Ivan Kelava

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Ivan Kelava
Ivan Kelava.jpg
Kelava playing for Lokomotiva
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
CSM Politehnica Iași
Number 1
Youth career
1997–2006 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Dinamo Zagreb 102 (0)
2009–2010 Lokomotiva (loan) 33 (0)
2013–2015 Udinese 10 (0)
2014 Carpi (loan) 1 (0)
2015 Spartak Trnava (loan) 14 (0)
2015–2017 Granada 0 (0)
2017 Debrecen 0 (0)
2017– CSM Politehnica Iași 0 (0)
National team
2004 Croatia U16 1 (0)
2004–2005 Croatia U17 15 (0)
2006–2007 Croatia U19 12 (0)
2009 Croatia U20 4 (0)
2008–2010 Croatia U21 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 July 2017

Ivan Kelava (born 20 February 1988) is a Croatian professional footballer who currently plays for Romanian club CSM Politehnica Iași as a goalkeeper.[1]

Club career[edit]

Kelava played for Dinamo Zagreb's youth teams from 1997, being promoted to the club's senior squad in the summer of 2006.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

He started his first–team career as the club's fourth–choice goalkeeper and did not appear in any competitive matches during the 2006–07 season.[2] Kelava debuted for Dinamo in the Croatian Cup in September 2007, before eventually making his Croatian First League debut in a 2–1 away victory against NK Zadar on 27 October 2007. By the end of the season he managed to establish himself as the club's second–choice goalkeeper, making a total of 7 league appearances.[3] On 2 October 2008, he made his European debut, replacing the injured Tomislav Butina in the opening minutes of the second leg of their UEFA Cup first round fixture against Sparta Prague.

In August 2009 Kelava was loaned to Lokomotiva, where he established himself as their first–choice goalkeeper and made a total of 33 league appearances.

On 11 September 2010, he made his first appearance for Dinamo since returning from the loan, coming on as a substitute for the injured Lončarić in a league match at Hajduk Split. Five days later, he kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win against Villarreal in the club's opening UEFA Europa League group match of the season. Kelava was the first choice goalkeeper in the 2011–12 season as well, becoming a hero among Dinamo fans after making a number of crucial saves in the return leg of the Champions League play-off against Malmö FF which saw Dinamo through.[4]


On the 4 July 2013, Kelava joined Udinese for €1 million.[5] He made his Serie A debut on 25 August 2013, starting in a 1–2 away loss against Lazio. After being a backup to Željko Brkić, he subsequently had loan stints at Carpi and Spartak Trnava.[6]


On 25 August 2015 Kelava moved to Udinese's feeder club Granada CF, mainly as a replacement to Real Sociedad-bound Oier Olazábal.[7] On 29 December 2016 he terminated his contract, after being rarely used.[8]

International career[edit]

Between 2004 and 2010 Kelava was capped over 50 times for Croatia at various youth levels. He won a total of 15 international caps for the Croatian national under-21 football team since making his debut against Chile U20 in a friendly played in Kuala Lumpur on 20 May 2008.[9]

Kelava was called up by Slaven Bilić in the Croatia squad for Euro 2012, but failed to make an appearance in the tournament. Bilić was succeeded by Igor Štimac, who also called up Kelava as an unused third choice goalkeeper behind Stipe Pletikosa and Danijel Subašić for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.


Dinamo Zagreb


  1. ^ "CSM Poli Iaşi a transferat un portar care a jucat în Liga Campionilor şi Serie A TIM". Digi Sport. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dinamo Zagreb » Squad 2006/2007". worldfootball.net. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dinamo Zagreb » Squad 2007/2008". worldfootball.net. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  4. ^ http://www.vecernji.hr/sport/nogomet/malm-je-bio-milimetar-cuda-ali-kelava-je-spasio-dinamo-clanak-320903
  5. ^ "CSM Politehnica Iași, in porta ecco l'ex Udinese Kelava" (in Italian). Tuttomercatoweb.com. 15 June 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Kelava, ex portiere dell'Udinese, si svincola dagli spagnoli del Granada" (in Italian). Corriere dello Sport. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "El Granada incorpora al meta croata Ivan Kelava" [Granada signs Croatian goalkeeper Ivan Kelava] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Goalkeeper Ivan Kelava leaves Granada CF". Granada CF. 30 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ivan Kelava" (in Croatian). Croatian Football Federation. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 

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