It is difficult to overestimate the role of Mario Mandzukic in Bayern Munich. He does not have outstanding technique or incredible long-range shot, he just does his job – scoring goals. In this article we will talk about interesting facts about the football career and personal life of the Croatian striker. The future scorer of Bayern and the Croatian national team was born on May 21, 1986 in the eastern part of Croatia, in the town of Slavonski Brod.
When Mario was a kid, his family had to flee to Germany because of the bloody war on the territory of Yugoslavia. They safely got the right for residence in southern Germany. There, in the German town of Ditzingen, Mario’s father, Michu Mandzukic, who was a professional footballer, began to play for the local team. Very in this team Mario began to take his first steps in football.
Thus, we can say that Mandzukic went through the German football school. However, a few years later, when the war ended, the Mario family returned to their hometown of Slavonski Brod. Upon playing in the Marsonia youth team, Mario became its main striker in adult football (14 goals in 23 matches).
Such performance attracted the attention of Zagreb city team, in which Mario spent 2 years. In 2007, he moved to another, more titled team from Zagreb – Dinamo. Very this Zagreb team gathered a truly talented generation of football players, such as: Luka Modric, Ognjen Vukojevic and others. Three Croatian champion titles and successful performances in the euro arena, as well as regular invitations to the national team, attracted the attention of foreign clubs, of which Mario Mandzukic chose the German Wolfsburg.
After two seasons at Wolfsburg and a successful performance at Euro 2012 (double against Ireland and a goal against Squadra Azzurra), Mario fell into the sphere of interest of the Munich giant. Now the ex-president of Bayern, Uli Hoeness, in consultation with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, signed a contract with the 26-year-old Croat, when the European Championship had not even ended yet.
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This marked a new milestone in his career and discover new horizons for the Balkan striker. Mario Mandzukic was named Croatian Player of the Year 2013 for the second year in a row. Then he was ahead of Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, with whom he defends the colors of the Croatian national team. In addition, Mario was named among the Bundesliga’s best players in the 2012/13 season.
The personal life of Mario Mandzukic is under the media radar. Everyone knows that Mario has a fair-haired girlfriend Ivanna, that she is also from Croatia, but no one knows more about her. You can often see the name of his girlfriend, as well as the name of their dog Lene, on the boots of the Croatian footballer. An interesting fact is that Mandzukic’s sister is also named Ivanna and she is also blonde. Very often, looking at photos of Mario and his sister, people think that this is his girlfriend. In 2007 she moved to Germany and attended matches in Munich, in which her brother played.
Despite a successful participation in the Bundesliga, Mandzukic was remembered for the scandal when, in the 12th round match against Nuremberg, after scoring a goal, he greeted the Bayern fans with a “Roman salute”. This immediately attracted the attention of the European public, which accused Mario of promoting neo-Nazism. However, Mandzukic denied such allegations and said he was simply misunderstood. In July 2014, Mandzukic moved to Atletico Madrid, and in June 2015 – to the Italian Juventus in a deal worth €19million.
In the Champions League final 2016/17 in Juventus’ against Real Madrid match, Mario scored a stunning overhead goal that was voted the best goal of the season. Mario Mandzukic said his team performed a miracle by beating England 2-1 in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium. The striker scored the decisive goal against England in extra time in the 109th minute of the meeting. Thus, the Croatian team reached the World Cup final for the first time in history and will meet the French team there.
“I am happy with my performances so far but I am here for the team. I love these matches. We were under pressure against Denmark and Russia, but you all saw what we did today. We were like lions out there tonight and we will be the same in the final. We liked the game,” added Mario. By the way, if you want to win more with huge bonuses, higher odds, and without risks – visit our betting sites in india rankings page. A fresh review of the most reliable offers for Indian bettors will be helpful for you.