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Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić is a technically gifted, two-footed attacking midfielder now plying his trade in Spain with Sevilla FC following a January 2011 move from FC Schalke 04. Swiss-born, he opted to play for the land of his parents at senior international level despite representing Switzerland at various youth age groups.

• Born to a Croatian family in Switzerland and schooled at Basel, he made his debut aged 17 in a UEFA Cup tie against Bosnian club NK Široki Brijeg.

• Enjoyed an outstanding 2006/07 season, scoring 11 top-flight goals for Basel, winning the Swiss Cup and being voted the best young player in the Swiss Super League.

• Joined Schalke in summer 2007, as a replacement for Brazilian playmaker Lincoln, for around €5m on a four-year contract and was handed the No10 shirt; scored on his Bundesliga debut against champions VfB Stuttgart (2-2) and also on target in a 1-1 draw with FC Bayern München a month later.

• Chose Croatia over Switzerland, for whom he played at Under-17 level, and made his international debut against Estonia on 8 September 2007, scoring his first goal four days later against Andorra; started three of four matches at UEFA EURO 2008 and was the only player to appear in all ten of Croatia's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, scoring three goals.

• Scored six goals in eight Bundesliga games in the spring of 2010 to help Schalke finish second and qualify directly for the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League.

• Took to the Spanish Liga with aplomb after joining Sevilla in January 2011, scoring against, among others, Club Atlético de Madrid, Valencia CF and Villarreal CF before the season was out; made 36 appearances the following campaign.

Last updated: 30/05/12 16.11CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2014 02:11 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-0FYROMFYROM4600
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundFYROMFYROM1-2CroatiaCroatia9011
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia2-0WalesWales9000
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia2-0SerbiaSerbia9000
26.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundWalesWales1-2CroatiaCroatia9000
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia0-1ScotlandScotland9000
10.06.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundCroatiaCroatia0-1PortugalPortugal5900
01.08.2013UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundSevillaSevilla3-0Mladost PodgoricaMladost Podgorica9002
08.08.2013UEFA Europa LeagueThird qualifying roundMladost PodgoricaMladost Podgorica1-6SevillaSevilla4601
18.08.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla1-3AtléticoAtlético9000
22.08.2013UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsSevillaSevilla4-1ŚląskŚląsk9011
25.08.2013Spanish LigaLevanteLevante0-0SevillaSevilla9000
29.08.2013UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsŚląskŚląsk0-5SevillaSevilla5710
01.09.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-2MálagaMálaga9000
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundSerbiaSerbia1-1CroatiaCroatia7600
14.09.2013Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona3-2SevillaSevilla9011
19.09.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageEstorilEstoril1-2SevillaSevilla2400
22.09.2013Spanish LigaValenciaValencia3-1SevillaSevilla9000
25.09.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla4-1Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano9020
28.09.2013Spanish LigaReal SociedadReal Sociedad1-1SevillaSevilla9001
03.10.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageSevillaSevilla2-0FreiburgFreiburg8800
06.10.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-1AlmeríaAlmería9010
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-2BelgiumBelgium7600
27.10.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-1OsasunaOsasuna9010
30.10.2013Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid7-3SevillaSevilla9020
02.11.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla0-1CeltaCelta9000
07.11.2013UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageSevillaSevilla1-1LiberecLiberec2100
10.11.2013Spanish LigaEspanyolEspanyol1-3SevillaSevilla9001
15.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentIcelandIceland0-0CroatiaCroatia9000
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentCroatiaCroatia2-0IcelandIceland9000
24.11.2013Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla4-0BetisBetis9002
01.12.2013Spanish LigaGranadaGranada1-2SevillaSevilla9000
21.12.2013Spanish LigaVillarrealVillarreal1-2SevillaSevilla9001
05.01.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla3-0GetafeGetafe9010
11.01.2014Spanish LigaElcheElche1-1SevillaSevilla9000
19.01.2014Spanish LigaAtléticoAtlético1-1SevillaSevilla9010
25.01.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-3LevanteLevante9010
01.02.2014Spanish LigaMálagaMálaga3-2SevillaSevilla9001
16.02.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla0-0ValenciaValencia9000
23.02.2014Spanish LigaRayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano0-1SevillaSevilla9001
02.03.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla1-0Real SociedadReal Sociedad9000
05.03.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland2-2CroatiaCroatia8800
09.03.2014Spanish LigaAlmeríaAlmería1-3SevillaSevilla001
16.03.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla4-1ValladolidValladolid9010
26.03.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-1Real MadridReal Madrid9001
29.03.2014Spanish LigaCeltaCelta1-0SevillaSevilla9000
06.04.2014Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla4-1EspanyolEspanyol2810
10.04.2014UEFA Europa LeagueQuarter-finalsSevillaSevilla4-1PortoPorto8610
13.04.2014Spanish LigaBetisBetis0-2SevillaSevilla1600

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General info

  • Name: Ivan Rakitić
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (age): 10/03/1988 (25)
  • Country: Croatia
  • Squad number: 11
  • Club: Sevilla ( ESP)

  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 72kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Europa League 2013/14
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First round)
    29/09/05: Široki Brijeg 0-1 Basel
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    25/10/04: Switzerland 1-1 Northern Ireland

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Croatia U-2142
Switzerland U-1993
Switzerland U-1797

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 11/04/2014 01:46 CET
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