Darijo Srna

  • Born: (Metković, SFR Yugoslavia, [now Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia])

Darijo Srna is a Croatian former professional footballer who currently works as an assistant manager of Ukrainian Premier League club Shakhtar Donetsk. Most of career he played as a defender.

He began his career at Hajduk Split, before moving to Shakhtar in 2003. He has won numerous trophies during his time at Shakhtar, including a UEFA Cup title in 2009, seven Ukrainian Premier League titles, five Ukrainian Cup titles and five Ukrainian Super Cup titles. He left Shakhtar in 2018 and signed one-year contract with Cagliari and then returned to Shakhtar to work as an assistant manager.

Srna made his international debut for Croatia in November 2002 and is the most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team with 134 caps, having represented his country at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as at UEFA Euro 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. In 2009, then manager Slaven Bilić made him the captain of the national team, a position he would hold until 2016. After the tournament, the captain role was taken over by Luka Modrić.

He is the most capped player in the history of Shakhtar with 339 appearances. He was popularly dubbed the "Icon of Shakhtar". While with Shakhtar, Srna had offers from clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich, which he declined due to his loyalty to the club. Srna is considered one of the best players in Europe of 21th century by same organisation. Due to playing style, he is compared with Cafu.


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