Marko Livaja

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Marko Livaja
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Personal information
Date of birth (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Split, Croatia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Las Palmas
Number 9
Youth career
2002–2005 NK GOŠK
2005–2008 Omladinac Vranjic
2008 Dinamo Zagreb
2008–2010 Hajduk Split
2011–2012 Internazionale
2011 Cesena (loan)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Internazionale 6 (0)
2011 Lugano (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Cesena (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014 Atalanta 31 (4)
2014–2016 Rubin Kazan 11 (0)
2015–2016 Empoli (loan) 18 (1)
2016– Las Palmas 21 (5)
National team
2008 Croatia U15 4 (4)
2009 Croatia U16 7 (6)
2008–2010 Croatia U17 20 (7)
2010 Croatia U18 4 (1)
2011–2012 Croatia U19 7 (2)
2012–2013 Croatia U20 7 (1)
2013–2014 Croatia U21 5 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2014

Marko Livaja (born 26 August 1993) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a striker for the Spanish club Las Palmas.[1]

Livaja began his professional career with Internazionale in 2011, having played in the youth academies of various teams in Croatia and Italy. Unable to fully break into the Inter Milan team, he spent a short while on loan to Lugano soon after joining Inter, and the first six months of the 2011–12 season on loan to Cesena (who co-owned Livaja along with Inter). In January 2013, after he had made six league appearances for Internazionale, Atalanta B.C. bought out Cesena's stake in Livaja and he joined their senior ranks.

Livaja has played for Croatia at every level from the under-15s to the under-21s but has not yet made his adult international debut.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Livaja began at lower-tier Croatian sides GOŠK Kaštel Gomilica and NK Omladinac Vranjic before getting a call to the Dinamo Zagreb Academy in the summer of 2008. However, before he was registered for Dinamo he received a call from his hometown club Hajduk Split Academy,[2] long-standing rivals of Dinamo, and moved there. At the beginning of 2010, he was promoted to the full Hajduk team.[3]


Livaja in 2012

Later in 2010 (after joining the full Hajduk team) Livaja was sold to Internazionale, who loaned him to Swiss side FC Lugano in 2011.[4] He was loaned again to Cesena in summer 2011 through a €250,000 deal from Hajduk Split,[5] and made his Serie A debut for Cesena against ACF Fiorentina in October 2011. Livaja played for Cesena in both their primary team and their youth team.

In January 2012 he returned to Inter when Cesena partially sold him to them for €2.25 million in a co-ownership deal.[6] After Andrea Stramaccioni was appointed the coach of the first team, Livaja became a member of F.C. Internazionale Milano Primavera, winning the 2011–12 NextGen series. Livaja received his first call-up as a member of the first team on 1 April 2012, where he was an unused substitute against Genoa.

In the 2012-13 season, Livaja made his first appearance in the opening season match against Delfino Pescara 1936 and played his first game as a team starter against Roma in January 2013. He appeared in a total of six Serie A games during the first half of the season, but without scoring a goal. Livaja got more playing time in European games, as he was the coach Stramaccioni's first choice striker for 2012–13 UEFA Europa League group matches against Rubin Kazan, FK Partizan, and Neftchi Baku.

He scored his first goal for Inter against Rubin Kazan on 20 September 2012 and became Inter's top scorer for the group stage, with four goals in six group matches. Inter finished second in the group stage, behind Rubin Kazan.


On 31 January 2013 Livaja was loaned to Atalanta, though Inter retained half his registration rights.[7] Inter paid €1.5 million to acquire Livaja outright from Cesena[8] but resold half his rights to Atalanta for €2.5M as part of Ezequiel Schelotto's deal for €6M.[9] Livaja made his debut for the new club against Catania Calcio on 10 February 2013 and scored his first two goals for them on Matchday 26 against A.S. Roma.[10]

For disciplinary reasons, he remained off the squad list in April during Atalanta's match against Sampdoria.[11] He played his first game against his owners Inter Milan on 7 April 2013, coming on as a second-half substitute.[12] In April, Livaja was given Atalanta's "Man of the Month" award for February 2013 by the club fans.[13][14] On 7 May, before the match with Juventus, Livaja was once again expelled from the squad due to a breach of discipline.[15][16]

Rubin Kazan[edit]

Livaja signed with Rubin Kazan on 15 May 2014 on a five-year deal. The Russian league club paid up to €6M for him.[17] On 31 August 2015, Rubin Kazan send him on loan at Serie A side Empoli.[18] His spell didn't go as expected, with Livaja scoring only once in 18 matches for Azzurri, only four as starter. That goal came on 22 November during the 2–2 away draw against Fiorentina.[19]

Las Palmas[edit]

On 14 July 2016, Livaja joined La Liga side Las Palmas by signing a contract until June 2020.[1] He made his debut later on 22 August, a debut which brought his first goals as well, as Las Palmas defeated Valencia 4–2 at Mestalla Stadium.[20] Then, he endured a 613-minute scoreless run across 10 matches until 4 December 2016, when he scored he's team's only goal in the 1–1 away draw against Deportivo Alavés.[21] Livaja made his first Copa del Rey appearance on 10 January of the following year in the returning leg of round of 16 against Atlético Madrid, scoring a brace in a 2–3 away win but 4–3 aggregate loss.[22]


Inter Primavera


  1. ^ a b "La UD Las Palmas ficha al delantero croata Marko Livaja" [UD Las Palmas sign Croatian forward Marko Livaja] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Zanio se: Ljubio Dinamov dres, a sad igra za Hajduk". 24 Satae (in Croatian). 28 March 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Reja priključio najboljeg kadeta!". Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Succès du Servette FC et du SC Kriens, nul du FC Lugano". Swiss Football League (in French). 8 February 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  5. ^ AC Cesena SpA Report and Accounts, 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  6. ^ "FC Internazionale Milano SpA" Report and Accounts, 30 June 2012 (Italian)
  7. ^ "Marko Livaja sljedećih godinu i pol na posudbi u Atalanti" (in Croatian). Sportnet. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  8. ^ AC Cesena SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts), 30 June 2013 (Italian)
  9. ^ FC Internazionale SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2013 (Italian)
  10. ^ "Livaja dvostruki strijelac u porazu Atalante" (in Croatian). 24 February 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Livaja izbačen iz momčadi, ne konkurira za utakmicu" (in Croatian). Večernji list. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Atalanta šokirala Inter, Livaja izborio penal i asistirao". Dalmacija News (in Croatian). 7 April 2013. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "MARKO LIVAJA DOMANI ALL'ATALANTA STORE DI ORIOCENTER" (in Italian). 10 April 2013. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Najbolji igrač Atalante u veljači". Sportske Novosti (in Croatian). 11 April 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "COMUNICATO DAL CLUB" (in Italian). 7 May 2013. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Radovanović: Livaja mi bio kao brat". b92 (in Serbian). 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Livaja potpisao za Rubin Kazan". Dalmacija News (in Croatian). 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Empoli land loans for Roma's Leandro Paredes, Rubin Kazan's Marko Livaja". ESPN FC. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Fiorentina vs. Empoli 2 – 2". Soccerway. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Valencia vs. Las Palmas 2 – 4". Soccerway. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Deportivo Alavés vs. Las Palmas 1 – 1". Soccerway. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  22. ^ Stephen Creek (10 January 2017). "Atletico Madrid 2-3 Las Palmas (agg: 4-3): Griezmann & Correa goals ensure hosts progress". Retrieved 15 January 2017. 

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