Marin Leovac

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Marin Leovac
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Leovac with Austria Wien in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1988-08-07) 7 August 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Jajce, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
PAOK
Number 4
Youth career
1997–2001 Sportunion Aschbach
2001–2002 USV Oed/Zeillern
2002–2007 Austria Wien
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Austria Wien II 66 (2)
2009–2014 Austria Wien 52 (0)
2014–2015 Rijeka 44 (3)
2015– PAOK 42 (2)
National team
2014– Croatia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2016

Marin Leovac (born 7 August 1988) is a Croatian football player who plays as a left-back for PAOK.[2]

Early career[edit]

Leovac began his career in July 1997 in Austria with Sportunion Aschbach and signed in March 2001 with USV Oed/Zeillern. After only one year left USV Oed/Zeillern and signed in August 2002 a contract with FK Austria Wien.[3]

Club career[edit]

Austria Wien[edit]

Leovac spent three seasons playing for the Austria Wien II, before making debut for the first team in 2009/10 season. He made his debut for Austria Wien in Europa League match against SV Werder Bremen, playing 90 minutes in eventual 2-0 loss. In his first season with Austria he made 8 Bundesliga appearances.

In 2013-2014 he helped Austria Wien reach UEFA Champions League group stage, when he netted the opening goal in 0-2 win over Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League Play-off match played in Zagreb. He made four appearances in 2013-2014 Champions League Group G.

Rijeka[edit]

In January 2014 Leovac signed with Croatian Prva HNL team HNK Rijeka, for a reported fee of €250,000. In his first half season with Rijeka he made 11 appearances in Prva HNL and helped the team win Croatian Cup.

PAOK[edit]

According to reports in Croatia PAOK are set to complete a deal for the Rijeka left back Marin Leovac. It is believed that the talks between the two parties are in an advanced stage and the clubs are due to agree a fee in the region of €1 million. PAOK manager Igor Tudor is a big admirer of the 26-year-old left back and the move, according to the Croatian reports, will be finalised soon.[4] On 8 August 2015, according to reports in Croatia, HNK Rijeka left back Marin Leovac is heading to PAOK. Croatian reports believe that the 26-year-old left back has already agreed terms with PAOK and he is likely to complete the move imminently.[5] Eventually, on 11 August 2015, PAOK have officially announced the transfer of Croatian left back Marin Leovac. The 27-year-old has signed a 4-year contract with the Greek club.[6] On 13 September 2015, Leovac injured during a Super League game against Veria. PAOK have been expecting updates on Leovac's injury and Igor Tudor was hopeful that it would not be anything serious. However the scans revealed that the problem was bigger than expected and it will force Leovac out of action for at least a month.[7]

International career[edit]

In November 2014, after a string of good performances for HNK Rijeka, Leovac was called up for the Croatia national team friendly match against Argentina. He played full 90 minutes in his debut for the national team on November 12, 2014, in a friendly game against Argentina. On 27 October 2016, Leovac was called up in his motherland's national squad, after more than 13 months, ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Iceland. On 15 November 2016, he was a starter in an fiendly away match against Northern Ireland.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club League League Cup & Supercup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2009–10 Austria Wien Bundesliga 8 0 1 0 9 0
2010–11 18 0 2 0 4 0 24 0
2011–12 17 0 2 0 3 0 22 0
2012–13 2 0 2 0
2013 7 0 6 1 13 1
Austria Wien total 52 0 4 0 14 1 70 1
2014 Rijeka 1. HNL 10 0 3 0 13 0
2014–15 29 2 6 0 9 1 44 3
2015 5 1 2 0 7 1
Rijeka total 44 3 9 0 11 1 64 4
2015–16 PAOK Superleague 21 1 3 0 2 0 26 1
2016–17 6 0 0 0 8 0 14 0
PAOK total 27 1 3 0 10 0 40 1
Career total 123 4 16 0 35 2 174 6
Last Update: 6 November 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Leovac holds dual citizenship for Austria and Croatia.[8]

Honours[edit]

Austria Wien
Rijeka
Individual

References[edit]

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