Milan Badelj

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Milan Badelj
Milan Badelj 2013.jpg
Badelj with Hamburger SV in 2013
Personal information
Full name Milan Badelj[1]
Date of birth (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 14
Youth career
1995–2002 Ponikve
2002–2005 NK Zagreb
2005–2007 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Dinamo Zagreb 113 (25)
2007–2008 Lokomotiva (loan) 28 (7)
2012– Hamburger SV 60 (2)
National team
2004 Croatia U16 1 (0)
2004–2005 Croatia U17 28 (2)
2005–2006 Croatia U18 5 (0)
2006–2008 Croatia U19 13 (0)
2009 Croatia U20 2 (0)
2008–2010 Croatia U21 14 (0)
2010– Croatia 9 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2013

Milan Badelj (pronounced [baːdêʎ]; born 25 February 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga.

Club career[edit]

Milan Badelj signed for Dinamo Zagreb as a 17-year old in 2007, just after he was snapped up from the youth system of Dinamo Zagreb's city rival, NK Zagreb. For the 2007–08 season, he was sent on loan to Dinamo Zagreb's affiliate Lokomotiva to gain first–team experience at the senior level. He played in 28 matches and scored seven goals in Lokomotiva's Treća HNL East title–winning campaign.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

At an early age he was already spotted as possible replacement for Luka Modrić, a key figure in the club's first–team squad that was transferred to Tottenham Hotspur in 2008.[2]

In 2008, he joined the first team and immediately established himself as an important player. He made his senior debut for Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League qualifier against Linfield F.C. He made his domestic debut for Dinamo Zagreb in the opening match of the 2008–09 season against HNK Rijeka, scoring the first goal in 2–0 victory. He finished his first season with Dinamo with 31 domestic appearances and 12 UEFA Cup appearances.[citation needed]

He continued to impress at his young age, establishing himself as a first–team regular for the 2009–10 season. In March 2011, he scored a goal in a 2–0 victory in the derby match against great rivals Hajduk Split. Badelj continued with impressive performances in the 2010–11 season as well, wearing the captain's armband in some matches as well.

In the 2011–12 season, he was one of the main players in Dinamo Zagreb squad that reached the UEFA Champions League group stage, for the first time after 12 years. He appeared in all six of Dinamo Zagreb games in group stage against Real Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais and AFC Ajax.

In his final game at the Maksimir for Dinamo in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Badelj scored an own goal giving Maribor an equaliser in the first leg match in Zagreb. However the midfielder got the winning goal at the other end in the second half.

Hamburger SV[edit]

He joined Hamburger SV in August 2012, for an undisclosed fee of 3.5 million euros (according to the Croatian media).[citation needed] He made his Bundesliga debut soon after joining the club, in match against SV Werder Bremen. He immediately established himself as the first team regular starter, playing in the position of deep-lying playmaker. Badelj scored his first Bundesliga goal against FC Schalke 04 on November 2012.

National team[edit]

Badelj earned 63 caps during his time in the Croatian youth ranks, nine of which came in the UEFA U21 Championship where he was very impressive. He was often called up to the first team but usually sat the whole game on the bench. He made his competitive debut in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Malta in which he scored a goal. He was a part of the Croatia team on Euro 2012, but failed to make an appearance. He was a part of Croatia national team for the FIFA World Cup 2014, being selected after Ivan Močinić's injury.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo
Lokomotiva

Individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014[3]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Lokomotiva Treća HNL 28 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 7
2008–09 Dinamo Zagreb Prva HNL 31 4 7 1 0 0 12 1 50 6
2009–10 27 11 2 1 0 0 11 2 40 14
2010–11 29 6 8 3 0 0 11 0 48 9
2011–12 24 3 6 2 0 0 12 1 42 6
2012–13 2 1 0 0 0 0 6 1 8 2
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2012–13 Hamburger SV Bundesliga 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 1
2013–14 29 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
Career total 201 34 27 7 0 0 52 5 280 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Milan Badelj – Modrićev nasljednik" (in Croatian). nogometni-magazin.com. Retrieved 13 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Badelj, Milan" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 

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