Igor Budan

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Igor Budan
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Personal information
Date of birth (1980-04-22) 22 April 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Spezia (deputy director of football)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Rijeka 33 (3)
1999–2002 Venezia 19 (2)
2000–2001 Empoli (loan) 5 (1)
2001 Bellinzona (loan) 1 (0)
2002–2003 Palermo 0 (0)
2002–2003 Venezia (loan) 7 (1)
2003 Ancona (loan) 15 (3)
2003–2006 Atalanta 51 (16)
2006 Ascoli (loan) 11 (4)
2006–2008 Parma 50 (20)
2008–2013 Palermo 63 (12)
2010–2011 Cesena (loan) 17 (1)
2013 Atalanta (loan) 2 (0)
Total 274 (63)
National team
1998–1999 Croatia U-18[1] 8 (0)
1999 Croatia U-20[1] 4 (0)
2007–2008 Croatia[1] 6 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:55, 6 August 2013 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:55, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

Igor Budan (born 22 April 1980) is a former Croatian footballer who played as a forward. He is currently working as deputy director of football for Serie B club Spezia.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Budan played for his native NK Rijeka for two seasons before moving to Italy in 1999. At that time Serie A imposed non-EU quota per team that each team could be used in the field. Budan spent 2000–01 season with Empoli as well as Swiss club Bellinzona (in Italian speaking region of Switzerland) in order to free the quota for other players. Budan was one of the players transferred to Palermo from Venezia in 2002. The ex-owner of Venezia, Maurizio Zamparini, had bought Palermo in July 2002.


He spent two very good seasons between 2003 and 2005 with Atalanta, where he was a regular. Atalanta excised the option to sign Budan in June 2004 but Palermo also excised the counter-option,[2] however, the loan later extended. Atalanta signed Budan in co-ownership deal in summer 2005 for €1 million.[3] Along with Adriano, they were part of the deal of Stephen Makinwa.


The co-ownership deal with Atalanta being terminated in June 2006 for €1 million,[4][5] he was then loaned to Parma F.C. with a co-ownership option (€1.25M),[5] That season Palermo signed Mark Bresciano (€2.5M) and Fábio Simplício (€4.6M); Budan and Maurizio Ciaramitaro were the possible alternative compensation other than cash in the deals to Parma. Parma excised the option in June 2007[6] and bought Davide Matteini (50% for €0.9M) and Francesco Parravicini (€0.95M to Palermo and €0.95M to Fiorentina)[7] Budan scored a lesser goal in 2007–08 Serie A but with a better goal per game, Palermo bought back Budan for €4.5million from relegated Parma in June 2008.[8][9][10] Budan also signed a new 5-year contract.[8]

Return to Palermo[edit]

At Palermo, Budan opportunities to play were limited in the first season because of knee injuries and a surgery on his left knee.[11]

However, he was confirmed to the Palermo squad for the 2009–10 season, and he started the new season by coming on as a substitute in the first two league games, against Napoli and Fiorentina. In the third game of the 2009–10 season, Budan scored his first goal for Palermo, a late injury-time equalizer in a 1–1 home tie against Bari. His new season with Palermo was then later stopped by another serious knee injury that kept him out of action for the remained of the tournament.

On 31 August 2010 he was loaned out to newly promoted Serie A club Cesena until the end of the season.[12] He returned to Palermo by the end of the season and remained in Sicily due to the club failing to find a team for him. Initially kept off the first team squad, he was subsequently re-included due to an injury crisis and featured in a number of league games under head coach Devis Mangia, and then gaining a starting lineup spot under new boss Bortolo Mutti. His improved condition, together with the sale of Mauricio Pinilla to Cagliari, turned him into a starter and gave him the opportunity to play more continuously; he scored his first goal of the season on 22 January 2012, netting the 1–1 equalizer in a 5–3 home win against Genoa, that was followed by him scoring both goals in a 2–0 victory against Novara one week later. During 2011–12 season Budan also extended his contract with the club to 30 June 2015.[13]

In January 2013 he moved on loan to Atalanta.[14] After his loan expired, Budan confirmed his retirement in June 2013.

International career[edit]

Budan was capped for the Croatian U-18 team at the 1998 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship (now U-19 event) and the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (now FIFA U-20 World Cup). Budan also played in 1999 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship qualification.

On 7 February 2007, Budan made his international debut for Croatia in a 2–1 friendly win against Norway, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Boško Balaban.[15]

Post-playing career[edit]

After his retirement, Budan returned to Palermo with his family and successively confirmed he was about to join the rosanero staff as a team manager starting from the 2013–14 season, accepting an offer from president Maurizio Zamparini who had already regularly stated this intention in the past.[16]

He left Palermo after one season in order to pursue a career as a director of football, accepting an offer to work as Guido Angelozzi's deputy at Serie B club Spezia.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "HNS | CFF :. Statistike - Nastupi: Igor Budan" (in Croatian). Croatian Football Federation (HNS). Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "IL PALERMO ESERCITA LA CONTRO-OPZIONE, BUDAN TORNA IN ROSANERO" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 24 June 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  3. ^ US Città di Palermo Report and Accounts on 30 June 2006 (Italian)
  4. ^ "Ceduti Gasbarroni e Modesto, riscattato Budan, alle buste Bovo, Virga e Raimondi" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b US Città di Palermo Report and Accounts on 30 June 2007 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Esercitate le opzioni su Andrea Bovo e Budan" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 21 June 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  7. ^ US Città di Palermo Report and Accounts on 30 June 2008 (Italian)
  8. ^ a b US Città di Palermo Report and Accounts on 30 June 2009 (Italian)
  9. ^ "Riscattati Bovo, Budan, Çani e Di Matteo. Biava al Genoa, rinnovata la comproprietà di Matteini". palermocalcio.it (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 19 June 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "DICHIARAZIONE DI ZAMPARINI". palermocalcio.it (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "COMUNICAZIONE SULLE CONDIZIONI FISICHE DI IGOR BUDAN" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "MOVIMENTI IN USCITA DEL PALERMO" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  13. ^ US Città di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  14. ^ "BUDAN CEDUTO ALL'ATALANTA" (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  15. ^ Croatia beats Norway 2–1 in international friendly AP News, 7 February 2007
  16. ^ "La nuova vita di Budan "Io, padre felice e manager"" [Budan's new life "I, happy father and manager"] (in Italian). La Repubblica Palermo. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Palemo, UFFICIALE: Budan va allo Spezia" (in Italian). Calciomercato.com. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 

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