Niko Kranjčar

  • Born: (Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia [now Croatia])

Niko Kranjčar is a former Croatian professional footballer. He primarily played as an attacking midfielder, but could also operate as a winger or second striker.

He has played with clubs in his homeland, playing for Dinamo Zagreb before sparking controversy by making a move to their fierce rivals Hajduk Split in January 2005. A transfer to England with Portsmouth soon followed in August 2006, and after several years of attempting to hold on to their key players, Portsmouth decided to sell him at the start of the 2009–10 season, opening the way for a move to Tottenham in September 2009, where he was reunited with his former manager at Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp.

Hailed as the next Robert Prosinečki, Kranjčar was given his international debut by his father Zlatko in August 2004. Since then, Kranjčar has represented his country in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2008 and UEFA Euro 2012. So far he has won 81 caps for the Croatia national team, scoring 16 goals in the process. His latest match for the national team was on 15 October 2013, and he missed 2014 FIFA World Cup because of an injury.


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