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Ivan Rakitić

Ivan Rakitić

Clubs: FC Basel, FC Schalke 04, Sevilla FC, FC Barcelona

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

• Appeared in 18 of Sevilla's 19 matches during their triumphant 2013/14 UEFA Europa League campaign, playing all 120 minutes of the Turin final against SL Benfica. While at the World Cup in Brazil – where he did not miss a second of Croatia's three group fixtures – Barcelona announced the midfielder had joined them for a fee reported to be in the region of €20m.

UEFA honours
UEFA Europa League: winner 2014

Last updated: 18/07/14 17.22CET

Match log

The home team is listed first.Last updated: 28/11/2015 02:18 CET
09.09.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia2-0MaltaMalta9000
10.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundBulgariaBulgaria0-1CroatiaCroatia8000
13.10.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia6-0AzerbaijanAzerbaijan9001
16.11.2014UEFA EUROQualifying roundItalyItaly1-1CroatiaCroatia9001
28.03.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia5-1NorwayNorway7501
12.06.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia1-1ItalyItaly9001
11.08.2015UEFA Super CupFinalBarcelonaBarcelona5-4SevillaSevilla12000
23.08.2015Spanish LigaAthleticAthletic0-1BarcelonaBarcelona9000
29.08.2015Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona1-0MálagaMálaga6300
03.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundAzerbaijanAzerbaijan0-0CroatiaCroatia9000
06.09.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundNorwayNorway2-0CroatiaCroatia7200
12.09.2015Spanish LigaAtléticoAtlético1-2BarcelonaBarcelona6000
16.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageRomaRoma1-1BarcelonaBarcelona6101
20.09.2015Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona4-1LevanteLevante9000
23.09.2015Spanish LigaCeltaCelta4-1BarcelonaBarcelona2400
26.09.2015Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona2-1Las PalmasLas Palmas9000
29.09.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBarcelonaBarcelona2-1LeverkusenLeverkusen7200
03.10.2015Spanish LigaSevillaSevilla2-1BarcelonaBarcelona9000
10.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundCroatiaCroatia3-0BulgariaBulgaria9010
13.10.2015UEFA EUROQualifying roundMaltaMalta0-1CroatiaCroatia7700
17.10.2015Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona5-2Rayo VallecanoRayo Vallecano9000
20.10.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBATEBATE0-2BarcelonaBarcelona7220
25.10.2015Spanish LigaBarcelonaBarcelona3-1EibarEibar9000
31.10.2015Spanish LigaGetafeGetafe0-2BarcelonaBarcelona9000
04.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBarcelonaBarcelona3-0BATEBATE2000
21.11.2015Spanish LigaReal MadridReal Madrid0-4BarcelonaBarcelona5700
24.11.2015UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stageBarcelonaBarcelona6-1RomaRoma9000

UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year


General info

  • Name: Ivan Rakitić
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of birth (Age): 10/03/1988 (27)
  • Country: Croatia
  • Squad number: 4
  • Club: Barcelona ( ESP)

  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 78kg

  • Currently playing:
    • UEFA Champions League 2015/16
    • UEFA European Football Championship 2014/16
    • UEFA Super Cup 2015/15

  • 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 Super Cup
UEFA Europa League
Last updated: 25/11/2015 01:08 CET