Mato Jajalo

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Mato Jajalo
Jajalo in 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-05-25) 25 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Jajce, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 8
Youth career
1993–1999 DJK Eiche Offenbach
1999–2007 Slaven Belupo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Slaven Belupo 62 (8)
2009–2011 Siena 25 (0)
2010–2011 1. FC Köln (loan) 30 (2)
2011–2014 1. FC Köln 58 (3)
2014 FK Sarajevo (loan) 9 (0)
2014– Rijeka 14 (1)
National team
2007–2008 Croatia U20 7 (1)
2007–2010 Croatia U21 21 (4)
2014– Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 November 2014

Mato Jajalo (born 25 May 1988) is a Bosnian-born Croatian footballer, currently playing for Rijeka.

Early years[edit]

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.[1]

Club career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] In June 2011, he signed a contract making him Köln player on a permanent basis.[4]

International Career[edit]

Jajalo has represented Croatia under various youth levels and was a member and a captain of the Croatian national under-21 team.


  1. ^ "Mato Jajalo: Traum vom Fußballprofi gab's nicht" [Mato Jajalo: There was no dream of being a professional footballer] (in German). Kölnische Rundschau. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Rupnik, Borna (1 June 2009). "Jajalo ipak otišao u Italiju". (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Vlahović, Nikola (2 July 2010). "Soldo potpisao Jajala". (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Rupnik, Borna (18 June 2011). "Jajalo: Potpisat ću u ponedjeljak". (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 September 2011. 

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