Ivan Turina

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Ivan Turina
Ivan Turina (2012, cropped).jpg
Turina in 2012.
Personal information
Full name Ivan Turina
Date of birth (1980-10-03)3 October 1980
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Date of death 2 May 2013(2013-05-02) (aged 32)
Place of death Solna, Sweden
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2007 Dinamo Zagreb 73 (0)
1999–2000Croatia Sesvete (loan) 0 (0)
2001–2002Kamen Ingrad (loan) 11 (0)
2002–2003Osijek (loan) 15 (0)
2007–2008 Skoda Xanthi 8 (0)
2008–2009 Lech Poznań 12 (0)
2010 Dinamo Zagreb 1 (0)
2010–2013 AIK 65 (0)
Total 185 (0)
National team
1996 Croatia U17 2 (0)
1998–1999 Croatia U19 4 (0)
2000 Croatia U20 4 (0)
2006 Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ivan Turina (3 October 1980 – 2 May 2013) was a Croatian footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a goalkeeper.

Club career[edit]

Turina started his professional career with his youth club Dinamo Zagreb in 1998. Before settling as a first-team member in 2003, he completed loan spells at Croatia Sesvete, Kamen Ingrad and Osijek. He was Dinamo Zagreb's first-choice goalkeeper during the 2005–06 season, when the club won their first league title in two years. He continued to play regularly in the early stages of the following season. However, after Dinamo Zagreb were eliminated from the UEFA Cup with a 5–2 aggregate defeat to AJ Auxerre in the first round, Turina was replaced in the starting line-up by Filip Lončarić. At the time, he was criticized for letting a long-range shot by Ireneusz Jeleń slip through his hands when the French club took a 1–0 lead in the first leg in Zagreb. Following the signing of German goalkeeper Georg Koch in the summer of 2007, Turina decided to join Greek club Skoda Xanthi, spending one season with them before leaving for Polish club Lech Poznań.[1][2]

Turina made his league debut for Lech Poznań on 31 October 2008 in a 3–1 win at home to Odra Wodzisław Śląski.[3] He finished the season with a total of 12 appearances in the league and six in the UEFA Cup, where the club were eliminated by Udinese in the round of 32.[4][5] He played in the final of the Polish Cup, which the club won that season. On 11 September 2009, Turina terminated his contract with Lech Poznań and started training with Dinamo Zagreb later that month.[6]

On 27 January 2010, Dinamo Zagreb signed Turina as their new second-choice goalkeeper, behind Tomislav Butina, on a short-term contract until the end of the 2009–10 season.[7] His sole appearance during that spell with the club came on 14 April 2010 in a 2–1 win at Varaždin, where he came on as a substitute for Butina at half-time.[8]

Turina went on to join Swedish club AIK, making his debut on 17 July 2010 in a 2–0 win at home to Malmö FF.[9] At the time of his death, he was in his fourth season with the club and had made a total of 65 appearances in the league.[10]

International career[edit]

Turina was part of the Croatian national football team at the 2006 Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong.[11] On 1 February 2006, he came on as a half-time substitute for Joey Didulica in the team's second match at the tournament, a 4–0 win against the hosts. It was his only full international appearance.


On 2 May 2013, Turina died in his sleep in his apartment in Solna.[12][13][2] His wife did not realize what had happened until the morning.[14] The autopsy report, released on 10 July 2013, states that Turina's death was caused by cardiac dysrhythmia, a congenital heart defect.[15] He is survived by one-year-old twin daughters and a pregnant wife.[13][16]

On 13 May 2013, a charity game between AIK and Dinamo Zagreb, Turina's youth team where he also played as a professional until 2007 and in the spring of 2010, was played at Friends Arena to honour him. All proceedings from the game went to Turina's family. Each half of the game was 27 minutes long, as 27 was Turina's shirt number at AIK. Former AIK players Krister Nordin and Nebojša Novaković also played in the charity game, which Dinamo Zagreb won 1–0 in front of 8,058 spectators. Turina's family received 1.5 million SEK as a result of the charity event.[17][18][19]


  1. ^ "Ladić, Butina i Koch bili su sigurni, svi ostali branili su promjenljivo". Večernji list (in Croatian). 11 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Tragedija: U snu umro bivši Dinamov vratar Ivan Turina (33)". Večernji list (in Croatian). 2 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Lech Poznań vs. Odra Wodzisław Śląski - 31 October 2008". Soccerway.
  4. ^ "Ivan Turina nie żyje" (in Polish). onet.pl. 2 May 2013.
  5. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2008/09 - History - Udinese-Lech". UEFA.com.
  6. ^ "Turina: Dinamo je izazov, ali ne želim se nametati klubu" (in Croatian). Index.hr. 26 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Sivonjić: Vratit ću se, mjesto mi je u Dinamu". Večernji list (in Croatian). 28 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Varaždin vs. Dinamo Zagreb - 14 April 2010". Soccerway.
  9. ^ "AIK vs. Malmö FF - 17 July 2010". Soccerway.
  10. ^ "Croatia - I. Turina - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway"
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "AIK goalkeeper Ivan Turina found dead in his Stockholm apartment". Reuters. Guardian.co.uk. 2 May 2013.
  13. ^ a b "AIK goalkeeper Turina dies aged 32". UEFA.com. 2 May 2013.
  14. ^ ”Tolkade det som att han snarkade” aftonbladet.se 2013-05-02.
  15. ^ Zyto, Karol (10 July 2013). "Slutgiltig obduktionsrapport". aikfotboll.se (in Swedish). AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 13 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  16. ^ Rørtveit, Tore. "– Sterkt å se voksne menn gråte". Tv2.
  17. ^ Mellerborg, Stefan; Bjuggren, Jonathan (13 May 2013). "8 058 på Ivan Turina Charity Game". aikfotboll.se. AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  18. ^ Mellerborg, Stefan (14 May 2013). "Comeback för AIK-legendarer". aikfotboll.se. AIK Fotboll. Archived from the original on 27 December 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  19. ^ Bergström, Kristoffer (2013-05-14). "Spelade in 1,5 miljoner till Turinas familj". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2013-05-16.

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