Nikola Šafarić

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Nikola Šafarić
Personal information
Full name Nikola Šafarić
Date of birth (1981-03-11) 11 March 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Čakovec, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Zavrč
Number 8
Youth career
Venera Sveti Juraj na Bregu
Čakovec
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2007 Varteks 195 (40)
2007–2008 Rijeka 34 (2)
2008–2010 Slaven Belupo 51 (3)
2010–2011 Varaždin 47 (6)
2011–2013 Kaposvári 43 (1)
2013– Zavrč 40 (4)
National team
1998–1999 Croatia U17 10 (3)
1999–2000 Croatia U19 8 (0)
2000–2004 Croatia U21 17 (1)
2004–2006 Croatia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Nikola Šafarić (born 11 March 1981 in Čakovec) is a Croatian football midfielder who plays for Zavrč in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 1998, Šafarić started his football career in Varaždin for Varteks as a young 17-year-old midfielder. He quickly established himself as irreplaceable in the Varteks team. Before his 20th birthday he has already played around 40 league games for Varteks and scoring several goals in the process.

Best years in Varteks[edit]

From the 2002–03 season, Nikola finally stepped up on the big scene. He became a first team regular in Varteks and in the next 5 seasons he scored 32 goals in the domestic league only. His good games as well as passion for football and leadership ability could not go unnoticed so he was appointed as team`s captain. Nikola Šafarić is also a great penalty and free kick taker and although he could play every possible position in the midfield he says he "plays best as a defensive midfielder."[1]

Rijeka[edit]

In the beginning of the 2007–08 season, Nikola Šafarić was sold to Rijeka. In Rijeka, Nikola was welcomed by many as a great acquisition. He instantly "grabbed" first team position and was one of the team's best players by scoring two goals and adding three more assists, which helped Rijeka to finish at the fourth place in the Prva HNL.

Slaven Belupo[edit]

On 31 August 2008, Šafarić signed a 2-year contract with Slaven Belupo.[2]

Kaposvár[edit]

He signed for Kaposvári in 2011.

International career[edit]

Nikola Šafarić was a member of every Croatia national football team categories (U17, U19, U21, senior team).[3] That's why he was predicted a great international club career. But, unfortunately, up to this date Nikola has made only three appearances for Croatia national football team. His international debut came against Israel in the 1–0 friendly win at Varaždin on 18 August 2004. His second and third international cap came on 2006 Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong on which Croatia finished third.

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