Dani Olmo

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Dani Olmo
Personal information
Full name Daniel Olmo Carvajal
Date of birth (1998-05-07) 7 May 1998 (age 20)
Place of birth Terrassa, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb
Number 7
Youth career
Espanyol
2007–2014 Barcelona
2014–2015 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2017 Dinamo Zagreb II 25 (3)
2015– Dinamo Zagreb 62 (12)
National team
2014 Spain U16 3 (0)
2015 Spain U17 9 (1)
2016 Spain U18 2 (1)
2018– Spain U21 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21 March 2019

Daniel "Dani" Olmo Carvajal (born 7 May 1998) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Terrassa, Barcelona, Catalonia, Olmo arrived in FC Barcelona's youth academy aged 9, from neighbours RCD Espanyol.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

In a surprise move, he joined Dinamo Zagreb in the summer of 2014. He made a first team debut vs NK Lokomotiva on 7 February 2015.[2] On 22 August 2016, Olmo signed a new, four-year contract with Dinamo Zagreb.[3]

On 17 December 2018, Olmo was named the best player of the Croatian First Football League for 2018.[4] Also in December 2018, Olmo finished 11th in Tuttosport's 'Golden Boy' award, finishing ahead of the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Josip Brekalo.[5]

International career[edit]

Olmo was part of the Spanish squad at the 2015 European Under-17 Championship in Bulgaria; he netted in the penalty shootout as they were eliminated by Germany in the quarter-finals, but then had his attempt saved by Will Huffer as Spain lost to England by the same means in a play-off for that year's World Cup for the category.[6]

In the end of 2017, Dinamo Zagreb Director Tomislav Svetina said that the club was doing all it could to get the teenager citizenship. Olmo himself showed desire to swich to Croatia on international level.[7] However, in October 2018 he made his début for the Spanish U-21 side. As he had not obtained Croatian citizenship at this time, it made him unavailable to play for Croatia.

On 2 April 2019, several Spanish media reported about Croatia's manager Zlatko Dalić trying to convince Olmo to play for Croatia and even asking Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović to give the player Croatian citizenship so he can debut as soon as possible. The news turned out to be an April Fool's joke by Croatian media, which Spanish media didn't know.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Olmo's father, Miquel, was also a footballer. A forward, he played professionally for lower league teams.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 7 March 2019[11]
Club Season League League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb II 2015–16 Druga HNL 15 1 15 1
2016–17 10 2 10 2
Total 25 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 3
Dinamo Zagreb 2014–15 Prva HNL 5 0 5 0
2015–16 1 0 1 1 2 1
2016–17 14 1 4 3 18 4
2017–18 26 8 5 1 2 0 33 9
2018–19 16 3 1 0 15 3 32 6
Total 62 12 11 5 17 3 0 0 90 20
Career total 87 15 11 5 17 3 0 0 115 23

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.gnkdinamo.hr/hr/Players/Single?Permalink=dani-olmo
  2. ^ MODRA BUDUĆNOST: SJAJNI MLADIĆI KOJI NEZAUSTAVLJIVO DOLAZE at gnkdinamo.hr, 12 February 2015
  3. ^ OLMO DAO POVJERENJE DINAMU NA IDUĆE ČETIRI GODINE at gnkdinamo.hr, 22 August 2016
  4. ^ "Dani Olmo najbolji je nogometaš godine prema izboru kapetana hrvatskih prvoligaša". tportal.hr. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Olmo ispred Mbappea, Brekalo u TOP 20 najboljih U21 igrača". www.24sata.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ Shergold, Adam (19 May 2015). "England U17 0-0 Spain U17 (Pens 5-3): Young Lions win shootout to qualify for Under 17 World Cup in Chile". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. ^ Spanish Teenage Talent Wants to Play for Croatia
  8. ^ Martin, Paco (2 April 2019). "Croatia try to convince Dani Olmo to switch from Spain". Marca. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  9. ^ "DANI OLMO I ZLATKO DALIĆ OSVANULI NA NASLOVNICAMA SVIH ŠPANJOLSKIH MEDIJA Nestvarna priča o Dinamovom asu izazvala veliku zabrinutost!". Sportske novosti (in Croatian). 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Al Barça se le fugan los canteranos: Dani Olmo rompe su contrato y se marcha al Dinamo de Zagreb" (in Spanish). Voz Populy. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Dani Olmo". Soccerway.

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