Marko Marin (Serbian Cyrillic: Марко Марин; born 13 March 1989) is a German professional footballer who plays for Greek club Olympiacos as an attacking midfielder and left winger.
Marin previously played for Bundesliga clubs Borussia Mönchengladbach and Werder Bremen. He is known for his acceleration, dribbling, agility, creativity, versatility, technical ability and as an assist-maker. A full German international since 2008, he represented the country at the 2010 World Cup.
Marin was born in Bosanska Gradiška, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia to Bosnian Serb parents, mother Borka and father Ranko. Marin was only two years old when the family moved to Germany in 1991 due to his mother's job. Growing up in Frankfurt, Marin began playing football with local clubs. His childhood football idol was Dejan Savićević, and favourite club Red Star Belgrade.
Marin began his footballing career as a youth player, first with SG 01 Hoechst and then with Eintracht Frankfurt.
In 2005, Marin moved to the Borussia Mönchengladbach youth academy. After a year at Mönchengladbach's academy, he was promoted to the reserve team; he was offered a three-year contract which he signed and later went on to make his professional debut with the club on 31 March 2007 against Eintracht Frankfurt. On 9 August 2008, Marin scored a hat-trick within the first 16 minutes of Mönchengladbach's 8–1 thrashing of seventh division club VfB Fichte Bielefeld in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
On 24 June 2009, Marin was sold for €8.2 million from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Werder Bremen. He was a part of Bremen's attack comprising Aaron Hunt and Mesut Özil, which lit up the Weserstadion. In the 2010–11 season, he showed his quality, scoring four league goals and providing 11 assists.
Following the departure of Özil to Real Madrid in August 2010, however, Marin's form dropped noticeably, as he notched only one goal and five assists during Bremen's 2011–12 Bundesliga campaign. Marin did show his skill in Bremen's eight goal game against SC Freiburg on 20 August 2011. He provided assists for Claudio Pizarro, Marko Arnautović and Wesley as Bremen secured a 5–3 win.
Marin's only goal of the Bundesliga campaign came on 18 February 2012, when he opened the scoring in the ninth minute of a 3–1 derby victory over Hamburger SV at the Imtech Arena. In Marin's final game for Bremen, he provided the telling ball for Markus Rosenberg's goal, but this was not enough as his side succumbed to a 4–1 away defeat to VfB Stuttgart on 13 April. Marin ended his time with the Bremen club after scoring eight goals in 87 Bundesliga appearances.
On 28 April 2012, Marin agreed a deal with English Premier League club Chelsea. He signed a five-year deal with Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2017. Marko Marin was given the number 21 shirt, previously worn by Salomon Kalou, who left Chelsea for Lille OSC.
On 18 July, Marin made his début for Chelsea in a pre-season friendly against Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC, scoring Chelsea's third goal in a 4–2 win. Marin missed the Community Shield with a hamstring injury.
Marin made his competitive debut for Chelsea in a League Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 25 September, coming on as a substitute as Chelsea cruised to a 6–0 victory. He made his Premier League debut on 28 November, replacing Eden Hazard in the 82nd minute of a 0–0 draw in the West London derby at home to Fulham. On 2 January 2013, Marin made his first start for Chelsea in a 0–1 loss to local rivals Queens Park Rangers. On 9 February 2013, Marin scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea, coming on in the 91st minute and scoring on his first touch with a header in the 92nd minute; as a substitute in a 4–1 home victory over Wigan Athletic.
Loan to Sevilla
On 28 June 2013, Chelsea confirmed that they had reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Marin to Sevilla, subject to the completion of legal documentation and a medical. Marin scored his first goal for Sevilla in a 3–1 friendly win over Manchester United during Rio Ferdinand's testimonial. He netted two goals in Sevilla's first-leg Europa League play-off tie against Śląsk Wrocław, a 4–1 home win on 22 August. Marin started on the bench in the Europa final, coming on late in the second half, and then substituted in extra-time as Sevilla beats Benfica 4–2 in penalties. With this win, Marin won the Europa League in back to back seasons, winning it the year before with his home-club Chelsea.
Loan to Fiorentina
On 18 August 2014, Fiorentina confirmed that they had reached an agreement for the season-long loan of Marin from Chelsea with an option to buy. On 23 October, Marin made his début for Fiorentina in a Europa League match against PAOK. Marin scored his first goal for the Italian side on 27 November 2014, in a Europa League match against Guingamp. In the sixth minute, Marin was able to pick up Aquilani's pass and clipped home the opening goal, as Fiorentina edges out the French side in a 2–1 win. On 11 December 2014, Marin scored in a 2–1 loss against Dinamo Minsk.
Although Marin was on the bench of a total of 12 times, Marin failed to make a single appearance in the league before ending his loan early in January.
Loan to Anderlecht
On 20 January 2015, after an unsuccessful loan spell at Fiorentina, Marin joined Anderlecht for the remainder of the season, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign. Five days after moving to Belgium, Marin made his debut coming off the bench, replacing Maxime Colin in the 75th minute in a 2–0 loss to Standard Liège. Marin was in the starting line-up of the Belgian Cup Final, although he was substituted in the second-half after suffering a hamstring injury as Anderlecht lost 2–1, with Lior Refaelov scoring a late volley.
Anderlecht decided to pass on the option to buy Marin at the end of the season after he suffered a hamstring injury during the Belgium Cup final which ruled him out for several weeks.
Loan to Trabzonspor
On 25 August 2015, Marin joined Trabzonspor on a season-long loan, with an option to buy. On 30 August, Marin made his début for Trabzonspor in a 2–2 draw against Akhisar Belediyespor coming on as a second-half substitute. On 26 September 2015, Marin scored his first goal with the Turkish side in a 3–1 loss against Osmanlıspor. On 15 February 2016, Marin scored in a 2–1 win over Kayserispor.
In an interview with kicker, Marin showed his appreciation towards Chelsea for taking care of him since his move to London and also expressed no regrets with his move to Chelsea even though he acknowledge that his future is most likely going to be elsewhere.
On 23 August 2016, Marin joined Greek side Olympiacos on a three-year deal. On 11 September 2016, Marin made his debut in a 6–1 victory against Veria F.C. After being sidelined for about two months due to manager Paulo Bento not featuring him in his first-team plans, he returned to action on 5 January 2017, netting the winning goal in a 2–1 home comeback win over Asteras Tripolis.
In 2010, Marin stated that he never received a call from Bosnia and Herzegovina, so he decided to play for Germany.
In 2007, Marin also received a call up to his under-21 national squad and has since played on nine occasions. On 16 May 2008, it was announced that Marin would be included in senior squad coach Joachim Löw's provisional 26-man squad for UEFA Euro 2008; he did not, however, make the final 23. He made his debut on 27 May 2008 in a 2–2 draw against Belarus. Marin entered the game as a half-time substitution for Bastian Schweinsteiger. He was eventually cut from the final squad on 28 May 2008.
In the same year, on 20 August, he made his second appearance for Germany and scored his first goal in a friendly match against Belgium. Marin is a German under-21 international football player, also picked for the European team in the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup.
Marin was included in Germany's provisional squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa announced in May 2010, and following a string of impressive performances in warm-up games (most of which he played as a substitute), was named in the final 23-man squad. He would go on to play twice at the World Cup in South Africa, both as a substitute in Germany's 4–0 win over Australia and in the subsequent 1–0 loss to Serbia. After disappointing performances, however, notably in the game against Serbia, Marin was not selected for any more games in the tournament, as Germany finished third in the tournament.
- As of match played 5 January 2017.
|Borussia Mönchengladbach II||2006–07||Regionalliga Nord||16||3||—||—||—||16||3|
|Sevilla (loan)||2013–14||La Liga||18||0||0||0||12||2||—||30||2|
|Fiorentina (loan)||2014–15||Serie A||0||0||0||0||4||2||—||4||2|
|Anderlecht (loan)||2014–15||Belgian Pro League||6||0||2||0||—||—||8||0|
|Trabzonspor (loan)||2015–16||Süper Lig||24||2||5||0||—||—||29||2|
|1||20 August 2008||Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany||Belgium||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
- Borussia Mönchengladbach
- 2. Bundesliga: 2007–08
- UEFA Europa League: 2012–13
- UEFA Europa League: 2013–14
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009
- FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2010
- Fritz Walter Medal: U17 Silver Medal 2006
- Fritz Walter Medal: U18 Gold Medal 2007
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- "Germany claim first Under-21 crown". UEFA.com. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- "Germany pip Uruguay to third place". FIFA.com. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- "ritz-Walter-Medaille wurde vor Länderspiel gegen Schweden verliehen" (in German). DFB. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
- "Ausgezeichnet! Diese Jungstars holten Gold" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 18 July 2014.