Luka Krajnc

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Luka Krajnc
Luka Krajnc 2015.jpg
Personal information
Full name Luka Krajnc
Date of birth (1994-09-19) 19 September 1994 (age 22)
Place of birth Ptuj, Slovenia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Frosinone (on loan from Cagliari)
Youth career
2002–2011 Maribor
2011–2013 Genoa Primavera
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Maribor 1 (0)
2011–2015 Genoa 3 (0)
2013–2015 Cesena (loan) 48 (1)
2015– Cagliari 21 (0)
2016 Sampdoria (loan) 0 (0)
2017– Frosinone (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2010 Slovenia U17 5 (0)
2011 Slovenia U18 2 (0)
2011–2012 Slovenia U19 16 (1)
2011–2012 Slovenia U20 2 (0)
2012–2016 Slovenia U21 19 (2)
2015– Slovenia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 January 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2016

Luka Krajnc (born 19 September 1994) is a Slovenian football defender who plays for Frosinone on loan from Cagliari.

Club career[edit]

Krajnc began his football career at the age of eight when his father took him on a trial with the Slovenian football club Maribor.[1] He signed his first professional contract with Maribor at the age of 16 and played for the main squad in a couple of friendly matches. On 29 May 2011, he played his first and only 1. SNL match for Maribor in the last round of the 2010–11 season,[2] with Maribor already crowned champions. At the time of his debut he was the youngest player ever with an appearance for Maribor in a 1. SNL match, a record which lasted until 25 March 2012.[3]

On 3 April 2011, Krajnc signed a pre-contract with Italian Serie A club Genoa.[4] The transfer fee paid by Genoa was undisclosed, but was reported to be close to €1 million. He joined his new club on 1 July 2011.[5][6] He began his career at Genoa with their Primavera side which he also captained, before making a debut for the main squad on 27 October 2012 at San Siro in a league match against Milan.[7] With 18 years, one month and 14 days he became the youngest Slovenian player ever with an appearances in the Italian top division, Serie A.[6]

On 3 July 2013 he moved to A.C. Cesena in temporary co-ownership deal.[8] In June 2015 Genoa acquired Cesena's share and became the sole owner of the players rights.[9]

On 31 August 2016, Krajnc joined Sampdoria on a season-long loan.[10] In the second part of the 2016–17 season, he was loaned to Frosinone.[11]

International career[edit]

Krajnc has represented Slovenia at youth levels from under-16 to under-21.[12] On 30 March 2015 he made his senior international debut, replacing Dominic Maroh after 65 minutes of an eventual 0–1 friendly defeat to Qatar at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.[13]

Style of play[edit]

Krajnc, who is left footed, primarily plays in central defence and is praised for his pace, strength, passing and ability on the ball.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Krajnc is from Kapla na Kozjaku in the hilly region of northeastern Slovenia (Styria) near the Austrian border, roughly 37 km from the city of Maribor.[1][15] Before moving to Maribor he usually had to study and do his homework on the back seat of his father's car, traveling to and from training.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Nočno življenje me ne bo zavedlo" [Nightlife will not mislead me] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. 8 April 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Luka Krajnc" (in Slovenian). Slovenian PrvaLiga official website. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Soigralci in navijači odnesli tremo" [Teammates and fans helped me with fright] (in Slovenian). NK Maribor official website. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  4. ^ To. G. (3 April 2011). "Luka Krajnc pri 16 letih iz Maribora v Genoo" [Luka Krajnc from Maribor to Genoa at the age of 16] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  5. ^ D.D. (7 April 2011). "Kako je Genoa Chelseaju speljala Krajnca?" [How did Genoa steal Krajnc from Chelsea?] (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Rok Plestenjak (29 October 2012). "Tako mlad ni debitiral še nihče" [No one debuted that young] (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b T.O. (30 October 2012). "Na San Siru kot v kinu, slike ni pokvaril niti sporen gol" [At San Siro just like in the cinema] (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 30 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Luka Kranjc è un giocatore del Cesena" (in Italian). AC Cesena. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Peter Dominko (25 June 2015). "Genoa odkupila Krajnca" [Genoa bought Krajnc] (in Slovenian). Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Official: Krajnc to Sampdoria". Football italia. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  11. ^ Uredništvo (10 January 2017). "Uradno: Krajnc v Frosinone" [Official: Krajnc to Frosinone] (in Slovenian). Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Luka Krajnc" (in Slovenian). Football Association of Slovenia official website. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  13. ^ "Qatar 1-0 Slovenia". European Football. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Blues to have first refusal on Slovenian starlet". Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  15. ^ jb & rb (25 February 2015). "Luka Krajnc: Prav nič ne bi razmišljal" [Luka Krajnc: I would not think about it] (in Slovenian). Ekipa. Retrieved 30 March 2016. 

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