Lovre Kalinić

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Lovre Kalinić
Lovre Kalinić in 2018.jpg
Kalinić at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Lovre Kalinić[1]
Date of birth (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 28
Youth career
1998–2000 Solin
2000–2009 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2017 Hajduk Split 102 (0)
2009Junak Sinj (loan) 4 (0)
2009–2010Novalja (loan) 23 (0)
2012Karlovac (loan) 11 (0)
2017–2019 Gent 68 (0)
2019– Aston Villa 7 (0)
National team
2005 Croatia U15 1 (0)
2005–2006 Croatia U16 11 (0)
2006 Croatia U17 1 (0)
2011–2013 Croatia U21 7 (0)
2014– Croatia 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 June 2019

Lovre Kalinić (Croatian pronunciation: [lǒːʋre kǎlinitɕ];[3][4] born 3 April 1990) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Aston Villa and the Croatia national team.

Club career[edit]

Hajduk Split[edit]

Lovre Kalinić made his HNK Hajduk Split debut on 23 April 2011, under manager Ante Miše at the age of 21 years and 20 days, in a Prva HNL match against NK Slaven Belupo, which his side won 2–1.[5]

After loans to Junak Sinj in 2009, Novalja in 2010 and Karlovac in 2012, Hajduk managed Igor Tudor brought Lovre Kalinić back to Hajduk Split to be the number one goalkeeper for the 2013–14 season.

In the 2015–16 season, Kalinić set a new record for most consecutive minutes without a goal conceded in the 1. HNL. The goalkeeper went eight games, or 775 minutes, without conceding a goal.[6] The previous record was held by Zoran Slavica, who went 711 minutes without conceding a goal in the Prva HNL.

As a result of being part of Croatia's UEFA Euro 2016 squad, Kalinić missed the first three rounds of Hajduk's 2016–17 season, being granted an extended holiday by Hajduk boss Marijan Pušnik. He made his return on 28 July 2016, where Hajduk defeated FC Oleksandriya 3–0 in the Third Round of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League qualifying at CSC Nika Stadium, keeping a clean sheet.[7] In September 2016, Kalinić signed a new five-year contract with Hajduk.[8] In his time at Hajduk, Kalinić made 134 official appearances across seven seasons.[9] In total, Kalinić spent 17 years of junior and senior football with Hajduk.[9]

Gent[edit]

On 27 December 2016, Hajduk announced that Lovre Kalinić had played his last game for the club, with a move to Belgian First Division A side K.A.A. Gent completed.[9] The transfer fee is the highest fee for a goalkeeper in the history of the Prva HNL.[9] The €3.1m transfer fee will make Kalinić the most expensive player in Gent's history.[10] He was named Best Goal Keeper in the Belgian league for the 2016–17 season, after having played only half a season upon arriving in January to Gent from Hajduk Split.

Aston Villa[edit]

On 21 December 2018, English Championship club Aston Villa announced that they had reached an agreement with Gent to sign Kalinić at the start of the January transfer window. [11] He officially joined on 1 January 2019. His debut was in a 3–0 defeat in a home FA Cup tie against Swansea City.[12] His league debut was in another 3–0 defeat, this time against Wigan Athletic, which was followed by a 2–2 draw with Hull City – meaning that Kalinić had conceded 8 goals in his first 3 games.[13]

International career[edit]

After Stipe Pletikosa retired from international football in 2014, Kalinić became Croatia's second choice goalkeeper behind Danijel Subašić. He was part of Croatia's UEFA Euro 2016 squad.

In May 2018 he was named in Croatia's 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He played the last match of group stage against Iceland making several critical saves.[14] Croatia finished as the runners-up of the tournament, losing to France in the final.

After the tournament ended, first choice goal keeper Danijel Subašić retired from international football. Kalinić has thus been appointed as the first choice goalkeeper for the national team.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 11 June 2019[15]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2008–09 1. HNL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 1. HNL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 1. HNL 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12 1. HNL 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
2012–13 1. HNL 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2013–14 1. HNL 24 0 1 0 5 0 30 0
2014–15 1. HNL 28 0 5 0 3 0 37 0
2015–16 1. HNL 31 0 2 0 8 0 41 0
2016–17 1. HNL 13 0 1 0 4 0 18 0
Total 102 0 12 0 20 0 134 0
Junak Sinj (loan) 2008–09 2. HNL 4 0 0 0 4 0
Novalja (loan) 2009–10 3. HNL 23 0 0 0 23 0
Karlovac (loan) 2011–12 1. HNL 11 0 0 0 11 0
Gent 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 19 0 0 0 4 0 23 0
2017–18 Belgian First Division A 35 0 2 0 1 0 38 0
2018–19 Belgian First Division A 14 0 1 0 3 0 18 0
Total 68 0 3 0 8 0 79 0
Aston Villa 2018–19 EFL Championship 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 215 0 16 0 0 0 28 0 259 0

International[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 24 March 2019.[16]
Croatia
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
2015 1 0
2016 4 0
2017 3 0
2018 7 0
2019 2 0
Total 18 0

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa

Croatia

Individual

Orders

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 18th May 2019: Aston Villa" (PDF). English Football League. p. 2. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Lovre Kalinic: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Lóvro". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Lóvre
  4. ^ "kàlina". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 17 March 2018. Kàlinić
  5. ^ "KALINIC EXTENDED CONTRACT WITH HAJDUK TILL 2021!". HNK Hajduk Split. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  6. ^ http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hajduk/tabid/83/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/304356/Default.aspx
  7. ^ https://int.soccerway.com/matches/2016/07/28/europe/uefa-cup/pfc-olexandria/hnk-hajduk-split/2282896/?ICID=HP_MS_01_02
  8. ^ "KALINIC EXTENDED CONTRACT WITH HAJDUK TILL 2021!". HNK Hajduk Split. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d "THANK YOU LOVRE AND GOOD LUCK!". HNK Hajduk Split. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Lovre Kalinić napušta Poljud i postaje najskuplje pojačanje u povijesti Genta?". Sportske Novosti (in Croatian). Jutarnji List. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Transfer news: Lovre Kalinic to join us in January". Aston Villa F.C. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Aston Villa 0–3 Swansea City". BBC Sport. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Aston Villa 2–2 Hull City". BBC Sport. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  14. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  15. ^ Lovre Kalinić at Soccerway
  16. ^ "Lovre Kalinić". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  17. ^ Woodcock, Ian (27 May 2019). "Aston Villa 2–1 Derby County". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  18. ^ "France 4–2 Croatia: Line-ups". FIFA. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  19. ^ "News: President Decorates Croatian National Football Team Players and Coaching Staff". Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2019. the Order of Prince Branimir with Ribbon was awarded to Mr. Lovre Kalinić...

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