Davor Vugrinec

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Davor Vugrinec
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-03-24) 24 March 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Varaždin, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1997 Varteks 123 (55)
1997–2000 Trabzonspor 85 (29)
2000–2002 Lecce 71 (19)
2003–2004 Atalanta 30 (0)
2004–2005 Catania 20 (2)
2005–2006 NK Rijeka 23 (15)
2006–2008 Dinamo Zagreb 34 (16)
2008–2010 NK Zagreb 55 (29)
2010–2012 Varteks 40 (7)
2012–2015 Slaven Belupo 66 (25)
Total 547 (197)
National team
1995 Croatia U20 1 (0)
1994–1997 Croatia U21 19 (3)
1999 Croatia B 1 (0)
1996–2006 Croatia 28 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 January 2013

Davor Vugrinec[pronunciation?] (born 24 March 1975) is a retired Croatian footballer who last played for Slaven Belupo. He primary played as striker, but also operated as an attacking midfielder or second striker. He is the all time top scorer of the Croatian First Football League with 146 goals he scored for five different clubs.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Vugrinec started his professional career at local club NK Varteks in 1992, becoming a regular at the club from his second professional season onwards, and scoring in double digits in three of the following four campaigns. In 1995–96, he netted 17 goals in 31 games as the team finished in fourth position (third after the second stage), also appearing in the season's Croatian Cup final.

Turkey / Italy[edit]

In June 1997, Vugrinec moved abroad, joining Trabzonspor in Turkey, scoring 24 Süper Lig goals in his first two seasons combined. In the 2000 summer, he moved teams and countries again, signing with U.S. Lecce in Italy, his 11 successful strikes proving crucial as the Apulia outfit narrowly avoided relegation from Serie A; on 12 November 2000, he netted the game's only goal at the San Siro, in an historic win against F.C. Internazionale Milano.

2002–03 saw Lecce in Serie B, but Vugrinec returned to the top level in January 2003, joining Atalanta BC. The last of his five seasons in the country was spent in division two, with Calcio Catania (less than half of the league games, no promotion).

Return home[edit]

Subsequently, Vugrinec returned to Croatia and signed with NK Rijeka. Together with Ahmad Sharbini, he was the club's top goalscorer in 2005–06's top division (15 goals apiece), and also helped the team win the domestic cup by scoring the crucial goal in the second-leg match against former club Varteks (Rijeka lost 1–5 away after winning 4–0 in the first leg - with two goals from him - thus overcoming on away goals).

Vugrinec joined NK Dinamo Zagreb in early June 2006 and made his official debut for the club on 19 July, in the Croatian Supercup against his previous club Rijeka, assisting for two goals in a 4–1 win. He went on to score his first goals for Dinamo in the UEFA Champions League qualifier against FK Ekranas and the team's first domestic league match of the 2006–07 season, against NK Slaven Belupo. He suffered an injury in a home fixture against HNK Šibenik on 4 August, but managed to recover for the club's first-leg third-round Champions League clash against Arsenal four days later, only to be stretchered off 30 minutes into the game, missing the second match.

Vugrinec joined neighbouring NK Zagreb for the 2008–09 season, returning to Varteks two years later, at the age of 35. In March 2012, he terminated his contract with the team, ranking second best all-time goalscorer in the Croatian top division with a total of 124 goals scored.[1] During the same month, Vugrinec joined Slaven Belupo and scored in his debut against Osijek.[2][3]

International career[edit]

Vugrinec made his debut for Croatian on 10 April 1996, in a friendly match with Hungary played in Osijek, but had to wait two 1/2 years to win his second international cap, in the nation's second UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier away against Malta, on 10 October 1998; he entered the match as an early substitute after injury forced off Jurica Vučko in the 16th minute and went on to score two goals in the second half, as the national team came from behind to win it 4–1.

In 2000, Vugrinec became a regular in the main squad, and went on to appear in seven out of possible eight qualifying matches for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He scored two goals during the campaign, as he was on target against Latvia and San Marino respectively (both home fixtures), and was subsequently part of the final stages' squad, appearing in two games in an eventual group stage exit: he started the second match against Italy, but was replaced in the 57th minute, and also played in the final one against Ecuador as an early second-half substitute.

After the tournament in Japan and South Korea, Vugrinec only appeared in one friendly match and two Euro 2004 qualifiers before being uncapped for more than three years, until January 2006. He made his international comeback by appearing in two matches at the Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong, thus applying for a spot in the final squad of 23 at the 2006 World Cup, especially after scoring a hat-trick in Rijeka's 4–0 league win at HNK Hajduk Split, but was eventually omitted.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1–2 10 October 1998 Ta' Qali, Ta' Qali  Malta
2 –1
4 –1
Euro 2000 qualifying
3 –1
3 13 June 1999 Dongdaemun, Seoul  Egypt
2 –2
2 – 2
4 28 February 2001 Kantrida, Rijeka  Austria
1 –0
1 –0
5 24 March 2001 Gradski vrt, Osijek  Latvia
4 –1
4 –1
2002 World Cup qualification
6 2 June 2001 Stadion Varteksa, Varaždin  San Marino
4 –0
4 –0
2002 World Cup qualification
7 15 August 2001 Lansdowne Road, Dublin  Republic of Ireland
1 –2
2 –2


Varteks Varaždin[4]
Runner-Up (1)
Runner-Up (1)
Dinamo Zagreb


  1. ^ Strahija, Ivana (6 March 2012). "Vugrinec napustio Varaždince". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Dubravac, Ante (14 March 2012). "Vugrinec i službeno u Koprivnici". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Strahija, Ivana (16 March 2012). "Vugrinčev 125. gol u pobjedi Slavena". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "D.Vugrinec". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 

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