Josip Elez

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Josip Elez
Personal information
Full name Josip Elez
Date of birth (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth Split, Croatia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hannover 96
(on loan from Rijeka)
Number 2
Youth career
2004–2009 Solin
2009–2012 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Hajduk Split 3 (0)
2013–2017 Lazio 0 (0)
2014–2015 Grosseto (loan) 15 (1)
2015 Honvéd (loan) 13 (0)
2015–2016 AGF (loan) 25 (2)
2016–2017 Rijeka (loan) 34 (2)
2017– Rijeka 13 (0)
2018– Hannover 96 (loan) 11 (0)
National team
2009–2010 Croatia U16 4 (1)
2010–2011 Croatia U17 8 (1)
2011–2012 Croatia U19 3 (0)
2015–2016 Croatia U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2016

Josip Elez (Croatian pronunciation: [jǒsip ělez];[1][2] born 25 April 1994) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a defender for Hannover 96 on loan from Rijeka.

Career[edit]

Elez started his career at NK Solin, his hometown club. At the age of 14 he moved to HNK Hajduk Split, where he spent five years as a youngster and also collected three first team caps in the Croatian First Football League.

In July 2013, age 19, Elez was transferred to S.S. Lazio for a fee €400,000.[3] Elez spent the 2014–15 season on loan at Grosseto and Honvéd in Hungary, where he was a regular starter. He spent the following season on loan at AGF in Denmark, where he collected 25 caps and scored two goals. In June 2016, Elez was sent to HNK Rijeka in Croatia on a season-long loan, with a buying option for €450,000.[4] It was revealed in early May 2017 that HNK Rijeka exercised the buying option.[5]

On 1 July 2017, Elez signed a three-year contract with HNK Rijeka, effectively tying him with the club until June 2020.

In January 2018, Elez was transferred to Hannover 96 on loan for the rest of the season. Hannover 96 was also given a buying option part of a transfer that would involve €3 million transfer fee.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2011–12 1. HNL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Lazio 2013–14 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Grosseto (loan) 2014–15 Lega Pro 15 1 15 1
Honvéd (loan) 2014–15 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 13 0 1 0 14 0
AGF Aarhus (loan) 2015–16 Superligaen 25 2 3 0 28 2
Rijeka (loan) 2016–17 1. HNL 34 2 4 0 2[a] 0 40 2
Rijeka 2017–18 13 0 2 0 11[b] 2 26 2
Total 47 2 6 0 13 2 66 4
Hannover 96 2017–18 Bundesliga 11 0 11 0
Career total 114 5 10 0 13 2 137 7
  1. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  2. ^ Six appearances in the Champions League, five appearances and two goals in the Europa League

Honours[edit]

HNK Rijeka

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jòsip". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-19. Jòsip 
  2. ^ "Èlez". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 2018-03-19. Èlez 
  3. ^ Vecernji list
  4. ^ Germanijak.hr
  5. ^ Radio Rijeka
  6. ^ "96 macht Elez-Verpflichtung perfekt". kicker Online (in German). 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 

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