Niko Kranjčar

  • Date of birth : 13/08/1984
  • Position : Midfield
  • Country : Croatia Croatia
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Niko Kranjčar

Niko Kranjčar

Although he has found it difficult to make an impact at Tottenham Hotspur FC, playing second fiddle to compatriot Luka Modrić, Niko Kranjčar is a seasoned international for Croatia and contributed four goals to their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying success. The gifted schemer was handed his first cap by his father, Zlatko, in August 2004.

• Hailed as a special talent at 16 when he scored on his debut for GNK Dinamo Zagreb, he was widely lauded as the 'new Zvonimir Boban' in his teenage years as he helped Dinamo to 2002 and 2004 Croatian Cups and the 2003 championship.

• Transferred to arch-rivals HNK Hajduk Split midway through the 2004/05 season and won his second Croatian title; scored ten league goals in 2005/06 but Hajduk finished a disastrous fifth so he decided to move abroad, joining Portsmouth FC in August 2006 after making his major tournament bow − under his father's command − at the FIFA World Cup in Germany.

• Took time to settle in England, but excelled in his second season at Portsmouth as they won the FA Cup and, at its conclusion, competed for Croatia at UEFA EURO 2008, appearing in all four matches.

• Left to join fellow Croatian internationals Modrić and Vedran Ćorluka at Tottenham at the end of the 2009 summer transfer window but after a decent debut campaign he found himself increasingly marginalised at White Hart Lane, starting just two Premier League games in 2010/11.

• Scored five international goals in three games in autumn 2010, including doubles against Israel and Malta in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying, to take his cumulative tally to 15 – joint fourth in Croatia's all-time standings.

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Match log

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23.09.2015Ukrainian CupSecond roundObolon-BrovarObolon-Brovar0-2Dynamo KyivDynamo Kyiv900

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year

General info

  • Name: Niko Kranjčar
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 13/08/1984 (31)
  • Country: Croatia

  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 83kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (Qualifying round)
    09/08/01: Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 Flora
  • National team: UEFA European Under-16 Championship (Qualifying round)
    22/10/00: Slovenia 0-2 Croatia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Croatia U-2192
Croatia U-1961
Croatia U-1683

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Hajduk Split20
Dynamo Kyiv60
Dinamo Zagreb42
UEFA Europa League
Dinamo Zagreb122
Dynamo Kyiv20
Last updated: 16/05/2016 14:45 CET