Igor Cvitanovic

Igor Cvitanovic

Croatian footballer, forward
Date of Birth: 01.11.1970
Country: Croatia

Content:
  1. Biography of Igor Cvitanović
  2. Early Career
  3. Failed Move to England and Time in Spain
  4. Later Career and International Success
  5. Achievements

Biography of Igor Cvitanović

Igor Cvitanović is a Croatian footballer who played as a striker. He is known for being the all-time leading scorer for the club "Dinamo" (Zagreb).

Igor Cvitanovic

Early Career

Cvitanović began his career at the club "Dinamo" in Zagreb. After one season, he was loaned to the club "Varteks." Upon returning to "Dinamo," Cvitanović became a regular player for the club and in 1996 and 1997, he became the top scorer of the Croatian championship, scoring 19 and 20 goals respectively.

Failed Move to England and Time in Spain

In 1995, Cvitanović almost signed a contract with the English club "Middlesbrough," who paid a transfer fee of 1 million pounds for him. However, the deal fell through as the Department of Work and Pensions of the United Kingdom denied him a work permit. In the winter of 1997, Cvitanović finally moved abroad to the Spanish club "Real Sociedad," but he only scored 3 goals there before returning to "Dinamo."

Later Career and International Success

In 2002, Cvitanović briefly played for the Japanese club "Shimizu S-Pulse" before ending his career in his homeland at the club "Osijek." He made his debut for the Croatian national team on October 22, 1992, in a match against Mexico. Two years later, on August 17, 1994, he scored his first goal for the national team, striking against Israel in Tel Aviv.

In 1996, Cvitanović was part of the Croatian national team that went to the European Championship. However, he did not feature as a regular player, only playing one game in the qualification stage and not appearing in any matches during the tournament itself. In 1998, Cvitanović was supposed to go to the World Cup, but just a few weeks before the start of the tournament, he was forced to leave the national team following a conflict with the head coach, Miroslav Blažević.

Only in the spring of 1999, Cvitanović briefly returned to the national team. On June 12, he scored his last goal in the national team jersey, against Egypt, and on June 19, he played his final game, appearing in a match against South Korea.

Achievements

- Croatian Champion: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000
- Winner of the Croatian Cup: 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001
- Croatian Footballer of the Year: 1996, 1997

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