Nikola Jerkan

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Nikola Jerkan
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-12-08) 8 December 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Split, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 NK Zagreb 19 (0)
1983–1986 Dinamo Vinkovci 56 (2)
1986–1990 Hajduk Split 64 (1)
1990–1996 Real Oviedo 203 (1)
1996–1999 Nottingham Forest 14 (0)
1997–1998 Rapid Wien (loan) 21 (0)
1999–2000 Charleroi 36 (0)
Total 413 (4)
National team
1992–1997 Croatia 31 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nikola Jerkan (born 8 December 1964) is a former football defender from Croatia.

Jerkan was born in Split and started playing football professionally for NK Zagreb.


In 1983, he moved to Dinamo Vinkovci where he would spend three years before moving to Hajduk Split in 1986. In 1988, he started playing for the first team and played two seasons before he moved to Real Oviedo in Spain in 1990. In 1991, in his second season there, he was selected for the best defender of La Liga.

He played for the Croatian national football team between 1992 and 1997, attaining 31 caps and scoring one goal[1] (against Lithuania in Zagreb during the qualifications for Euro 96). He played three games at the Euro 96 and was at that point established in the centre of the Croatian defence.

Jerkan joined Nottingham Forest in the summer of 1996 for a fee of £1million. Jerkan's time at Nottingham Forest was traumatic. He struggled to hold down a first-team place and after the departure of Frank Clark never hit it off with new manager Dave Bassett.

He went on a year-long loan to Rapid Vienna of Austria at the start of the 1997-98 season and was never seen in the English game again. He spent the 1998/99 season at the City Ground but played no games.

In 1999, he moved Charleroi where he played during the next two seasons, and then retired. He then moved to live in Oviedo.


Hajduk Split



  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Croatia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2009-10-15. 

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