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Nikola Kalinić

Nikola Kalinić

A prolific goalscorer for Croatia at youth level, Nikola Kalinić has still to fulfil his potential in the senior team but he did score a vital goal in UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying against Georgia and has made an excellent start to life in Ukraine with FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk after struggling to impress in England with Blackburn Rovers FC.

• Born in Solin, he joined nearby HNK Hajduk Split as a youngster and made his senior debut at 17 before spending the 2006/07 season on loan at NK Istra 1961 and HNK Šibenik.

• With 16 goals for Croatia's Under-17 team and 11 for the U19s, his reputation went before him, and on his return to Hajduk he lived up to it with 13 goals before the winter break and 17 in total, making him the third top scorer in the Prva Liga.

• Uncapped at the time of Croatia's UEFA EURO 2008 squad announcement, he made his senior international debut in a pre-tournament friendly against Moldova before making one brief substitute appearance, against Poland, at the finals; had to wait till November 2010 for his first international goal, in a UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against Malta.

• Struck 15 goals in 28 games for Hajduk in 2008/09 as they finished runners-up to GNK Dinamo Zagreb, his tally being one less than Dinamo’s Mario Mandžukić, who topped the Prva Liga goal listings.

• Moved to Blackburn in summer 2009 but was frequently left on the bench and managed just seven Premier League goals in two seasons before switching to Dnipro in August 2011.

Last updated: 05/06/12 11.20CET

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Match log

DateCompetitionPhaseMinsGSA
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 12/12/2014 01:23 CET
11.09.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundBelgiumBelgium1-1CroatiaCroatia200
12.10.2012FIFA World CupQualifying roundFYR MacedoniaFYR Macedonia1-2CroatiaCroatia1800
07.06.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia0-1ScotlandScotland2000
11.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-2BelgiumBelgium4401
15.10.2013FIFA World CupQualifying roundScotlandScotland2-0CroatiaCroatia5900
25.07.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueMetalurh DonetskMetalurh Donetsk0-2DniproDnipro1700
30.07.2014UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundDniproDnipro0-0KøbenhavnKøbenhavn9000
02.08.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueVolynVolyn0-1DniproDnipro3000
06.08.2014UEFA Champions LeagueThird qualifying roundKøbenhavnKøbenhavn2-0DniproDnipro3600
10.08.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueDniproDnipro4-0KarpatyKarpaty1310
15.08.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueMetalurh ZaporizhyaMetalurh Zaporizhya0-1DniproDnipro4500
20.08.2014UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsDniproDnipro2-1Hajduk SplitHajduk Split9010
23.08.2014Ukrainian CupFirst roundDesna Desna 0-1DniproDnipro1300
28.08.2014UEFA Europa LeaguePlay-offsHajduk SplitHajduk Split0-0DniproDnipro1800
31.08.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueDniproDnipro1-1VorsklaVorskla4410
13.09.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueMetalistMetalist2-5DniproDnipro8500
18.09.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageDniproDnipro0-1InternazionaleInternazionale1100
22.09.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueDniproDnipro5-0FC Olimpik DonetskFC Olimpik Donetsk2220
27.09.2014Ukrainian CupSecond roundVolynVolyn1-0DniproDnipro4500
02.10.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageSt-ÉtienneSt-Étienne0-0DniproDnipro5600
05.10.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueIllychivetsIllychivets0-1DniproDnipro2900
19.10.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueDniproDnipro2-1Chornomorets OdesaChornomorets Odesa8220
23.10.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageDniproDnipro0-1QarabağQarabağ9000
27.10.2014Ukrainian CupSecond roundDniproDnipro4-0VolynVolyn1210
02.11.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueDniproDnipro0-3Dynamo KyivDynamo Kyiv4500
06.11.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageQarabağQarabağ1-2DniproDnipro9020
09.11.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueShakhtar DonetskShakhtar Donetsk0-0DniproDnipro9000
22.11.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueDniproDnipro1-1HoverlaHoverla8310
27.11.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageInternazionaleInternazionale2-1DniproDnipro9000
06.12.2014Ukrainian Premier LeagueZoryaZorya2-1DniproDnipro8100
11.12.2014UEFA Europa LeagueGroup stageDniproDnipro1-0St-ÉtienneSt-Étienne9000

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General info

  • Name: Nikola Kalinić
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of birth (Age): 05/01/1988 (26)
  • Country: Croatia
  • Squad number: 9
  • Club: Dnipro ( UKR)

  • Height: 187cm
  • Weight: 84kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2014/15
    • UEFA Europa League 2014/15

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Cup (First qualifying round)
    19/07/07: Budućnost Podgorica 1-1 Hajduk Split
  • National team: UEFA European Under-17 Championship (First qualifying round)
    27/09/04: Croatia 3-2 Albania

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

TeamPGS
Croatia72
Croatia U-2162
Croatia U-1989
Croatia U-171011
Total3124

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
ClubPGS
Dnipro20
Total20
UEFA Europa League
ClubPGS
Dnipro207
Hajduk Split81
Total288
Last updated: 12/12/2014 01:23 CET
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