Ante Rebić

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Ante Rebić
Ante Rebić 2018.jpg
Personal information
Full name Ante Rebić[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Split, Croatia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt
Number 4
Youth career
2002–2008 Vinjani
2008–2010 Imotski
2010–2011 RNK Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 RNK Split 54 (17)
2013–2018 Fiorentina 8 (2)
2014–2015RB Leipzig (loan) 10 (0)
2016Hellas Verona (loan) 10 (0)
2016–2018Eintracht Frankfurt (loan) 49 (8)
2018– Eintracht Frankfurt 0 (0)
National team
2011 Croatia U18 3 (0)
2011–2012 Croatia U19 5 (3)
2012–2013 Croatia U20 6 (3)
2012–2013 Croatia U21 8 (4)
2013– Croatia 22 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:58, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Ante Rebić (born 21 September 1993) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a winger for German club Eintracht Frankfurt and the Croatian national team.

He began his senior career at RNK Split, and in 2013 signed for Serie A club Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee. He spent most of his time there out on loan to RB Leipzig, Hellas Verona and Eintracht Frankfurt before joining the latter permanently in 2018 after scoring their goals in their DFB-Pokal victory.

Rebić made his senior international debut for Croatia in 2013, the same year that he was voted Croatian Football Hope of the Year. He represented them at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2018, reaching the final of the latter.

Club career[edit]

Youth levels[edit]

Rebić started his career playing at youth level for Vinjani before he moved to Imotski in 2008, where he spent two seasons. After his good performances at a tournament in Italy in 2010, where he went with Hajduk Split youth team, Rebić was brought to RNK Split by Darko Butorović.[3]

RNK Split[edit]

Rebić made his debut for the first team against Dinamo Zagreb on 21 May 2011 in the last round of the 2010–11 Prva HNL as a second-half substitute. The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with Rebić scoring the late equalizer.[4][5] In August 2011, Rebić signed a professional three-year contract with RNK Split.[6] In the 2011–12 season, Rebić scored five league goals in twenty appearances, four of them when coming off the bench. In the 2012–13 season, Rebić scored ten league goals in twenty-nine appearances. Performing extraordinarily well in both club and national team, Rebić drawn much attention from both the media and football world, resulting in interest from a number of clubs, including Fiorentina, Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City.[7]

Fiorentina[edit]

Rebić playing for Fiorentina against Chelsea in 2015

On 28 August 2013, Rebić signed a five-year contract with Italian side Fiorentina, for an undisclosed fee.[8] Upon passing the medical exams, he was given the number 9 shirt.[9] He made a debut on 30 September, coming on as a 36th-minute substitute for injured teammate Giuseppe Rossi, in a 2–2 home draw against Parma.[10] During his debut he sustained an injury, causing him to be sidelined for three weeks. Rebić made three more appearances for Fiorentina before he scored his first goal on 8 January 2014, starting and scoring the second goal of a 2–0 Coppa Italia last-16 home win against Chievo Verona.[11] On 18 May, he scored his first goal in Serie A in 2–2 draw against Torino at the Stadio Artemio Franchi, two minutes after replacing Manuel Pasqual.[12]

On 3 August 2014, Rebić joined 2. Bundesliga club RB Leipzig for a season-long loan deal.[13] After his loan spell with Leipzig ended, Rebić returned to Fiorentina and was given the number 11 shirt, previously worn by Juan Cuadrado, and was used primarily on the left wing. He made his European debut with the club on 1 October in a 4–0 defeat of Belenenses in the Europa League. In their next match in that competition, Rebić was sent off for a reckless challenge in stoppage time in a 2–1 defeat to Lech Poznań. On 1 November, he scored his first goal in Serie A, in a 4–1 win against Frosinone.[14]

After only making six appearances and scoring once for Fiorentina, Rebić was loaned to Hellas Verona on 14 January 2016.[15] However, he failed to score in nine appearances, and Verona were relegated to Serie B. On 20 March, on as a halftime substitute for Giampaolo Pazzini, he was sent off for two yellow cards at the end of a 2–1 loss to Carpi in the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.[16]

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

Rebić in action for Eintracht Frankfurt in January 2017

Rebić joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a season-long loan on 11 July 2016, reuniting with former national team manager Niko Kovač.[17] After a short battle with mononucleosis, Rebić made his debut on 17 September against Bayer Leverkusen, coming on as a substitute and assisting Marco Fabián for the winning goal in a 2–1 victory.[18] On 5 February 2017 he scored his first goal for his new team to conclude a 2–0 win over fellow Hesse team SV Darmstadt 98 at the Commerzbank Arena.[19] On 27 May, he equalised in the 2017 DFB-Pokal Final, though Frankfurt lost 2–1 to Borussia Dortmund.[20]

On 31 August 2017, Rebić's loan was extended for another year with an option to buy.[21] Across all competitions, he scored nine goals and assisted three that season.[22] This included two goals on 19 May in the 2018 DFB-Pokal Final, a 3–1 victory that gave his club their first cup since 1988 and denied Bayern Munich to complete their double.[23] At the conclusion of the season, Eintracht Frankfurt exercised their option to purchase Rebić permanently for €2m.

On 10 August 2018, Rebić signed a new contract to last until June 2022.[24] He had been tracked by clubs including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich and Sevilla, and Frankfurt had lost several of their star players in addition to Kovač, who joined Bayern.[25] Two days later, Frankfurt lost the 2018 DFL-Supercup at home to precisely that team, with Rebić a 64th-minute substitute.[26]

International career[edit]

Rebić playing for Croatia against Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup

On 31 July 2013, Rebić was called up for the first time to the national team, ahead of a friendly away to Liechtenstein. He came on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Ivica Olić in the match, and four minutes later he scored in the 3–2 win. He was praised by manager Igor Štimac after the game.[27]

Upon the arrival of the new national team coach Niko Kovač, his former Croatia U21 coach, Rebić was called up for the decisive World Cup play-off matches against Iceland in November 2013. He came on as a substitute in both games, as Croatia secured their spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup by winning 2–0 on aggregate.[28][29]

Rebić was named in Kovač's final 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil.[30] He took part in the opening match against the hosts in São Paulo, as a late substitute in a 3–1 defeat.[31] He played the same role in the next two matches as the Croats were eventually eliminated from the group, and lasted only 20 minutes before being sent off versus Mexico in their last match for a studs-up tackle on Carlos Peña.[32]

From June 2015 to November 2017, Rebić was not capped for Croatia.[22] He was named in manager Zlatko Dalić's final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[33] In the second group match against Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod, he volleyed after a mistake by opposing goalkeeper Willy Caballero to open a 3–0 Croatian win.[34] In the last 16 against Denmark, he had a chance to score near the end of extra time but was fouled by Mathias Jørgensen; Luka Modrić missed the resulting penalty but the Croats won in the shootout.[35] Rebić started in the final, and was substituted for Andrej Kramarić after 71 minutes of a 4–2 loss to France at the Luzhniki Stadium.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of match played 15 July 2018[37]
Croatia
Year Apps Goals
2013 3 1
2014 5 0
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 2 0
2018 10 1
Total 22 2

International goals[edit]

As of match played on 21 June 2018. Croatia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Rebić goal.[37]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 August 2013 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein
2–1
3–2
Friendly
2 21 June 2018 Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia  Argentina
1–0
3–0
2018 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

Eintracht Frankfurt

Croatia

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
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