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Marko Pjaca
Croatian footballer

Marko Pjaca

Marko Pjaca
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Quick Facts

Intro Croatian footballer
A.K.A. Juventus star
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Croatia
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 6 May 1995, Zagreb, Zagreb County, Croatia
Age 27 years
Star sign Taurus
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Sports Teams
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
NK Lokomotiva
Croatia national under-17 football team
Croatia national under-18 football team
Croatia national under-19 football team
Croatia national under-20 football team
Croatia national under-21 football team
Croatia national football team
Juventus FC
FC Schalke 04
ACF Fiorentina
The details (from wikipedia)


Marko Pjaca ([mâːrko pjâtsa]; born 6 May 1995) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Belgian club Anderlecht, on loan from Juventus, and the Croatia national team.

Pjaca began his professional club career in Croatia with Lokomotiva in 2012, before moving to Dinamo Zagreb in 2014. After winning consecutive domestic doubles with Dinamo, he joined Juventus in 2016, where he also won a domestic double in his first season. Pjaca was then sent on loan, first to Schalke 04 for the second part of the following season, then to Fiorentina during the 2018–19 season, and finally to Anderlecht during the 2020 winter transfer deadline.

At international level, Pjaca represented Croatia at UEFA Euro 2016 and at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning a runners-up medal at the latter tournament.

Early life

Pjaca's father Željko was a wrestler and his mother Višnja was a judoka. He has two elder sisters: Martina and Iva. In childhood, he trained in handball, basketball and table tennis.

Club career


Pjaca began his professional career with Croatian side Lokomotiva. He made his debut in the 2011–12 Croatian First Football League on 24 February 2012 in a 3–0 victory over Zadar, in which he managed an assist. It was his only appearance that season. The following season, Pjaca was much more prominent in the first team, particularly after the winter break. He ended the 2012–13 Prva HNL season with 2 goals in 17 appearances. However, it was his performances in the 2013–14 Prva HNL season which largely caught the eye of bigger clubs, with the winger scoring 7 times in 31 appearances.

Dinamo Zagreb

In summer 2014, Pjaca was signed by reigning Croatian First Football League champions Dinamo Zagreb for a transfer fee believed to be in the region of €1 million. He made his Dinamo debut in the opening match of the 2014–15 season, when he scored against Slaven Belupo. On 11 December 2014, he scored a hat-trick as Dinamo defeated Celtic 4–3 in the last match of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage. Pjaca finished the season with 14 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions, as Dinamo won the league title for the tenth-straight season. Pjaca also played the full match as Dinamo beat RNK Split in the 2015 Croatian Football Cup Final on penalties. On 20 July 2016, Pjaca himself confirmed that the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie against Macedonian club Vardar would be his last for Dinamo. He scored two goals, assisted for the third and received a standing ovation from the fans in his farewell match at the Stadion Maksimir.


On 21 July 2016, it was announced Pjaca signed a five-year contract with Juventus for a €23 million transfer fee to Dinamo. With the transfer, Pjaca became the most expensive ever sale by Dinamo and the Croatian First Football League.

Pjaca made his Juventus and Serie A debut on 27 August, coming on as a substitute for Paulo Dybala in the second half of a 1–0 away win over Lazio. In October 2016, Pjaca suffered a cracked fibula while on international duty with Croatia, and was initially expected to miss around six weeks of the season. After being sidelined through injury for almost three months, in January 2017, he returned to action with two half-hour-long substitute appearances against Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and Fiorentina in Serie A. He scored his first goal for Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie against Porto, a 2–0 away win. Pjaca suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on 28 March while on international duty with Croatia, sidelining him for six months.

Loan to Schalke 04

After returning from a long term ACL injury, on 4 January 2018, it was announced that Pjaca had joined German club Schalke 04 on loan without an option to buy until the end of the 2017–18 season, for €800,000, plus an additional €200,000 in possible bonuses. At the moment German giants were chasing a place that takes them to the UEFA Champions League and coach Tedesco saw Marko as a player who can help them achieve their goals. On the other hand, in Schalke Marko could get his playing time to get back in his best form before the FIFA World Cup at the end of the season. Pjaca made his official club debut on 13 January, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 3–1 away defeat to RB Leipzig. In his second appearance for the club, and his first start, on 21 January, he scored his first goal in a 1–1 home draw against Hannover 96.

Loan to Fiorentina

On 7 August 2018, Pjaca joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal with the option to make the transfer permanent for an undisclosed fee.

Loan to Anderlecht

On 31 January 2020, during the winter transfer deadline day, Belgian club Anderlecht signed Pjaca on loan until the end of the season.

International career

Pjaca made his senior international debut for Croatia on 4 September 2014, replacing Mateo Kovačić for the last 12 minutes of a 2–0 friendly win over Cyprus at the Stadion Aldo Drosina in Pula. On 3 September 2015, he made his competitive debut for the national team in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Azerbaijan, starting and playing the entire fixture, which ended in a 0–0 draw. On 4 June 2016, he scored his first international goal for Croatia in a 10–0 win over San Marino.

Euro 2016

Pjaca was included in Croatia's Euro 2016 squad. He played a major role in Croatia's impressive 2–1 victory against Spain, the reigning European champions, at Bordeaux's Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. During that match, he completed an impressive seven of his eight attempted take-ons, took one shot, created one clear scoring opportunity and won one tackle. Pjaca took a seat on the substitutes' bench for the clash with Portugal in the next round, only to be brought on late in extra time with just ten minutes of the additional 30 remaining. Being introduced as a substitute, he brought some much-needed attacking impetus to the side, completing three dribbles against a previously impenetrable Portugal defence. Croatia eventually lost to Portugal 1–0 after Portugal's Ricardo Quaresma scored a 117th-minute winner to eliminate Croatia.

2018 World Cup

On 4 June 2018, Pjaca was named to Croatia's final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Croatia reached the final of the tournament, where they were defeated 4–2 by France on 15 July.

Style of play

Regarded as a talented and promising young prospect, Pjaca is a winger who is capable of playing on either flank, although his preferred position is on the left, where he likes to cut inside from wide positions and either shoot on goal or create chances with his stronger right foot; he has also been deployed as an attacking midfielder or as a second striker on occasion. A dynamic, agile and technically gifted player, Pjaca is known for his direct and offensive style of play. Due to his physique, speed, dribbling skills and ability to change direction quickly, he often takes on players in one-on-one situations, and is also known for his ability to make intelligent attacking runs behind the opponents' defensive line.

Career statistics


As of match played 15 January 2020
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lokomotiva 2011–12 1. HNL 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 17 2 6 2 23 4
2013–14 30 7 0 0 2 0 32 7
Total 48 9 6 2 2 0 56 11
Dinamo Zagreb 2014–15 1. HNL 32 11 7 0 8 3 1 0 48 14
2015–16 28 8 3 1 12 3 43 12
2016–17 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 2
Total 61 19 10 1 21 8 1 0 93 28
Juventus 2016–17 Serie A 14 0 2 0 4 1 0 0 20 1
2017–18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019–20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 14 0 3 0 4 1 0 0 21 1
Schalke 04 (loan) 2017–18 Bundesliga 7 2 2 0 9 2
Fiorentina (loan) 2018–19 Serie A 19 1 0 0 19 1
Career total 149 31 21 3 27 9 1 0 198 43


As of match played 15 November 2018
Croatia national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 1 0
2015 5 0
2016 6 1
2017 1 0
2018 11 0
Total 24 1

International goals

Scores and results list Croatia's goal tally first.
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 June 2016 Stadion Rujevica, Rijeka, Croatia 8  San Marino 1–0 10–0 Friendly



Dinamo Zagreb

  • Prva HNL: 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Croatian Cup: 2014–15, 2015–16


  • Serie A: 2016–17
  • Coppa Italia: 2016–17



  • FIFA World Cup runner-up: 2018


  • Football Oscar: Best Prva HNL player 2015, 2016


The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 25 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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