Ivan Strinić

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Ivan Strinić
Ivan Strinić 2018 (cropped).jpg
Strinić playing for Croatia
in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final
Personal information
Full name Ivan Strinić
Date of birth (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth Split, SR Croatia,
SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Left-back
Youth career
Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Le Mans B 11 (0)
2007–2008 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 22 (1)
2008–2011 Hajduk Split 51 (4)
2011–2015 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 85 (4)
2015–2017 Napoli 26 (0)
2017–2018 Sampdoria 17 (0)
2018–2019 Milan 0 (0)
National team
2002 Croatia U15 1 (0)
2002–2003 Croatia U16 9 (0)
2003 Croatia U17 8 (0)
2004 Croatia U18 2 (1)
2005–2006 Croatia U19 10 (0)
2008 Croatia U21 2 (0)
2010–2018[2] Croatia 49 (0)
Men's football
Representing  Croatia
FIFA World Cup
Runner-up 2018 Russia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:36, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Ivan Strinić (Croatian pronunciation: [ǐʋan strǐːnitɕ];[3][4] born 17 July 1987) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a left-back and is currently a free agent.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Split, Strinić started his youth career with Hajduk Split, where he stayed until 2006, then he moved to France to play for Le Mans B. Following his return to Croatia he played for NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac where he was spotted by his native club Hajduk Split.

Hajduk Split[edit]

Even though he was close to finishing a deal with Dinamo Zagreb, Strinić decided to sign for his youth club Hajduk Split. His first competitive match for Hajduk came on the opening of the 2008–09 season against NK Zadar on Poljud Stadium, ending in 1–0 win for Hajduk. During his first season with Hajduk he appeared in 17 domestic league games, playing in the position of left-back.

In the 2009–10 season he proved himself as the first team regular starter, earning his first call-up for national team as well. He managed to score four goals in the league, including one in the eternal derby against Dinamo Zagreb in a 2–1 win.[5]

In the 2010–11 season, Strinić played in all of Hajduk's matches in 2010–11 UEFA Europa League campaign against RSC Anderlecht, AEK and Zenit St. Petersburg. He also became the starting left-back in the national side, playing in eight out of nine qualifiers for Euro 2012.

He left Hajduk in January 2011 after amassing 77 appearances in all competitions for the Split-based side, scoring five goals.

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk[edit]

Strinić playing for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in 2011.

On 27 January 2011, Strinić signed with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for reported fee of 4 million euro.[6] Strinić made his debut for Dnipro in a league match against Tavriya Simferopol in a 2–2 draw with the left back scoring a stunning goal.[7] He made five other appearances that season in a slow start to his Dnipro career.

The 2011–12 season was far better for Strinić as he made 27 appearances in all competitions and played all three games in Croatia's Euro 2012 campaign.

The 2012–13 season was similarly successful for Strinić as he maintained his starting places with both the national side and his club side, amassing 35 appearances for Dnipro in all competitions.

In December 2014, Strinić announced that he would not be renewing his contract with the club with his contract expiring at the end of that month.


The player subsequently signed with S.S.C. Napoli, after 112 games over four years with the Ukrainian club.[8]


On 31 August 2017, Strinić joined Sampdoria for a reported fee of €2 million, signing a one-year deal.[9]


In March 2018, Strinić signed a pre-contract with Milan. The deal was officialized on 2 July 2018 while he was in Russia playing for the national team at the World Cup.[10][11] On 18 August 2018, a heart condition which was found meant the temporary withdrawal from football training sessions. He became available again for selection into matchday squads since 12 January 2019 and was on the team's bench 10 times before the end of season. In July 2019, he made his unofficial debut for Milan, starting in a friendly against Bayern Munich as a center back.[12] On 26 August 2019, Strinić and the club's management mutually agreed to the terms of contract termination, ending the deal two years in advance.[13]

International career[edit]

Strinić playing for Croatia in 2013
Strinić during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final

Strinić received his first call-up for Croatia national football team under manager Slaven Bilić for a friendly match against Austria on 19 May 2010.[14] Since then he has been regular starter for Croatia and the first choice for their left-back position. He was a part of the Croatia national football team on UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland, where he played all three games in group stage. He provided an assist for Mario Mandžukić in the match against Italy, to equalize the result on 1–1.[15] Although he was the first choice left back during the qualification matches, he missed out on the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil due to a hamstring injury.

In May 2018, Strinić was named in Croatia's squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[16] He started in six of the seven matches in the team's runners-up finish, including the final. However, due to a diagnosed heart condition, Strinić was forced to withdraw from football. When he recovered, he was out of shape and has never been called-up again.[2]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 15 July 2018[17]
Year Apps Goals
2010 7 0
2011 8 0
2012 10 0
2013 7 0
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 6 0
2017 2 0
2018 8 0
Total 49 0


Hajduk Split




  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "RASIPANJE HRVATSKE SLAVNE GENERACIJE Bez vize za EURO ostaju još dva Vatrena - jedan standardni član Dalićeve prve momčadi i pouzdani džoker s klupe?". Sportske novosti (in Croatian). Retrieved 18 November 2019. Then a risky diagnosis distanced Ivan Strinić from serious football...
  3. ^ "Ìvan". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Ìvan
  4. ^ "strȋc". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Strínić
  5. ^ "Slavlje desetorice Hajdukovaca" (in Croatian). HRSport. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Strinić potpisao za Dnipro za 4 milijuna eura" (in Croatian). Večernji list. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Video: Sjajan prvijenac Strinića za Dnipro" (in Croatian). HRSport. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Napoli sign Manolo Gabbiadini from Sampdoria and Ivan Strinic from Dnipro". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Ufficiale: Strinic è un calciatore della Sampdoria". UC Sampdoria. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Strinic: "Milan, ho firmato. Alla Samp solo 3 gare in 6 mesi"". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Official: Reina and Strinic are Rossoneri". A.C. Milan. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.acmilan.com/en/news/icc-tour/2019-07-24/ac-milan-lose-opener-0-1
  13. ^ "Official statement: Ivan Strinić". A.C. Milan. 26 August 2019. Archived from the original on 26 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Strinić pozvan u reprezentaciju!" (in Croatian). Index.hr. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Mandžukić bites back to deny Italy". UEFA. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  16. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  17. ^ "Ivan Strinić". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  18. ^ McNulty, Phil (15 July 2018). "France 4–2 Croatia". BBC. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  19. ^ "News: President Decorates Croatian National Football Team Players and Coaching Staff". Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018. the Order of Prince Branimir with Ribbon was awarded to Mr. Ivan Strinić...

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