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Ivica Olić
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Personal information
Full name Ivica Olić
Date of birth 14 September 1979 (1979-09-14) (age 30)
Place of birth Davor, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current club Bayern Munich
Number 11
Youth career
Posavac Davor
Marsonia Slavonski Brod
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Marsonia Slavonski Brod 42 (17)
1998–2000 Hertha BSC 2 (0)
2000–2001 Marsonia Slavonski Brod 42 (21)
2001–2002 NK Zagreb 29 (21)
2002–2003 Dinamo Zagreb 27 (16)
2003–2007 CSKA Moscow 78 (35)
2007–2009 Hamburg 78 (29)
2009– Bayern Munich 22 (7)
National team
2002– Croatia 68 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:07, 15 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:35, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Ivica Olić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈiʋitsa ˈɔːlitɕ]; born 14 September 1979 in Davor) is a Croatian footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Croatian national team. Olić is well-known for his stamina on the pitch, his pace, his ability to draw away two or three defenders before feeding his team mates, his clinical finishing and his ability to play as a striker or on the wing. He has often been praised by his fellow teammates and fans alike for his consistent work rate.

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Club career

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Early career

Olić was born and raised in the village of Davor near Nova Gradiška, Croatia. He started playing football for the local club NK Marsonia in 1996, and spent two good seasons there before he was acquired by Hertha BSC in 1998. He did not see much play there and returned home to Marsonia the following year.

After another successful season at Marsonia (in the 2000/01 season he scored 17 goals in 29 games), in 2001 he moved to NK Zagreb where he scored 21 goals in 28 appearances and help his team to win the league. The following season he moved to Dinamo Zagreb, where he scored 16 goals in 27 games, and became the best striker of the Croatian First League.

CSKA Moscow

In 2003, Olić was acquired by CSKA Moscow. His form rose gradually, and in the 2005 season he contributed 10 goals in twice as many games. With CSKA Moscow, he won the UEFA Cup in 2005, the Russian Premier League three times (in 2003, 2005 and 2006), the Russian Cup twice (in 2005 and 2006), and twice the Russian Super Cup (2004 and 2006).

Hamburg

In January 2007, Olić moved to Hamburger SV, playing his first Bundesliga game with them against Energie Cottbus on 31 January.[1] He was signed because Hamburg were in deep trouble, finishing in the relegation zone before the winter break. It worked out in the end and Hamburg finished seventh, which even acquired them an Intertoto Cup place (they eventually won the UEFA Intertoto Cup 2007). He scored two goals in the last match in the 2006–07 Bundesliga season against Alemannia Aachen in a 4–0 win. In October 2007, Olić scored a hat-trick in the Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart, which Hamburg won 4–1. He was the first player in the club's history to score three successive goals in one half.

Olić effectively won the 2008 Emirates Cup for Hamburg, with two injury time goals against Juventus increasing the team's points tally to an unassailable level (due to the points-for-goals system). He endeared himself to Hamburg fans for his commitment and consistent work rate on the pitch. In his last game for the north German club, he sported a t-shirt with Danke fans ("Thank you, fans") written on it as he bid farewell to the fans.

Bayern Munich

On 3 January 2009, Olić signed a three year contract with Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. He joined the club on a free transfer on 1 July 2009.[2] Initially he was supposed to be back-up to the likes of Miroslav Klose and Mario Gómez but due to injury and fitness issues, he began to be preferred as first choice. On 8 August, his Bayern debut, he scored the opening goal against TSG Hoffenheim in a 1-1 draw and soon became a favourite with the Bayern fans.[3]

International career

2002 World Cup

Olić was part of the Croatian national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup where he played in two games and scored one goal, but an important one against Italy which ended 2–1 for Croatia. Shortly after scoring, Olić revealed a picture of his newly born child at the time under his jersey. He was remembered as being unable to put his jersey back on, as the material became tangled in the excitement during his celebration.

Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup

Olić also played three games for Croatia in Euro 2004, and two games in 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Party binge incident

In September 2006, Olić was dropped from Croatian squad for a qualifying match for one game due to a late-night partying binge together with Darijo Srna and Boško Balaban.[4]

Euro 2008

Qualifying

Olić was named man of the match in the very last qualifer of their group in which Croatia defeated England 3-2.[5] He famously scored the second goal in the match, which gave Croatia a two goal lead and knocked England out of contention for a place at the Euro 2008.[6] England manager Steve McClaren was sacked as a result.

Tournament

Olić was named in Croatia's 23-man squad for Euro 2008. On 12 June, he scored in the 62nd minute of Croatia's second Group B match against Germany to give the Croats a 2-1 shock win over the pre-tournament favourites.[7] He was rested for the last group match as they had already secured qualification for the knockout stages ahead of Germany. Croatia was victorious over Poland, making Croatia hold a record of 3-0-0 in the first round of Euro Cup 2008. On 15 June 2008, he was, according to Castrol Index sponsors, the fastest player at Euro 2008.

2010 World Cup

Olić was recalled to the side for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. He contributed 3 goals in 8 games but unfortunately, Croatia missed out on a play-off spot by a point.

International goals

Honours

NK Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb
CSKA Moscow

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
NK Marsonia 1996–97 ? ? ? ? 0 0 ? ?
1997–98 ? ? ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Total 42 17 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Hertha BSC 1998–99 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
1999–00 0 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Total 2 0 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
NK Marsonia 1999–00 13 4 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
2000–01 29 17 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Total 42 21 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
NK Zagreb 2001–02 29 21 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Total 29 21 ? ? 0 0 ? ?
Dinamo Zagreb 2002–03 27 16 ? ? 4 3 ? ?
Total 27 16 ? ? 4 3 ? ?
CSKA Moscow 2003 10 7 2 1 0 0 12 8
2004 24 9 3 1 10 0 37 10
2005 20 10 5 1 0 0 25 11
2006 24 9 5 2 6 1 35 12
Total 78 35 15 6 23 3 166 44
Hamburg 2006–07 15 5 0 0 0 0 15 5
2007–08 32 14 4 2 10 2 46 18
2008–09 31 10 5 6 14 9 50 25
Total 78 29 9 8 24 11 111 48
Bayern Munich 2009–10 22 7 0 0 5 2 27 9
Total 22 7 0 0 5 2 27 9
Career total 320 146 ? ? 49 17 ? ?

Statistics accurate as of 15 March 2010[8]

Personal life

Olić has two sons named Luka and Antonio.[6] Unlike many of his counterparts, he prefers to keep a low media profile and generally lives a quiet private life.[3]

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