Badelj representing the Croatian national football team.
|Full name||Milan Badelj|
|Date of birth||25 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|2007–2008||→ Lokomotiva (loan)||28||(7)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:26, 20 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2016
Milan Badelj signed for Dinamo Zagreb as a 17-year-old in 2007, just after he was snapped up from the youth system of Dinamo Zagreb's city rival, NK Zagreb. For the 2007–08 season, he was sent on loan to Dinamo Zagreb's affiliate Lokomotiva to gain first–team experience at the senior level. He played in 28 matches and scored seven goals for Lokomotiva in the Croatian Third League.
In 2008, Badelj joined the first team and immediately established himself as an important player. He made his senior debut for Dinamo in Champions League qualifier against Northern Irish club Linfield. He then made his domestic debut in the opening match of the 2008–09 season against HNK Rijeka, scoring the first goal in 2–0 victory. He finished his first season with Dinamo with 31 domestic appearances and 12 UEFA Cup appearances.
Badelj continued to impress at his young age, establishing himself as a first–team regular for the 2009–10 season. In March 2011, he scored a goal in a 2–0 victory in the derby match against great rivals Hajduk Split. Badelj continued with impressive performances in the 2010–11 season as well, even wearing the captain's armband in some matches.
In the 2011–12 season, Badelj was one of the key players in the Dinamo squad that reached the 2011–12 Champions League group stage for the first time in 12 years. He appeared in all six of Dinamo's group stage games against Real Madrid, Lyon and Ajax.
In what would be his final game at the Stadion Maksimir for Dinamo in a Champions League playoff match against Slovenian side NK Maribor, Badelj scored an own goal that gave the opposition an equaliser in the first leg match in Zagreb. The midfielder, however, later scored the winning goal at the other end in the second half.
Badelj joined Hamburger SV of the Bundesliga in August 2012 for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of €4.5 million, according to the Croatian media. He made his domestic debut soon after joining the club in a match against Werder Bremen. He immediately established himself as the first-team regular starter, typically situated as a deep-lying playmaker. Badelj scored his first Bundesliga goal against Schalke 04 in November 2012.
Badelj earned 63 caps during his time in the Croatian youth ranks, nine of which came in the UEFA U21 Championship where he was very impressive. He was often called up to the first team but usually sat the whole game on the bench. He made his competitive debut in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Malta in which he scored a goal. He was a part of the Croatia team on Euro 2012, being an unused substitute. He was a part of Croatia national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, being selected after Ivan Močinić's injury and once again, he was an unused substitute in the tournament.
- As of 20 May 2016.
|2007–08||Lokomotiva (loan)||Treća HNL||28||7||—||—||—||28||7|
|2008–09||Dinamo Zagreb||Prva HNL||31||4||7||1||—||12||1||50||6|
- As of 5 September 2016.
- Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.
|1||2 September 2011||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard||Malta||0–2||1–3||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
- Dinamo Zagreb
- Croatian First League: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Croatian Cup: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Croatian Super Cup: 2010
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Milan Badelj – Modrićev nasljednik" (in Croatian). nogometni-magazin.com. Retrieved 13 June 2008.
- "Badelj novi junak Maksimira" (in Croatian). HRSport. Retrieved 27 July 2008.
- "Golovi i igra vrijedni naslova prvaka" (in Croatian). HRSport. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "Badelj na oproštaju s Maksimirom pogodio za pobjedu Dinama" (in Croatian). HRSport. Retrieved 22 August 2012.
- "Badelj predstavljen u HSV-u, debitira već u subotu: "Bit će to derbi kao Dinamo-Hajduk"" (in Croatian). Index.hr. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- "Hamburger SV 3–1 FC Schalke 04" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- "Fiorentina to sign Milan Badelj from Hamburg". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Malta 1–3 Croatia". Croatian Football Federation. 2 September 2011.
- "M. Badelj". Soccerway. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
- Milan Badelj at National-Football-Teams.com
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