Jajalo in 2010
|Date of birth||25 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Jajce, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1993–1999||DJK Eiche Offenbach|
|2010–2011||→ 1. FC Köln (loan)||30||(2)|
|2011–2014||1. FC Köln||58||(3)|
|2014||→ FK Sarajevo (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Due to the upcoming war in then Yugoslavia, his family fled to Germany in 1990 when he was just two and a half years old. There he grew up in Offenbach and started playing football at local DJK Eiche Offenbach. When he was eleven years old, the family moved back to the Balkans, settling down close to Koprivnica in Croatia.
Jajalo rose through the ranks of Slaven Belupo and has become a starter and key player in the 2006–07 campaign, thus far scoring four goals in 18 appearances. On 1 June 2009, Jajalo was transferred to A.C. Siena for an undisclosed fee. Since October, Jajalo had established himself into the starting lineup at Siena. In July 2010, Siena agreed on a one-year loan deal with 1. FC Köln with a clause in which the German club can buy out his contract. In June 2011, he signed a contract making him Köln player on a permanent basis.
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