Maleš in 2013
|Date of birth||11 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2008–2010||→ NK Lokomotiva Zagreb (loan)||26||(0)|
|2010–2013||NK Lokomotiva Zagreb||38||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ NK Zagreb (loan)||23||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Maleš started his football career with HNK Šibenik, debuting for the first team as a cadet in the 2005/2006 season, on 4 August 2006 against GNK Dinamo Zagreb. His teammates in HNK Šibenik were Ante Rukavina and Gordon Schildenfeld.
Hajduk Split brought him to their youth system in 2007. He was all set to sign his first professional contract in February 2008, after a tournament in Hong Kong in which he played for the Hajduk Split first team, but he decided to sign a 5-years deal with Dinamo Zagreb instead. Because of that, he was eligible to play the first league football for Dinamo until June 15, 2008.
After only two matches for his new team at the beginning of the 2008/2009 season, he was loaned to NK Lokomotiva where he remained ever since. In the summer of 2010, his contract with Dinamo was cancelled and he signed a full-time contract with Lokomotiva. Mostly a substitute, he was loaned in August 2011 to NK Zagreb for a year.
In 2006, Mate Maleš was selected for the national under-21 team, but despite being a regular U19 player, he never got a cap for the U21s. However, he has been called up to the Croatia squad and was in the squad for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying match against Iceland, on November 19, 2013.
- "Player Statistics". Transfermarkt.
- "Kovac calls up uncapped Males for Iceland play-off". Eurosport. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
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