Dubravko Pavličić

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Dubravko Pavličić
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-11-28)28 November 1967
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Date of death 4 April 2012(2012-04-04) (aged 44)
Place of death Elche, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Radnik Velika Gorica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1989 Dinamo Zagreb 36 (1)
1990–1994 Rijeka 104 (2)
1994–1997 Hércules 95 (8)
1997–2000 Salamanca 57 (1)
2000–2001 Racing Ferrol 29 (2)
Total 321 (14)
National team
1987 Yugoslavia U20 6 (0)
1992–1997 Croatia 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dubravko Pavličić (28 November 1967 – 4 April 2012) was a Croatian footballer who played as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Zagreb, Socialist Republic of Croatia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Pavličić started playing professionally for local NK Dinamo, being irregularly used over the course of three seasons. He developed into a top division player with NK Rijeka, helping it to two sixth-place finishes and one fourth in the newly founded Croatian First Football League; in the 1993–94 Croatian Cup, he scored the game's only goal in the second leg of the final, albeit in an eventual 1–2 aggregate loss.

In the 1994 summer Pavličić moved to Spain and signed for Hércules CF, in Segunda División, winning promotion to La Liga in his second year and netting a career-best six goals in 38 games in the following season, which nonetheless ended in relegation, with the player scoring in both games against FC Barcelona (3–2 win at the Camp Nou and 2–1 success at home). He stayed in the top level with UD Salamanca, dropping down a division in 1999.

In the 2000 off-season, 32-year-old Pavličić signed for Racing de Ferrol – division two – retiring at the end of the campaign. He settled in the nation subsequently, also playing amateur football in the Alicante area.

International career[edit]

Pavličić played for Croatia for five years, gaining a total of 22 caps.[1] His debut came on 8 July 1992 in a 1–3 friendly loss with Australia in Adelaide, and he was selected for the squad that appeared at UEFA Euro 1996, playing two group stage games (one minute against Turkey, full match against Portugal) in an eventual quarter final exit.

Previously, Pavličić was a member of the highly-talented Yugoslavia under-20 team that won the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile, playing all the games in the tournament.[2]

Death[edit]

Pavličić died of pancreatic cancer on 4 April 2012 in Elche, aged 44.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Croatia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Dubravko PavličićFIFA competition record
  3. ^ Tolić, Josip (4 April 2012). "Preminuo Dubravko Pavličić" [Dubravko Pavličić dies] (in Croatian). Sportnet. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fallece Dubravko Pavlicic, mito de la defensa del Hércules" [Dubravko Pavlicic, legendary Hércules defender, dies] (in Spanish). Terra. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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