Marin Skender

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Marin Skender
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-08-12) 12 August 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth Osijek, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
Olimpija Osijek
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Olimpija Osijek
2000–2001 Vukovar '91
2001–2009 NK Osijek 175 (0)
2009–2010 NK Zagreb 13 (0)
2010–2011 Dinamo Zagreb 0 (0)
2012–2013 FC Dila Gori 38 (0)
2013– SønderjyskE 120 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 May 2016 (UTC).

Marin Skender (born 12 August 1979 in Osijek) is a Croatian football goalkeeper who, currently plays for SønderjyskE from Denmark.


Advancing through the youth ranks of NK Osijek, Skender went on to start his senior career with amateur side NK Olimpija Osijek in 2000, moving to NK Vukovar '91 the following year. After spending two seasons with Vukovar, he returned to NK Osijek in the summer of 2003 and joined their first team competing in the Croatian First League.

He soon found his place as a regular at NK Osijek, appearing in all of their domestic league games for three consecutive seasons between 2005 and 2008, as well as being the club's first-choice goalkeeper for more than five years. During this time, he was considered one of the best goalkeepers in the Croatian top flight, even earning himself a call-up to the Croatian national team at the beginning of their qualifying campaign for the UEFA Euro 2008 in the summer of 2006.

During the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers, Skender competed with Mario Galinović for the place of the national team's third-choice goalkeeper behind Stipe Pletikosa and Vedran Runje, being named on the bench for Croatia's away game at Israel in November 2006, where he remained an unused substitute as Runje played the entire game.

Following the end of the 2008-09 season, he was released from his contract at NK Osijek and was without a club until NK Zagreb signed him in October 2009.[1]

Following the end of the 2009-10 season, he was released from his contract at NK Zagreb and was without a club until NK Dinamo Zagreb signed him in September 2010.[2]

He was signed by Danish Superliga side SønderjyskE on 26 January 2013


  1. ^ Korać, Branimir (27 October 2009). "Skender ostaje u HNL-u" (in Croatian). Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Rupnik, Borna (20 September 2010). "Dinamova prinova među vratnicama" (in Croatian). Retrieved 20 September 2010.