the Bundesliga title. He scored his first Champions League goal of the season in the Round of 16 match against Arsenal. He netted another one in the quarter-final match against Juventus in Turin, giving Bayern the 0–1 away lead. On 25 May, Bayern faced Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final and Mandžukić scored the first goal of the match, giving Bayern a 1–0 lead in 60th minute. Bayern went on to win the match 2–1 after a late goal from Arjen Robben. With this goal, Mandžukić became the first Croat to score in a Champions League final game and it circled a highly successful first season for him in Munich, as the club completed a treble-winning season, claiming the Bundesliga, Champions League, and German Cup, as well as the UEFA Super Cup at the start of the campaign.
Mandžukić first began the season slowly, having small issues adjusting to new Bayern coach Pep Guardiola's system. Guardiola changed Bayern's formation from the 4-2-3-1 they had used previously under Jupp Heynckes to a new 4-1-4-1 style. While it took a bit of time to adjust, Mandžukić regained his form nonetheless in time for league play. He opened the new season in the Bundesliga by scoring two goals in two league appearances. Against CSKA Moscow, Mandžukić scored the second goal in a 3–0 victory.
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.
His influence in the national team increased during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. His first goal of the campaign came in June 2011, when he scored an equalizer against Georgia at the Stadion Poljud. He added another header against Latvia in the last match of the qualifiers. With Croatia finishing second in their group, they had to face Turkey in the Euro 2012 play-offs. In the first match played in Istanbul, Croatia stunned the home fans by winning 0–3, with Mandžukić scoring the second goal from a header in the 32nd minute of the match.
Mandžukić was one of two of manager Slaven Bilić's first choice strikers for Croatia at UEFA Euro 2012, being paired up with the Everton striker Nikica Jelavić. He scored twice in Croatia's opening game of the Euro against the Republic of Ireland. He also scored against Italy in the following group game. He was the joint-top scorer of the tournament with three goals alongside Mario Balotelli, Fernando Torres, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alan Dzagoev, and future Bayern teammate Mario Gómez.
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 Brussels. 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 a 1–0 lead. He also scored in the second match between the two sides for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.
- As of 10 December 2013
* Stands for DFL Supercup
|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||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Serbia||
||2014 World Cup qualifying|
|12.||6 September 2013||Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia||Serbia||
||2014 World Cup qualifying|
|13.||19 November 2013||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Iceland||
||2014 World Cup play-off|
- Bundesliga: 2012–13
- DFB-Pokal: 2012–13
- DFL-Supercup: 2012
- UEFA Champions League: 2012–13
- UEFA Super Cup: 2013
- 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
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