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Ante Vukušić

Ante Vukušić
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 23)
Place of birthSinj, Croatia
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubPescara
Number13
Youth career
2000–2007Junak Sinj
2007–2009Hajduk Split
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2009–2012Hajduk Split84(36)
2012–Pescara19(1)
National team
2008–2009Croatia U-186(2)
2009–2010Croatia U-197(1)
2010–Croatia U-2111(3)
2012–Croatia1(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 February 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 August 2012

Ante Vukušić (born 4 June 1991) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a striker for the Serie B club Pescara.

Club career

Vukušić started his career playing at youth level for his hometown club Junak Sinj. He joined Hajduk Split in 2007, and during his time at the their youth academy was regarded as one of the most promising players.

Hajduk Split

In January 2009, he signed a professional five-and-a-half year contract with Hajduk keeping him at the club until summer 2014.[1] He made his debut for the first team in a 5–0 win against Croatia Sesvete on 22 April 2009.[2] In the last round of 2008–09 season, he scored his first goal in Prva HNL, a late equalizer against rivals Dinamo Zagreb.[3]

In the 2009–10 season, Vukušić established himself as the first choice striker at the club. In 22 league appearances, he scored 6 goals and a further 2 goals in 5 cup appearances. His stature at the club at such a young age impressed many of Europe's top clubs and he was set to make a move away from the Croatian club but the management and he mutually chose for him to remain at the club for the following season.

In the 2010–11 season, he scored 14 league goals in 29 appearances, finishing the season as the clubs top scorer. He also scored four goals in nine UEFA Europe League appearances, the most memorable of which was a last minute winner against Anderlecht.

At the start of the 2011–12 season, under new coach Krasimir Balakov, Vukušić continued as the first choice striker at the club, this time alongside new signing Ivan Vuković as the most preferred front duo. He scored his first goal of the 2011–12 Prva HNL only three minutes into the first match against Šibenik and added his second in a match against Rijeka. In doing so he injured his toe and was consequentially ruled out for the next four weeks. He ended the season with 12 league goals in 24 appearances and 15 total goals in 29 appearances which made him the top goalscorer at the club for the second year running.

The 2012-13 season at Hajduk started with another new coach, but Ante remained the first choice striker and captain at the club, despite his young age. He converted a penalty in Hajduk's 2–0 win over Italian club Internazionale at the San Siro.

Pescara

In August 2012, Vukušić was transferred to the newly promoted Serie A club Pescara for a reported fee of around €3.8 million.[4]


International career

In May 2011, Vukušić was first called up to the national squad by manager Slaven Bilić for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Georgia, but was later moved to under-21 squad for their opening match in the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifications, also against Georgia.[5][6] On 15 August 2012, he made his full debut for the national side under manager Igor Štimac as a second-half substitute in a 4–2 defeat against Switzerland.[7]

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hajduk Split 2008–09 4 1 4 1
2009–10 22 6 5 2 27 8
2010–11 29 14 2 0 9 4 40 18
2011–12 24 12 3 3 2 0 29 15
2012–13 5 3 4 2 9 5
Pescara 2012–13 19 1 19 1
Total 103 37 10 5 15 6 128 48
Last Update: 16 December 2012[8]

References

External links

  • Sportnet.hr (Croatian)

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