Mato Neretljak

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Mato Neretljak
Mato Neretljak.jpg
Neretljak playing for Omiya Ardija
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-06-03) 3 June 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Orašje, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Orašje 23 (2)
2000–2002 Osijek 47 (3)
2002–2005 Hajduk Split 77 (4)
2005–2008 Suwon Bluewings 110 (17)
2009–2010 Omiya Ardija 59 (11)
2011 Suwon Bluewings 23 (7)
2012 Hajduk Split 12 (1)
2012–2014 Rijeka 25 (1)
2013–2014Zadar (loan) 24 (0)
Total 400 (46)
National team
2000–2001 Croatia U21 8 (0)
2001–2006 Croatia 10 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 HNK Orašje
2016–2017[1] NK Metalleghe-BSI
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mato Neretljak (born 3 June 1979 in Orašje) is a Croatian football coach and former football player.


He started his professional career in 2000 at NK Osijek for which he played until 2002. Then he transferred to HNK Hajduk Split and spent three seasons with the club before leaving it for South Korean club Suwon Samsung Bluewings in 2005. In 2009, he moved to Japanese club Omiya Ardija. 23.05.2012. he signed for HNK Rijeka on a two-year-long contract deal. In 2014, he announced his retirement.

International career[edit]

Neretljak won 8 international caps for the Croatian national under-21 football team in 2000 and 2001. While still playing for the under-21 national team, he also made his full international debut for Croatia in a friendly match against Greece on 25 April 2001 in Varaždin, where he came on as a substitute for Boris Živković in the 88th minute.

His competitive international debut for Croatia came on 15 November 2003 in the UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying play-offs against Slovenia, where he played the entire 90 minutes in the first leg in Zagreb, which ended in a 1-1 draw. On 18 February 2004, he scored his only international goal for Croatia in their 2-1 defeat against Germany in Split. He was also part of the Croatian squad at the UEFA Euro 2004 finals in Portugal, but did not appear in any of the team's three group matches before they were knocked out of the tournament.

After the UEFA Euro 2004 finals, he only appeared in 4 international friendlies for Croatia, including both of their matches at the 2006 Carlsberg Cup in Hong Kong. He won a total of 10 international caps for the national team, 9 of which were in friendly matches.



Hajduk Split[edit]

Suwon Bluewings[edit]


International goals[edit]

Results list Croatia's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
February 18, 2004 Split, Croatia  Germany 1 goal 1-2 Friendly match


  1. ^ Mato Neretljak više nije trener Metalleghea‚, 1 June 2017

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