Tomo Šokota

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Tomo Šokota
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Personal information
Full name Tomislav Šokota
Date of birth (1977-04-08) 8 April 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Samobor
1997–2001 Dinamo Zagreb 92 (49)
2001–2005 Benfica 60 (21)
2005–2007 FC Porto 3 (0)
2007–2009 Dinamo Zagreb 20 (6)
2009–2010 Lokeren 27 (5)
2010–2011 Olimpija Ljubljana 19 (7)
National team
1993 Croatia U16 1 (0)
1994 Croatia U18 1 (0)
1994 Croatia U19 1 (0)
1995–1996 Croatia U20 3 (0)
1997–2000 Croatia U21 19 (10)
2001 Croatia B 1 (0)
2003–2004 Croatia 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tomislav "Tomo" Šokota (born 8 April 1977) is a retired Croatian footballer who played as a striker. Šokota was a powerful striker but his promising career was overshadowed by frequent injuries, especially in second half of the 2000s. Šokota gave his best performances during his first spell with Dinamo Zagreb (1997–2001) and at Portuguese side Benfica (2001–2005). He was also a Croatia international and was capped eight times during the team's Euro 2004 campaign.

Club career[edit]

Šokota joined F.C. Porto from rivals Benfica, where he played between 2001 and 2005. He previously played four seasons for Croatian First League side Dinamo Zagreb, who signed him to his first professional contract from his youth club NK Samobor in 1997. While playing for Dinamo Zagreb, he became the top goalscorer of the Croatian First League in both 1999–2000 and 2000–01 seasons, scoring 21 and 20 goals respectively. He also made several appearances in the UEFA Champions League with the club during their participations in the 1998 and 1999 group stages of the competition. Following his very successful 2000–01 season he was signed by Primeira Liga side Benfica.[1] During his time with the Lisbon side he played up front alongside Norwegian striker Azar Karadas for two seasons.

By the end of 2004, and after refusing all Benfica's contract renewal proposals, Šokota was relegated to Benfica B, the club's reserve squad, where he eventually played for the rest of the 2004–05 season. On 25 January 2004, he played in a 1–0 away win against Vitória de Guimarães, a game overshadowed by the tragic death of his team mate Miklós Fehér. In June 2005, after his contract with Benfica finally expired, he joined rivals FC Porto on a free transfer.[2]

He has been plagued by injuries in his time in Portugal, having undergone four major surgeries. While at FC Porto, his first injury was at the beginning of the 2005–06 season, and he only returned to an official match on the last day of the Portuguese league. Soon, in the 2006–07 pre-season, he had another injury and as a result he played his first Superliga match against Estrela Amadora on 3 February 2007.[3] Šokota returned to his hometown club Dinamo Zagreb in March 2007 in which he played until July 2009.[4][5] In July 2009 Šokota moved to the Belgian League, signing a contract with Lokeren. Following a year with the Belgian side he moved to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana for the 2010–11 season.

International career[edit]

Šokota debuted for the Croatian national team in their second-leg Euro 2004 qualifying play-off match versus Slovenia in November 2003 and also played all three matches at the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal before the Croatian team exited the competition in the group stage.[6][7] Following UEFA Euro 2004, he was called up to be a part of the Croatian squad to play at the 2006 FIFA World Cup but due to a very serious injury he had to miss the tournament.[8]

He won a total of eight caps and scored two goals for Croatia. His international goals came in friendlies against Turkey and Denmark.[9]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 March 2004 Maksimir, Zagreb  Turkey 1 – 0 2 – 2 Friendly
2 5 June 2004 Parken, Copenhagen  Denmark 1 – 0 2 – 1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb
Benfica
FC Porto

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dínamo confirma 250 mil contos por Sokota" [Dínamo confirms 250 thousand for Sokota]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 June 2001. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sokota confirmado" [Sokota confirmed]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 June 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 8 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "Sokota vai regressar ao Dínamo Zagreb" [Sokota is going to return to Dínamo Zagreb]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 March 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sokota despediu-se" [Sokota said his good byes]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 March 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sokota na lista final da Croácia" [Sokota on the final list for Croatia]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 June 2004. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sokota chamado" [Sokota called up]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 June 2004. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sokota sem Mundial" [Sokota without a World Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 November 2005. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sokota marca na vitória da Croácia frente à Dinamarca (2–1)" [Sokota scores in Croatia's win over Denmark (2–1)]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 June 2004. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

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