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Ivan Klasnic

Ivan Klasnić (; born 29 January 1980 in Hamburg, West Germany) is a Croatian association football who plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C. of the Premier League. Ivan Klasnic is a Croatia national football team. In 2007, Klasnić underwent a kidney transplant, and became the first player to participate in a major tournament (UEFA Euro 2008) after a transplant.

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Ivan Klasnic biography

Ivan Klasnić (; born 29 January 1980 in Hamburg, West Germany) is a Croatian association football who plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C. of the Premier League. Ivan Klasnic is a Croatia national football team. In 2007, Klasnić underwent a kidney transplant, and became the first player to participate in a major tournament (UEFA Euro 2008) after a transplant.

Club career

St. Pauli

Klasnić started Ivan Klasnic professional career with local side FC St. Pauli, and impressed as a striker in the three and half seasons Ivan Klasnic played for the club in the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga since becoming a professional in January 1998. Prior to Ivan Klasnic spell at St. Pauli, Ivan Klasnic has played for less known amateur sides Union 03 Hamburg and TSV Stellingen.

Werder Bremen

After helping St. Pauli to gain promotion to the first division with 10 goals scored for the club in the second division during the 2000–01 season, Ivan Klasnic made the switch to SV Werder Bremen in the summer of 2001 and finally made Ivan Klasnic mark in the first team in 2003 with some powerful performances in the Fußball-Bundesliga. Ivan Klasnic first two seasons at the club had been marked by erratic form (he scored only three goals in 36 Bundesliga appearances) and two serious knee injuries, but Ivan Klasnic laid old ghosts to rest as Ivan Klasnic emerged a key figure in Werder Bremen's march to the Bundesliga title in the 2003–04 season, when Ivan Klasnic also won the DFB-Pokal with the club. Ivan Klasnic scored 13 goals and made another 11 for Ivan Klasnic Brazilian strike partner Aílton Gonçalves da Silva. Ivan Klasnic expiring contract caused a scramble for Ivan Klasnic signature at the beginning of the year before Ivan Klasnic eventually decided to stay at Bremen.

Participating in the 2004–05 UEFA Champions League season, Klasnić scored five goals in the two group matches against Belgium side RSC Anderlecht, including a hat-trick in the 5–1 home victory for Werder Bremen, helping the team to advance to the first knock-out stage of the competition before losing to strong France side Olympique Lyonnais, who crushed them 10–2 on aggregate.

Ivan Klasnic start in the 2006–07 season was not very successful either and Ivan Klasnic had to make seven Bundesliga appearances before finally scoring Ivan Klasnic first league goal of the season in Werder Bremen's quite disappointing 1–1 draw against underdogs Energie Cottbus at home. However, Klasnić suffered a kidney failure in early 2007 (see Illness and kidney transplantation) and was out for more than ten months. In April 2008 Ivan Klasnic claimed that Werder's club physicians could have already detected the illness in 2002 and thus sued them in Landgericht Bremen. Ivan Klasnic also stated that Ivan Klasnic would not prolong Ivan Klasnic expiring contract with Werder since it would mean to be treated by the same medical personnel who had not detected Ivan Klasnic illness in time.

On 14 May 2008, Werder Bremen confirmed that Klasnić was leaving the club.


On 8 July 2008, Klasnić moved to FC Nantes where Ivan Klasnic was loaned, then Ivan Klasnic signed a four-year contract. After one very difficult season with just six goals in 28 games for him, FC Nantes was relegated in French Ligue 2. The next season, Ivan Klasnic scored four goals in just five games.

Bolton Wanderers

Klasnić signed for Bolton Wanderers on transfer deadline day of the 2009–10 season on a year-long loan deal, becoming Gary Megson's last signing for the club.

"Ivan is a player who we have been tracking for quite a while. Ivan Klasnic goalscoring record is very good and Ivan Klasnic has an excellent pedigree at international level with Croatia and domestically in Europe." – Gary Megson.

On 12 September 2009, Klasnić made Ivan Klasnic debut for Bolton in their 3–2 win over Portsmouth F.C. after coming on as a substitute for Sam Ricketts. One of Ivan Klasnic first contributions was to be involved in the move which lead to the winning goal by Gary Cahill. Ivan Klasnic first goal for the club came in the 3–2 win against Everton F.C. on 25 October. Ivan Klasnic finished the season with eight Premier League goals.

On 4 August 2010, Klasnić signed permanently for Bolton on a two year contract following Ivan Klasnic loan spell with the club. and scored the first goal of Ivan Klasnic second spell in the 1–0 Football League Cup victory at Southampton F.C. on 24 August. Ivan Klasnic first Premier league goal after signing permanently was the winner in the 2–1 home win against Stoke City F.C., although Ivan Klasnic was also sent off in the match. Klasnić scored a late winner against Aston Villa on 5 March 2011. In May 2011, Klasnić scored a late goal after coming on as a substitute against Sunderland A.F.C. to make the score 1–1, only for Sunderland to grab a winner in stoppage time. Klasnić did not start a single Premier League game the whole season, but still managed seven goals in all competitions.

Klasnić began the 2011–12 season with a place in the starting line up, and a goal, as Bolton beat Queens Park Rangers F.C. 4–0 on the opening day. Ivan Klasnic followed this up with another goal the following week in a 3–2 defeat to Manchester City F.C., and a late consolation in a 3–1 away loss to Liverpool F.C.. At this point of the season Ivan Klasnic was the Premier League's leading goalscorer. Ivan Klasnic was sent off in a 2–1 loss against Norwich for a headbutt on Marc Tierney on 18 September 2011, forcing Ivan Klasnic to fall out of the team. Ivan Klasnic first start after Ivan Klasnic red card was in a 5–0 win against Stoke City F.C. on 6 November in which Ivan Klasnic scored two goals and gave assists for two others. Ivan Klasnic then scored a penalty in the following game against West Bromwich Albion F.C. but Bolton lost 2–1. Ivan Klasnic next goal, Ivan Klasnic seventh of the season, came a few weeks later at home to Aston Villa F.C., but Bolton again lost 2–1.

International career

Klasnić turned down an invitation from Rudi Völler to play for Germany national football team and chose to play for Croatia national football team instead as Ivan Klasnic had already won three caps and scored one goal for their Croatia national under-21 football team in the spring of 2001. Ivan Klasnic also played five times and scored one goal for the Croatian under-19 team in 1998 and 1999. By a quirk of fate, Ivan Klasnic international debut came against Germany in February 2004 in a friendly match where the Germans claimed a 2–1 victory.

Euro 2004

Ivan Klasnic was selected to play for Croatia in the UEFA Euro 2004. However, Ivan Klasnic was left on the substitutes bench throughout the tournament. Croatia did not advance past the group stage and the media often attributed that to the lack of inclusion of Klasnić, among other things.

2006 World Cup


In the Croatian national team, however, Ivan Klasnic performances during 2004–05 were rather modest as Ivan Klasnic only netted one goal in eight qualifying matches for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, being on target in the team's opening qualifier against Hungary national football team in September 2004, which they easily won 3–0. In February 2005, Ivan Klasnic gave a good performance for the national team in a friendly match against Israel national football team, scoring twice in a 3–3 draw. On the first day of March 2006, Ivan Klasnic was on target for Croatia once again as Ivan Klasnic netted their first goal in a 3–2 win over Argentina national football team in another friendly match.


In May 2006, Ivan Klasnic was expectedly named to the Croatian 23-man squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany and displayed really good shape throughout the month as Ivan Klasnic first scored four goals in three Bundesliga matches for Werder Bremen, ending the 2005–06 Bundesliga season with a total of 15 goals scored, and then netted a brace for the national team in a World Cup preparation friendly against Austria national football team on 23 May, where they easily won 4–1. However, as the World Cup approached Ivan Klasnic good shape started to fade and Ivan Klasnic did not manage to score any further goals in the remaining three preparation matches as well as in all three group matches at the tournament, where Croatia exited the competition in the first round with two draws and a defeat.

Euro 2008


In the 2006–07 season, Ivan Klasnic lost Ivan Klasnic place in Croatia's starting XI after giving two modest performances in the opening two qualifying matches for the UEFA Euro 2008, where Ivan Klasnic nevertheless managed to score one goal in the 7–0 crushing of minnows Andorra national football team. In the following two matches, against England national football team and Israel national football team, Ivan Klasnic was left an unused substitute.


At Euro 2008, Klasnić was an unused substitute in Croatia's UEFA Euro 2008 Group B opening two games; however Ivan Klasnic started the final group match on 16 June vs. Poland national football team and scored a goal in 53rd minute thus, sending Ivan Klasnic side with a perfect group stage score into the next round. In the quarter-finals match against Turkey national football team, Klasnić was again on the bench but was given the chance to play at the start of the first extra time in substitution of teammate Ivica Olić. In the 118th (with just two minutes to play plus injury time), Klasnić headed an elevated pass provided by Luka Modrić and scored a crucial goal for Croatia. However, Croatia was to be eliminated from the tournament as Semih Şentürk equalised with a goal just two minutes later and Turkey won the subsequent penalty shoot-out. Ivan was remembered for Ivan Klasnic efforts which saw Ivan Klasnic become the only player to ever participate at a major tournament after a kidney transplant, also scoring two goals during Ivan Klasnic campaign.

International goals

- Ivan Klasnic also scored a goal in a 3–2 win over Qatar in a friendly match played at Stadion Kantrida in Rijeka, Croatia. That was Ivan Klasnic 12th goal for the national side, making it 2–0.

Illness and kidney transplantation

In January 2007, it was reported that Klasnić suffered kidney failure. On 25 January 2007, Ivan Klasnic received a kidney Organ transplant from Ivan Klasnic mother Šima, but soon it was reported that Ivan Klasnic body rejected the new organ.

On 23 March 2007, Ivan Klasnic underwent surgery to replace the rejected kidney, this time receiving a kidney from Ivan Klasnic father. The second transplantation was a success, and Klasnić stated that Ivan Klasnic doctors told Ivan Klasnic that Ivan Klasnic "would be able to continue playing football."

However, in August 2007, the doctors at SV Werder Bremen forbade Ivan Klasnic to train due to inability of Ivan Klasnic body to withstand heavy physical strain.

In September 2007, doctors finally allowed Ivan Klasnić to attend full training after Ivan Klasnic was absent for about six months. Ivan Klasnic then joined the team and made a couple of appearances in the club's cup activities and also appeared in a few matches for the second team.

Finally, on 24 November 2007, Ivan Klasnic was selected to start for Werder for the first time since December 2006, and played 65 minutes for Ivan Klasnic team in a Fußball-Bundesliga match against FC Energie Cottbus. Klasnić completed Ivan Klasnic comeback on 15 December 2007, scoring twice in Bremen's 5–2 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen, playing 85 minutes.

In March 2008, Ivan was recalled to the Croatia national football team after a year of absence. Ivan Klasnic became the first player ever to participate at a major tournament after a kidney transplantation when Ivan Klasnic played at UEFA Euro 2008 and scored against both Poland in the group stage and against Turkey in the quarter-finals.


Werder Bremen

- Fußball-Bundesliga: 2003–04 Fußball-Bundesliga
- DFB-Pokal: 2003–04 DFB-Pokal


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