Miljenko Mumlek

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Miljenko Mumlek
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-11-21) 21 November 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Varaždin, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1999 Varteks 207 (52)
1999–2000 Dinamo Zagreb 9 (5)
2000–2003 Varteks 51 (11)
2003–2005 Standard Liège 33 (2)
2005–2007 Slaven Belupo 48 (12)
2007–2010 Varteks 83 (27)
National team
1993 Croatia U21 1 (0)
1999 Croatia B 1 (0)
1994–2003 Croatia 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 February 2003

Miljenko Mumlek (born 21 November 1972 in Varaždin) is a retired Croatian football midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Born in Varaždin, Mumlek started his professional career in his hometown with Varteks Varaždin in early 1992 and went on to establish himself as one of the club's key players during the 1990s. In the 1998-99 season, he was an important part of the Varteks team that reached the quarter-finals of the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, appearing in all of the six matches played by the team in the competition that season, as well as scoring three goals in the two matches against SC Heerenveen in the second round of the competition. After grabbing a 5-4 aggregate win against the Dutch side in the extra time of the second leg at home in Varaždin, Varteks faced RCD Mallorca in the quarter-finals, losing the return leg 3-1 after a goalless draw at home in the first leg.

In the summer of 1999, Mumlek left Varteks for Dinamo Zagreb (then known as Croatia Zagreb) and went on to make four appearances for the club in the UEFA Champions League group stage, appearing in both home and away fixtures against Manchester United and Olympique de Marseille before Dinamo were knocked out of the competition after finishing 4th out of 4 teams in their group, one point behind the 3rd-place Sturm Graz. Mumlek made just nine appearances for Dinamo in the Croatian First League and went on to return to Varteks in January 2000, staying with the club until August 2003, when he moved to Belgian side Standard Liège, which was the only time during his career that he had played his club football outside of Croatia.

After spending two seasons with the Belgian side, he returned to Croatia in July 2005 and signed with Slaven Belupo. In June 2007, he returned to Varteks for his third spell with the club.[1]

In June 2010, he was one of the players arrested under allegations of being involved in match fixing in the Croatian top flight during the 2009-10 season. According to the club's chairman, he had been in negotiations to sign a one-year contract extension with Varteks at the time.[2] He remained in custody until 16 July 2010.[3] After that, the Croatian Football Federation allowed him to return to training and play in competitive matches. However, as his contract with Varteks (meanwhile renamed NK Varaždin) expired on 30 June 2010, he is currently without a club. NK Varaždin stated that they will wait whether or not there will be any legal action taken against him before possibly considering to offer him a new contract.[4]

On 13 December 2011 the player was sentenced to 7 months of prison due to his involvement in match fixing.[1]

International career[edit]

Mumlek made his international debut with the Croatian national under-21 football team, making his only appearance for the team in a friendly match against Slovenia on 17 March 1993 in Varaždin. Later, he also occasionally played for the Croatian national football team. He won a total of 8 full international caps and scored one goal for the national team, although all of his international appearances came in friendly matches.

He made his full international debut on 20 April 1994 in a 4-1 defeat for Croatia against Slovakia in Bratislava, coming on as a half-time substitute for Dean Računica. In his second international appearance, against Israel in Tel Aviv on 17 August 1994, he scored the final goal in a 4-0 win for Croatia. His third international appearance came in 1997 at the Kirin Cup, a minor international tournament in Japan, where he appeared as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Turkey.

Following the Kirin Cup tournament, he remained uncapped for over four years, apart from appearing for Croatia B in a friendly match against France on 19 January 1999. In November 2001, he made his comeback to the full international side during a two-match tour in South Korea, where he appeared in both of Croatia's friendlies against the home side. After that, he won another three international caps, with his final international appearance coming on 12 February 2003 in a goalless draw against Poland in Split.

International goal[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01 17 August 1994 Tel Aviv, Israel  Israel
0 – 4
0 – 4
Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistika: Miljenko Mumlek" (in Croatian). Hrvatska nogometna liga. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Predsjednik NK Varteksa: Kapetan Mumlek nas je izdao!" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  3. ^ "I Mumlek, Balajić te Surać iz Remetinca pušteni na slobodu" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Mumlek smije na trening, ali Varteks ga ne želi!" (in Croatian). Sportal.hr. 2010-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 

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