Badelj with Hamburger SV in 2013
|Full name||Milan Badelj|
|Date of birth||25 February 1989|
|Place of birth||Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2007–2008||→ Lokomotiva (loan)||28||(7)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2015.
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, he joined the first team and immediately established himself as an important player. He made his senior debut for Dinamo Zagreb in Champions League qualifier against Linfield F.C. He made his domestic debut for Dinamo Zagreb 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.
He 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, wearing the captain's armband in some matches as well.
In the 2011–12 season, he was one of the main players in Dinamo Zagreb squad that reached the UEFA Champions League group stage, for the first time after 12 years. He appeared in all six of Dinamo Zagreb games in group stage against Real Madrid, Olympique Lyonnais and AFC Ajax.
In his final game at the Maksimir for Dinamo in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Badelj scored an own goal giving Maribor an equaliser in the first leg match in Zagreb. However the midfielder got the winning goal at the other end in the second half.
He joined Hamburger SV in August 2012, for an undisclosed fee of 4.5 million euros (according to the Croatian media). He made his Bundesliga debut soon after joining the club, in match against SV Werder Bremen. He immediately established himself as the first team regular starter, playing in the position of deep-lying playmaker. Badelj scored his first Bundesliga goal against FC Schalke 04 on 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.
- Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.
|1.||2 September 2011||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Attard||Malta||0–2||1–3||Euro 2012 qualifier|
- 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
- As of 31 May 2015
|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 28 March 2015.
- "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 12. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
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- "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