Nikica Jelavić

  • Date of birth : 27/08/1985
  • Position : Forward
  • Country : Croatia Croatia
 
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Nikica Jelavić

Nikica Jelavić

A powerful, bustling centre-forward who made a slow start to his career with HNK Hajduk Split but developed into a prolific goalscorer at Austrian club SK Rapid Wien. He further enhanced his reputation with Rangers FC, earning a January switch to Everton FC this year. Most of his outings for Croatia have been as a substitute.

• Joined Hajduk at 15 and made his league debut at 17 but had to wait another four years before he became a regular in the side, scoring five goals in 22 appearances during the 2006/07 season.

• Played no European football for Hajduk before joining Belgian outfit SV Zulte Waregem in 2007; scored on his Eerste Klasse debut against R. Standard de Liège and also struck twice against RSC Anderlecht but failed to register again and was sold to Rapid after just one season.

• Spent his first season in Vienna operating mostly from the bench but exploded into life in his second, scoring 18 Bundesliga goals and another nine in the UEFA Europa League, including one in each leg of the play-offs to eliminate Aston Villa FC and an early double in the final group game against Celtic FC.

• Made his Croatia debut on 8 October 2009 in a friendly against Qatar and marked it with a goal in a 3-2 win; he appeared in Croatia's final 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier and was involved in nine games en route to UEFA EURO 2012, six as a substitute, but did not score in any of them.

• Moved to Rangers in August 2010 and scored 16 league goals in an injury-interrupted debut campaign to help the Glasgow giants retain the SPL title; also hit an extra-time winner against Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final but was ineligible for the Light Blues' European fixtures having appeared for Rapid (and scored four times in as many games) in UEFA Europa League qualifying.

• After scoring 14 goals in the first half of the 2011/12 season, Everton signed the striker on a four-and-a-half year deal in January; hit the ground running in the Premier League, registering nine goals in 13 appearances as the Toffees finished seventh.

Last updated: 30/05/12 15.43CET

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Match log

DateCompetitionPhaseMinsGSA
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 14/04/2014 04:16 CET
07.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-0FYROMFYROM2710
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundBelgiumBelgium1-1CroatiaCroatia5900
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundFYROMFYROM1-2CroatiaCroatia6400
06.02.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundCroatiaCroatia4-0Korea Rep.Korea Rep.4410
14.08.2013Friendlies 2014-16First roundLiechtensteinLiechtenstein2-3CroatiaCroatia4400
17.08.2013English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich2-2EvertonEverton8100
24.08.2013English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton0-0West BromWest Brom7200
31.08.2013English Premier LeagueCardiffCardiff0-0EvertonEverton6800
06.09.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundSerbiaSerbia1-1CroatiaCroatia1400
14.09.2013English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton1-0ChelseaChelsea9001
21.09.2013English Premier LeagueWest HamWest Ham2-3EvertonEverton4500
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundScotlandScotland2-0CroatiaCroatia1000
03.11.2013English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton0-0TottenhamTottenham400
19.11.2013FIFA World CupPlay-off for Final TournamentCroatiaCroatia2-0IcelandIceland1000
30.11.2013English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton4-0StokeStoke1000
26.12.2013English Premier LeagueEvertonEverton0-1SunderlandSunderland1400
01.01.2014English Premier LeagueStokeStoke1-1EvertonEverton1800
04.01.2014English FA CupThird roundEvertonEverton4-0QPRQPR9020
18.01.2014English Premier LeagueNorwichNorwich1-0HullHull9000
28.01.2014English Premier LeagueCrystal PalaceCrystal Palace1-0HullHull8400
01.02.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull1-1TottenhamTottenham8800
08.02.2014English Premier LeagueSunderlandSunderland0-2HullHull7810
11.02.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull0-1SouthamptonSouthampton9000
22.02.2014English Premier LeagueCardiffCardiff0-4HullHull9020
01.03.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull1-4NewcastleNewcastle9000
05.03.2014Friendlies 2014-16First roundSwitzerlandSwitzerland2-2CroatiaCroatia4600
15.03.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull0-2Man. CityMan. City9000
22.03.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull2-0West BromWest Brom8400
26.03.2014English Premier LeagueWest HamWest Ham2-1HullHull8210
29.03.2014English Premier LeagueStokeStoke1-0HullHull7900
05.04.2014English Premier LeagueHullHull1-0SwanseaSwansea9000

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General info

  • Name: Nikica Jelavić
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (age): 27/08/1985 (28)
  • Country: Croatia
  • Squad number: 18
  • Club: Hull ( ENG)

  • Height: 188cm
  • Weight: 84kg

  • Currently playing:
    • FIFA World Cup 2012/14

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Second qualifying round)
    30/07/08: Anorthosis 3-0 Rapid Wien
  • National team: UEFA European Football Championship (Qualifying round)
    03/09/10: Latvia 0-3 Croatia

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Croatia121
Total121

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Rapid Wien20
Rangers21
Total41
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Rangers20
Rapid Wien1613
Total1813
Last updated: 08/01/2014 07:28 CET
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