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Mladen Rudonja
Personal information
Date of birth 26 July 1971 (1971-07-26) (age 38)
Place of birth Koper, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Olimpija Ljubljana
Number 13
Youth career
1978–1991 Bonifika
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 NK Koper 32 0(8)
1992–1993 NK Izola 46 (16)
1994 NK Zagreb 06 0(0)
1994 NK Koper 15 0(3)
1994–1995 NK Olimpija 26 0(2)
1995 NK Marsonia 14 0(1)
1996–1997 ND Gorica 16 0(4)
1997 NK Primorje 9 0(4)
1998–2000 Sint-Truidense VV 74 (21)
2000–2002 Portsmouth FC 14 0(0)
2002–2004 NK Olimpija 48 0(5)
2004–2005 Apollon Limassol 11 0(2)
2005 Anorthosis Famagusta 03 0(0)
2005–2007 Koper 14 0(1)
2007– NK Olimpija 28 (15) 0
National team
1994–2004 Slovenia 65 0(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Mladen Rudonja (About this sound listen ) (born July 26, 1971 in Koper) is a Slovenian footballer who has represented his country at two major tournaments - (Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup).

He most often played as a forward or a winger (usually on the left). Despite this, he did not score a goal for the Slovenian national side until his 53rd cap - in the second leg of a playoff for the 2002 World Cup against Romania in Bucharest that finished 1:1, which meant Slovenia qualified for the tournament, as they won the first leg in Ljubljana 2:1. He has always been very popular with the fans (who nicknamed him "Turbo Rudi") and after this match he has gained an almost national hero status. All in all, he has accumulated 65 caps for the national side, which makes him the 6th most capped player in Slovenia's history.

His main assets were speed and seemingly endless stamina. His performance against Spain in Korea saw Joe Royle (British commentator) notice that he never stopped for 90 minutes. As a result, he gained a position that was possibly unique in world football: a purely defensive centre forward. His club career never really caught on in the same way, after a good spell with K. Sint-Truidense V.V. he left for Portsmouth where he achieved little. After the 2002 World Cup, he left for NK Olimpija Ljubljana to wind down his career, playing alongside Croatian legend and former Portsmouth teammate Robert Prosinečki as Olimpija sought to recapture former glories.

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