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.

Last updated: 30/05/12 14.28CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 01/07/2015 18:19 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-0FYR MacedoniaFYR Macedonia4400
16.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia2-0WalesWales1300
22.03.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia2-0SerbiaSerbia6300
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia0-1ScotlandScotland200
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-2BelgiumBelgium1410
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundScotlandScotland2-0CroatiaCroatia6900
14.09.2014English Premier LeagueMan. UnitedMan. United4-0QPRQPR9000
20.09.2014English Premier LeagueQPRQPR2-2StokeStoke9010
27.09.2014English Premier LeagueSouthamptonSouthampton2-1QPRQPR9000
05.10.2014English Premier LeagueWest HamWest Ham2-0QPRQPR7800
27.10.2014English Premier LeagueQPRQPR2-0Aston VillaAston Villa100
22.11.2014English Premier LeagueNewcastleNewcastle1-0QPRQPR2900
29.11.2014English Premier LeagueQPRQPR3-2LeicesterLeicester9000
02.12.2014English Premier LeagueSwanseaSwansea2-0QPRQPR9000
06.12.2014English Premier LeagueQPRQPR2-0BurnleyBurnley2400
15.12.2014English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton3-1QPRQPR1300
20.12.2014English Premier LeagueQPRQPR3-2West BromWest Brom1000
26.12.2014English Premier LeagueArsenalArsenal2-1QPRQPR9000
17.01.2015English Premier LeagueQPRQPR0-2Man. UnitedMan. United1000
31.01.2015English Premier LeagueStokeStoke3-1QPRQPR6810
10.02.2015English Premier LeagueSunderlandSunderland0-2QPRQPR9000
21.02.2015English Premier LeagueHullHull2-1QPRQPR7800
04.03.2015English Premier LeagueQPRQPR1-2ArsenalArsenal3400
14.03.2015English Premier LeagueCrystal PalaceCrystal Palace3-1QPRQPR600
04.04.2015English Premier LeagueWest BromWest Brom1-4QPRQPR6001
07.04.2015English Premier LeagueAston VillaAston Villa3-3QPRQPR5200
12.04.2015English Premier LeagueQPRQPR0-1ChelseaChelsea900
10.05.2015English Premier LeagueMan. CityMan. City6-0QPRQPR1200

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General info

  • Name: Niko Kranjčar
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 13/08/1984 (30)
  • Country: Croatia
  • Squad number: 0
  • Club: Dynamo Kyiv ( UKR)

  • Height: 185cm
  • Weight: 83kg

  • 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: 07/09/2014 21:15 CET
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