Srna at Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015
|Full name||Darijo Srna|
|Date of birth||1 May 1982|
|Place of birth||Metković, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right back|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2016.
Darijo Srna (pronounced [dâːrijo sř̩na]; born 1 May 1982) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk of which he is captain. He was also the captain of the Croatian national team. He can play all across the right wing and is known for his crossing and free kick ability. He began his career at Hajduk Split, before moving to Shakhtar in 2003. He has won numerous trophies during his time at Shakhtar, including a UEFA Cup title in 2009, 7 Ukrainian Premier League titles, 5 Ukrainian Cup titles and 5 Ukrainian Super Cup titles. Srna made his international debut for Croatia in November 2002. In 2009, manager Slaven Bilić made him the captain of the national team; a position he would have for many years.
He is the most capped player in the history of the Croatian national team, having represented his country at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012, and UEFA Euro 2016. He is also the most capped player in the history of Shakhtar Donetsk. He is considered to be one of the most legendary players in the history of Shakhtar Donetsk, to the extent of being even referred to as the "Icon of Shakhtar". While in Shakhtar, Srna had offers from clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich, which he declined due to his loyalty to Shakhtar.
Croatia never lost a match in which Srna has scored.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
At Hajduk, Srna won the 1999–2000 Croatian Cup, 2002–03 Croatian Cup and the 2000–01 Prva HNL. They played in the first round of 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, 2001–02 UEFA Cup, 2002–03 UEFA Cup, as well as the second round of the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League and the third round of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League. He made 84 appearances for the club, including 64 league appearances, and scored 8 goals, 4 of which came in the league, before moving to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.
In 2003, Srna was sold, along with Stipe Pletikosa, to Shakhtar Donetsk. He is a common member and the captain in his club side, for whom he has made a large impact in the league. In his first season with the club he made 29 appearances, including 19 in the league, scoring 3 goals, all of which came in the Cup. He helped the club to win the Ukrainian Cup, his first honour with the club, and to a second-place finish in the Premier League.
In his second season, Shakhtar won the Super Cup and the Premier League. He made 42 appearances for the club, 22 of which came in the league, and netted two goals, once in the league and once in the cup. Srna made his debut in main stage of UEFA Champions League on 14 September 2004 against Milan. His third season saw Shakhtar retain the Premier League title. He made 21 league appearances, scoring twice. After the 2006 World Cup, Benfica were reported to be after the player's signature but nothing materialized, with what many considered a fallen or rejected sale. Since then, he had been linked with a number of other clubs, including S.S. Lazio, but a move never materialized.
The following season Shakhtar were trumped to the Premier League title by Dynamo Kyiv as they failed to achieve any silverware. Darijo made 35 appearances for the club, 20 in the league, and scored four times, 3 of which came in the league. In the 2007–08 season Shakhtar picked up the Premier League trophy and were victorious in the Ukrainian Cup Final. Darijo made 41 appearances, 28 of which came in the league.
The 2008–09 season saw Shakhtar win the Super Cup and the UEFA Cup. On 15 July 2008 Shakhtar emerged victorious in the Super Cup Final against Dynamo Kyiv. At the end of extra time the teams were level at 1–1. In the penalty shoot-out Shakhtar converted all 5 penalties to win 5–3. Srna, who captained the side, scored one of the penalties. On 3 August he scored the first goal in a 3–0 victory over Illichivets Mariupol. On 13 August he scored the first goal in a 2–0 victory over Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League. On 18 October he scored a goal in Shakhtar's 4–2 win against Kryvbas. On 2 March he scored the winning goal in Shakhtar's 2–1 league victory over Illichivets. On 22 March he scored the only goal in a league win over Vorskla. In the semi final of the UEFA Cup Shakhtar faced Dynamo Kyiv in an all-Ukrainian tie. After a 1–1 away draw in the first leg, Shakhtar won 2–1 at the Donbass Arena for a 3–2 aggregate win to progress to the final. Darijo played the full 90 minutes of both legs. On 20 May 2009, he captained Shakhtar in the 2–1 victory over Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup Final. Srna provided the assist for Jádson's winning goal seven minutes into extra time. He also picked up a yellow card. This was the last UEFA Cup before the change to the Europa League. Shakhtar finished the Premier League in 2nd position, 15 points behind champions Dynamo Kyiv. Darijo made 46 appearances and scored 5 goals, with 25 appearances and 4 goals in the league.
In the 2009–10 season Shakhtar regained the Premier League. On 28 August he played in Shakhtar's 1–0 extra time loss to Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup, picking up a yellow card on 65 minutes. He scored the third goal in a 4–1 away victory over Club Brugge in the Europa League. He scored a goal and picked up a yellow card in a 2–0 Ukrainian Cup victory over Dynamo Kyiv on 28 October. He netted his first league goal of the season in a 2–1 victory against Zorya Luhansk on 20 March. On 3 April he scored the only goal in a league victory over Obolon. Darijo played 39 matches, 26 in the league, and scored 4 goals, 2 of which came in the league.
The 2010–11 season was extremely successful for Shakhtar as they won the treble (Premier League, Ukrainian Cup and the Super Cup). He played in Shakhtar's 7–1 Super Cup victory over Tavriya Simferopol on 4 July. On 15 September he netted the only goal, and picked up a yellow card, in a 1–0 Champions League win over Partizan Belgrade. In the following match, against Tavriya, after going 1–0 down, Srna scored the equaliser in a 4–1 victory. On 30 October he was sent off in added time against Dnipro as Shakhtar won 1–0. On 1 April he scored the first goal in a 3–1 victory over Illichivets Mariupol. On 7 May, against Metalurh Donetsk, he scored the second goal in a 2–0 win. On 25 May he played in the 2–0 Ukrainian Cup Final victory over Dynamo Kyiv, picking up a yellow card. Srna was named in the UEFA Champions League Team of the Year according to player rater (statistics) in the 2010–2011 season where Shakhtar lost in the quarter-final to Barcelona. Srna gave 5 assists in 5 games He made 39 appearances, 27 of which were in the league, scoring 4 goals, 3 of which came in the league.
Shakhtar won the Premier League and the Ukrainian Cup in the 2011–12 season, Darijo's sixth league title with the club. He scored a goal in first half injury time in a 2–0 away win over Metalurh Donetsk. On 2 December he scored the first goal in a 5–0 league victory over Arsenal Kyiv at the Donbass Arena. On 16 April, in the 27th gameweek of the season, Darijo netted the final goal in a 5–1 victory over Zorya Luhansk. On 6 May he played in the Ukrainian Cup Final against Metalurh Donetsk, in which Shakhtar emerged victorious after an extra time winner from Oleksandr Kucher made it 2–1. This marked Darijo's fourth Ukrainian Cup success with Shakhtar. He picked up a yellow card in the final match of the season, a 3–0 victory over Oleksandriya. Shakhtar won the league by 4 points over Dynamo Kyiv. He scored 3 goals in 25 league matches and made a total of 34 appearances in the season.
Darijo began the 2012–13 season with an assist for Luiz Adriano in the 6th minute of Shakhtar's 2–0 Super Cup victory over Metalurh Donetsk. He assisted Ilsinho for the second goal in a 3–1 Premier League win against Hoverla. He assisted Fernandinho for a 93rd-minute winner against Kryvbas. and added another for Marko Dević in a 4–0 victory against Volyn Lutsk. On 19 August, Darijo assisted Willian for the third goal in a 5–1 win against Chornomorets Odesa In the next match he provided Luiz Adriano with an assist in a 3–0 win over Karpaty Lviv. On 2 September he assisted Oleksandr Kucher's second goal in a 3–1 victory against Dynamo Kyiv. On 23 September Darijo scored a free kick in a 4–1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the last 32 of the Ukrainian Cup. On 28 September he scored the winning goal in a 2–1 victory against Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. He picked up the Man of the Match award for his contribution to win over Dnipro. On 19 October he assisted Ilsinho for a goal in a 2–1 victory against Illichivets.
On 13 February 2013, Srna netted with an expertly struck free kick in the 31st minute in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie with Borussia Dortmund, the game ended in a 2–2 draw. At the end of the 2012/13 season in Ukraine he became assists leader with 12 assists.
In mid-season Srna helped Shakhtar win the 2014 United Supercup, a tournament between the top-two placed clubs from Russia and Ukraine, becoming the assists leader and joint top scorer of the tournament. By the end of the season, the club won the Ukraine Premier League and the 2014 Ukrainian Super Cup.
In the 2015/16 season, Srna played 41 games and scored 6 goals. Shakhtar announced that their captain had extended his contract for the 2016–17 season, a day after the club celebrated their 80th anniversary.
Srna made his full international debut for the Croatian national team in a friendly match against Romania in November 2002. He went on to score his first international goal on his competitive debut for Croatia in their Euro 2004 qualifier against Belgium in March 2003, netting the opening goal in Croatia's 4–0 win. He made a total of six appearances in Croatia's qualifying campaign for Euro 2004, including both play-off matches against Slovenia.
2006 World Cup
After Euro 2004, Srna went on to become one of the key players in Croatia's 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, scoring five goals in nine appearances during the campaign and being the team's top goalscorer in the competition. During the 2006 World Cup qualifying, he scored both goals in Croatia's two 1–0 wins over Sweden, including a long-range free kick in the away fixture in Gothenburg. He also netted both goals in Croatia's 2–2 home draw against Bulgaria, as well as one goal in their 3–1 away win at Iceland.
Srna then starred in all three games of Croatia's 2006 World Cup campaign. He was highly praised and remembered for his spectacular 30-yard free kick which put Croatia ahead against Australia in the infamous "Graham Poll three-yellow card" blunder match that ended 2–2 and saw Croatia therefore exit from the group stage.
In September 2006, Srna was temporarily dropped from the Croatian squad for a Euro 2008 qualifying match with Russia because of a late night partying spree in a local disco, along with teammates Boško Balaban and Ivica Olić.
Srna was considered the hero of the match, when he came on as a substitute against Macedonia in a Euro 2008 qualifying match and scored shortly after from a free kick, which was shot into the right corner of the goal. In the 88th minute, he provided a cross which found teammate Eduardo, and allowed him to score and snatch a late win for Croatia. He also scored Croatia's equaliser in their hard fought away victory against Israel, which eventually ended 4–3 in Croatia's favor. Srna went on to miss a penalty against Estonia, however his overall contribution to teamwork attack compensated for this mistake, which Croatia quickly capitalised on to win 2–0.
Since helping his country qualify for Euro 2008 with a strong qualifying campaign, Srna was unsurprisingly named in their 23-man squad for the current tournament. On 12 June, Srna scored the opening goal in the 24th minute of Croatia's 2–1 victory over Germany in their second game of Group B. He was the only player to score for Croatia in their unsuccessful penalty shootout in the quarter finals against Turkey. At the conclusion of the match, Srna was seen struggling to hold back an emotional breakdown because of Croatia's strong efforts but eventual defeat.
Srna started in all 3 games of the 2012 tournament as the captain, where Croatia finished third behind Spain and Italy, failing to qualify to the next stage. Italy and Spain went on to become the finalists of the tournament.
2014 World Cup
Croatia qualified for the 2014 World Cup, and Srna was named the team captain on his second official international tournament (first one being Euro 2012). Croatia finished third in the group behind Brazil and Mexico and therefore failed to qualify for the next stage.
In 2016, Srna was once again selected as the team captain and played in the first group game against Turkey. Shortly after the match, Srna returned to Croatia upon the news of his father's death during the match. He returned to France afterwards as his dad's last wish was for him to play for Croatia. Croatia finally reached the knock-out phase, but lost 1-0 to Portugal by a late goal by Ricardo Quaresma. Srna subsequently announced his retirement from international football; he reached 134 caps, scoring 22 goals, which makes him his country's most capped player.
Srna was born in Metković to Bosniak father Uzeir and Croatian mother Milka. His father, a World War II orphan and a former footballer for FK Sarajevo, supported his fledgling football career despite discrimination during the Yugoslav wars and widespread corruption among football coaches. Before leaving Croatia to join for Shakhtar, he gave his parents a brand new Mercedes. He has a tattoo of a deer playing football on his leg, as 'Srna' in Croatian means 'deer'. Srna has also helped Bosnian club Borac Šamac where his father played as goalkeeper and was also a coach.
Srna has a half-brother, Renato, a coach at Neretva, from their father's first marriage. His other brother Igor has Down syndrome. As a result, Srna dedicates all his goals to him, and even revealed a shirt under his jersey saying "Igor, svi smo uz tebe" ("Igor, we are all here for you") after scoring a goal against Macedonia. He also has a tattoo of "Igor" along his heart.
While at Shaktar, Srna frequently buys match tickets for orphans and often finances their travel to the stadium at his own expense. In late 2014 he purchased 20 tonnes of tangerines from farms near Metković and had them donated to over 23,000 primary school children in the Donbass region during the ongoing war there.
- As of 25 June 2016
|Croatia national team|
- Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.
|1.||29 March 2003||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Belgium||1–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|2.||31 March 2004||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Turkey||2–1||2–2||Friendly|
|3.||8 September 2004||Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden||Sweden||0–1||0–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||9 October 2004||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Bulgaria||1–0||2–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||9 October 2004||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Bulgaria||2–0||2–2||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||9 February 2005||Teddy Stadium, Jerusalem, Israel||Israel||1–2||3–3||Friendly|
|7.||3 September 2005||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||1–3||1–3||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||8 October 2005||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Sweden||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9.||1 March 2006||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Argentina||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
|10.||22 June 2006||Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, Stuttgart, Germany||Australia||1–0||2–2||2006 FIFA World Cup|
|11.||15 November 2006||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||1–1||3–4||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|12.||24 March 2007||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Macedonia||1–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|13.||22 August 2007||Koševo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||0–2||3–5||Friendly|
|14.||22 August 2007||Koševo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2–4||3–5||Friendly|
|15.||12 September 2007||Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Andorra||0–1||0–6||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|16.||12 June 2008||Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt, Austria||Germany||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008|
|17.||20 August 2008||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||Slovenia||2–2||2–3||Friendly|
|18.||14 November 2009||Stadion HNK Cibalia, Vinkovci, Croatia||Liechtenstein||2–0||5–0||Friendly|
|19.||3 September 2010||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||0–3||0–3||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|20.||6 February 2013||Craven Cottage, London, England||South Korea||0–2||0–4||Friendly|
|21.||19 November 2013||Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb, Croatia||Iceland||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification play-off|
|22.||4 June 2016||Stadion Rujevica, Rijeka, Croatia||San Marino||3–0||10–0||Friendly|
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- Heart of Hajduk Award: 2003
- Best Ukrainian Premier League Player: 2008–09, 2009–10
- UEFA Cup Final Man of the Match: 2009
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2010–11
- UEFA Europa League Squad of the Season: 2015–16
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- United Tournament Most assists: 2014
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