Dario Krešić

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Dario Krešić
Krešić with Leverkusen in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Dario Krešić
Date of birth (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Vukovar, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 25
Youth career
0000–1996 Mladost Buzin
1996–2000 NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac
2000–2002 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 SV Eintracht Trier 05 36 (0)
2006–2009 Panionios 46 (0)
2009–2012 PAOK 36 (0)
2012–2013 Lokomotiv Moscow 17 (0)
2014 Mainz 05 0 (0)
2014– Bayer Leverkusen 0 (0)
National team
1999 Croatia U15 2 (0)
2001 Croatia U16 4 (0)
2000–2001 Croatia U17 11 (0)
2002 Croatia U18 1 (0)
2002 Croatia U19 2 (0)
2004 Croatia U21 1 (0)
2013 Croatia 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2013

Dario Krešić (born 11 January 1984) is a Croatian football goalkeeper who plays for Bayer Leverkusen.

Club career[edit]


The Croatian shot-stopper spent the last three seasons (2006–2009) at Panionios, where he made fifty-six appearances for the Athenian side in all competitions. He easily became the first-choice goalkeeper for the team in his second season, and his solid play between the posts played a crucial role in Panionios' run to the 2007–08 Super League play-offs last season.


He moved to PAOK FC in June 2009 on a free transfer from Panionios F.C. At PAOK, Krešić is expected to challenge Greece international goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias for the starting role. While Chalkias' experience played a key role in PAOK's ability to clinch a berth in the UEFA Europa League next season, Krešić's athleticism and potential will most definitely challenge Chalkias' tenure between the goal posts. In 28 July 2010, PAOK was playing against Ajax in Amsterdam Arena and Kostas Chalkias who was injured at the 15th minute was substituted by Krešić.[1] The Croatian goalkeeper proved with his appearances that he deserve to be the first goalkeeper of PAOK and since then he is always in the first eleven in PAOK games. He has already played in 18 games the season 2010–2011, as of November 2010. Voted already 3 times MVP of the team he continues to perform well in a difficult year.

On 27 July, when Krešić realised that he is not counted as the main goalkeeper of the team, he asked to leave from the club.[2] PAOK released him the next day.[3]

FC Lokomotiv Moscow[edit]

On 31 July 2012 Krešić signed a two-year contract with FC Lokomotiv Moscow.[4] He made his debut for the new club on 11 August 2012 against Alania Vladikavkaz.[5] After having made only one substitute appearance for Lokomotiv in the first part of 2013-2014 season, Krešić was released by his club.

1. FSV Mainz 05[edit]

On 6 January 2014, 1. FSV Mainz 05 signed Krešić for the remaining part of 2013-2014 season with option until 2016.[6]

Bayer 04 Leverkusen[edit]

On 23 May 2014, Krešić joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract, which would keep him at the club until June 2016.[7]

International career[edit]

Krešić debuted for Croatia national football team on 10 September 2013 in a friendly match against South Korea, playing for 90 minutes before he was substituted in the injury time of the game.[8]


  1. ^ "PAOK give Dermitzakis a night to remember". UEFA. 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Ζήτησε να φύγει ο Κρέσιτς! (in Greek). paok24.com. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Λύση συμβολαίου του Dario Kresic" (in Greek). paokfc.gr. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  4. ^ «Локомотив» подписал контракт с Дарио Крешичем (in Russian). fclm.ru. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Локомотив – Алания (in Russian). sports.ru. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Mainz 05 verpflichtet Dario Kresic" (in German). 1. FSV Mainz 05. 6 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bayer 04 verpflichtet Mainzer Torhüter Dario Kresic" (in German). Bayer 04 Leverkusen. 23 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Republic of Korea - Croatia 1:2. hns-cff.hr. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 

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