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Luka Modrić (pronounced , born 9 September 1985 in Zadar) is a Croatian association football who plays for Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and for the Croatia national football team.

Modrić's childhood coincided with the Croatian War of Independence. After showing promise in hometown club NK Zadar's youth team, Luka Modric was signed by Dinamo Zagreb as a teenager in 2002. Luka Modric professional career began with loan spells at NK Zrinjski Mostar and NK Inter Zaprešić. While Luka Modric was playing for NK Dinamo Zagreb, they won three consecutive league titles and several domestic cups, with Modrić named Prva HNL "Player of the Year" in 2007.

Club career

Early years

During the Croatian War of Independence, Modrić and Luka Modric family lived in the village of Modrići near Zadar but they were forced to flee the area when Luka Modric was 6 years old. Luka Modric father, Stipe, was in the Croatian army, and Luka Modric lost Luka Modric grandfather in the fighting while Luka Modric family were refugees, living in a hotel on the island of Iž near Zadar. It was in these difficult circumstances that Modrić began playing football. When Luka Modric father returned from the army, Luka Modric used the little money the family had to enroll Luka Modric son in the local sporting academy. After displaying some talent, Luka signed with Dinamo Zagreb as a 17 year old in 2002. Luka Modric later claimed that "someone who can play in the Bosnian league can play anywhere", referring to its physical nature., and a place in UEFA Cup (now Europa League) preliminary round, as well as being awarded the Croatian Football Hope of the Year award in 2004. Luka Modric returned to NK Dinamo Zagreb in 2005. During this time, Modrić rapidly established Luka Modric role as playmaker or designated left winger in the team's 4–2–3–1 formation.

In the 2006–07 season, Dinamo again won the league with Modrić making a similar contribution, However, Dinamo Zagreb still failed to advance beyond the group stage.

At Luka Modric last home game with Dinamo at Maksimir Stadium, Modrić was given a standing ovation and fans held up supportive banners. Luka Modric finished Luka Modric impressive six year tenure at Dinamo with a tally of 31 goals and 29 assists in four seasons, contributing most notably in the 2007–08 season when Dinamo became champions by a 28 point margin and won the Croatian cup in the same year.

Tottenham Hotspur

2008–09 season

Modrić agreed transfer terms with Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on 26 April 2008. Luka Modric was the first of many summer signings for coach Juande Ramos, and also the Premier League's first summer transfer. After signing a 6 year contract from summer 2008, Tottenham confirmed that the total fee paid was £16.5 million, equalling the club's record fee set by Darren Bent's move in 2007.

Modrić made Luka Modric debut for Tottenham on 28 July 2008 in a pre-season friendly against Norwich City F.C.. Luka Modric played 45 minutes at Carrow Road during the 5–1 victory. Luka Modric competitive debut was on 16 August in the 2–1 defeat by Middlesbrough F.C. at the Riverside Stadium in Spurs' first match of the Premier League 2008–09.

Initially, Spurs used Luka Modric as a deep-lying playmaker in central midfield, usually alongside Jermaine Jenas, to utilise Luka Modric passing range, vision and creativity to optimum effect. However, then-manager Juande Ramos deployed Luka Modric in an extremely deep defensive midfield role, which Luka Modric slight frame was not physically suited to. Before joining Tottenham, Luka Modric greatest success had come in a more advanced, attacking left-sided role. Playing Luka Modric out of position limited Luka Modric influence. Modrić also suffered from a niggling knee injury early in Luka Modric Spurs career and Luka Modric had to endure being labelled as a "light-weight" by sections of the media. This coincided with Luka Modric poor form, knocking Luka Modric confidence and making Luka Modric even less effective, leading to concerns both for himself and Croatia manager Slaven Bilić.

With the appointment of current Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, Modrić was given a more familiar advanced attacking role as a central or left-sided midfielder, which had been a problem position for Tottenham in the past. In the first few months of the 2008–2009 season until the 2009 January transfer window, Modrić assumed a far more advanced role as a second striker behind one of Tottenham's two recognised first-team strikers, Roman Pavlyuchenko or Darren Bent. This allowed Modrić to have a far more attacking influence on the team and also utilise Luka Modric footballing brain more productively, as in the thrilling 4–4 draw with arch rivals Arsenal F.C. on 26 October 2008. Modrić's impact in this position was well demonstrated with Tottenham's 4th and equalising goal when Luka Modric collected the ball on Luka Modric chest from Tom Huddlestone, and after a few controlled touches, unleashed a long-range half-volley which, courtesy of a deflection, hit the post and set up Aaron Lennon for a tap-in. Since this performance, Luka Modric form improved considerably for Spurs, coinciding with Luka Modric club's vastly improved form in the league. Redknapp recognised Modrić's value to Luka Modric side, setting out plans to shape Luka Modric new team around the Croatian playmaker.

During the January 2009 transfer window, Tottenham re-signed strikers Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane, allowing Modrić to return to midfield while retaining Luka Modric advanced attacking role as a roaming left-sided midfielder. Spurs' other major signing, tough-tackling Honduras midfielder Wilson Palacios, bolstered Spurs' central midfield and gave Modrić more freedom in attack, while Palacios operated as a more defensive midfielder. Using Luka Modric in Luka Modric former position from NK Dinamo Zagreb days made Luka Modric even more effective with inspirational performances against Hull City A.F.C., Stoke City F.C. and most notably, a match-winning performance against Chelsea F.C..

Modrić scored Luka Modric first Tottenham goal in a 2–2 draw against FC Spartak Moscow during the UEFA Cup group stages on the 18 December 2008. Luka Modric scored Luka Modric first Premier League goal against Newcastle United F.C. in Spurs' next match, three days later.

2009–10 season

Ahead of the 2009–10 Premier League season, ex-Spurs captain (association football) Jamie Redknapp said of Modrić "He's a hell of a player and a manager’s dream, so I am told. Luka Modric trains like a demon and never complains, will work with and without the ball on the field and can beat a defender with a trick or with a pass. Luka Modric could get into any team in the top four and he’ll be even better this season."

On 29 August 2009, during Tottenham's 2–1 win over Birmingham City, Modrić was taken off injured with a suspected calf injury.
The following day it was confirmed that Modrić had broken Luka Modric leg, sustaining a fracture to Luka Modric right fibula and was expected to be out for six weeks. However, on 31 October 2009 Spurs' manager Harry Redknapp announced a delay to Modrić's return. Modrić finally returned to training after numerous delays on 8 December in a match against Grays Athletic F.C.. Luka Modric made Luka Modric first start in the Premiership for four months in the London derby against West Ham United which Spurs won 2–0, with Modrić making a telling contribution by scoring with the leg Luka Modric broke in the 11th minute.

On 30 May 2010, Modrić was awarded with a new six-year contract, that runs until 2016. Modrić said after the deal; "Tottenham Hotspur gave me my chance in the Premier League and I want to go on to achieve great success here with them. Yes, there have been enquiries from other big clubs, but I have no interest in going anywhere. Last season's Top 4 finish was an indication of where we are as a Club and I feel I can continue to improve and go on to achieve everything I want to at Spurs".

2010–11 season

On 11 September 2010, Modrić scored Luka Modric first goal of the 2010–11 season with a 27th minute strike which put Tottenham 1–0 up away at . The match finished in a 1–1 draw after Chris Brunt equalised. During the match, Modrić sustained an injury which was feared to be a repeat of the broken leg injury Luka Modric sustained in the 2009–10 season. However scans later revealed there to be no damage. On 28 November, in a home match against Liverpool F.C., Modrić scored a solitary goal, but it was later credited as an own goal by Liverpool defender Martin Škrtel. Luka Modric also scored in Tottenham's 3-2 victory over Stoke on 9 April 2011, as well as converting a penalty at Anfield on 15 May 2011 to complete a 2-0 victory over Liverpool. Modric played 32 Premier League games in the 2010/11 season, scoring 3 goals and making two assists, as well as making the highest average number of passes per game for Spurs, with 62.5, at a an accuracy rate of 87%. At the end of the season, Modrić was voted the Tottenham Hotspur Fan's Player of the Year.

2011–12 season

In the summer of 2011, Modrić was heavily pursued by cross-town rivals, Chelsea. Chelsea initially made a bid of £22 million followed by a bid of £27 million, both of which were rejected. Tottenham president, Daniel Levy, stated that Tottenham would not sell Modrić at any price. After the failed bids, Modrić announced that Luka Modric would welcome a move across London and that Luka Modric had a "gentleman's agreement" with Daniel Levy that the club would entertain offers from a "big club." Speculation continued throughout the summer transfer window, eventually culminating in Modrić refusing to play in Tottenham's opening match against Manchester United (a 3-0 loss), stating that Luka Modric "head was not in the right place" as Luka Modric continued to force a move to Chelsea. On the final day of the transfer deadline Chelsea made an offer of £40 million, which was rejected by Daniel Levy. After failing to secure a transfer, Harry Redknapp told Luka Modric to focus on Luka Modric playing and Luka Modric has been named as a starter. Luka Modric scored Luka Modric first goal of the season for Tottenham in a 4–0 home win against Liverpool.

International career

Modrić's first international experience came at youth level, playing for the Croatian U-17, U-19 and Croatia national under-21 football teams.

Luka Modric made Luka Modric full international debut on 1 March 2006 in a friendly match against Argentina national football team in Basel, Switzerland, which Croatia won 3–2. Modrić scored Croatia's first goal of UEFA Euro 2008, converting a penalty in the fourth minute of their 1–0 victory against Austria national football team on 8 June 2008. It was the fastest penalty ever awarded and scored in European Championship history. Luka Modric continued to impress at the tournament and was named UEFA Man of the Match in their next game when Croatia defeated one of the pre-tournament favorites and eventual finalists German national football team.

In the quarter-final against Turkey national football team, Modrić took advantage of a mistake by veteran Turkish goalkeeper Rüştü Reçber, and crossed to teammate Ivan Klasnić for the first goal of the game with only a minute remaining of extra time. However, Semih Şentürk equalised for Turkey almost immediately. In the ensuing Penalty shootout (association football), Modrić failed to score the first penalty with Luka Modric off-target kick. Turkey went on to win the shootout 3–1. At the end of the competition, Modrić was included in the UEFA Team of the Tournament, becoming only the second Croatian to ever achieve this honour, the first being Davor Šuker.

International goals


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

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