Mihael Mikić

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Mihael Mikić
Mihael Mikić (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Mihael Mikić
Date of birth (1980-01-06) 6 January 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right winger / full-back
Club information
Current team
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
Number 14
Youth career
1987–1993 NK Bistra
1993–1996 Inker Zaprešić
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Inker Zaprešić 25 (5)
1997–2004 Dinamo Zagreb 144 (26)
2004–2006 1. FC Kaiserslautern 26 (0)
2006 Rijeka 14 (0)
2007–2008 Dinamo Zagreb 46 (4)
2009– Sanfrecce Hiroshima 139 (5)
National team
1997–1999 Croatia U-19 12 (5)
1999–2001 Croatia U-21 19 (6)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 July 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 March 2008
Mihael Mikić playing for Dinamo Zagreb

Mihael Mikić (born 6 January 1980) is a Croatian football player who is currently playing for Japanese club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.[1] He is now most commonly playing as a right winger or right-back, but was known as a quite effective forward in the beginnings of his career.

Club career[edit]

Mikić was born in Zagreb and started to play football at the club NK Bistra when he was seven years old. At the age of 13, he moved to Inker Zaprešić and started his professional career at the club already at the age of 16. He left Inker after his first professional season and went on to sign with Dinamo Zagreb, where he became a regular by the time he turned 19.

He was still only 18 years old when he went on to make three appearances for Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League group stage in the autumn of 1998, starting in two matches and becoming notable for scoring the club's first goal in the UEFA Champions League when he opened the scoring in the 7th minute of Dinamo's fourth group match, against Porto at home in Zagreb. Dinamo won the match 3–1 and went on to win 1–0 against Ajax Amsterdam away and draw 1–1 against Olympiacos at home, but failed to advance to the quarterfinals after finishing second in their group. Mikić appeared in all of Dinamo's three home matches, playing as a striker.

He also played with Dinamo Zagreb in the UEFA Champions League in the following year and made five appearances in six group matches, but was a starting player only once. He scored one goal in Dinamo's final group match, away against Olympique de Marseille, that ended in a 2–2 draw. Dinamo was eliminated from the competition after finishing last out of four teams in their group.

Mikić continued to play for Dinamo Zagreb until 2004 and then he left the club after seven seasons for German Bundesliga side 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In his first season in Germany, he made only six Bundesliga appearances for Kaiserslautern and was not a regular in the first part of the 2005–06 season either, making only four appearances in the league, but then he became a regular after the winter break and collected a total of 20 Bundesliga appearances until the end of the season. He did not manage to score any goals in a total of 29 competitive appearances for Kaiserslautern and left the club in June 2006, shortly after they were relegated to the Second Bundesliga with a 16th-place finish in the first division.

In July 2006, he came back to Croatia by signing with Rijeka and made his competitive debut for the club on 13 July 2006 in their first-leg first-round UEFA Cup qualifier against Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia. Omonia eliminated Rijeka from the competition in the second leg by winning 4–3 on aggregate. Mikić's domestic league debut for Rijeka came on 30 July 2006 in the club's opening match of the 2006–07 season, where they celebrated a 4–3 away victory against Cibalia.

In January 2007, Mikić left Rijeka after making only 14 domestic league appearances for the club and returned to his former club Dinamo Zagreb, making his domestic league debut in their 2–1 victory in derby against Hajduk Split on 24 February 2007.

On 25 December 2008, it was announced that Mikić moved to J. League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

International career[edit]

Mikić still did not manage to make his debut for the Croatian national A-team, but he had a fairly successful international career at youth levels with the Croatian national under-19 and under-21 teams.

He debuted for the Croatian national under-19 team on 3 November 1997 against Northern Ireland in their qualifying campaign for the 1998 European Under-18 Championship and subsequently made another two appearances for the team in the qualifying, scoring once. In July 1998, he was seen by many as the best player of the Croatian team at the European Under-18 Championship finals in Cyprus, where he scored three goals in four matches and helped the team to reach the third place after beating Portugal on penalty shootout. After the tournament, he made another four appearances and scored one goal for the team in their qualifying campaign for the 1999 European Under-18 Championship.

Mikić won his last international cap for the Croatian under-19 team on 24 March 1999 and went to make his debut for the country's under-21 team in their opening match of the 1999 World Youth Championship in Nigeria, against Ghana on 4 April 1999. He appeared in all four matches played by the Croatian team at the tournament before they were eliminated by Brazil in the round of 16. Until the end of the year 1999, he made five appearances and scored three goals for the Croatian under-21 team in their qualifying campaign for the 2000 European Under-21 Championship and subsequently also appeared in all three group matches at the final tournament in Slovakia, where Croatia was eliminated in the group stage. He continued to play for the Croatian under-21 team until November 2001, making six appearances and scoring three goals in their qualifying campaign for the 2002 European Under-21 Championship.

Career statistics[edit]

Last update: 5 March 2015

Club performance League Cup League Cup Super Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Super Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Inker Zaprešić Prva HNL 25 5 - - -
1997–98 Dinamo Zagreb 5 2 - - 0 0
1998–99 15 6 - - 3 1
1999-00 26 6 - - 7 1
2000–01 28 3 - - 2 0
2001–02 25 3 - - 4 0
2002–03 28 3 - 1 0 4 0
2003–04 17 1 - 1 0 4 0
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other DFL-Supercup Europe Total
2004–05 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1. Bundesliga 6 0 - - -
2005–06 20 0 - - -
Croatia League Croatian Cup League Cup Super Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Rijeka Prva HNL 14 0 - 1 0 1 0
Dinamo Zagreb 10 3 - - 0 0
2007–08 21 1 - - 3 0
2008–09 15 0 - - 6 0
Japan League Emperor's Cup League Cup Super Cup Asia Total
2009 Sanfrecce Hiroshima J. League Division 1 25 0 0 0 5 0 - - 30 0
2010 16 1 2 1 4 0 - - 22 2
2011 31 2 1 0 1 0 - - 33 2
2012 28 0 0 0 1 0 - - 29 0
2013 29 2 4 0 2 0 - 4 0 39 2
2014 20 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 28 0
Total Croatia 229 35 - 3 0 34 2
Germany 26 0 - 0 0 0 0
Japan 149 5 8 1 15 0 1 0 8 0 153 6
Career total 404 40 15 0 4 0 42 2

Honors[edit]

Dinamo Zagreb
Sanfrecce Hiroshima

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