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Koren training with Slovenia in 2009
|Full name||Robert Koren|
|Date of birth||20 September 1980|
|Place of birth||Radlje ob Dravi, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|2007–2010||West Bromwich Albion||130||(17)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:42, 1 May 2015 (UTC).
Robert Koren (born 20 September 1980) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder currently playing for Melbourne City in the A-League. Koren earned 61 caps and scored 5 goals for the Slovenia national football team between 2003 and 2012 and played at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
He became one of the most highly rated players of the Norwegian Premier League, many regarding him as the best foreigner in the entire competition. Koren was the definitive playmaker for Lillestrøm, and has often been compared to his former idol Zlatko Zahovič. During his time in Norway he was linked with a move to English club Leeds United.
West Bromwich Albion
On 4 January 2007, Koren signed for English Championship club West Bromwich Albion in a Bosman ruling, penning an 18-month contract with a further year's option in the club's favour. He made his debut two days later as a late substitute in the Baggies' 3–1 win over Leeds United in the FA Cup 3rd round. Koren scored his first goal for the club in a 7–0 home win against Barnsley on 6 May 2007, the last day of the league season. The victory ensured Albion's place in the Championship promotion play-offs. Koren started all three play-off games as Albion beat Wolves in the two-legged semi-final but lost 1–0 to Derby County in the Wembley final.
In July 2007 Koren suffered a freak accident in training when a ball hit him in the eye, causing internal bleeding and temporary loss of vision. Although he made a full recovery, he later admitted that he had feared for his sight. The injury meant that he missed the start of the 2007–08 season, but he returned to the side at the end of August as a substitute in a League Cup game against Peterborough. In mid-September he signed a new two-year contract at Albion, with a further year's option in the club's favour. He has been described by former West Brom manager Tony Mowbray as a "model pro". Koren's two goals in Albion's 3–2 defeat away at Southampton in October 2007 earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week. Koren scored his first Premier League goal on 17 January 2009 and was named man of the match as Albion beat Middlesbrough 3–0. His goal in Albion's 2–2 draw with Burnley in the FA Cup earned him the ITV goal of the round. In the 2008–09 Premier League season, Koren proved his reliability and consistency by making the most appearances of the season for an outfield player at West Brom, only appearing fewer times than goalkeeper Scott Carson. On 17 May 2010, Koren was released by West Bromwich Albion after the club chose not to take up their option to extend his contract.
On 13 August 2010, he joined Hull City on a free transfer. He signed a two-year contract, with an option of a third year, just after the start of the season following their relegation from the Premier League with one game of the Football League Championship already played. He made his debut for the club when he came on as a replacement for Will Atkinson at Millwall on 14 August 2010. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 home victory over Derby County on 14 September 2010. He also scored goals away at Norwich City and Leicester City and scored a 25-yard strike at home to Ipswich Town, and also scored what proved to be the winning goal in a 2–1 away victory over Watford. On 17 September 2011 against Portsmouth at the KC Stadium, Koren picked up possession, picked his spot and fired home into the bottom corner from 25 yards. On 24 September 2011 against Bristol City at Ashton Gate Stadium, Koren played a neat ball into Aaron McLean's feet and when the pass was returned, Koren stroked a lovely low shot into the bottom corner of the net. On 22 October 2011 against Watford at the KC Stadium, Koren picked up possession midway inside the City half, drifted past three Watford players before driving home into the bottom corner of the net from 25 yards. On 29 November 2011 against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium, a flowing move down the left ended with Cairney pulling the ball back to Koren, whose shot deflected off Fryatt and brought a stunning save out of Davis. But the rebound fell for Koren, who nodded home from close range. On 3 December 2011 against Leicester City at the KC Stadium, the ball was rolled nicely into the path of Koren and he struck a beautiful shot past Schmeichel from 20 yards. On 7 December 2011 against Birmingham City at the KC Stadium, Stewart got to the byeline down the right before firing in a vicious cross that was only cleared as far as the penalty spot where Koren readjusted his body to volley into the net. On 17 December 2011 against Millwall at the KC Stadium, a long ball forward was headed down by a Millwall defender and it dropped nicely for Koren, who adjusted his feet well before firing home a low shot from 20 yards out. On 11 August 2012 he signed a new 2-year contract. On 15 September 2012 against Millwall at the KC Stadium, Koren picked up possession on the edge of the centre circle, advanced unchallenged before unleashing a powerful drive from 25 yards which flew past Taylor and into the net. After Hull's promotion to Premier League he was ruled out for four to five weeks for foot injury before the clash against Newcastle United.
On 3 August 2014, Robert Koren was announced as a marquee signing for Melbourne City in the A-League. After missing the first 10 games of the season with injury, on 20 December 2014 Koren made his debut in the Melbourne Derby, coming on as a substitute. On 30 December 2014, Koren scored a hat trick against Newcastle Jets FC in his first starting game.
Koren is married and has two sons and a daughter, Nal, Tian and Nia Koren.
- Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first.
|1||7 October 2006||Arena Petrol, Celje, Slovenia||Luxembourg||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualification|
|2||19 November 2008||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1–2||3–4||Friendly|
|3||12 August 2009||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||San Marino||1–0||5–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|4||12 August 2009||Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia||San Marino||4–0||5–0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|5||13 June 2010||Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa||Algeria||1–0||1–0||2010 FIFA World Cup|
- Football League Championship: 2007–08
- Football League Championship: Runner-up 2012–13
- FA Cup: Runner-up 2013–14
- Kniksen Award: midfielder of the year in 2006
- Hull City Player of the season and goal of the season 2011–12
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 240. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
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- "Koren to miss big kick-off". West Bromwich Albion FC. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "Koren: "I was scared"". West Bromwich Albion FC. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "Koren pens new contract". West Bromwich Albion FC. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "Mowbray: Koren's a model pro". West Bromwich Albion FC. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
- "Koren makes select XI". West Bromwich Albion FC. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
- Craig Doyle (presenter) (24 January 2009). "FA Cup Highlights – Fourth Round". FA Cup Highlights. ITV Sport.
- Season Statistics West Bromwich Albion FC
- "West Brom choose to release Koren". BBC News. 17 May 2010.
- "Tigers Bring In Koren". Hull City A.F.C. 13 August 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Slovenian midfielder Robert Koren joins Hull City". BBC Sport (BBC Sport). 13 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
- "Millwall 4 – 0 Hull". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 August 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- "Hull 2 – 0 Derby". BBC Sport (BBC). 14 September 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
- "Hull 1 – 0 Portsmouth". BBC Sport (BBC). 17 September 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
- "Away Draw For Tigers". Hull City Official Website (Hull City). 24 September 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Late Drama As Tigers Win". Hull City Official Website (Hull City). 22 October 2011. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "City Suffer Away Defeat". Hull City Official Website (Hull City). 29 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
- "Koren's Late Strike Wins It For City". Hull City Official Website (Hull City). 3 December 2011. Archived from the original on 6 December 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "Second Half Fightback Wins It For City". Hull City Official Website (Hull City). 7 December 2011. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- "City Make It Four in a Row". Hull City Official Website (Hull City). 17 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
- "Hull City midfielder Robert Koren signs new deal". BBC Sport (BBC). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Hull City 4–1 Millwall". BBC Sport (BBC). 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Hull City's Robert Koren out for 4-5 weeks with foot injury". This is Hull and East Riding. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- "Koren signs marquee deal for Melbourne City FC". Melbourne City FC (Football Federation Australia). 3 August 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
- "Koren puts Baggies first". West Bromwich Albion FC. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
- "Koren Named Player Of The Season". The Tigers Official Website (Hull City A.F.C.). 21 April 2012. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
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