Matej Delač

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Matej Delač
Matej Delač 04-2009.jpg
Personal information
Full name Matej Delač
Date of birth (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Gornji Vakuf, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Youth career
1998–2009 Inter Zaprešić
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Inter Zaprešić 38 (0)
2010– Chelsea 0 (0)
2010–2011 Vitesse (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Dynamo České Budějovice (loan) 1 (0)
2012–2013 Vitória de Guimarães (loan) 0 (0)
2012–2013 Vitória de Guimarães II (loan) 1 (0)
2013 Inter Zaprešić (loan) 14 (0)
2013 Vojvodina (loan) 10 (0)
2014 Sarajevo (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2015 Arles-Avignon (loan) 11 (0)
2015–2016 Sarajevo (loan) 26 (0)
2016–2017 Excel Mouscron (loan) 28 (0)
National team
2007 Croatia U15 1 (0)
2008 Croatia U16 4 (0)
2008 Croatia U17 2 (0)
2008–2011 Croatia U19 10 (0)
2010–2013 Croatia U20 9 (0)
2010–2013 Croatia U21 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 January 2015

Matej Delač (born 20 August 1992) is a Croatian goalkeeper originating in Bosnia and Herzegovina who plays for Chelsea.

Club career[edit]

Inter Zaprešić[edit]

A product of Inter Zaprešić youth academy, Delač started to impress very early on and after only a few appearances for Croatia U-15 he attracted attention from bigger clubs across Europe. During summer 2008, Delač went on trial at Portuguese Liga club Benfica and came very close to joining them, but the two clubs couldn't agree terms so he stayed at Zaprešić.[1]

He had his professional debut for NK Inter Zaprešić in the 2008–09 season on 22 February 2009 against NK Zagreb, becoming the youngest player ever to appear in the Croatian first division (at 16 years and 186 days of age).[1] He impressed football pundits in his debut by miraculously saving a penalty from Davor Vugrinec in the 85th minute, contributing to Inter's 1–0 victory and becoming man of the match.[2] Delač continued with good performances and finished the 2008-09 season with 15 appearances, as the club's first-choice goalkeeper.

Chelsea[edit]

On 11 September 2009, two days after Croatia's defeat at Wembley, Croatian news reports revealed that Delač had stayed in London for a medical examination and was on the verge of signing a pre-contract with English Premier League club Chelsea.[3] Reports claimed that Chelsea scouts had been following Delač's performances in the Croatian First Division for months and that their Director of Football Frank Arnesen previously went to Zagreb to agree terms of the transfer.[4]

It was announced at a press conference held by Inter on 17 September 2009 that Delač had indeed penned a five-year contract with Chelsea which will come into effect in the January 2011 transfer window.[5][6] In the meantime, Delač will continue playing at Inter, his wages will be paid by Chelsea, and he is also expected to participate in training at Chelsea's training ground whenever his Prva HNL obligations allow.[7]

Loan to Vitesse[edit]

On 24 August 2010, Delač joined Chelsea's feeder club Vitesse on loan for the 2010–11 campaign.[8] However, after being deployed as a back-up to Eloy Room and appearing on the bench for the majority of the campaign, Delač returned to Chelsea without making a single appearance for the Dutch side.[9]

Loan to Dynamo České Budějovice[edit]

On 13 September 2011, Dynamo České Budějovice chairman Karel Poborský confirmed that Delač would join the club on loan for the rest of the season.[10] However, on 4 January 2013, Delač was recalled by Chelsea[11] after just making one appearance in a 4–0 league defeat against Viktoria Plzeň.[12]

Loan to Vitória de Guimarães[edit]

On 17 July 2012, Delač joined Portuguese side Vitória de Guimarães on a season-long loan along with Chelsea team-mate Milan Lalkovič.[13] However, after six months with the club, Delač had failed to make a first-team league appearance and therefore returned to Chelsea in January 2013. However, he made one appearance in an early round of the Portuguese Cup, which Vitória eventually won, making him a Cup winner.[14]

Return to Inter Zaprešić[edit]

On 10 January 2013, Delač returned to boyhood club Inter Zaprešić on loan for the remainder of the 2012–13 campaign.[15] On 15 February 2013, Delač made his Inter Zaprešić return in their 1–0 home defeat against Zadar.[16] Delač went onto feature thirteen more times for the Croatian side in their unsuccessful relegation fight before returning to Chelsea.

Loan to Vojvodina[edit]

In July 2013, Delač joined Serbian side Vojvodina on a season-long loan.[17] On 25 July 2013, Delač made his Vojvodina debut 3–1 victory against Hungarian side Honvéd in a UEFA Europa League qualifying tie.[18] On 11 August 2013, Delač made his league debut for the Serbian side in their 0–0 draw with Donji Srem.[19] Having established himself as a first choice keeper, Delač played an instrumental role in helping Vojvodina reach play-off round of 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, where Vojvodina lost to Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.[20] At the same time he quickly became crowd favorite. Midway through the first half of the season, Delač lost his place as a starting keeper. By the end of December, he decided to cut stay in Novi Sad short, and return to Chelsea.

Loan to Sarajevo[edit]

Preceding his return from Vojvodina, Delač joined Bosnian side Sarajevo on loan for the remainder of the season.[21] On 1 March 2014, Delač made his Sarajevo debut in their 1–0 defeat against Čelik.[22] A couple of weeks later, Delač registered his first clean sheet in Sarajevo's 2–0 away victory over Mladost Velika Obarska.[23] Delač returned to Chelsea at the end of the campaign after appearing seven times for the Bosnian side.

Loan to Arles-Avignon[edit]

On 1 September 2014, Delač joined Ligue 2 side Arles-Avignon on loan for the 2014–15 campaign.[24] On 12 September 2014, Delač made his debut for Arles-Avignon in their 1–0 league victory over Tours.[25] Delač fell out of favour whilst at the French side and went onto make ten more league appearances before terminating his loan spell in January 2015.

Return to Sarajevo[edit]

On 27 February 2015, Delač returned to Sarajevo for the remainder of the 2014–15 campaign.[15] On 14 March 2015, Delač marked his Sarajevo return with a clean sheet in their 0–0 draw with Borac Banja Luka.[26] Delač went onto register seven more clean sheets, helping Sarajevo win their first Premijer liga title since 2006.

On 7 August 2015, Delač's loan spell with Sarajevo was extended for a further season.[27] On 26 October 2015, Delač suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury, during the international break, therefore excluding him out Sarajevo's plans for the season.[28]

Loan to Excel Mouscron[edit]

On 22 July 2016, Delač joined Belgian side Excel Mouscron on a season-long loan.[29] On 17 September 2016, Delač made his Excel Mouscron debut in a 3–1 victory over Westerlo.[30] On 27 October 2016, Delač registered his first clean sheet for Excel Mouscron in their 0–0 away draw with Waasland-Beveren.[31]

International career[edit]

After earning 8 caps for Croatia's U-17 and U-19 teams between 2007 and 2008, Delač was called up by Croatia manager Slaven Bilić on 30 August 2009 to join the squad as third-choice goalkeeper (behind Vedran Runje and Danijel Subašić) for their 2010 World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and England,[32] breaking the record for the youngest Croatian player ever called up for international duty.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2017.[34]
Club Season Division League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Inter Zaprešić 2008–09 Prva HNL 15 0 1 0 16 0
2009–10 Prva HNL 23 0 1 0 24 0
Total 38 0 2 0 40 0
Vitesse (loan) 2010–11 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dynamo České Budějovice (loan) 2011–12 Czech First League 1 0 4 0 5 0
Vitória de Guimarães (loan) 2012–13 Primeira Liga 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Vitória de Guimarães II (loan) 2012–13 Segunda Liga 1 0 1 0
Inter Zaprešić (loan) 2012–13 Prva HNL 14 0 0 0 14 0
Vojvodina (loan) 2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga 10 0 2 0 6[a] 0 18 0
Sarajevo (loan) 2013–14 Premijer liga 7 0 0 0 7 0
Arles-Avignon (loan) 2014–15 Ligue 2 11 0 0 0 2 0 13 0
Sarajevo (loan) 2014–15 Premijer liga 14 0 1 0 15 0
2015–16 Premijer liga 12 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Total 26 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Excel Mouscron (loan) 2016–17 Belgian First Division A 28 0 0 0 28 0
Career totals 131 0 10 0 2 0 6 0 154 0
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Vitória de Guimarães
Sarajevo

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bradovski, Mihaela (22 February 2009). "Yankep utišao Kranjčevićevu" (in Croatian). Sportnet.hr. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea sign Matej Delac; 17-year-old keeper will not arrive until 2011". Imscouting.com. 13 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
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  5. ^ "Chelsea sign keeper despite transfer ban: Croatian star to be paid by Blues until move in 2010". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  6. ^ Zapresic claim Chelsea deal over keeper Delac
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  8. ^ "Official: Vitesse Sign Nacer Barazite, Matej Delac, Marcus Pedersen, Guram Kashia & Laryea Kingston". Goal. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
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  11. ^ "Milan Lalkovic, Matej Delac return to Chelsea FC". weaintgotnohistory.com. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Viktoria Plzeň vs. České Budějovice". Soccerway. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
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  19. ^ "Vojvodina vs. Donji Srem". Soccerway. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
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  22. ^ "Čelik vs. Sarajevo". Soccerway. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "Mladost Velika Obarska vs. Sarajevo". Soccerway. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Delac and Davila loaned". Chelsea Official Site. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "Arles-Avignon vs. Tours". Soccerway. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  26. ^ "Sarajevo vs. Borac Banja Luka". Soccerway. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "[OFFICIAL] Matej Delač arrived on loan at FK Sarajevo!". FK Sarajevo (Twitter). 7 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Chelsea goalkeeper to undergo surgery today after suffering serious ACL injury". TheDailyStar. 27 October 2015. 
  29. ^ "MOUSCRON: A KEEPER ON LOAN FROM CHELSEA". Nord Eclair. 22 July 2016. 
  30. ^ "Westerlo vs. Royal Excel Mouscron". Soccerway. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  31. ^ "Waasland-Beveren vs. Royal Excel Mouscron". Soccerway. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
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  33. ^ "Croatian keeper 'to join Chelsea'". BBC News. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  34. ^ Matej Delač at Soccerway

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