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Mario Stanić
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Personal information
Date of birth April 10, 1972 (1972-04-10) (age 37)
Place of birth    Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1988–1992
1992–1993
1993–1994
1994–1995
1995–1996
1996–2000
2000–2004
Željezničar
Dinamo Zagreb
Sporting Gijón
Benfica
Club Brugge
Parma
Chelsea
Total
077 (12)
025 (10)
034 0(7)
014 0(5)
037 (27)
077 (19)
059 0(7)
323 (87)   
National team
1991
1995–2003
Yugoslavia
Croatia
002 0(0)
049 0(7)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 13/2/2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Mario Stanić (born April 10, 1972 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a former Croatian football midfielder.

He started his career with Željezničar Sarajevo. He was considered to be one of the most talented young players in former Yugoslavia. In 1992, war began and he went to Croatia, where he played for Dinamo Zagreb. After only one season, he moved to Spanish Sporting de Gijón, and year later to S.L. Benfica in Portugal. In 1995 he arrived at Club Brugge and was top scorer of the Jupiler League that year with 20 goals. Then Parma bought him in late 1996 and he played four seasons with that side. He was then transferred to Chelsea in 2000.

He won 49 international caps and scored 7 goals for the Croatian national team between 1995 and 2003, making his international debut in a Euro 1996 qualifier against Estonia in September 1995. He made three appearances for Croatia at the Euro 1996 finals in England and went on to appear in all of the team's seven matches at the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals in France, where they won the bronze medal. At the latter tournament, he scored Croatia's first-ever World Cup goal in their opening 3-1 victory over Jamaica and assisted in Robert Jarni's opening goal in their 3-0 victory over Germany in the quarterfinals. Stanić also made two appearances for Croatia at the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals as a second-half substitute, only to see Croatia fall short of qualifying for the second round of the tournament. His last international appearance came in April 2003 as a half-time substitute in a friendly match against Sweden.

He was forced to retire at the age of 32 after sustaining a serious knee injury during the 2003-04 league season.

Honours

Club Brugge
Parma
Chelsea

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