Vedran Ćorluka

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Vedran Ćorluka
Ćorluka 2012.jpg
Ćorluka with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2012
Personal information
Full name Vedran Ćorluka[1]
Date of birth (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Derventa, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lokomotiv Moscow
Number 14
Youth career
Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Dinamo Zagreb 61 (7)
2004–2005 Inter Zaprešić (loan) 27 (4)
2007–2008 Manchester City 38 (1)
2008–2012 Tottenham Hotspur 81 (1)
2012 Bayer Leverkusen (loan) 7 (0)
2012– Lokomotiv Moscow 57 (2)
National team
2002 Croatia U16 7 (2)
2002–2003 Croatia U17 11 (2)
2003 Croatia U18 3 (0)
2004–2005 Croatia U19 12 (4)
2005–2006 Croatia U21 9 (0)
2006– Croatia 75 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 June 2014

Vedran Ćorluka (pronounced [ʋědran t͡ɕǒrluka]; born 5 February 1986) is a Croatian footballer who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Croatia national team. He plays as a centre-back, though he has played in other positions across the defensive line, most notably as the right-back.

Ćorluka graduated from the Dinamo Zagreb Youth Academy, before making his professional debut for Dinamo Zagreb in 2003. In 2007, he made a £8 million move to English Premier League club Manchester City, and after a season moved on to Tottenham Hotspur. He spent four seasons there before joining Lokomotiv.

Internationally, Ćorluka represented Croatia at various youth levels before making his first team debut in August 2006, in the friendly match against world champions Italy. Since then, he has represented the country at the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Ćorluka was born in Derventa, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia. His parents, Jozo and Anđa come from Modran, a village near Derventa. Due to the war in Bosnia, in 1992 the family moved to Zagreb, Croatia where his father still works as an engineer besides being Ćorluka's manager. His mother is a judge. Vedran has one brother.[2] He started to play football in Dinamo Zagreb's youth teams when he was eight years old, impressing many scouts from the youth academy.[3] Ćorluka's professional career started in 2003, but during that season he made no appearance for the first team. He was sent on loan to Inter Zaprešić and played one season for them, helping the team place second in the league, before returning to Dinamo Zagreb in 2005. After establishing himself as a key player in Dinamo, he helped them win the Prva HNL title three seasons in a row from 2005–06. He also played a dominant part in his side capturing the Croatian cup in the 2006 season.

Manchester City[edit]

After consistently strong performances, Ćorluka was signed by Manchester City on 2 August 2007.[4][5] City did not reveal the fee, but Croatian media reports suggested the deal was worth around £8 million, with the 21-year-old penning a five-year deal.[6]

As usual, he consistently found a starting spot for his side in the Premier League. Despite a nightmare blunder during his side's shocking 6–0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, he remained strong during his first season in England as his side finished 9th in the league and gained entry to a UEFA Cup qualifying round via the UEFA fair play ranking. On few rare occasions, he was also used as a defensive midfielder during the season, proving to be a factor for opposing attackers.

He scored his first goal in the 4–2 loss at Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the 2008–09 season.[7] In the UEFA Cup second qualifying round match second leg, Ćorluka scored the decisive spot kick in the dramatic 4–2 penalty shoot-out victory over Danish minnows Midtjylland after the tie had ended 1–1 on aggregate. He played his last match for City against Sunderland on 31 August 2008, throwing his shirt into the crowd at the end of the match.[8]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Ćorluka taking a throw-in for Tottenham Hotspur

On 1 September 2008, it was announced that Ćorluka had signed for Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £5.5 million on a six-year contract, joining his fellow Croatian international and best friend, Luka Modrić at the club.[9] During the game against Stoke City on 19 October, Corluka was severely injured. Kneed under his chin by teammate Heurelho Gomes, he was immediately knocked unconscious. After ten minutes of on field treatment he was rushed to hospital where it was announced no serious damage was evident.[10] In the League Cup final on 1 March 2009, Ćorluka scored his first and Tottenham's only penalty in the shootout loss to Manchester United. He is known to most Spurs fans as 'Charlie'.[11]

Ćorluka scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham during a 2–2 draw against Bolton Wanderers on 3 October 2009. On 2 February 2011, Corluka started and played the full 90 minutes at right-back ahead of the injured Alan Hutton, in the 1–0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.[12]

Bayer Leverkusen loan[edit]

In the January 2012 transfer window, Ćorluka signed on loan for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen for the remainder of the 2011–12 season on 31 January with the option to buyout his contract in the summer transfer window.[13]

Ćorluka made his debut for the club in a 2–2 home draw against Stuttgart at the BayArena on 4 February, playing the full 90 minutes.[14] In his only Champions League appearance for the club, Ćorluka provided the cross for Michal Kadlec's leveler in the 52' before being substituted in the 90' by Danny da Costa, losing 3–1 to Barcelona.[15] On 25 February, the defender provided an assist for the first of Lars Bender's brace in the 2–0 win over Köln.[16] The Croatian's last appearance for the club came in a 4–1 thrashing of 1. FC Nürnberg on 5 May,[17] a game in which Leverkusen striker Kießling scored a hat-trick.[18][19]

Despite Leverkusen having an option to buy his contract off at the end of season they decided not to pursue the option with financial difficulties being cited as the main obstacle.

Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

On 27 June 2012, Lokomotiv Moscow announced the signing of Ćorluka from Tottenham Hotspur for £5.5million. The signing came in light of recent naming of Slaven Bilić, an ex-Croatia manager, as the manager of Lokomotiv. Ćorluka signed a three-year contract following the successful completion of his medical examination.[20] He scored on his debut against newly promoted Mordovia Saransk in a 3–2 victory. In September 2012[21] and March 2014,[22] Ćorluka won the monthly poll among Loko supporters in the social networks and was named the best club player of the month.

International career[edit]

Playing for Croatia

He started to play for the Croatian under-21 team and eventually progressed to his country's senior national team, for which he soon made his debut in the friendly match against world champions Italy on 16 August 2006 in Livorno, Italy. Croatia won the match 2–0 and Ćorluka, aged 20 during his debut, entered the game in the second half and satisfied critics with his very good, solid performance against experienced Serie A forwards.

During Croatia's UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, he became one of the key players under current head coach Slaven Bilić. Croatia finished first in Group E, notably ahead of Russia and favourites England, who eventually failed to qualify from the group.

Ćorluka was in the final match of the tournament where Croatia's exit came against Turkey in the extra time and penalty shootout.[23] Turkey winger Arda Turan revealed in an interview with UEFA that Ćorluka is the most difficult right-back he has ever played against, whom he came up against during this match.[24]

The defender was included for the preliminary squad for the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine after impressive performances in his loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 16 May 2014
Club League Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inter Zaprešić Prva HNL 2004–05 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
Club Total 27 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 4
Dinamo Zagreb Prva HNL 2005–06 31 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 33 4
2006–07 30 4 8 0 0 0 6 0 44 4
Club Total 61 7 10 1 0 0 6 0 77 8
Manchester City Premier League 2007–08 35 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 41 0
2008–09 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 1
Club Total 38 1 3 0 3 0 3 0 47 1
Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2008–09 34 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 41 0
2009–10 29 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 36 1
2010–11 15 0 1 0 0 0 8 0 24 0
2011–12 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 8 0
Club Total 81 1 8 0 8 0 12 0 109 1
Bayer Leverkusen (loan) Bundesliga 2011–12 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Club Total 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Lokomotiv Moscow Russian Premier League 2012–13 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 28 1
2013–14 28 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 1
Club Total 55 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 56 2
Career Total 269 15 22 1 11 0 22 0 324 16

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 October 2009 Kantrida, Rijeka  Qatar
1 – 0
3 – 2
Friendly
2. 11 November 2011 Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul  Turkey
0 – 3
0 – 3
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3. 25 May 2012 Aldo Drosina, Pula  Estonia
1 – 0
3 – 1
Friendly
4. 12 October 2012 Philip II Arena, Skopje  Macedonia
1 – 1
1 – 2
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb

Individual[edit]

  • List of 33 top players of the Russian league: #2 (2013/14).

References[edit]

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