Mladen Petrić

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Mladen Petrić
Mladen Petric.jpg
Petrić at practice with Hamburg in 2009
Personal information
Full name Mladen Petrić
Date of birth (1981-01-01) 1 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Brčko, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Panathinaikos
Number 33
Youth career
1986–1996 FC Neuenhof
1996–1998 FC Baden
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 FC Baden 22 (4)
1999–2004 Grasshopper 114 (30)
2004–2007 FC Basel 72 (38)
2007–2008 Borussia Dortmund 29 (13)
2008–2012 Hamburger SV 99 (38)
2012–2013 Fulham 23 (5)
2013–2014 West Ham United 3 (0)
2014– Panathinaikos 10 (2)
National team
2001–2013 Croatia 45 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 February 2013

Mladen Petrić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈmladɛn ˈpɛːtrit͡ɕ][lacks tonal diacritics]; born 1 January 1981) is a Croatian international footballer who plays for Greek club Panathinaikos. He also holds Swiss citizenship. He has previously played for Grasshopper, Basel, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, Fulham and West Ham United and for the Croatian national team.

Early life[edit]

Born in Dubrave village near Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. Petrić moved with his family to Vinkovci and then later to Neuenhof, Switzerland, where he started to play football at the local club FC Neuenhof before moving to FC Baden and starting his professional career at the club in the summer of 1998. He left Baden after one season and went on to sign with Grasshopper Club Zürich in the summer of 1999.

Club career[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

At club level, Petrić spent five seasons with Grasshopper before leaving the club for FC Basel in the summer of 2004. He received lots of criticism because of a previous action in which he burned an FC Basel scarf during the Swiss Champion celebrations of Grasshopper close to one year before leaving Grasshoppers. He was acquired for a transfer fee of €3 million and signed a four-year contract until June 2008. Playing for Grasshopper, he made a total of 114 domestic league appearances and scored 30 goals for the club in the league.

Petrić was fourth leading goalscorer of the Swiss Super League for the 2005–06 season, scoring 15 goals in 31 matches. In the same season, he appeared for Basel in all of their 12 UEFA Cup matches and scored three goals before the club was eliminated by Middlesbrough in the quarterfinals. He continued to perform well for Basel in the 2006–07 season of the Swiss Super League. In their first-round UEFA Cup game that year, he netted a brace in a 6–2 home victory over FK Rabotnički.

In the final moments of Basel's UEFA Cup group-stage match versus AS Nancy-Lorraine on 23 November 2006, Petrić was installed in goal after Basel's keeper Franco Costanzo was sent off for a foul on Nancy's Issiar Dia and the team had already made all three substitutions. The foul resulted in a penalty kick that gave Nancy the final chance for an away victory, but Petrić was able to make a save and stopped the penalty kick taken by Mickaël Chrétien, helping his team to drive home one point with a 2–2 draw.[1]

He finished the 2006–07 Swiss Super League as the top goalscorer with 19 goals for Basel.

Borussia Dortmund[edit]

On 11 June 2007, Petrić signed for Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund along with fellow national team player Robert Kovač as part of the sides squad rebuilding. While originally being intended to act as a playmaker behind the forwards in a 4–4–2 diamond system, it quickly turned out that he was more effective as a striker up front. He enjoyed a good start to the season, scoring a brace in Dortmund's 3–0 victory against Werder Bremen. He was one of the league's top scorers in his first season in Germany and also made a notable assistance to his side reaching the DFB-Pokal final in which he scored a stoppage time equaliser against eventual winners and champions Bayern Munich.

Hamburg[edit]

On 17 August 2008, Petrić's transfer from Dortmund to Hamburger SV was confirmed by both clubs' official websites as part of a deal that also saw Egyptian international Mohamed Zidan moving in the opposite direction, with both players signing four-year contracts.[2][3] Dortmund also confirmed they have received an officially undisclosed transfer fee, which is believed to be worth around €5 million.[4]

Petrić made his Bundesliga debut for Hamburg on 23 August 2008 in their 2–1 win at home to Karlsruher SC, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan Pitroipa in the 73rd minute. He scored his first goal for the club on 13 September 2008, netting the winner in their 3–2 win against Bayer Leverkusen. In three consecutive matches in late September and early October 2008, Petrić scored all five goals in Hamburg's 2–0 victories over VfL Bochum in the German Cup and Unirea Urziceni in the UEFA Cup as well as their 1–0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga. On 5 October 2008, he netted a last-minute winner in Hamburg's 2–1 away victory at Energie Cottbus to keep them top of the Bundesliga table. He scored in the Europa League semi-final against Fulham from a free-kick. However crucial the away goal was, Hamburg lost the tie on an aggregate score of 2–1, due to a goalless draw in the first leg in Hamburg.[5] Towards the end of the 2011–12 Bundesliga campaign, it was revealed Petrić would leave Hamburg at the end of the season.[6]

Fulham[edit]

Petrić playing for Fulham in 2013

After being released by Hamburg at the end of the 2011–12 campaign, Petrić signed a one-year deal with Fulham, linking up with former Hamburg boss, Martin Jol.[7] The Croatian striker made his debut at home to Norwich City on the opening day of the Premier League campaign along with fellow new signing Sascha Riether.[8] Petrić scored a double and provided an assist for Alexander Kačaniklić as Fulham beat Norwich by a score of 5–0.[9]

Petrić was one of twelve players released by Fulham at the end of the 2012–13 Premier League season.[10]

West Ham United[edit]

On 10 September 2013, he joined West Ham United on a one-year deal.[11] He made his debut on 21 September 2013 in a 3-2 home defeat by Everton coming on as a 63rd minute substitute for Modibo Maiga.[12] He made only three further appearances for the club before being released in December 2013.[13][14]

Panathinaikos[edit]

On 8 January 2014, Panathinaikos announced the signing of Petrić. He signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with "The Greens".[15] In Athens, he reunited with his old team mate from Hamburger SV Marcus Berg, as well as his team mates from the Croatian national football team Danijel Pranjić and Gordon Schildenfeld. On 16 February 2014, Petrić made his debut with the Greek club coming from the bench against Panthrakikos in Komotini.[16] On 4 May 2014, Petrić scored his first goal for Panathinaikos in a play-off match against PAOK FC.

International career[edit]

In 2001, Petrić was spotted in Switzerland by Mirko Jozić, head coach of the |Croatian national team]] at the time, and made his international debut for Croatia during the team's South Korean tour in November 2001, where they played two friendly matches against the South Korean national team. Petrić appeared in both of the two matches as a second-half substitute, but was subsequently nevertheless not called up to be part of the Croatian squad at the 2002 World Cup finals. He scored his first goal for Croatia in their friendly match against Wales on 21 August 2002 in Varaždin, which ended in a 1–1 draw. He subsequently made his competitive international debut as a second-half substitute in Croatia's opening match of the Euro 2004 qualifying against Estonia, but did not play any international matches at the A-team level for three and half years following this match.

In early 2006, Petrić made his international comeback with the Croatian national team by appearing as a second-half substitute in the team's friendly matches against Korea Republic at the Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong and Argentina in Basel. He was eventually omitted from the final 23-man squad for the 2006 World Cup finals, but received a pre-invitation.

In early August 2006, he was called up by the Croatian national team's new coach Slaven Bilić to be part of the team in their friendly match against Italy on 16 August 2006 in Livorno and appeared in the match as a second-half substitute. He was an active member with his national side in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, appearing in almost all of the team's qualifying matches. In the second qualifier, against Andorra on 7 October 2006 in Zagreb, he scored four goals in only 60 minutes of playing and became the first ever player to score four goals for the Croatian national football team in a competitive match. Croatia won the match 7–0, celebrating their highest competitive victory ever. In the return leg against Andorra on 12 September 2007, he scored twice.

On 21 November, the last day of UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifiers, Petrić was brought on as a substitute in the away fixture against England. With Croatia already qualified and the match tied at 2–2, he scored the winning goal from about 25 yards to send England out of Euro 2008. It was England's first competitive defeat at the New Wembley. After the match, he refused to swap his jersey, going on to say "this is the proudest moment of my career. I didn't want to swap this jersey for anything."

Because of his impressive qualifying campaign, he was named in Croatia's Euro 2008 squad. Croatia won their first round group, winning all their matches, including a win against later runners-up Germany, but were knocked out by Turkey in the quarter-finals after a penalty shoot-out.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. 21 August 2002 Stadion Varteks, Varaždin, Croatia  Wales
1 – 1
1 – 1
Friendly
02. 7 October 2006 Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Andorra
1 – 0
7 – 0
Euro 2008 qualifying
03.
2 – 0
04.
3 – 0
05.
4 – 0
06. 7 February 2007 Kantrida, Rijeka, Croatia  Norway
1 – 0
2 – 1
Friendly
07. 12 September 2007 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra
0 – 2
0 – 6
Euro 2008 qualifying
08.
0 – 3
09. 21 November 2007 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England
2 – 3
2 – 3
Euro 2008 qualifying
10. 6 September 2008 Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Kazakhstan
3 – 0
3 – 0
2010 World Cup qualifying
11. 6 June 2009 Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia  Ukraine
1 – 0
2 – 2
2010 World Cup qualifying
12. 3 September 2010 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia
0 – 1
0 – 3
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
13. 6 February 2013 Craven Cottage, London, England  South Korea
0 – 4
0 – 4
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grasshopper Club Zürich
FC Basel
Panathinaikos

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Petric haelt Penalty". YouTube (in German). 23 November 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "HSV sign Mladen Petric". www.hsv.de. Hamburger SV. 17 August 2008. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "BVB Acquires Striker Mohamed Zidan". Borussia Dortmund official website. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Hamburg swoop for Petric". Sky Sports. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Fulham 2 – 1 Hamburg (agg 2 – 1)". BBC. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Luhukay future remains unclear". sportinglife.com. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fulham snap up Mladen Petric". ESPN Soccernet. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Team News: Petric, Riether start for Fulham". Sports Mole. 18 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Fulham's Mladen Petric kicks off with double against poor Norwich City". The Guardian. 18 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Summer transfer window: Ins and Outs". Premier League. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hammers net Petric". West Ham official website. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "West Ham 2-3 Everton FT". www.whufc.com. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Soccerbase Mladen Petric 2013-14". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "West Ham Release Mladen Petric After Just 3 Months". www.ftbpro.com. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Στην Αθήνα για λογαριασμό του Παναθηναϊκού ο «πεινασμένος» Πέτριτς" (in Greek). skai.gr. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Πέτριτς: «Pame Pao!»" (in Greek). onsports.gr. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 

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