Mate Maleš

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Mate Maleš
Mate Maleš 2008.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1989-03-11) 11 March 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Šibenik, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rijeka
Number 26
Youth career
1999–2007 Šibenik
2007–2008 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Šibenik 1 (0)
2007–2008 Hajduk Split 0 (0)
2008 Dinamo Zagreb 1 (0)
2008–2013 Lokomotiva 66 (0)
2011–2012 NK Zagreb (loan) 21 (0)
2013– Rijeka 69 (1)
National team
2007 Croatia U18 3 (0)
2006–2007 Croatia U19 4 (0)
2008 Croatia U20 1 (0)
2014 Croatia 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 November 2015

Mate Maleš (born 11 March 1989 in Šibenik), is a Croatian player who plays for NK Rijeka of the MAXtv Prva Liga.

Club career[edit]

Maleš started his football career with HNK Šibenik, debuting for the first team at the age of 17, on 4 August 2006 against Dinamo Zagreb. His teammates in HNK Šibenik included Ante Rukavina and Gordon Schildenfeld.

In 2007, Hajduk Split acquired Maleš and introduced him to their youth system. He was set to sign his first professional contract in February 2008, after a tournament in Hong Kong in which he played for the first team. Instead, he opted to sign a five-year deal with Dinamo Zagreb. After only two matches for his new team in the early stages of the 2008–09 season, he was loaned to Lokomotiva. In the summer of 2010, his contract with Dinamo was cancelled and Maleš signed a three-year contract with Lokomotiva. He spent one of these three seasons on loan with NK Zagreb.

Rijeka[edit]

In June 2013, Maleš signed a two-year deal with HNK Rijeka.[1] He was a regular starter during his first season with the club. However, following a serious ankle injury, he had to undergo two surgeries, followed by long recovery periods. As a consequence, he did not play a single match from 26 March 2014 until 2 August 2015, in process missing the entire 2014–15 season, with the exception of one Rijeka II appearance in 3. HNL. Nevertheless, in May 2015, Rijeka renewed his contract for two years, tying him to the club until June 2017.[2] Maleš scored his first ever Prva HNL goal in Rijeka's 2–1 away win against Lokomotiva on 17 October 2015.[3] From the start of the 2016–17 season, Maleš is the team captain.

International career[edit]

In 2006, Mate Maleš was selected for the national under-21 team, but despite being a regular U19 player, he never got a cap for the U21s. However, he has been called up to the Croatia squad and was in the squad for the 2014 World Cup Qualifying match against Iceland,[4] on 19 November 2013.

He made his international debut on 5 March 2014, aged 24, in a friendly away match against Switzerland, where he was in the starting line-up and eventually replaced by Luka Modrić in 56th minute.[5] The match ended in a 2–2 draw. He missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup due to injury.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club League League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2006–07 Šibenik 1. HNL 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Hajduk Split 0 0
2008–09 Dinamo Zagreb 1 0 1 0 2 0
2008–09 Lokomotiva 2. HNL 15 0 15 0
2009–10 1. HNL 11 0 11 0
2010–11 17 0 2 0 19 0
2011–12 2 0 2 0
NK Zagreb 21 0 5 0 26 0
2012–13 Lokomotiva 21 0 8 2 29 2
Lokomotiva total 66 0 10 2 0 0 76 2
2013–14 Rijeka 1. HNL 22 0 3 0 12 0 37 0
2014–15 0 0
2015–16 28 1 3 0 31 1
2016–17 19 0 3 1 2 0 24 1
Rijeka total 69 1 9 1 14 0 92 2
Career total 158 1 24 3 15 0 197 4
Last Update: 15 April 2017.

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