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Place of birth  Zagreb, Croatia
2009–2010  ZET
Weight  77 kg
2004–2009  Dinamo Zagreb
Height  1.83 m

Number  20
Role  Footballer
Name  Marko Pjaca
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Date of birth  (1995-05-06) 6 May 1995 (age 20)
Current teams  GNK Dinamo Zagreb (#20 / Midfielder, Forward), Croatia national football team (Midfielder, Forward)
Parents  Visnja Pjaca, Zeljko Pjaca
Similar People  Ante Coric, Nikola Vlasic, Youri Tielemans
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Playing position  Winger / Forward
Siblings  Martina Pjaca, Iva Pjaca

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Marko Pjaca ([mâːrko pjât͡sa]; born 6 May 1995) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Italian club Juventus and the Croatian national team.

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He began his professional club career in Croatia with Lokomotiva in 2012, before moving to Dinamo Zagreb in 2014. After winning consecutive domestic doubles with Dinamo, he joined Juventus in 2016. At international level, Pjaca represented his nation at UEFA Euro 2016.

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Early life

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His father Željko was a wrestler and mother Višnja was a judoka. He has two elder sisters: Martina and Iva. In childhood he trained handball, basketball and table tennis.

Lokomotiva

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Pjaca started his professional career with Croatian side Lokomotiva Zagreb. He made his debut in the 2011–12 Croatian First Football League on 24 February 2012 in a 3–0 victory over NK Zadar, a match in which he managed an assist. It was his only appearance that season. The following season, Pjaca was much more prominent in the first team at Lokomotiva, especially after the winter break. He ended the 2012–13 Prva HNL season with 2 goals in 17 appearances. Although it was his performances in the 2013–14 Prva HNL season which really caught the eye of bigger clubs, with the winger scoring 7 times in 31 appearances.

Dinamo Zagreb

In the summer of 2014, Pjaca was signed by reigning champions GNK Dinamo Zagreb, for a fee believed to be in the region of €1m. He made his debut for the new club in the opening match of the new season, when he scored against Slaven Belupo. On 11 December 2014, he scored a hat-trick as Dinamo defeated Celtic 4–3 in the last match of UEFA Europa League group stage. Pjaca finished the season with 14 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions, as Dinamo Zagreb won the league title for the 10th consecutive time. Pjaca also played the full match as Dinamo beat RNK Split in the 2015 Croatian Football Cup Final on penalties. On 20 July 2016, Pjaca himself confirmed that Champions League second-round qualifying tie against FK Vardar would be his last for Dinamo Zagreb. He scored two goals, assisted for the third and got standing ovation from the fans on his farewell game on Stadion Maksimir.

Juventus

On 21 July 2016 it was announced that Pjaca signed a five-year contract with Juventus for a fee of €23 million. With the transfer, Pjaca became the most expensive ever sale by Dinamo Zagreb and the 1. HNL. He made his Juventus and Serie A debut on 27 August, coming on as a substitute for Paulo Dybala in the second half of a 1–0 away win over Lazio. In October 2016 he suffered a cracked fibula while on international duty with Croatia, and was initially expected to miss around six weeks of the season. After being sidelined through injury for almost three months, in January 2017 he returned to action with two half-hour-long substitute appearances against Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and Fiorentina in the league. He scored his first goal for Juventus, occurring in the first 2016–17 UEFA Champions League round of 16 leg against Porto, in which they emerged victorious in a 2–0 away win. Pjaca suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on 28 March while on international duty with Croatia, sidelining him for six months.

International career

Pjaca made his senior international debut for the Croatia national football team on 4 September 2014, replacing Mateo Kovačić for the last 12 minutes of a 2–0 friendly win over Cyprus at the Stadion Aldo Drosina in Pula. On 3 September 2015, he made his competitive debut for the national team in the Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbaijan, starting and playing the entire fixture, which ended in a 0–0 draw. On 4 June 2016, he scored his first international goal for Croatia in a 10–0 win over San Marino.

Euro 2016

Pjaca was included in Croatia's UEFA Euro 2016 squad. He played a major role in Croatia's impressive 2–1 victory against Spain, the reigning European champions, at Bordeaux's Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. During that match he completed an impressive seven of his eight attempted take-ons, took one shot, created one clear scoring opportunity and won one tackle. Pjaca took a seat on the bench for the clash with Portugal in the next round, only to be brought on late in extra time with just 10 minutes of the additional 30 remaining. Being introduced as a substitute he brought some much-needed attacking impetus to the side, completing three dribbles against a previously impenetrable Portugal defence. Croatia eventually lost to Portugal 1–0 after Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma scored an 117th-minute winner to send Croatia out of the tournament.

Playing style

Regarded as a talented and promising young prospect, Pjaca is a winger who is capable of playing on either flank, although his preferred position is on the left, where he likes to cut inside from wide positions and either shoot on goal or create chances with his stronger right foot; he has also been deployed as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker on occasion. A dynamic, agile, and technically gifted player, Pjaca is known for his direct and offensive style of play; due to his physique, speed, dribbling skills, and ability to change direction quickly, he often takes on players in one-on-one situations, and is also known for his ability to make intelligent attacking runs behind the oppontents' defensive line.

Club

Statistics accurate as of last match played on 19 March 2017.

International

As of 28 March 2017

International goal

Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.

Club

Dinamo Zagreb
  • Prva HNL: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Croatian Cup: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Juventus
  • Serie A: 2016–17
  • Coppa Italia: 2016–17
  • Individual

  • Football Oscar: Best Prva HNL player 2015, 2016
  • References

    Marko Pjaca Wikipedia


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