Jozo Šimunović

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Jozo Šimunović
Personal information
Full name Jozo Šiško Šimunović
Date of birth (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 21)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Celtic
Number 5
Youth career
Hrvatski Dragovoljac
2006–2013 Dinamo Zagreb
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Dinamo Zagreb 52 (3)
2015– Celtic 11 (1)
National team
2008 Croatia U14 2 (0)
2009 Croatia U15 2 (1)
2010 Croatia U16 3 (0)
2009–2011 Croatia U17 20 (1)
2012 Croatia U18 1 (0)
2011–2013 Croatia U19 10 (0)
2013 Croatia U20 5 (0)
2013– Croatia U21 9 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 January 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 September 2015

Jozo Šimunović (born 4 August 1994) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a centre back for Celtic.

Early life[edit]

He started playing football at age of 7 in his village, Gornja Lomnica. At the age of 12 he joined Dinamo Zagreb from Hrvatski Dragovoljac.

Club career[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

He made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb on 16 March 2013 against Istra 1961, coming as a 90th-minute substitute.[1] On 30 March 2013, he scored his first goal for Dinamo Zagreb against Zadar in the 34th minute.[2]

In the 2013–14 season he helped Dinamo to their ninth League title in a row, making 32 appearances in all competitions, and made it 10-in-a-row in 2015, where he made 30 appearances in all competitions.[3]

Celtic[edit]

On 1 September 2015, Šimunović joined Scottish Premiership side Celtic for an undisclosed fee.[4] He made his debut on 17 September, playing in Celtic's 2–2 draw away against Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League.[5][6]

International career[edit]

He has been capped at under-14, under-15, under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 level for Croatia[7] scoring three goals, against Germany for the under-15's, Austria for the under-17's and Norway for the under-21's. He was captain of the Croatia under-17 and the Croatia under-19 teams and is current captain of the Croatia under-21 team. In September 2015, he received a first call-up for the senior national team, for the last Euro 2016 qualifying matches, against Bulgaria and Malta, as a reserve player for already injured Dejan Lovren, but Šimunović has suffered a small injury days after the call-up, removing him for the games against Bulgaria and Malta.[8]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 23 January 2015
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb 2012–13 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
2013–14 23 2 3 0 6 0 0 0 32 2
2014–15 20 0 3 0 8 0 0 0 31 0
2015–16 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 0
Total 52 3 6 0 18 0 0 0 76 3
Celtic 2015–16 11 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 18 1
Total 11 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 18 1
Career Total 63 4 9 0 22 0 0 0 94 4

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Istra 1961 vs. Dinamo Zagreb 0 - 0". Soccerway.com. Global Sports Media. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dinamo Zagreb vs. Zadar 5 - 0". Soccerway.com. Global Sports Media. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jozo Simunovic: I can be a winner at Celtic". Celtic FC. celticfc.net. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jozo Simunovic: Celtic sign Dinamo Zagreb defender". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Jozo Šimunović Trophies". Soccerway. 
  6. ^ Cuddihy, Paul. "Simunovic pleased with his Celtic debut". Celtic FC (18 September 2015). Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jozo Šimunović". hnf-cff.hr. 
  8. ^ "Celtic defender Jozo Šimunović will miss Croatia's qualifiers against Bulgaria and Malta due to injury, with Duje Ćaleta-Car called up as his replacement". hns-cff.hr. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 

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