Marcelo Brozović

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Marcelo Brozović
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Brozović with Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Brozović[1]
Date of birth (1992-11-16) 16 November 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Inter Milan
Number 77
Youth career
2002–2010 Hrvatski Dragovoljac
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Hrvatski Dragovoljac 22 (1)
2011–2012 Lokomotiva 33 (5)
2012–2015 Dinamo Zagreb 64 (9)
2015– Internazionale 106 (14)
National team
2009–2010 Croatia U18 4 (0)
2011 Croatia U19 1 (0)
2011–2013 Croatia U20 5 (3)
2011–2014 Croatia U21 13 (7)
2014– Croatia 42 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2019

Marcelo Brozović (Croatian pronunciation: [martsělo brǒːzoʋitɕ];[3] born 16 November 1992) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Internazionale.

On the international level, Brozović plays for the Croatia national team, and was part of the squad that represented his country on the 2014 and 2018 editions of FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016.[4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Brozović was born in Zagreb, and graduated from neighbouring Hrvatski Dragovoljac's youth setup. He made his debut as a professional on 24 July 2010, starting and playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–4 loss against Dinamo Zagreb. Brozović scored his first goal on 18 March of the following year, the winner against Karlovac.[5]

Lokomotiva[edit]

In July 2011, he signed with Lokomotiva, after Dragovoljac's relegation.[6] He appeared in 27 league matches in his first campaign, scoring four times as Lokomotiva achieved a comfortable mid-table position.

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

In August 2012, Brozović signed a seven-year contract with Dinamo Zagreb, as a replacement for Hamburger SV-bound Milan Badelj.[7] He was given squad number 77, and made his competitive debut on 14 September in the goalless draw against NK Osijek at home, appearing as a second-half substitute.[8] Four days later, Brozović made his UEFA Champions League debut by playing full-90 minutes in a 0–2 home defeat to Porto in the matchday 1 of group stage.[9]

He had to wait until 14 April of the following year to score his first Dinamo Zagreb goal, as he netted the second of the 2–0 home win over Inter Zaprešić.[10] Brozović finished his first season with the club by making 30 appearances in all competitions, including 23 in league, scoring twice in the process, as Dinamo Zagreb won league, reached second round of the 2012–13 Croatian Football Cup, and was eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League.[11]

Internazionale[edit]

On 24 January 2015, Brozović signed with Inter Milan on a one-and-a-half year-loan deal, with a conditional obligation for Inter to buy.[12][13] Brozović took his preferred shirt number 77, last worn at Inter by Sulley Muntari. He made his official debut with the club on 1 February 2015, playing the last 20 minutes of the 3–1 away upset of Inter against Sassuolo Calcio, becoming the 900th player to wear the Nerazzurri shirt.[14] He scored his first Inter goal in final day in a 4–3 win over Empoli, helping Inter to end the season with a win.[15] Brozović finished his first Inter season with 15 league appearances, 13 of them as a starter and one goal.

Brozović begun his first full-season at Inter by starting and playing 85 minutes in the 2015–16 Serie A opening match against Atalanta at home.[16] He scored his first league goal of the season on 23 November during the match against Frosinone at home, coming off the bench in 88th minute and netting the fourth goal of the match four minutes later, helping Inter to record its biggest win of the season.[17] On 12 December, Brozović scored his second league goal, a screamer, and the last goal of the 4–0 away win against Udinese, celebrating the goal with his teammates with EpicBrozo signature in the process.[18]

Three days later, in the 2015–16 Coppa Italia's round of 16 match against Cagliari, Brozović scored the same identical goal he scored against Udinese, helping Inter to progress in the quarter-final with a 3–0 win.[19] On 7 February of the following year, he assisted Jeison Murillo's goal from a corner kick in the match against Hellas Verona, which finished in a 3–3 away draw.[20] Two week later, Brozović supplied his second assist to Mauro Icardi who scored the third goal of the 3–1 home win against Sampdoria.[21]

On 2 March, in the returning leg of Coppa Italia's semi-final against Juventus at San Siro, Brozović scored a brace, including one with penalty kick, to help Inter overturn the 3–0 defeat and equal the aggregate 3–3, which led the match into the penalty shootouts; he scored his penalty shootout attempt, but Inter lost 3–5 and eventually was eliminated from the competition.[22][23]

Brozović started the new season by playing the last 20 minutes of the 2–0 defeat at Chievo Verona, picking up a yellow card in the 79th minute.[24] On 15 September, during the first match of 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage against Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Brozović played as a starter before was substituted in the beginning of the second half; he refused to stay in the bench which created controversies at Inter.[25] This lead the coach Frank de Boer to omit him for the league match against Juventus for "unprofessional behaviour".[26] Speaking about the issue, De Boer stated that Brozović “has to demonstrate his discipline”, adding that "he did something I couldn’t accept".[27]

He was finally called back on 20 October for the league match against Cagliari,[28] finished in a 1–2 home defeat, remaining as an unused substitute.[29] Four days later, he made his on-field debut in the matchday 3 of 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage against Southampton, but was sent off in the 77th minute after receiving a second yellow card.[30]

Brozović improved his game with the new coach Stefano Pioli,[31] scoring his first goal of the season on 24 November in the 3–2 away defeat to Hapoel Be'er Sheva, despite being 2–0 up in the first half, which confirmed the elimination of Inter from Europa League.[32] That was followed by his first league goal for days later, scoring inside two minutes with a right shoot from edge the box, helping Inter past Fiorentina 4–2 at San Siro.[33] On 7 December, Brozović extended his contract with Inter Milan until 2021, with the new deal including a significant wage rise.[34] Four days later, he scored a double helping Inter to beat Genoa 2–0.[35]

He scored his first goals of the 2017–18 season on 2 October in the 2–1 home at newly promoted side Benevento.[36] Later on 11 February of the following year, during the league match versus Bologna, Brozović was replaced in 58th minute after a poor performance; while making his way out of the field, he was booed by some sections of the crowd, and he responded by sarcastically clapping back.[37] He was fined by the club for the incident,[38] and was left on bench for the following match versus Genoa, entering on the field only in the final minutes.[39] Later on throughout the season, Brozović returned to his best form, cementing his place in the starting and becoming a fan favourite again.[40][41] He made his 100th Serie A appearance on 12 May in the 1–2 upset loss to Sassuolo.[42] In the final match of the season, against Lazio, his delivery in the first half resulted in a Danilo D'Ambrosio goal, while his cross from a corner kick in the second half was finished by a Matías Vecino header as Inter won 3–2 to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the 2018–19 season.[43] Individually, he scored four goals and provided nine assists, eight of them in the second part of the season, in 31 league appearances.[44]

In the 2018–19 season, Brozović made his first UEFA Champions League appearance for Inter on 18 September in the opening Group B match in a 2–1 comeback win versus Tottenham Hotspur.[45] He netted his first goal of the campaign four days later, a 94th minute winner over Sampdoria in Serie A gameweek 5.[46]

International career[edit]

Brozović during Brazil and Croatia match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brozović appeared with Croatia in the under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 categories. With the latter he appeared well during 2013, scoring seven goals in eight appearances.

On 31 May 2014, Brozović was included in Niko Kovač's final list for 2014 FIFA World Cup,[47] and made his debut for the main squad on 7 June, starting in a 1–0 success against Australia at the Estádio de Pituaçu.[48] Brozović made his World Cup debut five days later, playing the last 26 minutes in a 1–3 loss against the hosts.[49]

Since the 2014 World Cup, Brozović became a regular starter in Croatia's Euro 2016 qualifiers, playing alongside Luka Modrić and Ivan Rakitić as part of a rotating midfield triangle for Croatia. He scored his first goal for Croatia against Azerbaijan, in a 6–0 win in Osijek.[50] His second goal of the Euro 2016 qualifiers came in March 2015 against Norway, when he gave his team a 1–0 lead with a low curving shot from 20 meters into the bottom right corner.[51]

In May 2016, Brozović was part of Croatia squad for the UEFA Euro 2016.[52] He made his first UEFA European Championship appearance in Croatia's first match of Group D versus Turkey, playing full-90 minutes as the team won 1–0.[53] He later netted a brace for Croatia on 12 November 2016 in the World Cup qualifiers against Iceland.[54]

In May 2018 he was named in Croatia’s preliminary 32 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[55]

Style of play[edit]

Brozović style of play has been compared to that of Frank Lampard.[56] He is noted for his passing, runs and stamina.[56] He is usually deployed as a box-to-box midfielder, but is considered to be a versatile midflielder who can perform well anywhere in the midfield.[56]

Personal life[edit]

Brozović married Silvija Brozović (née Lihtar) in 2016; their daughter, Aurora, was born one year later.[57]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 22 September 2018[58][59][60]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hrvatski Dragovoljac 2010–11 Croatian First League 22 1 1 0 23 1
Lokomotiva 2011–12 Croatian First League 27 4 27 4
2012–13 6 1 1 1 7 2
Total 33 5 1 1 34 6
Dinamo Zagreb 2012–13 Croatian First League 23 2 1 0 6[a] 0 30 2
2013–14 27 6 6 1 8[b] 1 1[c] 0 42 8
2014–15 14 1 0 0 12[d] 2 1[c] 0 27 3
Total 64 9 7 1 26 3 2 0 99 13
Inter Milan 2014–15 Serie A 15 1 1 0 16 1
2015–16 32 4 3 3 35 7
2016–17 23 4 2 0 3[e] 1 28 5
2017–18 31 4 2 0 33 4
2018–19 5 1 0 0 1[a] 0 6 1
Total 106 14 8 3 4 1 118 18
Career total 225 29 17 5 30 3 2 0 274 38
  1. ^ a b All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Two appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, six appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ a b Appearances in Croatian Football Super Cup
  4. ^ Four appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, eight appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ All appearances in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of 12 September 2018[61]
National team Year Apps Goals
Croatia
2014 7 1
2015 7 2
2016 11 3
2017 7 0
2018 10 0
Total 42 6

International goals[edit]

As of 12 November 2016. Croatia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Brozović goal.[62]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2014 Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia 6  Azerbaijan 4–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2 28 March 2015 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia 8  Norway 1–0 5–1
3 17 November 2015 Olimp-2, Rostov-on-Don, Russia 14  Russia 2–1 3–1 Friendly
4 23 March 2016 Stadion Gradski vrt, Osijek, Croatia 15  Israel 2–0 2–0
5 12 November 2016 Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb, Croatia 24  Iceland 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 2–0

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb

Croatia

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