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Bojan Krkic

Bojan Krkić Pérez (born 28 August 1990 in Linyola, Lleida (province), Catalonia), sometimes known as just Bojan, is a Spain association football who currently plays as a Forward (association football) for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona.

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Bojan Krkic biography

Bojan Krkić Pérez (born 28 August 1990 in Linyola, Lleida (province), Catalonia), sometimes known as just Bojan, is a Spain association football who currently plays as a Forward (association football) for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona.


Early years

Bojan Krkić was born in Spain to a Serbian father (Bojan Krkić, Sr., a professional footballer for Red Star Belgrade) and a Spain mother (María Lluïsa Pérez). Bojan Krkic played for Barcelona's youth teams or cantera from 1999 to 2006, scoring over 1000 goals.. A quick striker with quite notable dribbling skills, Bojan played the FC Barcelona season 2006-07 with the FC Barcelona Atlètic team until Bojan Krkic signed a professional contract with the FC Barcelona A team upon turning 17. Bojan played Bojan Krkic first match with Barcelona on 24 April 2007, scoring a goal in a friendly match against Al-Ahly. The match ended with a 4–0 win for Barça.

2007–08 season

On 16 September 2007 (at 17 years and 19 days), Bojan made Bojan Krkic official debut for FC Barcelona against CA Osasuna, replacing Giovani Dos Santos in the 78th minute and breaking Lionel Messi's record of the youngest Barcelona player to feature in a La Liga match. Three days later, Bojan Krkic made Bojan Krkic UEFA Champions League debut against Olympique Lyonnais, coming on at the 88th minute for Messi. Bojan Krkic was, at the time, the youngest FC Barcelona player ever to feature in a Champions League game, at 17 years and 22 days. Bojan Krkic made Bojan Krkic second Champions League appearance on 2 October, coming on at the 81st minute for Ronaldinho against VfB Stuttgart.

On 20 October 2007 (at 17 years and 53 days), Bojan made Bojan Krkic first league start for FC Barcelona away to Villarreal CF and scored in the 25th minute. It was Bojan Krkic first goal for the club's first team and it made Bojan Krkic the youngest ever goalscorer for Barcelona in a league match.

Bojan scored Bojan Krkic first ever Champions League goal on 1 April 2008 (at 17 years and 215 days) against FC Schalke 04, netting the only goal in the first (away) leg of the quarter-finals, making Bojan Krkic the first person born in the 1990s to score in the Champions League and the second youngest player ever, behind Ghanaian forward Peter Ofori-Quaye, then playing for Olympiacos F.C., who scored at the age of 17 years and 195 days.

Bojan finished the season with a record of 10 goals, breaking Raúl González's record of most goals scored in a debut season.

2008-09 season

After 14 games (13 of which Bojan Krkic entered as a substitute), Bojan ended a goal drought by netting a brace against UD Almería in a 2-0 victory. Despite featuring less than in the preceding season, Bojan helped Barcelona to their 19th La Liga title. Bojan Krkic also managed to help Barcelona to their first Copa del Rey win in 11 years by scoring five goals in the competition, including one in the final against Athletic Bilbao. Bojan was an unused substitute in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United F.C., which Barcelona won 2-0 and saw them cap off a Treble (association football)-winning campaign. Bojan's three goals in ten appearances throughout the competition saw Bojan Krkic finish as the equal sixth-highest goalscorer for the season.


Bojan started the season in good goalscoring form. On the first day of the new La Liga 2009-10 campaign against Sporting Gijon, Bojan scored a header in the 18th minute off of a flick from Seydou Keita. Barcelona went on to win the game by a scoreline of 3-0.

National team

Spanish national youth teams

Bojan shot to prominence at the UEFA 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in Luxembourg in May 2006 when Bojan Krkic was joint top-scorer. Bojan Krkic achieved this despite being a year younger than most of the other players in the tournament and only playing 40 minutes in four out of five of Spain Under-17's matches. Bojan Krkic scored a hat-trick against Luxembourg national football team, before inspiring Bojan Krkic side to a 3–0 victory over the eventual champions Russia national football team, with all of the goals of the game being scored with Bojan Krkic on the pitch as a second half substitute. In the third match of the tournament, Bojan Krkic scored a penalty (football) after once again being introduced at half time. Bojan Krkic started the semi-final against the Czech Republic national football team but, after Bojan Krkic team-mate Roberto García was sent off, Spain struggled and lost 2–0 in a shock result. In the third-place play-off, Bojan was once again a second half sub and scored the opener in the 53rd minute. When the match went to penalties, Bojan Krkic scored and Spain won 5–4 to finish third. In the 2007 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship, Bojan led Spain to victory scoring the only goal against England national football team in the final. Bojan Krkic also scored in the semi-final against Belgium national football team.

There was controversy surrounding Bojan's call up to the Spain U-17 squad for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, because Barcelona wanted to keep Bojan Krkic so that Bojan Krkic could be part of their Asian tour. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) denied the request and further controversy arose when the RFEF denied one of Barcelona's medics, Ricard Pruna, the opportunity to accompany Bojan to the tournament to monitor a tendon problem in the player's knee.

During the tournament, Bojan scored five goals, finishing as joint third top scorer along with Germany national football team and FC Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. Bojan Krkic was inspirational in leading Spain to the final. However, in the semi-final against Ghana national football team, Bojan was sent off for Bojan Krkic second Yellow card (sports) with only seconds left to play. Bojan Krkic was suspended for the final and Spain lost to Nigeria national football team on penalties. Because of Bojan Krkic performances, Bojan was given the Adidas Bronze Ball, naming Bojan Krkic the third best player in the tournament, behind Macauley Christantus (silver) and Toni Kroos (gold).

Bojan scored for the Spain national under-21 football team in their 2–0 win over Poland national under-21 football team on 12 October 2007, quickly establishing himself as an important player, also prompting rumours of an eventual call-up from Spain national football team's manager Luis Aragonés.

Bojan was selected in the squad for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. However, the Spanish team underperformed and picked up one point from their first two games, leaving progression almost impossible.

Catalan national team

Bojan made Bojan Krkic official debut with the Catalan national football team of Catalonia in the match against the Basque Country (autonomous community) team on 29 December 2007 in Bilbao; Bojan Krkic scored the Catalan goal 1-1. Bojan Krkic also scored a year later on 28 December 2008 in the 2-1 win over Colombia.

Spain national team

Bojan Krkic was called up by the Serbian national team and team manager Radomir Antić but declined because of Bojan Krkic wish to play for the Spanish national team, which Bojan Krkic considered the only national colours (La Roja, "the Reds") that Bojan Krkic would have on Bojan Krkic jersey.

On 1 February 2008, Bojan was included in Luis Aragonés' squad for the friendly against France national football team on 6 February 2008. Should Bojan Krkic have featured in that match, Bojan would have made history by becoming the youngest player ever to represent Spain at 17 years, 5 months and 9 days, eclipsing Ángel Zubieta's record of 17 years and 9 months, which has stood for over 70 years. However, Bojan injured himself during the warm-up and could not play.

On 17 May 2008, it was revealed that Bojan had been left out of Spain's 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008, after having talked to Luis Aragonés asking if Bojan Krkic could be left out of the team on personal grounds, and also citing fatigue.

Bojan Krkic made Bojan Krkic debut on 10 September 2008 (at 18 years and 13 days) under Vicente del Bosque against Armenia national football team, where Bojan Krkic came on during the last ten minutes for Santi Cazorla and played on the right wing.

Club career statistics

International career statistics



FC Barcelona
- La Liga (1): La Liga 2008–09
- Copa del Rey (1): Copa del Rey 2008–09
- UEFA Champions League (1): UEFA Champions League 2008–09
- Supercopa de España (1): 2009 Supercopa de España
- UEFA Super Cup (1): 2009 UEFA Super Cup

Spain national team
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship : 2007 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship


- 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup : Bronze Ball, Bronze Shoe


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