Teddy Lučić

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Teddy Lučić
Teddy Lucic 2006.jpg
Lučić lining up for Sweden in 2006
Personal information
Full name Teddy Mark Šime Lučić
Date of birth (1973-04-15) 15 April 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Gothenburg, Sweden
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
KF Velebit
(player-manager)
Number 16
Youth career
Lundby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1992 Lundby IF 63 (13)
1993–1995 Västra Frölunda IF 68 (0)
1996–1998 IFK Göteborg 58 (2)
1998–2000 Bologna 9 (0)
2000–2003 AIK 58 (4)
2002–2003 Leeds United (loan) 17 (1)
2003–2005 Bayer Leverkusen 11 (0)
2005–2007 BK Häcken 70 (8)
2008–2010 IF Elfsborg 66 (3)
2012– KF Velebit 15 (1)
National team
1995–2006 Sweden 86 (0)
Teams managed
2011– KF Velebit (manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Teddy Mark Šime Lučić (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtɛdʏ ˈlʊt͡ɕɪt͡ɕ], Croatian: [lûːt͡ʃit͡ɕ]; born 15 April 1973 in Biskopsgården, Gothenburg) is a Swedish footballer and manager who currently is player-manager for KF Velebit in Division 4. He plays as a centre-back.[2]

Lučić made his debut for Sweden in 1995, and competed at three FIFA World Cups and two European Championships, earning a total of 86 caps.

Early years[edit]

Lučić was born on 15 April 1973 in Biskopsgården, Gothenburg to Croatian father, Krešimir, and Finnish mother, Annis. His father Krešimir was also a football player. In 1966, Krešimir moved to Sweden where he played football. In 1971, his father was offered to play for Halmstads BK but declined because he thought he was too old, at age 27.[3] The Lučić family decided to live in Sweden but visited Croatia and Finland often.

As a boy, Lučić attended the Bjurslätt School in Hisingen, which is only 500 meters from where BK Häcken have their exercise equipment. Due to his parents' heritage, Lučić had Yugoslavian passport rather than a Swedish one, which prevented him from playing in the Swedish Junior Team.[3]

Club career[edit]

Sweden[edit]

He began playing for Lundby IF as an 18-year-old for whom he played 44 times in the Swedish league and scored 10 goals from fullback. He moved to Västra Frölunda IF in 1993 for a two-year spell in which he played 68 matches. In 1996 he moved on to IFK Göteborg, landing the Swedish championship in his first season.

Bologna[edit]

Lučić went abroad to Italy upon leaving IFK Göteborg in 1998. However, he found his opportunities limited at his new club and consequently made just nine league appearances in the Serie A in a two-year spell.[4]

AIK Fotboll[edit]

Lučić returned to Sweden in 2000, signing for AIK Fotboll. He made 58 appearances and scored four times. He left the club in 2003 to move to Germany.

Leeds United[edit]

Lučić's period at AIK Fotboll was broken up by a loan spell at English club Leeds United, starting in 2002.[5] During his time in England, he made a total of 17 league appearances and scored one goal, in a 3–2 defeat at Chelsea in January 2003.[6] His loan spell ended in 2003 after Leeds decided not to sign him on a permanent deal. AIK had offered Lučić to a number of clubs.[7]

Bayer Leverkusen[edit]

Lučić signed for Bayer Leverkusen directly from Leeds in May 2003.[8] In two years between 2003 and 2005 he played 11 times for the club.

Return to Sweden[edit]

Lučić went back to Sweden for a second time to sign for BK Häcken, where he made 70 appearances and scored 8 goals. In 2008, Lučić moved again to the ninth club of his career, IF Elfsborg where he was a regular in the starting eleven until the end of his career.[9] After IF Elfsborgs last game of the season, on 7 November 2010, Lucic officially ended his career as a player.[10][11]

International career[edit]

Lučić played 86 times for the Swedish national team, mostly as a full back.

Since 2004, he played as centre back. Lučić played in Euro 2004, and the 2002 and 2006 World Cups (in 1994 he was unused substitute).[12] Against Germany, in what turned out to be Sweden's final 2006 World Cup match, he was given two yellow cards by Brazilian referee Carlos Eugênio Simon, and sent off in the 35th minute.[13]

Statistics[edit]

[14]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
1989 Lundby 1 0
1990 18 3
1991 22 3
1992 22 7
1993 Västra Frölunda Allsvenskan 17 0
1994 25 0
1995 26 0
1996 Göteborg Allsvenskan 24 0
1997 11 2
1998 23 0
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Bologna Serie A 8 0
1999–00 1 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2000 AIK Allsvenskan 22 3
2001 20 0
2002 16 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2002–03 Leeds United Premier League 17 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2003–04 Bayer Leverkusen Bundesliga 11 0
2004–05 0 0
Sweden League Svenska Cupen League Cup Europe Total
2005 Häcken Allsvenskan 21 1
2006 25 6
2007 Superettan 24 1
2008 Elfsborg Allsvenskan 29 2
2009 25 1
2010
Country Sweden 371 30
Italy 9 0
England 17 1
Germany 11 0
Total 408 31

[15]

Sweden national team
Year Apps Goals
1995 5 0
1996 5 0
1997 4 0
1998 6 0
1999 6 0
2000 6 0
2001 7 0
2002 9 0
2003 8 0
2004 11 0
2005 11 0
2006 8 0
Total 86 0

Personal life[edit]

Due to his multinational background, Lučić had the option to play for two other countries—his mother is Finnish and his father Croatian. He is fluent in Croatian and also speaks some Finnish. He has a summer cottage in Lappeenranta, Finland, and is a fan of Lappeenranta-based first division football team Rakuunat and ice hockey team SaiPa.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Teddy Lucic lägger av? "Det gäller att orka"" (in Swedish). Sportsday.se. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Teddy Lučić blir tränare i KF Velebit". Fotbolltransfers. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Balkander, Mattias (19 September 2009). "Teddy Lucic på hemmaplan" (in Swedish). www.gp.se. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Teddy Lucic". BBC News. 3 May 2002. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Leeds land Lučić". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 31 August 2002. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Moore, Glenn (29 January 2003). "Matteo mistake adds to Leeds despair". London: Independent Online. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  7. ^ Hedludh, Kent. "AIK willing to let Lučić leave". Sky Sports. British Sky Broadcasting. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lučić joins Leverkusen". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 May 2003. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Johannes Cleris/TT (2 January 2008). "Teddy Lucic till Elfsborg" (in Swedish). DN.se. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Lucic får inte avsluta på planen i dag" (in Swedish). Bt.se. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Teddy Lucic - Steckbrief" (in German). spox.com. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: Teddy LUCIC". FIFA.com. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Germany v Sweden statistics". BBC News. 24 June 2006. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  14. ^ "Teddy Lucic". National Football Teams. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "Teddy Lucic - International Appearances". Rsssf.com. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  16. ^ "VM-profilen 3 juni: Teddy Lucic —". Svenskfotboll.se. 15 April 1973. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 

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