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Branko Strupar
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Full name Branko Strupar
Date of birth 9 February 1970 (1970-02-09) (age 39)
Place of birth    Zagreb, Croatia(SFR Yugoslavia)
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1994
1994–1999
1999–2003
2003–2004
2004
NK Špansko
Genk
Derby County
Dinamo Zagreb
Ahlen
00? 00(?)
168 (106)
041 0(16)
013 00(7)
00? 00(?)   
National team
1999–2002 Belgium 017 00(5)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13 February 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Branko Strupar (born 9 February 1970) is a former Croatian-Belgian football striker. In 1999, he became a naturalised Belgian by marriage. He consequently played for the Belgium national football team with whom he played 17 matches and scored 5 times.

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Early career

Born in Zagreb and raised in Prečko (the west of Zagreb), the first club he played for was NK Špansko.

Career

Strupar played in Belgium for K.R.C. Genk, winning promotion in the Jupiler League in 1996 and becoming champion of Belgium with the same team in 1999. He also finished Player of the Year. In 1998, he finished top scorer with 22 goals. He moved to Derby County in December 1999, where he most notably scored the first British league goal of the year 2000 after two minutes against Watford. While at Derby Strupar gained cult status with his prolific scoring ability.

Despite an excellent goals-to-games ratio when fit, injuries curtailed his Derby career, and he was eventually given a free transfer, with which he returned to Croatia for a brief spell at Dinamo Zagreb to wind up his career.

Personal life

Strupar currently lives in Zagreb with his wife, daughters Dora and Laura and his son Bruno, born 16 March 2007.

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