Branimir Hrgota

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Branimir Hrgota
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Hrgota with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012
Personal information
Full name Branimir Hrgota
Date of birth (1993-01-12) 12 January 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Eintracht Frankfurt
Number 34
Youth career
IK Tord
2008–2011 Jönköpings Södra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Jönköpings Södra 39 (28)
2012–2013 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 8 (2)
2012–2016 Borussia Mönchengladbach 64 (7)
2016– Eintracht Frankfurt 28 (5)
National team
2011–2012 Sweden U19 9 (3)
2012–2015 Sweden U21 14 (3)
2014 Sweden 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:05, 03 June 2017 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 June 2015

Branimir Hrgota (born 12 January 1993) is a Swedish footballer[1] who plays as a striker for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.[2]

Club career[edit]

Jönköpings Södra[edit]

Hrgota started his career as a youth player in lower league side IK Tord which he combined with competing in karate. In 2008, he made the decision to give up martial arts and transferred to second division team Jönköpings Södra. He made his debut with the first team in 2011 and became the league top scorer that season, netting 18 goals in 25 games.[3] After the season Hrgota received the Player of the Year award from the club supporters.[4] Several clubs were interested in buying him after his successful debut year but Hrgota decided to stay with Jönköpings Södra so that he could finish school in the spring.[5] He went on to score 10 goals in 14 games the following season before moving to Germany in the summer.[6]

Borussia Mönchengladbach[edit]

On 4 July 2012, he completed his move to the German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. He made his Bundesliga debut against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as 74th-minute substitute, replacing Mike Hanke. On 11 May 2013, he made the first eleven for the first time against 1. FSV Mainz 05. He made a big impact on the game scoring a hat-trick. His first ever Bundesliga goal was a converted penalty five minutes before half-time. In the second half he scored two more goals, both with his left foot. After 85 minutes he was substituted for Lukas Rupp. On 15 June 2016, it was announced that Hrgota would join fellow Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt on a three-year contract.

Eintracht Frankfurt[edit]

Hrgota scored in his first goal in the game in a 4–3 penalty shoot-out victory against 1. FC Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal on 21 August 2016. On 20 December 2016, before the winter break, he scored a brace in a 3–0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. Despite failing to score in the semi-final cup tie away from home against his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach on 25 April 2017, Hrgota slotted home the winning penalty in the shoot-out which Eintracht Frankfurt won 7–6, having drawn the game 1–1 in normal time.

International career[edit]

Hrgota was eligible to play national team football for Sweden, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Croatia U21 coach Ivo Šušak contacted him during the fall of 2012 in an attempt to bring Hrgota over to his team.[7] However, in the summer of 2014, prior to Sweden's game against Austria in the UEFA European Championship qualifiers, Hrgota was called up to, and accepted to join, the Sweden national team.[8]

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Sweden U21

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wir sind Borussia. Herzlich willkommen. - Borussia Mönchengladbach". www.borussia.de. 
  2. ^ Officielt: Frankfurt sikrer sig Branimir Hrgota‚ fodbold-transfers.dk, 15 June 2016
  3. ^ "Vem är Branimir Hrgota?". fotbollsoraklet.se. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Branimir Hrgota - Årets Spelare 2011". sodrasajten.se. Archived from the original on 4 November 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Supertalangen stannar - ska gå ut skolan". eurosport.se. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Branimir Hrgota" (in Swedish). svenskfotboll.se. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kroatien-rykten dementeras – ber om lugn och ro". fotbolldirekt.se. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hrgota mållös i ligan på nytt". aftonbladet.se. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 

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