Tomislav Marić

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Tomislav Marić
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Personal information
Full name Tomislav Marić
Date of birth (1973-01-28) 28 January 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Heilbronn, West Germany
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
TSV Talheim
ESV Heilbronn
VfR Heilbronn
1992–1994 SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 Karlsruher SC 4 (0)
1995–1996 SG Wattenscheid 09 31 (7)
1996–2000 Stuttgarter Kickers 112 (42)
2000–2004 VfL Wolfsburg 74 (30)
2004 Bor. Mönchengladbach 7 (1)
2004 VfL Wolfsburg II 7 (2)
2005 VfL Wolfsburg 11 (1)
2005 Urawa Red Diamonds 13 (8)
2006–2007 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 25 (12)
National team
2002–2003 Croatia 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tomislav Marić (born 28 January 1973) is a former German-born Croatian former football striker.

Trivia[edit]

He was born to Bosnian Croat parents in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg and started his first-team career in 1992 at amateur side SpVgg 07 Ludwigsburg from the nearby Ludwigsburg in then third-division Oberliga Baden-Württemberg. He spent two seasons with the third-division side, making 60 league appearances in which he scored 14 goals.[1] In July 1994, he signed his first professional contract with then Bundesliga side Karlsruher SC, but never managed to become a regular at the club, making only four Bundesliga appearances as a second-half substitute throughout the 1994–95 season of the league. He made his Bundesliga debut on 7 October 1994 in KSC's 1–0 defeat away against Eintracht Frankfurt, playing as a substitute in the last five minutes of the match. After this unsuccessful season with KSC, he went on to move to then 2. Bundesliga side SG Wattenscheid 09 for the 1995–96 season. He made 31 appearances and scored seven goals for the club in the Second Bundesliga during the season after which he went on to move to another Second Bundesliga side at the time, Stuttgarter Kickers.

He subsequently spent four seasons with the Kickers team and was a regular from the beginning. In his final season with the club, in 1999–2000, he became the top goalscorer of the Second Bundesliga with 21 goals scored in 33 matches and practically saved the club from being relegated to the third division as his 21 goals were almost a half of all goals scored by the team in the Second Bundesliga that season in which they narrowly avoided relegation with a 15th-place finish. In the same season, he also helped the club to surprisingly reach the semifinals of the DFB-Pokal, where they lost 2–1 to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen in extra time. In four seasons with Stuttgarter Kickers, Marić made 112 Second Bundesliga appearances and scored 42 goals for the club in the league, a half of which was in his final season with the club.

Marić went on to leave Stuttgarter Kickers for Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in the summer of 2000 and became a regular in the team during his first season with the club, making 30 Bundesliga appearances in which he managed to score six goals. He scored his first Bundesliga goal when he netted the fifth goal in VfL Wolfsburg's 6–0 victory over 1. FC Köln on 21 October 2000. In the 2001–02 season, he managed to score 12 goals in only 17 Bundesliga appearances and was VfL Wolfsburg's most successful goalscorer that season as well as in the following 2002–03 season, when he once again scored 12 goals, but also played ten matches more than in the preceding season. However, he lost his place in the team for the 2003–04 season and did not make any Bundesliga appearances before moving to Borussia Mönchengladbach in January 2004. He spent only six months with the Gladbach team and managed to score only one goal in seven Bundesliga appearances for the club.

He returned to VfL Wolfsburg in the summer of 2004, but spent the first part of the 2004–05 season with the club's reserve squad in the third-division Regionalliga Nord, where he scored two goals in seven appearances. He returned to the first team in January 2005 and went on to make 11 Bundesliga appearances until the end of the season, scoring once as he netted the final goal in the club's 4–0 home victory over FC Hansa Rostock only a few seconds after entering the match as a substitute. In three and half seasons with VfL Wolfsburg's first team, he made 85 Bundesliga appearances and scored 31 goals for the club in the league. In July 2005, he transferred to Japanese club Urawa Red Diamonds, but spent only six months with the club and scored eight goals in 13 J. League Division 1 appearances for the team.[2] He returned to Germany with the beginning of the year 2006 and signed a three-and-half-year contract with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a third-division Regionalliga Süd side with strong ambitions of being promoted to the Second Bundesliga. In his first six months with the club, he scored nine goals in 15 Regionalliga Süd matches, but the team only finished fourth at the end of the 2005–06 season, two places below the promotion ranks.

International[edit]

Marić also had a short international career with the Croatian national team in 2002 and 2003. He made his international debut in Croatia's friendly match against Hungary on 8 May 2002 and scored his first international goal in Croatia's 1–0 away victory over Romania in a friendly match played on 20 November 2002. In the 2002–03 season, he also made five appearances for Croatia in the Euro 2004 qualifying and scored once as he netted the third goal in their 4–0 home victory over Belgium on 29 March 2003. His last international match was Croatia's Euro 2004 qualifier against Estonia on 11 June 2003. In all, he won nine international caps and scored two goals for Croatia.[3]

Statistics[edit]

[4]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
1992–93 Ludwigsburg 26 4 26 4
1993–94 33 10 33 10
1994–95 Karlsruhe Bundesliga 4 0 4 0
1995–96 Wattenscheid 2. Bundesliga 31 7 31 7
1996–97 Stuttgarter Kickers 20 6 20 6
1997–98 33 7 33 7
1998–99 26 8 26 8
1999–00 33 21 33 21
2000–01 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 30 6 30 6
2001–02 17 12 17 12
2002–03 27 12 27 12
2003–04 Borussia Mönchengladbach 7 1 7 1
2004–05 Wolfsburg 11 1 11 1
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Asia Total
2005 Urawa Red Diamonds J. League 1 13 8 5 6 3 0 - 21 14
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2005–06 Hoffenheim Regionalliga 15 9 15 9
2006–07 32 8 32 8
Country Germany 345 112 345 112
Japan 13 8 5 6 3 0 - 21 14
Total 358 120 5 6 3 0 0 0 366 126
Croatia national team
Year Apps Goals
2002 4 1
2003 5 1
Total 9 2

Private[edit]

Marić's younger brother Marijo is also a professional footballer who formerly played in the Bundesliga, most notably for VfL Bochum, but also made a successful career with FC Kärnten in the Austrian Bundesliga and was an occasional member of the Croatian national team between 2002 and 2004 as well.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthias Arnhold (19 September 2013). "Tomislav Marić - Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Tomislav Marić Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tomislav Marić - national football team player". EU-football.info. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Tomislav Marić". National Football Teams. Retrieved 1 July 2011.