Ivan Šunjić

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Ivan Šunjić
Ivan Sunjic Birmingham 2019.jpg
Šunjić with Birmingham City in 2019
Personal information
Full name Ivan Šunjić
Date of birth (1996-10-09) 9 October 1996 (age 22)[1]
Place of birth Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 34
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Dinamo Zagreb 1 (0)
2015–2016 Dinamo Zagreb II 12 (0)
2016–2018 Lokomotiva 51 (4)
2018–2019 Dinamo Zagreb 24 (0)
2018Lokomotiva (loan) 11 (3)
2019– Birmingham City 4 (0)
National team
2012 Croatia U16 6 (0)
2012–2013 Croatia U17 21 (0)
2013–2014 Croatia U18 4 (0)
2014–2015 Croatia U19 8 (3)
2014– Croatia U21 18 (1)
2017– Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:24, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:00, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

Ivan Šunjić (born 9 October 1996) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for English Championship club Birmingham City and the Croatia national team. He previously played for Lokomotiva and Dinamo Zagreb.

Club career[edit]

Born in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Šunjić made his professional debut with Dinamo Zagreb in the 2013–14 season. After appearing only for the reserves, he joined Lokomotiva on 10 February 2016.[2] On 13 May 2017, he scored his first goal for the club in the dying minutes of a 2–0 league victory over Inter Zaprešić.[3]

Ahead of the 2017–18 season, Šunjić was made the club captain.[4] On 15 September, he scored the winning goal in the final minutes of a 1–0 league victory against Cibalia.[5]

On 12 February 2018, Šunjić rejoined Dinamo Zagreb and signed a contract until 15 June 2023. However, at the same time, he was loaned to Lokomotiva for the rest of the season.[6]

He returned to Dinamo Zagreb for the 2018–19 season and featured 41 times in all competitions. He made 8 appearances in the Europa League, scoring in a 4–1 win over Fenerbahçe on 20 September 2018[1][7] and starting in Dinamo Zagreb's impressive 1–0 first leg win against Benfica in the round of 16 of the Europa League on 7 March.[8] He was suspended for the second leg, in which Dinamo Zagreb were eliminated.[9] Šunjić made 30 league appearances as Dinamo Zagreb finished as champions, and scored a 90th-minute goal in the Croatian Cup semifinal against Osijek that secured a 2–0 win.[10] He started in the final, which Dinamo Zagreb lost 3–1 to Rijeka.[11]

On 26 July 2019, Šunjić signed a five-year contract with Birmingham City of the English Championship. The officially undisclosed fee was reported as €7 million.[12][13] He made his debut as a second-half substitute in Birmingham's opening fixture of the season, a 1–0 win away against Brentford on 3 August 2019.[14]

International career[edit]

Šunjić was included in Croatia's squad for the 2013 Under-17 World Cup, and played all three group matches.[15]

Šunjić was called up to the senior national team for a friendly match against Mexico in the United States on 28 May. He played the whole of the match, in which an inexperienced Croatia team comprising largely debutants and reduced to ten men secured a 2–1 victory against a relatively strong Mexican side.[16][17]

He captained Croatia at the 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championships and played all three of their matches.[12][11]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 August 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb 2013–14[11] Croatian First Football League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[11] Croatian First Football League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[11] Croatian First Football League 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Dinamo Zagreb II 2015–16[11] Croatian Second Football League 12 0 12 0
Lokomotiva 2015–16[11] Croatian First Football League 10 0 10 0
2016–17[11] Croatian First Football League 23 1 1 0 6[b] 0 30 1
2017–18[11] Croatian First Football League 29 6 3 0 32 6
Total 62 7 4 0 6 0 72 7
Dinamo Zagreb 2017–18[11] Croatian First Football League
2018–19[11] Croatian First Football League 24 0 4 1 13[c] 1 41 2
2019–20[11] Croatian First Football League 0 0 1[d] 0 1 0
Total 24 0 4 1 14 1 42 2
Birmingham City 2019–20[18] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 103 7 9 1 0 0 20 1 132 8
  1. ^ Includes Croatian Football Cup, FA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Five appearances in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances and one goal in Europa League
  4. ^ Appearance in Champions League

International[edit]

Šunjić with Croatia U19 in 2015
As of match played 11 June 2019[19]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Croatia 2017 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ivan Šunjić". Dinamo Zagreb. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  2. ^ Propadalo, Karlo (10 February 2016). "Ivan Šunjić raskinuo ugovor s Dinamom i odmah potpisao za Lokomotivu" [Ivan Šunjić terminated the deal with Dinamo and immediately signed for Lokomotiva]. Nogomet Plus (in Croatian). Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ "PRVA HNL Lokomotiva – Inter 2–0". Nacional (in Croatian). Zagreb. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ Škrlec, Silvijo (9 December 2017). "Nakon Šunjićeva izbora Soudanijeva prednost još se povećala" [After Šunjić's election, Soudani's favor has increased] (in Croatian). T Portal. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  5. ^ Grgić, Antun (15 September 2017). "Vinkovčani imali bod u džepu, a onda se pojavio Šunjić i sve pokvario" [Vinkovci had a point in their pocket, and then Sunjic appeared and everything broke down]. Glas Slavonije (in Croatian). Osijek. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Ivan Šunjić potpisao za Dinamo, ostaje u Lokomotivi do kraja sezone" [Ivan Sunjic signed for Dinamo, staying with Lokomotiva until the end of the season]. Nogomet Plus (in Bosnian). 12 February 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Fenerbahçe lose to Dinamo Zagreb in UEFA Europa League". Hürriyet Daily News. Anadolu. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League – Dinamo Zagreb–Benfica". UEFA. 7 March 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  9. ^ Rogulj, Daniela (14 March 2019). "Dinamo Zagreb exit Europa League after round of 16 loss to Benfica". Total Croatia News. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  10. ^ Rogulj, Daniela (25 April 2019). "Rijeka and Dinamo to meet in final of Croatian Cup". Total Croatia News. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "I. Šunjić". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Ivan Sunjic: Birmingham City sign Dinamo Zagreb midfielder on five-year deal". BBC Sport. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  13. ^ Husband, Ben (26 July 2019). "Birmingham City have record bid accepted for Leeds United target – reports". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Brentford 0–1 Birmingham City". BBC Sport. 3 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  15. ^ "FIFA Tournaments: Players ad coaches: Ivan Sunjic". FIFA. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  16. ^ Halar, Ivan; Hina (28 May 2017). "Hrvatska s 'D momčadi' i igračem manje senzacionalno pobijedila Meksiko" [Croatia with a 'D team' and a player less sensationally beat Mexico]. Večernji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  17. ^ Rogulj, Daniela (28 May 2017). "Against all odds: young Croatian side defeats Mexico in Los Angeles!". Total Croatia News. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Games played by Ivan Sunjic in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  19. ^ "Šunjić, Ivan". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 27 July 2019.