Mario Vušković

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Mario Vušković
Personal information
Date of birth (2001-11-16) 16 November 2001 (age 19)
Place of birth Split, Croatia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Hajduk Split
Number 44
Youth career
0000–2016 RNK Split
2016–2019 Hajduk Split
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2018–2019 Hajduk Split II 19 (1)
2019– Hajduk Split 39 (3)
National team
2016 Croatia U15 5 (0)
2017–2018 Croatia U17 16 (5)
2018–2020 Croatia U19 11 (2)
2019 Croatia U20 1 (0)
2020– Croatia U21 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 22 May 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 May 2021

Mario Vušković (Croatian pronunciation:  [mâːrio ʋûʃkoʋitɕ] ; [1] [2] born 16 November 2001) is a Croatian professional footballer currently playing as a defender for Prva HNL club Hajduk Split.

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Club career

Vušković started playing football by joining RNK Split academy, before moving to the academy of Dalmatian giants Hajduk Split in 2016. [3] Initially a defensive midfielder, he was moved back to the centre back position in the youth teams. [4] In October 2018, he was included in The Guardian 's Next Generation list. [5]

On 18 August 2019, Vušković made his Prva HNL debut for Hajduk in the 3–0 victory over Gorica. [3] [6] [7] However, he did not proceed to get many opportunities during Damir Burić's tenure at the club. [6] On 16 November, he fractured his arm while on international duty in Elbasan, in Croatia U20's friendly 1–0 victory over Albania, which sidelined him for three months. [8] [9] [7] During the tenure of Igor Tudor at the club, Vušković solidified his spot in the starting XI following the COVID-19 suspension of the league and injuries of Ardian Ismajli and Nihad Mujakić. He scored his first goal for Hajduk Split on the 16 June 2020 in the 2–3 defeat to Varaždin. [10] [11] On 25 July, the last matchday, he was shown two yellow cards and sent off in the 1–4 victory over Inter Zaprešić. [12] [10]

Ahead of and during the 2020–21 season, Vušković attracted attention of various Serie A clubs, most notably Napoli. However, club president Lukša Jakobušić stopped the transfer, dubbing Vušković the "club project". [13] [14] [15] [16] On 27 January 2021, Vušković scored the opener in a 3–1 derby defeat to Dinamo Zagreb. [17] On 20 March, he assisted Marin Ljubičić for the only goal in a 1–0 derby victory over Šibenik. [18] In the beginning of May, Vušković sparked significant interest from Celtic and Torino. [19] On 12 May, he scored the first goal and provided Stipe Biuk with an assist for the fourth in a 4–0 victory over Gorica. [20]

International career

Vušković was part of Dario Bašić's 18-man squad for UEFA Under-17 Euro 2017. [21] He made one appearance at the tournament, in the 1–1 draw with Spain, as Croatia finished at the bottom of the group. [7]

He earned his first call-up to Croatia under-21 team in August 2020, ahead of UEFA Under-21 Euro 2021 qualifiers against Greece and the Czech Republic. [22] [7] He made his debut on 12 November, in a 2–2 away draw with Scotland. [7] On 9 March 2021, Vušković was named in Igor Bišćan's 23-man squad for the group stage of the tournament. [23] On 17 May, he was named in Bišćan's 23-man squad for the knockout stage of the tournament. [24]

Personal life

Vušković's great-grandfather Marko made three appearances for Hajduk Split on the liberated territory of Vis during World War II, and later worked as a club executive. [9] Vušković's grandfather Mario, whom he was named after, [9] attended the Hajduk academy in the 1970s and won a junior league title during Tomislav Ivić's tenure. [6] Vušković's father Danijel is a former player who played as a defender. [3] His cousin Moreno plays as a forward at Inter Zaprešić. [9]

He named Sergio Ramos his football idol. [4]

Career statistics

Club

As of 22 May 2021 [25]
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] ContinentalTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Hajduk Split II 2018–19 Druga HNL 181181
2019–20 1010
Total191191
Hajduk Split 2019–20 Prva HNL 1011000111
2020–21 292202 [lower-alpha 2] 0332
Total3933020443
Career total5843020634
Notes
  1. Appearances in Croatian Cup
  2. Appearances in UEFA Europa League

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