Drago Gabrić

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Drago Gabrić
Drago Gabric.jpg
Signing a contract with Trabzonspor in 2009
Personal information
Full name Drago Gabrić
Date of birth (1986-09-27) 27 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder, winger
Youth career
Orkan Dugi Rat
1996–2005 Hajduk Split
2003–2004 Omiš (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Hajduk Split 70 (13)
2005 Solin (loan) 16 (3)
2006 Novalja (loan) 9 (1)
2009–2011 Trabzonspor 25 (4)
2010–2011 MKE Ankaragücü (loan) 22 (4)
2011–2012 Hajduk Split 10 (1)
2012–2015 Rijeka 12 (0)
2013–2014 Domžale (loan) 14 (1)
2015 Zadar (loan) 13 (2)
2015 Koper 5 (0)
2017- Junak Sinj 0 (0)
National team
2007 Croatia U20 3 (0)
2007–2008 Croatia U21 6 (0)
2009–2010 Croatia 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 December 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 May 2010

Drago Gabrić (born 27 September 1986 in Split) is a Croatian football midfielder. He is a versatile player, able to play on the both sides of the field. His father, Tonči Gabrić, is a former Hajduk Split and Rijeka player and a Croatian international goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Hajduk Split[edit]

Gabrić made his 1. HNL debut on 16 September 2006 in a home match against Varaždin, replacing double goalscorer Josip Balatinac in the 80th minute. Varaždin again proved to be a favoured opponent for Drago, with his first Hajduk goal coming against the same side on 17 March 2007. He scored two further goals by the end of that season, one against Međimurje and the other against Zagreb.

When Robert Jarni was appointed as head manager of Hajduk, Gabrić became a more prominent member of the first team, managing 23 appearance in the 2007–08 season. His side struggled, though, as they finished in fifth place in the league, 30 points behind league champions and fierce rivals Dinamo Zagreb. Under Jarni, Gabrić played in a variety of positions al across the midfield and even occasionally in defence.

After Jarni resigned, Gabrić blossomed under the management of both Goran Vučević and Ante Miše, with both managers using Drago in a more advanced role either as a right or left winger or even as a number 10 behind the striker. This improved his scoring return, with the player netting eight times in 30 league games in the 2008–09 season. In December 2008, Drago signed a new three and a half year deal with the club worth a rumoured amount of €180,000 annually. He also receive the Heart of Hajduk Award as a result of his performances in the 2007–08 season.

Trabzonspor[edit]

In August 2009, Gabrić was signed by Turkish giants Trabzonspor in a €2.5m deal. He made 28 appearances in his maiden year in Turkey, scoring four times but largely struggled to impress and was therefore sent out on loan to MKE Ankaragücü for the 2010–11 season. At Ankaragücü, Gabrić made 26 appearances and again scored four league goals.

On 23 June 2011, Gabrić was seriously injured in a car accident near Split, Croatia on the A1 (Croatia). He sustained a fractured skull and was in a coma for four days. His club at the time, Trabzonspor, terminated his contract.[1]

Return to Hajduk Split[edit]

In September 2011 Gabrić signed for Hajduk Split.[2] He made his return to football on 5 November 2011, in a round 14 1. HNL clash against NK Varaždin, the side he made his debut against and scored his first professional league goal against. He made another nine appearances that season but largely disappointed.

Rijeka[edit]

In June 2012, Gabrić moved from Hajduk to Rijeka on a free transfer, following his father's footsteps, who made the same move. At Rijeka, Drago again struggled to impress and was dropped from the squad for the last 14 matches of the season. He moved on loan to Slovenian side NK Domžale for the 2013–14 season, but once again having a poor season, scoring once in 14 games and hardly playing a part in the sides second half of the season.

Upon his return to Rijeka and with one year still left on his contract, Rijeka manager Matjaž Kek dropped the player from the squad completely and so Drago was forced to play with fellow teammate in a similar situation Mehmed Alispahić in Rijeka's second team - playing in Croatia's third division.

Later on, Drago continued his career in Zadar where he played under the tutelage of former Croatia national football team manager Igor Štimac.

Career statistics[edit]

Gabric's career statistics are listed below.

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Cup Continental Total
2006–07 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 16 3 4 0 1 0 21 3
2007–08 23 2 4 0 4 0 31 2
2008–09 29 8 7 1 2 0 38 9
Turkey League Cup Continental Total
2009–10 Trabzonspor Süper Lig 25 4 25 4
2010–11 MKE Ankaragücü Süper Lig 22 4 4 0 26 4
Croatia & Slovenia League Cup Continental Total
2011–12 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 10 1 2 0 12 1
2012–13 Rijeka Prva HNL 12 0 12 0
2013–14 Domžale PrvaLiga 14 1 1 0 2 0 17 1
2014–15 Zadar Prva HNL 13 2 1 14 2
Total 154 25 23 1 9 0 186 26

International Goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. May 23, 2010 Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia  Wales 2–0 2–0 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profesyonel Futbolcu Drago Gabric'in Sözleşmesinin Fesih Edilemesi". Trabzonspor (in Turkish). Turkish Public Disclosure System (KAP). 14 July 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.slobodnadalmacija.com/Hajduk/tabid/83/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/149739/Default.aspx (Croatian)

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