Josip Pivarić

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Josip Pivarić
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Josip (on the right)
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb
Number 19
Youth career
1999–2008 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008– Dinamo Zagreb 168 (9)
2008–2012 Lokomotiva (loan) 78 (1)
National team
2005 Croatia U16 1 (0)
2005 Croatia U17 11 (2)
2005–2007 Croatia U18 8 (0)
2007–2008 Croatia U19 8 (0)
2008 Croatia U20 1 (0)
2013– Croatia 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:39, 6 November 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:00, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Josip Pivarić (born 30 January 1989) is a Croatian football defender. He currently plays for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian Prva HNL.[1]


Josip Pivarić joined the GNK Dinamo Zagreb youth academy at a young age. Pivarić was promoted to the first team during the spring of 2008. He went out on loan to Dinamo feeder club NK Lokomotiva Zagreb that same year, making 13 appearances in his first season with the Lokosi. In January 2009, Pivarić signed a seven and a half year contract with Dinamo Zagreb, spending until the end of the 2011-12 season on loan at Lokomotiva.

In January 2012, Pivarić rejoined the senior squad at Dinamo. He made his senior debut for Dinamo on 25 February 2012 in a 0-3 win over NK Karlovac. His first goal for the Modri came in a 1-1 draw with NK Rijeka on 21 April 2012.

Josip Pivarić scored a historic goal for Dinamo in September 2015, the opening goal in a famous 2-1 victory over Arsenal FC in the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League.[2]

In a friendly match against Norwegian side Stromsgodset in January 2016, Pivarić sustained extensive ligament damage to his knee, forcing him out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season and missing out on probable UEFA Euro 2016 national team selection.[3] Pivarić made his return on 6 July 2016, in a 1-0 pre-season friendly victory over F.C. Copenhagen.[4]

International career[edit]

Pivarić made his full international debut for the Croatian national football team on 14 August 2013, in a 3-2 win over Lichtenstein in Vaduz.


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