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Ivica Olic

Ivica Olić (; born 14 September 1979) is a Croatian professional Association football who plays for FC Bayern Munich in Germany and internationally for the Croatia national football team.

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Ivica Olic biography


Ivica Olić (; born 14 September 1979) is a Croatian professional Association football who plays for FC Bayern Munich in Germany and internationally for the Croatia national football team.

Club career

Early career

Olić was born and raised in the village of Davor, Croatia near Nova Gradiška, Croatia, Yugoslavia. Ivica Olic started playing football for the local club NK Marsonia in 1996, and spent two good seasons there before Ivica Olic was acquired by Hertha BSC in 1998. Ivica Olic did not see much play there and returned to Marsonia the following year.

After another successful season at Marsonia — in the 2000–01 season, Ivica Olic scored 17 goals in 29 games — in 2001, Ivica Olic moved to NK Zagreb where Ivica Olic scored 21 goals in 28 appearances and helped Ivica Olic team win the Prva HNL. The following season, Ivica Olic moved to NK Dinamo Zagreb, where Ivica Olic scored 16 goals in 27 games, and became the best striker of the Prva HNL.

CSKA Moscow

In 2003, Olić was acquired by PFC CSKA Moscow. Ivica Olic form rose gradually, and in the 2005 season, Ivica Olic contributed 10 goals in twice as many games. With CSKA Moscow, Ivica Olic won the UEFA Cup in 2005, the Russian Premier League three times (in 2003, 2005 and 2006), the Russian Cup (football) twice (in 2005 and 2006), and twice the Russian Super Cup (2004 and 2006).

Hamburg

In January 2007, Olić moved to Hamburger SV, playing Ivica Olic first Bundesliga game with them against Energie Cottbus on 31 January. Ivica Olic was signed because Hamburg were in deep trouble, finishing in the relegation zone before the winter break. It worked out in the end, and Hamburg finished seventh, which even acquired them an Intertoto Cup place, which they eventually won. Ivica Olic scored two goals in the last match in the 2006–07 Bundesliga season against Alemannia Aachen in a 4–0 win. In October 2007, Olić scored a hat-trick in the Bundesliga match against VfB Stuttgart, which Hamburg won 4–1. Ivica Olic was the first player in the club's history to score three successive goals in one half.

Olić effectively won the 2008 Emirates Cup for Hamburg, with two injury time goals against Juventus F.C. increasing the team's points tally to an unassailable level (due to the points-for-goals system). Ivica Olic endeared himself to Hamburg fans for Ivica Olic commitment and consistent work rate on the pitch. In Ivica Olic last game for the north German club, Ivica Olic sported a t-shirt with the words, "Danke fans" ("Thank you, fans") written on it as Ivica Olic bid farewell to the fans.

Bayern Munich

On 3 January 2009, Olić signed a three year contract with Fußball-Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern Munich. Ivica Olic joined the club on a free transfer on 1 July 2009. Initially, Ivica Olic was supposed to be back-up to the likes of Miroslav Klose and Mario Gómez, but due to injury and fitness issues, Ivica Olic began to be preferred as first choice. On 8 August, Ivica Olic Bayern debut, Ivica Olic scored the opening goal against TSG Hoffenheim in a 1–1 draw and soon became a favourite with the Bayern fans. Ivica Olic reached new heights upon scoring a crucial goal in the 2010 Champions League quarter-final (first leg) against Manchester United F.C. in injury time, to give Bayern a slender 2–1 lead. Ivica Olic also scored the first goal in the second leg for Ivica Olic team, but they trailed 3–1. The game ended 3–2. Bayern, however, won on away goals. This knocked Manchester United out of the Champions League. Ivica Olic scored Ivica Olic first hat-trick for the Bavarians against Olympique Lyonnais scoring with Ivica Olic left foot, right foot and Ivica Olic head a first in the champions league in the second leg of the semi-finals on 27 April 2010. The victory against Lyon secured Ivica Olic team a place in the UEFA Champions League final, against Inter Milan which they eventually lost 2-0.

International career

Olić was part of the Croatia national football team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup where Ivica Olic played in two games and scored one goal, but an important one against Italy national football team which ended 2–1 for Croatia. Shortly after scoring, Olić revealed a picture of Ivica Olic newly born child at the time under Ivica Olic jersey. Ivica Olic was remembered as being unable to put Ivica Olic jersey back on, as the material became tangled in the excitement during Ivica Olic celebration. Olić also played three games for Croatia in 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, and two games in 2006 FIFA World Cup.

In September 2006, Olić was dropped from Croatian squad for a qualifying match for one game due to a late-night partying binge together with Darijo Srna and Boško Balaban.

Olić was named man of the match in the very last UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying Group E of their group in which Croatia defeated England national football team 3–2. Ivica Olic famously scored the second goal in the match, which gave Croatia a two goal lead and knocked England out of contention for a place at the UEFA Euro 2008. England manager Steve McClaren was sacked as a result.

Olić was named in Croatia's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008. On 12 June, Ivica Olic scored in the 62nd minute of Croatia's second UEFA Euro 2008 Group B match against Germany national football team to give the Croats a 2–1 shock win over the pre-tournament favourites. Ivica Olic was rested for the last group match as they had already secured qualification for the knockout stages ahead of Germany. Croatia was victorious over Poland national football team, making Croatia hold a record of 3–0–0 in the first round of Euro Cup 2008. On 15 June 2008, Ivica Olic was, according to Castrol Performance Index, the fastest player at Euro 2008.

Olić was recalled to the side for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification - UEFA Group 6. Ivica Olic contributed three goals in eight games, but Croatia missed out on a play-off spot by a point.

International goals


Honours

Club

NK Zagreb
- Prva HNL: 2001–02 Prva HNL

Dinamo Zagreb
- Prva HNL: 2002–03 Prva HNL

PFC CSKA Moscow
- Russian Premier League: 2003 Russian Premier League, 2005 Russian Premier League, 2006 Russian Premier League
- Russian Cup (football): 2005, 2006
- Russian Super Cup: 2004 Russian Super Cup, 2006 Russian Super Cup
- UEFA Europa League: 2005 UEFA Cup Final

FC Bayern Munich
- Fußball-Bundesliga: 2009–10 Fußball-Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal: 2010 DFB-Pokal Final
- DFB-Supercup: 2010 DFB-Supercup

Individual

- Croatian Football Player of the Year: 2009
- Sportske novosti Yellow Shirt award: 2002, 2003

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivica_Oli%C4%87

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