Branko Strupar

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Branko Strupar
Personal information
Full name Branko Strupar
Date of birth (1970-02-09) 9 February 1970 (age 49)
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 NK Špansko 137 (68)
1994–1999 Genk 168 (106)
1999–2003 Derby County 41 (16)
2003–2004 Dinamo Zagreb 13 (7)
Total 359 (197)
National team
1999–2002 Belgium 17 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 February 2007

Branko Strupar (born 9 February 1970) is a former Croatian-Belgian football striker. In 1999, he became a naturalised Belgian. He consequently played for the Belgium national football team with whom he played 17 matches and scored 5 times.

Early career[edit]

Born in Zagreb and raised in Prečko (the west of Zagreb), the first club he played for was NK Špansko.


Strupar played in Belgium for KRC Genk, winning promotion to the Belgian First Division in 1996 and becoming champion of Belgium with the same team in 1999. He also won the Belgian Golden Shoe as Player of the Year for 1998. In 1998, he finished as top scorer with 22 goals. He moved to Derby County in December 1999, where he most notably scored the first British league goal of the year 2000 after two minutes against Watford. While at Derby Strupar gained popularity with his prolific scoring ability.

Despite an excellent goals-to-games ratio when fit, injuries curtailed his Derby career, and he was eventually given a free transfer, with which he returned to Croatia for a brief spell at Dinamo Zagreb to wind up his career.

Personal life[edit]

Strupar lives in Prečko with his wife, daughters Dora and Laura and his son Bruno, born 16 March 2007. He was a sport commentator on the Croatian network RTL for Premier League broadcasts along with Filip Brkić.