Mario Budimir

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Mario Budimir
Personal information
Full name Mario Budimir
Date of birth (1986-02-12) 12 February 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Sinj, Croatia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 19
Youth career
Tekstilac Sinj
Junak Sinj
Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Hajduk Split 2 (0)
2005Uskok (loan) 13 (4)
2005–2006Mosor (loan) 25 (3)
2006Šibenik (loan) 8 (2)
2007–2012 Ergotelis 139 (24)
2012–2013 APOEL 30 (4)
2014 Panetolikos 9 (1)
2015–2017 Enosis Neon Paralimni 20 (2)
2017–2018 Rudeš 21 (15)
2018–2019 Dinamo Zagreb 15 (7)
2019– Persepolis 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:25, 11 Jan 2019 (UTC)

Mario Budimir (born 12 February 1986) is a Croatian footballer who plays for Persepolis in the Persian Gulf Pro League as a Center-Forward.



Budimir started his professional career with HNK Hajduk Split, in the season 2004–05. In January 2005, he was loaned from Hajduk Split to NK Uskok and in August 2005, he was loaned to NK Mosor. He started the season 2005–06 with Hajduk split (appearing in two matches), but he was loaned for the third time to HNK Šibenik in July 2006.


On 10 January 2007, Budimir moved to Greece and signed a four-year contract with Superleague side Ergotelis.[1] He developed into the club's first choice striker under coach Nikos Karageorgiou, staying in Crete for six seasons, in which he appeared in 139 Superleague matches and scored 24 goals. Until his departure in 2012, after the team was relegated to the Football League, Budimir had become the club's all-time top-scorer in the Superleague, and ranked second all-time top-scorer in all domestic football competitions, behind former teammate Patrick Ogunsoto. Budimir still holds the record for most goals scored for Ergotelis in top-flight and as of 2017, ranks 4th in domestic league overall top-scorers for the club. His 139 Superleague caps for Ergotelis also rank him third in top-flight appearances for the club (and 6th in domestic football competitions).


On 4 July 2012, Budimir signed a two-year contract with the Cypriot club APOEL.[2] At the end of the season he became a champion for the first time in his career after winning the 2012–13 Cypriot First Division with the club. During his spell at APOEL, Budimir appeared in 30 league matches and scored 4 goals. On 31 December 2013, APOEL terminated Budimir's contract with the club by mutual consent.[3]


On 7 January 2014, Budimir returned to Greece and signed a six-month contract with Panetolikos.[4] He left the club in June.

Enosis Neon Paralimni[edit]

In January 2015, Budimir signed a six-month contract with Cypriot Second Division club Enosis Neon Paralimni rejoining his former coach at Ergotelis, Nikos Karageorgiou. He appeared in 10 matches scoring 7 goals, helping the club win the championship and gain promotion to the First Division. On 22 May 2015, it was announced that Budimir had extended his contract with the club.

NK Rudeš[edit]

Budimir moved to NK Rudeš in the summer of 2017, and impressed in his first season at the club, scoring 13 goals. However, following a dispute with his manager, he terminated his contract with Rudeš.[5]

Dinamo Zagreb[edit]

On 30 April, Budimir reportedly completed a move to Dinamo Zagreb, signing on a one-year contract.[6] Dinamo confirmed the move on 1 May, with Budimir set to wear the No. 9 shirt, previously worn by Ángelo Henríquez.[7][8] Budimir scored on his debut for the club, on 4 May, in a 2–2 draw away at Slaven Belupo.[9]

Persepolis Tehran[edit]

On 4 January 2019, Branko Ivanković, Croatian head coach of persepolis reached an agreement with Budimir and the contract finalized on 11 January 2019 with persepolis and he joined the club. Budimir will play at Persian Gulf Pro League (Iran) from February 2019.



Enosis Neon Paralimni


  1. ^ Μπουντιμίρ ο τρίτος [Budimir the third signing] (in Greek). 10 January 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Mario Budimir" (in Greek). APOEL FC. 4 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  3. ^ Ανακοίνωση [Announcement] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 1 January 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Mario Budimir signs with Panetolikos" (in Greek). Panetolikos F.C. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Budimir nakon napada na trenera na parkiralištu odlazi iz Rudeša" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  6. ^ "Treći strijelac lige u Dinamu: Budimir igra već idući vikend!" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  7. ^ "Mario Budimir novi igrač Dinama | Dinamo Zagreb". (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  8. ^ "Mario Budimir: Ovo je filmska priča, još ne mogu vjerovati" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  9. ^ LiveScore, "NK Slaven Belupo GNK Dinamo Zagreb rezultati uživo -". (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-05-05.

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