Mario Stanić

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Mario Stanić
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Personal information
Date of birth (1972-04-10) 10 April 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Forward
Youth career
Željezničar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Željezničar 63 (12)
1992–1993 Croatia Zagreb 26 (11)
1993–1994 Sporting Gijón 34 (7)
1994–1995 Benfica 14 (5)
1995–1996 Club Brugge 37 (27)
1996–2000 Parma 77 (19)
2000–2004 Chelsea 59 (7)
Total 310 (88)
National team
1991 Yugoslavia 2 (0)
1993 Croatia U21 2 (1)
1995–2003 Croatia 49 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mario Stanić (born 10 April 1972) is a former Bosnian-born Croatian football player. Being a versatile offensive player, he was no stranger to any forward or attacking midfield position, and was even deployed as a wing-back in the national team.

Club career[edit]

Stanić started his career with Željezničar Sarajevo. He was considered to be one of the most talented young players in former Yugoslavia. In 1992, war began and Stanić moved to Croatia, where he played for Croatia Zagreb. After only one season, he moved to Spanish Sporting de Gijón, and year later to S.L. Benfica in Portugal. In 1995, he arrived at Club Brugge and was top scorer of the Belgian First Division that year with 20 goals. Then Parma bought him in late 1996 and he played four seasons with that side.

Chelsea[edit]

Stanić joined Chelsea on a £5.6 million transfer in June 2000. He became Vialli's third signing, after Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eiður Guðjohnsen.[1] Stanić made his league debut in a 4–2 home win against West Ham United in August 2000, where he scored a brace, one of them a strike from 35 yards.[2] The goal was later nominated for the Goal of the Season on BBC's Match of the Day programme.[3]

International career[edit]

He won 49 international caps and scored seven goals for the Croatian national team between 1995 and 2003, making his international debut in a Euro 1996 qualifier against Estonia in September 1995. He made three appearances for Croatia at the Euro 1996 finals in England and went on to appear in all of the team's seven matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, where they won the bronze medal. At the latter tournament, he scored Croatia's first-ever World Cup goal in their opening 3-1 victory over Jamaica and assisted in Robert Jarni's opening goal in their 3-0 victory over Germany in the quarterfinals. Stanić also made two appearances for Croatia at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals as a second-half substitute, only to see Croatia fall short of qualifying for the second round of the tournament. His last international appearance came in April 2003 as a half-time substitute in a friendly match against Sweden.

He was forced to retire at the age of 32 after developing a serious knee injury during the 2003-04 league season.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 April 1996 Gradski vrt, Osijek  Hungary 4 – 1 4 – 1 Friendly
2–3 22 April 1998 Gradski vrt, Osijek  Poland 2 – 0 4 – 1 Friendly
3 – 0
4 14 June 1998 Félix-Bollaert, Lens  Jamaica 1 – 0 3 – 1 World Cup 1998
5 21 August 1999 Maksimir, Zagreb  Malta 1 – 0 2 – 1 Euro 2000 Qualifying
6 9 October 1999 Maksimir, Zagreb Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia 2 – 2 2 – 2 Euro 2000 Qualifying
7 26 April 2000 Ernst Happel, Vienna  Austria 2 – 1 2 – 1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club Brugge
Parma
Chelsea

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chelsea sign Croatian star". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 28 June 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Stanic brace sinks Hammers". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 August 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Super Mario arrives". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 May 2001. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

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