Darko Bodul

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Darko Bodul
Darko Bodul.jpg
Darko Bodul during his time at Ajax
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 26)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina,
SFR Yugoslavia
(now Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Dundee United
Number 30
Youth career
Fortuna Wien[citation needed]
–2004 First Vienna
2004–2008 Heerenveen
2008–2009 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Ajax 1 (0)
2009–2010 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 24 (1)
2011 Nacional 4 (0)
2011–2013 Sturm Graz 39 (12)
2013–2015 OB 52 (9)
2015 Rheindorf Altach 12 (1)
2015– Dundee United 3 (0)
National team
2007 Croatia U19 8 (2)
2009 Croatia U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 August 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

Darko Bodul (born 11 January 1989 in Sarajevo) is a Bosnian Croat and Croatian footballer who plays as striker who currently plays for Dundee United in Scotland. He also holds Austrian citizenship.[1]

Career[edit]

AFC Ajax[edit]

He began his career in Wien by DSV Fortuna Wien[citation needed], joined First Vienna FC,[2] and was snapped up by Heerenveen in 2004.[3]

Bodul played in the youth teams of Heerenveen before joining AFC Ajax in the summer of 2008 on a free transfer.[4] He made his senior team debut on 8 February 2009 against Vitesse Arnhem.[5]

On 10 April 2009, the Croatian forward renewed his contract with Ajax for two additional years.[6] After being involved in the first team,[7] Bodul was soon on sidelined with ankle injury, resulting him out for the rest of the season.[8]

Following his recovery from ankle injury, it was announced that Bodul was available to be loaned out for the 2009-10 season.[9] It was announced on 31 August 2009 that Bodul was loaned out to Sparta Rotterdam between 30 June 2010.[10] Bodul made his Sparta Rotterdam debut on 13 September 2009, where he made his start before being substituted in the 60th minutes, in a 1-0 win over RKC Waalwijk.[11] Bodul then provided a double assist for Rydell Poepon, who scored twice, in a 3-2 loss against PSV Eindhoven on 27 November 2009.[12] Few weeks later on 19 December 2009, Bodul scored his first and only goal for Sparta in the away game against RKC Waalwijk, 4–1 loss.[13] Despite making twenty-four appearance and scoring once, it was announced that the club allowed Bodul to return to his parent club.[14]

Despite being given thirty-one shirt ahead of the 2010-11 season,[15] Bodul appeared one match as an un-used substitute and was allowed to leave the club after being told by Manager Frank de Boer that his contract was not going to be renewed.[16]

Nacional[edit]

With his contract expiring at the end of the 2010-11 season, Bodul moved to Portuguese side Nacional until the end of the season, with an option of staying for four more years.[17]

Bodul made his Nacional debut on 12 February 2011, where he made his first Nacional start, in a 1-0 loss against Leiria.[citation needed] However, the club changed manager soon after and Bodul was left out of the first team.[18] At the end of the season, Bodul was released by the club.[19]

Sturm Graz[edit]

After being released by Nacional, Bodul joined Austrian Bundesliga side Sturm Graz on a one-year contract, with an option of extending for another year.[20] Bodul was previously on the verge of moving to Ekstraklasa side Lechia Gdańsk before joining Sturm Graz.[21]

Bodul made his Sturm Graz debut in the second leg of UEFA Champions League play-offs, in a 1-0 win over Zestafoni.[22] Weeks later on 13 August 2011, Bodul made his Strum Graz league debut, in a 1-0 win over Rapid Wien.[citation needed] Bodul scored his first goal and then scored another, as well as, setting up a goal for Andreas Hölzl, in a 5-0 win over Wiener Neustadt on 27 August 2011,[23] followed up by scoring in a next game against Admira Wacker, but was sent-off for second bookable offense, in a 2-1 loss on 10 September 2011.[24] Despite being served one match ban, Bodul scored in the second round of ÖFB-Cup, in a 4-0 win over SC Weiz on 21 September 2011.[25] After serving one match ban, Bodul scored on his return three days later, in a 2-1 loss against Austria Wien on 24 September 2011.[26] It took until on 26 October 2011 Bodul score again, in the third round of ÖFB-Cup, in a 3-1 loss against Admira Wacker[27] Three days later, Bodul scored twice, in a 3-2 loss,[28] which was followed up, scoring in a 1-0 win over Kapfenberger on 6 November 2011.[29] Bodul then scored twice, in a 5-1 win over Austria Wien on 10 December 2011.[30] On 17 February 2012, it was announced that Bodul signed a contract with the club, keeping him until 2013.[31] Bodul continued his goal drought and took until 8 April 2012 for Bodul to score his tenth goal of the season, in a 2-0 win over Mattersburg.[32] On the last game of the season on 17 May 2012, Bodul scored twice, in a 3-1 win over Austria Wien and helped the club finish fifth place.[33] In his first season at Sturm Graz, Bodul made twenty-eight appearance and scoring twelve times. His good performance attracted interests from Belgian Pro League side Anderlecht.[34]

However, his second season at Sturm Graz wasn't the same as the first. Though he provided assist for Imre Szabics, in a 4-1 win over Wolfsberger on 11 August 2012,[35] Bodul struggled to score and as a result, Bodul was sent to play in the reserve.[36] With lack of first team opportunities and fell out with Manager Peter Hyballa, Bodul attracted further interests from J. League Division 1 side Urawa Red Diamonds.[37][38]

Odense Boldklub[edit]

It was announced on 31 January 2013 that Bodul joined Danish Superliga side OB on a two-year contract, keeping him until 2015 and was given number 10 shirt.[39]

After months of winter break, the club returned to playing in the league and Bodul made an impact at the club when he scored on his debut, in a 3-2 loss against Copenhagen on 3 March 2013.,[40] followed up scoring three days later, in a 2-2 draw against AaB.[41] It took until 31 March 2014 for Bodul scored his third goal, as well as providing assist for Bashkim Kadrii to score the first goal in the game, in a 2-0 win over Horsens.[42] On the last game of the season, Bodul scored his fourth goal of the season, in a 3-3 draw against Silkeborg. The win ensured the club will play in the Danish Superliga next season, just four points from relegation.[43] Though he made fourteen appearance and scored four times, Bodul expressed his disappointment with the club's display in the 2012-13 season.[44]

Ahead of the 2013-14 season, Bodul started the opening game of the season well when he provided assist for Krisztián Vadócz, in a 1-1 draw against SønderjyskE on 21 July 2013.[45] During the match against AaB on 11 August 2013, Bodul suffered ankle injury and had to be substituted in the 24th minutes, which OB drew 0-0 with AaB. After the match, Manager Troels Bech expressed fears that Bodul's injury could be serious, which may put him on the sidelined for a long time.[46] In the end, it turns out that Bodul's injury wasn't serious and hadn't broken his ankle, therefore avoiding sidelined for a long time.[47] Following this, Bodul scored his first OB goal of the season, in a 9-1 win over FC Udfordringen in the second round of Danish Cup.[48] His first league goal of the season came on 21 October 2013, in a 5-1 win over SønderjyskE.[49] Bodul scored for the third time of the 2013-14 season when he scored twice, in a 2-2 draw against SønderjyskE on 28 March 2014.[50] Despite missing some games due to being un-used on the substitute bench, Bodul made twenty-seven appearance and scoring three times.

With one year left to his contract, Bodul find himself in a pecking order behind newly signing strikers Thomas Mikkelsen and Vladimir Dvalishvili and was determined to fight for his first team place in effort at OB of earning himself a contract extension.[51] To fight for his first team place at OB, Bodul voluntarily to do extra training.[52] Bodul then scored his first goal of the 2014-15 season, in a 2-1 loss against Nordsjælland on 29 September 2014.[53] In January 2015, Bodul left the club by mutual consent, just six months left to his contract.[54]

Rheindorf Altach[edit]

After being released by OB, Bodul moved back to Austria, where he joined Austrian Bundesliga side Rheindorf Altach until the end of the season.[55]

Bodul made his Rheindorf Altach debut on 14 February 2015, in a 2-0 win over Admira Wacker.[56] Bodul then scored his first goal for the club on 24 May 2015, in a 2-0 win over Grödig, in hopes of the club earning a European spot next season.[57] After making twelve appearance and scoring once, Bodul was released by the club after being told his contract will not be renewed.[58]

Dundee United[edit]

After being released by Rheindorf Altach, Bodul moved abroad to Scotland, where he signed for Scottish Premiership side Dundee United on 20 July 2015, signing a two-year contract.[59] Bodul was previously linked with a move back to Netherlands, as NAC Breda were keen to sign him.[60] But Bodul preferred joining Dundee United.[61] Bodul stated his move to Dundee United was influenced by Saša Papac and Georgios Samaras.[62]

Bodul made his Dundee United debut in the opening game of the season, where he came on as a substitute for Mario Bilate in the 45th minutes, in a 1-0 loss against Aberdeen.[63]

International[edit]

He has represented Croatia at youth level, he won six caps at the under-19 level.[64] He was a member of Croatia's under-21 squad and played on 11 February 2009 against the under-21 team from the Republic of Macedonia.

Career Statistics[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia (now Bosnia and Herzegovina), his family moved to Austria when he was a kid.[65]

His brother Dragan is a professional footballer who plays in Austria for SC Union Ardagger.[66] Despite having Croatian heritage, Bodul said he revoked his Croatian passport despite playing for Croatia national team and holds an Austrian citizenship.[67]

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