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Mario Galinović
Personal information
Full name Mario Galinović
Date of birth November 15, 1976 (1976-11-15) (age 33)
Place of birth    Osijek, Croatia
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Panathinaikos
Number 1
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Kamen Ingrad
39 (0)
64 (0)
117 (0)   
National team2
1999-present Croatia 2 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17 July 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of September 14, 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mario Galinović (born November 15, 1976 in Osijek) is a Croatian football goalkeeper who is currently playing for Greek club Panathinaikos.


Early career

Mario started his professional career with Croatian First League side NK Osijek, where he was part of the first team from 1993 until 2002. With the club, he also played in the UEFA Cup in 1998 and 1999, and won the Croatian Cup in 1999. In 2002, he moved to another Croatian First League side, NK Kamen Ingrad, and spent two seasons with the club as their first-choice goalkeeper. While at Kamen Ingrad, he also played in both of the club's two UEFA Cup matches against famous German club FC Schalke 04 in 2003, where they narrowly lost 1-0 on aggregate, conceding the only goal 14 minutes before the end of the second leg played in Gelsenkirchen.

Uefa Champions League career

Mario Galinović made his first appearance in UCL against Rosenborg BK, on 14/09/2004. [1]

In 20 appearances, he managed to keep a clean sheet 7 times; most important those against FC Barcelona and Inter Milan. He also managed to keep a clean sheet for 3 matches in a row.

2004-2005*Rosenborg BK*Group*1
2005-2006*Wisła Kraków*3rd Qualifying*3[3]
2005-2006*Wisła Kraków*3rd Qualifying*1[4]
2005-2006*SV Werder Bremen*Group*1[6]
2005-2006*FC Barcelona*Group*0[7]
2005-2006*FC Barcelona*Group*5[8]
2005-2006*SV Werder Bremen*Group*5[10]
2008-2009*Dinamo Tbilisi*2nd Qualifying*0[11]
2008-2009*Dinamo Tbilisi*2nd Qualifying*0[12]
2008-2009*AC Sparta Praha*3rd Qualifying*1[13]
2008-2009*AC Sparta Praha*3rd Qualifying*0[14]
2008-2009*FC Internazionale Milano*Group*2[15]
2008-2009*Anorthosis Famagusta FC*Group*3[16]
2008-2009*SV Werder Bremen*Group*0[17]
2008-2009*FC Internazionale Milano*Group*0[18]
2008-2009*Anorthosis Famagusta FC*Group*0[19]

Move to Greece

He moved to Panathinaikos on a free transfer in July 2004. With the team, he also managed to make his UEFA Champions League debut, against Rosenborg BK in September 2004, subsequently making another appearance in the competition that season and also playing in both of the club's third-round UEFA Cup matches against FC Sevilla in February 2005, where they lost 2-1 on aggregate. He was then the club's first-choice goalkeeper in the 2005-06 UEFA Champions League season and appeared in all of their six group matches before they exited the competition in the first round.

International career

Galinović made his international debut for the Croatian national team on June 13, 1999 in a friendly match against Egypt at the Korea Cup tournament in Seoul. He was subsequently not part of the national team for several years.

However, when Slaven Bilić was appointed head coach at the Croatian national team in the summer of 2006, Galinović made his international comeback as he was called-up to be part of the team during the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers. He mostly served as the team's third-choice goalkeeper, behind Stipe Pletikosa and Vedran Runje, making no appearances during the qualifying campaign. He did, however, won his second international cap in a friendly match against Slovakia in October 2007, replacing Runje at half-time. Croatia won the game 3-0.

Galinović was also a member of Croatia's 23-man squad at the UEFA Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland, but did not make any appearances as Pletikosa appeared in three and Runje in one of the team's four matches at the tournament. He was the only member of the Croatian squad not to feature during the tournament.


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