|Full name||Mate Bilić|
|Date of birth||23 October 1980|
|Place of birth||Split, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||RNK Split|
|1999||→ Mosor (loan)|
|2002–2003||→ Almería (loan)||31||(9)|
|2003–2004||→ Sporting Gijón (loan)||41||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
During his professional career he played mainly in Spain – where he arrived at the age of 21 – representing five different clubs. He amassed La Liga totals of 124 games and 22 goals over the course of five seasons in representation of Sporting de Gijón and Zaragoza, adding 197/66 in Segunda División.
Born in Split, Croatia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Bilić began his professional career in 1997 at hometown club HNK Hajduk Split, and went on to establish himself as a regular during the 1999–2000 season, after a season-long loan spell with NK Mosor in the Croatian second division. In two seasons combined he scored 15 league goals for Hajduk, including nine in 2000–01 as the club won its fourth national championship title.
At the end of August 2001 Bilić transferred to La Liga side Real Zaragoza, but failed to impress as he only netted once in 18 league appearances. Between 2002 and 2006 he would represent, one season each, UD Almería, Sporting de Gijón, Córdoba CF and UE Lleida (all clubs playing in the second level).
In June 2006, Bilić signed with Austrian Bundesliga's SK Rapid Wien. However, in January 2008, he returned to Spain and Gijón, helping the Asturian side return to the top flight after a ten-year absence (despite playing in roughly only half of the games, he scored ten goals).
On 13 September 2008 Bilić scored a sour hat-trick at Sevilla FC, as Sporting was eventually downed 3–4. During the campaign he again formed an effective offensive partnership with David Barral, with the pair combining 22 league goals for an eventual retaining of the club's league status; in the following years he was much more sparingly used, only netting one official goal in the 2010–11 campaign, in the Copa del Rey against RCD Mallorca (2–2 home draw, 3–5 aggregate loss).
Between 1996 and 2001 Bilić won a total of 16 international caps for the Croatian under-17, under-19 and under-21 national teams, scoring six goals. However, he was also eligible to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina before making his full international debut for Croatia, as his parents hailed from Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatia head coach Slaven Bilić first called his namesake for a friendly game against Romania on 11 February 2009, but he did not feature in that match. He eventually made his full international debut on 14 October 2009, in the nation's final 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in Astana, coming on as a substitute for Mario Mandžukić in the 63rd minute; Croatia won the game 2–1, but failed to reach the play-offs after finishing third in their group.
On 14 November 2009 Bilić scored his first international goals, in a friendly with Liechtenstein in Vinkovci, helping to a final 5–0 success: the first of his two came only 42 seconds after kick-off and is currently the fastest goal ever scored by the Croatian national football team. On 19 May 2010, in another exhibition game, against Austria in Klagenfurt, he replaced Mladen Petrić at the hour-mark and netted the only goal of the match in the 86th minute.
|1–2||14 November 2009||Cibalia, Vinkovci||Liechtenstein||
|3||19 May 2010||Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt||Austria||
- Sevilla FC 4–3 Sporting Gijon; ESPN Soccernet, 13 September 2008
- Nsue domeña el sueño copero del Sporting (Nsue takes over Sporting Cup dream); Marca, 11 November 2010 (Spanish)
- Bilić, eligible for Bosnia (Croatian)
- Napunjena mreža Lihtenštajna; Sportnet, 14 November 2009 (Croatian)
- Produžen savršen skor s Austrijom; Sportnet, 19 May 2010 (Croatian)
- Sporting Gijón official profile (Spanish)
- Bundesliga stats at Fussballdaten (German)
- BDFutbol profile
- National team data
- Mate Bilić at National-Football-Teams.com
- Worldfootball profile
- Mate Bilić at ESPN FC
- Transfermarkt profile