Ivica Mornar

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Ivica Mornar
Personal information
Full name Ivica Mornar
Date of birth (1974-01-12) 12 January 1974 (age 44)
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Hajduk Split 79 (26)
1995–1996 Eintracht Frankfurt 19 (1)
1996–1997 Sevilla 11 (2)
1997–1998 Ourense 28 (8)
1998–2001 Standard Liège 68 (23)
2001–2004 Anderlecht 59 (24)
2004–2006 Portsmouth 10 (1)
2004–2005 Rennes (loan) 15 (0)
Total 289 (85)
National team
1994–1995 Croatia U-21[1] 5 (1)
1994–2004 Croatia 22 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ivica Mornar (born 12 January 1974 in Split) is a retired Croatian footballer.

He started as striker, but was mostly deployed as a winger during his career.

Mornar began his career with Hajduk Split before going on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt, Sevilla, CD Ourense, Standard Liège, Anderlecht and Portsmouth.

He played 22 matches and scored once for the Croatian national team, representing them at Euro 2004.

Club career[edit]

In Mornar's final season at Anderlecht, he scored their goal in a 1-1 home draw against Bayern Munich on 30 September 2003.[2]

The player was offered a new two-year contract by Anderlecht, but opted to move across the English channel to Portsmouth. He moved to the Premier League at the end of January 2004 for £500,000, signing a two-and-half-year deal.

Mornar made his Pompey debut in a goalless draw at home to Wolverhampton, and looked lively. He then scored his first and only goal in the next game against Tottenham.[3] A performance that earned Mornar the 'Swan d'Or', a celebrated Croatian sporting award.[citation needed] He played as a winger in most of his Portsmouth appearances.

However, Mornar failed to recreate his previous form at Portsmouth. Seemingly out of the picture at the club, he was loaned to Rennes of the French Ligue 1 for the 2004–05 season, with then Pompey manager Harry Redknapp saying that. he would allow Mornar to be sold upon his return, although this was not well received by the fans who admired his tireless running on the wings.[citation needed] Although it appeared that Mornar was in new boss Alain Perrin's plans for the 2005–06 campaign, he was thwarted by hamstring injuries throughout the season. Upon the return of Harry Redknapp as manager in December 2005 it looked as though Mornar's contract would be allowed to expire the next Summer. However, it transpired that there was a clause in his contract guaranteeing him a further year at the club should relegation be avoided and he remained a Portsmouth player, until September 2006 when his contract with the club was cancelled by mutual consent. This brought further complications due to the fact that Mornar could not find a club willing to sign him. Despite his unceremonious exit from Portsmouth he enjoyed his time playing there and persuaded fellow Split native Niko Kranjčar to join the club. Reportedly he offered his services[citation needed] to first league teams from Belgium, Scotland, Portugal and Japan but no team was interested, thereby forcing his retirement.

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990–91 Hajduk Split Yugoslav First League 2 1
1992 Hajduk Split Prva HNL 19 7
1992–93 21 7
1993–94 27 8
1994–95 9 3
1995–96 1 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1995–96 Eintracht Frankfurt Bundesliga 19 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Supercopa de España Europe Total
1996–97 Sevilla La Liga 11 2
1997–98 Ourense Segunda División 28 8
Belgium League Belgian Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Standard Liège First Division 15 3
1999–00 23 8
2000–01 30 12
2001–02 Anderlecht First Division 23 8
2002–03 20 6
2003–04 Anderlecht First Division 16 10
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2003–04 Portsmouth Premier League 8 1
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
2004–05 Stade Rennais Ligue 1 15 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2005–06 Portsmouth Premier League 2 0
Total Croatia 77 25
Germany 19 2
Spain 39 10
Belgium 127 47
England 10 1
France 15 0
Career total 268 78

National team[edit]

Mornar was capped 22 times for Croatia and scored one goal for his country.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
01. 20 August 2003 Portman Road, Ipswich, England  England
2 − 1
3 − 1
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Hajduk Split
Sevilla
R.S.C. Anderlecht

References[edit]

  1. ^ "STATISTICS". Croatian football federation. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2003/matches/round=1712/match=1056814/index.html
  3. ^ "Tottenham 4-3 Portsmouth". BBC. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 

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