Ivan Perišić ([ǐʋan pěriʃitɕ]; born 2 February 1989) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Internazionale. He usually plays as a winger, but can also be deployed as an attacking midfielder or second striker.
A product of the Hajduk Split youth academy, Perišić made name for himself while playing for Club Brugge, where he was the Belgian Pro League top goalscorer and was named Belgian Footballer of the Year for 2011. This earned him a transfer to Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the 2011–12 Bundesliga before signing with VfL Wolfsburg for €8 million in January 2013. He remained there for two-and-a-half-seasons, winning the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, before moving to Inter for €20 million.
Perišić made his debut for the Croatia national team in 2011, representing the nation at UEFA Euro 2012, 2014 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2016.
Aged only 17, Perišić received a large amount of interest from a number of clubs, including Anderlecht, PSV, Ajax, Trabzonspor, Hertha BSC and Hamburger SV, before he eventually signed with French club Sochaux. He moved to France from Hajduk Split. In Split, he was called "the new Asanović" by some journalists, a reference to a famous Croatian midfielder who also played in France. From 2007 till January 2009, he played for Sochaux's reserve team.
In 2009, Perišić was on loan for half a season at Roeselare in the Belgian First Division. Shortly after moving, Perišić made front page headlines, describing him as a "new Aljoša Asanović". At Roeselare, Perišić managed to secure a place in the first team squad and immediately made an impact with four goals and two assist. His appearances and goals continued to rise and at the end of the season, transfer speculation reports that Perišić was on the verge of joining Belgian giant Anderlecht.
On 26 August 2009, Belgian club Club Brugge signed Perišić from Sochaux for €250,000 on a three-year deal. Prior his move, Perišić was linked with a move to German side Hertha BSC, having gone on trial.
In the opening game of the season, Perišić scored his first goal in a 1–1 draw against Genk, then scored his second in two consecutive games and provided assists in a 4–1 win over Westerlo. Overall, Perišić scored 9 goals in 33 league appearances, also making eight appearances in Brugge's UEFA Europa League campaign, scoring four goals. At the end of the season, Perišić signed a three-year deal at Brugge, keeping him until 2015.
Belgian football critics predicted a bright future for Perišić. In the 2010–11 season, he was the top scorer of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League after scoring 22 goals for Club Brugge, also being named Player of the Year in Belgium. During the season, Perišić scored four goals in a match and provided an assist as Brugge thrashed Charleroi on 29 December 2010.
On 23 May 2011, Perišić signed a five-year contract to play for German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, for an estimated transfer fee of €5 million. He made his debut for the club in their 3–1 home victory over Hamburger SV on 5 August, coming on for Chris Löwe in the 75th minute. During a UEFA Champions League match on 13 September 2011, he scored a late equaliser with a volley from 20 yards against Arsenal after coming on as a substitute in the 69th minute. On 14 October, he scored the first goal in a 2–0 win against Werder Bremen, a match in which he was later sent off for a second bookable offence. On 21 April 2012, he scored the important 1–0 goal against Borussia Mönchengladbach and opened the door to the eighth national championship for Dortmund. The game ended 2–0 (the second was scored by Shinji Kagawa). He scored in total 12 goals in 64 games for BVB in all competitions.
Perišić started the 2012–13 Bundesliga season scoring a brace in a 3–2 loss against Hamburger SV on 22 September 2012. Perišić, however, soon found his first team opportunities limited, having played less in the first team and soon told Croatian channel Nova TV that he had received no support from Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp and accused him of favouring other players. In response, Klopp criticised his actions as childish and Perišić faced a fine, due to his comment.
On 6 January 2013, it was reported that Perišić transferred for €8 million to VfL Wolfsburg. Perišić scored his first goal for Wolfsburg in a friendly match against Standard Liège on 10 January. He made his competitive debut for Wolfsburg against VfB Stuttgart on 19 January 2013. In March, he suffered a left knee injury that sidelined him throughout March and April. He made his comeback in May in the match against Hamburger SV, coming on as a substitute and providing an assist. On 11 May 2013, he faced his former club Borussia Dortmund, scoring two goals.
On 3 August 2013, Perišić scored his first cup goal for Wolfsburg in their 3–1 win against Karlsruher SC. On 26 October 2013, Perišić opened his goal scoring form in the 2013–14 season in their 3–0 win against Werder Bremen, also creating an assist on a goal. On matchday 30, he scored a brace in Wolfsburg's 4–1 home win against 1. FC Nürnberg. Perišić finished the season with ten goals, second-best on the team behind fellow countryman Ivica Olić.
On 30 August 2015, Perišić signed with Italian Serie A club Internazionale on a five-year contract for a transfer fee of €16 million. He was presented on 10 September alongside Adem Ljajić, where he was assigned squad number 44, stating "Inter were too big an opportunity to turn down." He made his competitive debut for the club three days later, starting and playing 85 minutes in a 1–0 win against cross-city rivals Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.
He scored his first Inter goal in his fifth league appearance in the 1–1 away draw against Sampdoria, finishing home an Mauro Icardi's assist, which was followed by another goal against Palermo two weeks later. On 15 December, Perišić made his Coppa Italia debut in the Round of 16 match against Cagliari at home, appearing as a second-half substitute and scoring the team's third goal of the match in an eventual 3–0 win.
Perišić kicked-off 2016 on 6 January in the match away against Empoli; his cross from close range was finished home by Icardi for the only goal of the match. On 7 February, during the match against Hellas Verona, Perišić came on as an 46th-minute substitute to change the fate of the match, providing an assist for Icardi and also scoring for himself to level the result 3–3, rescuing a point for his side. March was Perišić's best month in personal terms, scoring four goals and providing three assists. On 2 March, in the returning leg of Coppa Italia's semi-final against Juventus at San Siro, Perišić scored the team's second goal of the match to help Inter overturn the 3–0 defeat and equal the aggregate 3–3, which led the match into the penalty shootouts; but Inter lost 3–5 on penalty shootouts and eventually was eliminated from the competition.
Perišić continued with his solid performances by scoring and assisting in the 3–1 home win against Palermo on 9 March, which was followed by another strike in the 2–1 home win against Bologna a week later. In April, Perišić supplied his fifth assist of the season for the Icardi's winner against Frosinone, helping the captain to score his 50th Inter goal.
Perišić has appeared internationally for the Croatian national under-17, under-19 and under-21 teams. He participated in the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification for Croatia, where he scored two goals.
On 26 March 2011, at the age of 22, Perišić made his debut for the senior Croatia national team against Georgia. He was a member of Croatia's squad for UEFA Euro 2012, starting in the team's opening two matches against the Republic of Ireland and Italy, and appearing as a substitute in the team's final match, a 1–0 loss to Spain.
During 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, Perišić appeared in 12 matches for Croatia, and scored his first international goal in a 1–1 draw with Belgium.
On 14 May, Perišić was named in Croatia's 30-man preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup. On 31 May, he netted a brace in a 2–1 win against Mali in a World Cup warm-up match in Osijek. Perišić was confirmed as a member of Croatia's final 23-man World Cup squad on 2 June. Perišić was in Croatia's starting team for the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a controversial 3–1 defeat to tournament hosts Brazil at the Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. In the following match, he scored Croatia's second goal as they defeated Cameroon 4–0. On 23 June, he scored a consolation goal in the team's final group match, 3–1 defeat to Mexico which eliminated them from the tournament. Despite Croatia's early elimination, Perišić was ranked as the second-best performing player of the group stage by FIFA.
Perišić was Croatia's top goalscorer in Euro 2016 qualifying, scoring six goals in nine matches as Croatia qualified in second place in Group H. In Croatia's second Euro 2016 group match, Perišić scored the opening goal of a 2–2 draw with the Czech Republic. Five days later, he scored the winning goal against Spain, which secured qualification to the knockout stage as group winners for Croatia. He was booked for removing his shirt in his goal celebration.As of 5 March 2017
As of 9 October 2016
Belgian First Division Top Scorer: 2010–11
Belgian Footballer of the Year: 2011