Marin with Werder Bremen in 2009.
|Full name||Marko Marin|
|Date of birth||13 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Bosanska Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Sevilla (loan from Chelsea)|
|–1996||SG 01 Hoechst|
|2006–2007||Borussia Mönchengladbach II||16||(3)|
|2013–||→ Sevilla (loan)||12||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Marin previously played for Bundesliga clubs Borussia Mönchengladbach and Werder Bremen. He is known for his acceleration, dribbling, agility, creativity, versatility, technical ability and as an assist-maker.
Marin was born in Bosanska Gradiška, SFR Yugoslavia to Bosnian Serb parents, mother Borka and father Ranko. Marin was only two years old when the family moved to Germany in 1991 due to his mother's job. Growing up in Frankfurt, Marin began playing football with local clubs. His childhood football idol was Dejan Savićević, and favourite club Red Star Belgrade.
In 2005, he moved to the Borussia Mönchengladbach youth academy. After a year at Mönchengladbach's academy, he was promoted to the reserve team; he was offered a three-year contract which he signed and later went on to make his professional debut with the club on 31 March 2007 against Eintracht Frankfurt. On 9 August 2008, Marin scored a hat-trick within the first 16 minutes of Mönchengladbach's 8–1 thrashing of seventh division club VfB Fichte Bielefeld in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
On 24 June 2009, Marin was sold for €8.2 million from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Werder Bremen. He was a part of Bremen's thrilling attack comprising Aaron Hunt and Mesut Özil, which lit up the Weserstadion. In the 2010–11 season, he showed his quality, scoring four league goals and providing 11 assists.
Following the departure of Özil to Real Madrid in August 2010, however, Marin's form dropped noticeably, as he notched only one goal and five assists during Bremen's 2011–12 Bundesliga campaign. Marin did show his skill in Bremen's eight goal thriller against SC Freiburg on 20 August 2011. He provided assists for Claudio Pizarro, Marko Arnautović and Wesley as Bremen secured a 5–3 triumph.
Marin's only goal of the Bundesliga campaign came on 18 February 2012, when he opened the scoring in the ninth minute of a 3–1 derby victory over Hamburger SV at the Imtech Arena. In Marin's final game for Bremen, he provided the telling ball for Markus Rosenberg's goal, but this was not enough as his side succumbed to a 4–1 away defeat to VfB Stuttgart on 13 April. Marin ended his time with the Bremen club after scoring eight goals in 87 Bundesliga appearances.
On 28 April 2012, Marin agreed a deal with English Premier League club Chelsea. Marin later revealed that he joined Chelsea for the prospect of a new challenge. He indicated that moving to London was a dream come true and he would officially join the Blues as their first summer signing once the transfer window officially opened on 1 July. He signed a five-year deal with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2017. Marko Marin was given the number 21 shirt, previously worn by Salomon Kalou, who left Chelsea for Lille OSC. Soon after he joined, in keeping with the Chelsea traditions, he sang a song on karaoke in front of the squad, choosing Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart. On 18 July, Marin made his debut for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC, scoring Chelsea's third goal in a 4–2 win. Marin missed the Community Shield with a hamstring injury.
Marin made his competitive debut for Chelsea in a League Cup match against Wolves on 25 September, coming on as a substitute as Chelsea cruised to a 6–0 victory. He made his Premier League debut on 28 November, replacing Eden Hazard in the 82nd minute of a 0–0 draw in the West London derby at home to Fulham. On 2 January 2013, Marin made his first start for Chelsea in a 0–1 loss to local rivals Queens Park Rangers. On 9 February 2013, Marin scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea, coming on in the 91st minute and scoring on his first touch with a header in the 92nd minute; as a substitute in a 4–1 home victory over Wigan Athletic.
Loan to Sevilla
On 28 June 2013, Chelsea confirmed that they had reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Marin to Sevilla FC, subject to the completion of legal documentation and a medical. Marin scored his first goal for Sevilla in a 3–1 friendly win over Manchester United during Rio Ferdinand's testimonial. He netted two goals in Sevilla's first-leg Europa League play-off tie against Śląsk Wrocław, a 4–1 home win on 22 August.
In 2007, Marin also received a call up to his under-21 national squad and has since played on nine occasions. On 16 May 2008, it was announced that Marin would be included in senior squad coach Joachim Löw's provisional 26-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008; he did not, however, make the final 23. He made his debut on 27 May 2008 in a 2–2 draw against Belarus. Marin entered the game as a half-time substitution for Bastian Schweinsteiger. He was eventually cut from the final squad on 28 May 2008.
In the same year, on 20 August, he made his second appearance for Germany and scored his first goal in a friendly match against Belgium. Marin is a German under-21 international football player, also picked for the European team in the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup.
Marin was included in Germany's provisional squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa announced in May 2010, and following a string of impressive performances in warm-up games (most of which he played as a substitute), was named in the final 23-man squad. He would go on to play twice at the World Cup in South Africa, both as a substitute in Germany's 4–0 win over Australia and in the subsequent 1–0 loss to Serbia. After disappointing performances, however, notably in the game against Serbia, Marin was not selected for any more games in the tournament, as Germany placed third in the tournament.
- As of 9 March 2014
|Club Performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Other||Total|
|Borussia Mönchengladbach II||Regionalliga Nord||2006–07||16||3||—||—||—||—||16||3|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||—||Europe||Other||Total|
|1||20 August 2008||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Belgium||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
- Borussia Mönchengladbach
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship: 2009
- FIFA World Cup: Third place – Bronze medal (2010)
- Fritz-Walter-Medal 2006 in Silver (Category U17)
- Fritz-Walter-Medal 2008 in Gold (Category U19)
- "FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 presented by TOYOTA – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). p. 3. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- "Player Profile: Marko Marin". Premier League. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- "Joachim Low considering Marko Marin". Goal. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
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- "Marin: Nikada me nisu zvali da igram za BiH" [Marin: They never called me to play for BiH] (in Serbo-Croatian). ljiljan.ba. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
- "Nikad me nisu zvali da igram za reprezentaciju BiH" (in Serbo-Croatian). sarajevo-x.com. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010.
- "VfB Fichte B 1 – 8 M'gladbach". ESPN Soccernet. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
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- "Marin to know". ST. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- "Marko Marin". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Werder Bremen 5–3 SC Freiburg". ESPN Soccernet. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Bremen win eight-goal thriller, Dortmund back to winning ways". bundesliga.de. 20 August 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Hamburg SV 1–3 Werder Bremen". ESPN Soccernet. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Stuttgart thrash sorry Bremen". ESPN Soccernet. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- Scott, Matt (29 April 2012). "Marin reveals he snubbed Tottenham in order to secure 'dream' Chelsea move". Goal. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
- "Marko Marin to join Chelsea from Werder Bremen". BBC Sport. 28 April 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
- Holden, Kit (1 May 2012). "Marko Marin is a ridiculous signing by Chelsea". The Independent. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "NEW SQUAD NUMBERS ANNOUNCED". Chelsea FC. 12 July 2012.
- "Injured Marin misses out as Chelsea face Manchester City in Community Shield". Daily Mail. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- "Ruthless Blues hammer Wolves". ESPNFC. 25 September 2012.
- "Chelsea 0-0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- "Is this what Chelsea fans have been waiting for? Marin launches into horror challenge... just four minutes into his first league start, and SIX MONTHS after joining for £7m". 2 January 2012.
- "Chelsea 4-1 Wigan". 9 February 2012.
- "MARIN LOAN AGREED". Chelsea FC. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
- "Sevilla 4-1 Śląsk". UEFA. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
- "Marin left out of Germany squad". BBC Sport. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2008.
- "Europe's Meridian squad selected". UEFA. 21 February 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- "U 21 Men Team". dfb.de. 5 February 2008. Retrieved 27 May 2008.
- "Marko Marin". ESPN Soccernet. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Marko Marin.|
- Official website (German)
- Profile at Chelsea website
- Profile at Transfermarkt
- Profile at ESPN
- Marko Marin at fussballdaten.de (German)
- 2010 FIFA World Cup profile
- Marko Marin at National-Football-Teams.com