Filip Benković

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Filip Benković
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Benković playing with Dinamo Zagreb against Red Bull Salzburg in 2016
Personal information
Full name Filip Benković[1]
Date of birth (1997-07-13) 13 July 1997 (age 22)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 16
Youth career
2008–2015 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2018 Dinamo Zagreb 56 (6)
2018– Leicester City 0 (0)
2018–2019Celtic (loan) 20 (2)
National team
2013 Croatia U17 2 (0)
2014 Croatia U19 2 (1)
2015–2019 Croatia U21 7 (2)
2019– Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:22, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Filip Benković (born 13 July 1997) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Leicester City.[2]

Early life[edit]

Benković was born in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, and joined the Dinamo Zagreb academy in 2008.

Club career[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

Benković playing for Dinamo Zagreb against Red Bull Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League

2015–16 season[edit]

On 19 July 2015, Benković made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw with Osijek.[3] On 22 July, Benković made his European debut in a 3–0 win over Fola Esch in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League; playing twelve minutes after coming off the bench as a substitute in the 78th minute.[4] He went on to make a total of 18 competitive appearances for the club in the 2015–16 season.[5]

2016–17 season[edit]

On 29 July 2016, in the league match against Slaven Belupo, after Dinamo went 0–1 in the 92nd minute, Benković scored a last-minute equalizing goal in the 94th minute, to make it 1–1.[6] On 10 August, Benković played the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 away win over Hajduk Split.[7][8] On 23 September, Benković scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Lokomotiva.[9] In the mid-phase of the 2016–17 season, Benković was reportedly suffering from injury which would force him to miss the majority of the season.[10][11]

2017–18 season[edit]

On 15 July 2017, Benković scored in a 2–0 win over Istra 1961.[12] On 9 September, Benković scored in a 3–2 win over Rudeš.[13] On 21 October, Benković scored in a 2–2 draw with Hajduk Split.[14] On 4 May 2018, Benković scored a last-minute equalizing goal in a 2–2 draw with Slaven Belupo.[15] On 23 May, Benković came on as a 90th minute substitute in the Croatian Cup Final, as Dinamo won 1–0.[16]

Leicester City[edit]

On 9 August 2018, Leicester City confirmed via their official website that Benković signed for the club on a five-year contract, for a fee in the region of £13m.[2][17][18][19]

Celtic (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2018, Benković joined Celtic on a season-long loan deal.[20] On 14 September 2018, Benković made his debut in a 0–0 draw with St Mirren, playing 60 minutes.[21] Benković scored his first goal for Celtic in a 5–0 victory over Heart of Midlothian on 3 November 2018.[22]

International career[edit]

Benković made his Croatia national football team debut on 11 June 2019 in a friendly against Tunisia, as a starter.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 24 June 2019[24][25]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb 2015–16 Croatian First Football League 13 0 2 0 3 0 12 0 30 0
2016–17 18 2 0 0 10 0 0 0 28 2
2017–18 25 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 30 4
Total 56 6 5 0 15 0 12 0 88 6
Leicester City 2018–19 Premier League 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2019–20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Celtic (loan) 2018–19 Scottish Premiership 20 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 28 2
Total 76 8 10 0 19 0 12 0 117 8

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb

Celtic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019/20 Premier League squads confirmed". Premier League. 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Filip Benković Signs For Leicester City On A Five-Year Deal". Leicester City FC. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Osijek – Dinamo 1:1". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 19 July 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  4. ^ "UEFA Champions League – Fola-Dinamo Zagreb". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Croatia – F. Benković – Profile with news, career statistics and history". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Remi Dinama i Slaven Belupa". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 29 July 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Slavlje Dinama nad Hajdukom". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 10 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Katastrofa Hajduka: Dinamo nanio 'bijelima' najteži poraz na Poljudu". Gol.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Dinamo svladao Lokomotivu". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 23 September 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Filip Benković misteriozna ozljeda" (in Croatian). Goal.com. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  11. ^ "DOGODILA SE STRAŠNA POGREŠKA U DINAMU Alarm na Maksimiru zbog misteriozne ozljede: Mladoj zvijezdi prijeti naprasni kraj sezone!?". Sportske Novosti. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Dinamo – Istra 1961 2:0". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 15 July 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Dinamo – Rudeš 3:2". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 10 September 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Hajduk – Dinamo 2:2". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 21 October 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Slaven Belupo – Dinamo 2:2". Hrvatski Telekom Prva liga (in Croatian). 4 May 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Dinamo – Hajduk 1:0 – Hrvatski nogometni savez" (in Croatian). Hrvatski Nogonetmi Savez (Croatian Football Association). 23 May 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Leicester City agree Caglar Soyuncu deal and sign Filip Benkovic for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Leicester finalise £13m Filip Benkovic signing from Dinamo Zagreb". Sky Sports. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  19. ^ "Benković za 15 milijuna eura u Leicesteru: Dat ću svoje srce klubu". Večernji (in Croatian). Publitzer. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Filip Benkovic joins Celtic on a season-long loan". Celtic FC. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  21. ^ "St Mirren 0–0 Celtic". BBC Sport. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  22. ^ "Celtic 5–0 Hearts: Reigning champions outclass leaders Hearts with thumping win". BBC Sport. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  23. ^ "Croatia v Tunisia game report". ESPN. 11 June 2019.
  24. ^ Cite error: The named reference sw was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  25. ^ {{Soccerbase|86752
  26. ^ "Celtic secured an eighth consecutive title in style with a convincing win away to wasteful Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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