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Haris Vučkić

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Haris Vučkić
Haris Vučkić.jpg
Vučkić with Cardiff City in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 29)[1][2]
Place of birth Ljubljana, Slovenia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder, forward
Club information
Current team
Rijeka
(on loan from Zaragoza)
Number 19
Youth career
Domžale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Domžale 5 (0)
2009–2017 Newcastle United 7 (0)
2012Cardiff City (loan) 5 (1)
2013–2014Rotherham United (loan) 22 (4)
2015Rangers (loan) 15 (8)
2015–2016Wigan Athletic (loan) 15 (2)
2016–2017Bradford City (loan) 10 (1)
2017–2020 Twente 44 (15)
2020– Zaragoza 17 (0)
2021–Rijeka (loan) 15 (1)
National team
2007–2009 Slovenia U17[a] 12 (4)
2009 Slovenia U19[a] 4 (0)
2010–2014 Slovenia U21 16 (4)
2012– Slovenia 12 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 March 2021

Haris Vučkić (born 21 August 1992) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Rijeka, on loan from Real Zaragoza, and the Slovenia national team.[3]

Vučkić has represented Slovenia international youth selections in every category. He made his senior debut against Scotland on 29 February 2012.

Club career

Domžale

Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Vučkić played football at NK Domžale from Domžale, a small town in central Slovenia, during his youth.

A few months short of his 16th birthday he made a debut for the club against Celje in a Slovenian PrvaLiga match on 24 May 2008 coming on as a late substitute.[4] As he was too young to play according to the Football Association of Slovenia rules, his club was fined.[5][6][7] After turning 16 in August 2008 he was finally promoted to the club's first squad where he would go on to play another four league games, before signing for English Premier League club Newcastle United.[8]

Newcastle United

On 16 January 2009, it was confirmed that Vučkić would sign for Premier League side Newcastle United for a substantial fee and signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at St James' Park.[9] At the time, he was regarded as one of Europe's brightest talents and reports suggested he underwent a trial at A.C. Milan.[10]

Vučkić made his first appearance for Newcastle's reserve team on 16 February 2009 when he came off the bench to score the winning goal against Blackburn reserves, curling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards.[11] He scored his first goal for the U18 team in his league debut in a 4–2 away win at Derby.[12]

He has scored three goals altogether for the reserves, two league goals for the U18s and five more in 2009–10 pre-season friendlies. Vučkić made his Newcastle debut on 26 August 2009 as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Huddersfield Town, where he played on the left wing. Five days later, Vučkić came off the bench to replace striker Nile Ranger in a 1–0 victory over Leicester City. This was to be his first league appearance for the club.[13]

Vučkić scored his first senior goal for Newcastle against Carlisle United in a friendly on 17 July 2010 with a curled effort into the bottom left hand corner.[14] In the 2010–2011 campaign, Newcastle manager Chris Hughton gave many of the youngsters a chance in the Football League Cup, Vučkić played in the second round tie against Accrington Stanley in central midfield alongside fellow youngster Ryan Donaldson.[15] After Newcastle progressed with a 3–2 victory, he played in the third round away game to Chelsea, where Newcastle overcame expectations to win 4–3 in a thrilling encounter.[16] He continued his impressive display against Arsenal in the League Cup fourth round getting the Man of the Match award despite Newcastle losing 4–0.[17] In January 2011, Vučkić signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Newcastle.[18]

On 26 July 2011, Vučkić went on to score again for Newcastle, scoring the final goal in a 3–0 win over MLS side Columbus Crew.[19] In Newcastle's next pre-season friendly against Leeds United at Elland Road, Vučkić went on to score Newcastle's second goal and provided an impressive display since coming on despite Newcastle losing the game 3–2.[20] He made his Premier League debut on 28 August 2011 against Fulham as a 78th-minute substitute,[21] but was himself substituted seven minutes later with a suspected dislocated finger.[22] He made his comeback for the team as a substitute four months later in a 0–0 draw with Swansea City. He went on to make his first Premiership start for Newcastle against West Bromwich Albion on 21 December and won plaudits for his performance, which included hitting the woodwork from 30 yards and forcing a fine save from the opposition goalkeeper.[23]

On 30 August, Vučkić made his continental début for Newcastle, coming on as a substitute for an injured Ryan Taylor against Greek side Atromitos, scoring the winning goal in the process, sending Newcastle through to the UEFA Europa League group stages.[24]

Loan to Cardiff City

Vučkić playing for Cardiff City in February 2012
Vučkić playing for Cardiff City in February 2012

On 9 February 2012, Vučkić joined Cardiff City on a one-month loan.[25] He made his debut in the 2–1 loss to Leicester City on 11 February, but only managed to stay on half the game before being substituted. He scored his first professional goal the following game against Peterborough United. He returned to Newcastle on 12 March, due to injuries at the club and both player and Cardiff wanted him to return to the club however this didn't materialise due to consistent injuries at Newcastle.[26]

Loan to Rotherham United

On 28 November 2013, Vučkić joined League One side Rotherham United on loan until 2 January 2014.[27][28] He scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 win over Bradford City on 26 December 2013.[29] By the end of January 2014, Rotherham extended Vučkić's loan deal to the end of the season,[30] during which time he helped them defeat Leyton Orient in the play-off final at Wembley to win promotion to the Championship.[31]

Loan to Rangers

On 2 February 2015, Vučkić was one of five Newcastle players who signed for then Scottish Championship side Rangers on loan until the end of the 2014–15 season.[32] Vučkić had spoken with Newcastle manager John Carver before deciding to move to Scotland; "I wasn't in his plans at the moment and he advised me to go and play football."[33] He scored on his debut for Rangers, a 2–1 defeat against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup on 8 February 2015[34] and went on to score nine more goals before returning to Tyneside.

Loan to Wigan Athletic

Vučkić joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan in September 2015.[35]

Loan to Bradford City

On the last day of the summer transfer window 2016, Vučkić was reunited with former Rangers boss Stuart McCall at Bradford City on a six-month loan deal.[36] He scored his first goal for Bradford in an EFL Trophy tie against Bury on 4 October 2016.[37] The loan ended on 3 January 2017.[38]

Twente

On 23 June 2017, Vučkić signed for Dutch side Twente on a free transfer.[39]

Real Zaragoza

On 19 August 2020, Vučkić signed a three-year contract with Spanish side Real Zaragoza.[40][41]

International career

In September 2008, Vučkić played for the Slovenian under-17 team in the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualifiers, where he scored three goals in three games against Turkey, Russia, and Malta.[42][43][44] Despite being only 16 years old, Vučkić played for Slovenia during the finals of the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, held in the Ukraine in July 2009.[45][46]

On 10 August 2010, Vučkić made his first appearance for the Slovenia under-21 team.[47]

On 1 October 2010, he was summoned into a 23-man squad of the Slovenia national team for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying matches against Faroe Islands and Estonia that was scheduled on 8 and 12 October 2010.[48] Vučkić was on the stands for the whole 90 minutes of the match against Faroe Islands and did not travel to Estonia as he had returned to the under-21 team before that.

Vučkić made his debut for the senior national team on 29 February 2012, replacing Valter Birsa in the 61st minute in a friendly match against Scotland.[24][49]

On 7 October 2020, he scored his first goal in a 4–0 victory over San Marino.

Personal life

Vučkić is the younger brother of Alen, who is also a footballer. Vučkić was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As his father is of Bosnian descent,[50] it was reported that Bosnia and Herzegovina wanted him on their team.[51] However, Vučkić has rejected the claims of Bosnian media that he is about to switch national allegiances to Bosnia and stated that he is a Slovenian national team player and will be the same in the future.[52] He has also made public statements saying that he will always be available for the Slovenia national team selections if called upon.[53] After continuous pressure from both the media and the fans – primarily from Bosnia – upon the then 18-year-old, he made an open statement about the matter:

I will not hide that I am proud of my ancestry. I am proud of the fact that I am Bosnian thanks to my parents, but I am equally proud of the fact that I was born and grew up in Slovenia. Yes, I am proud of being Slovenian as well and Slovenia is my country. I made my first steps here, went to school here and have all my friends here. It would be very hard to say no to Slovenia, although it is nice to know that someone else wants you too, as that means I am on the right track, however, I never had any doubts on whom I want to play for. Rumours that are being spread in public do not concern me as I have decided a long time ago on whom I wish to play for.

— Haris Vučkić when asked if he would follow the example of certain players who were born and raised in one country but played for another.[54]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 11 December 2021[1]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Domžale 2007–08 Slovenian PrvaLiga 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Slovenian PrvaLiga 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Newcastle United 2008–09 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2010–11 Premier League 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
2011–12 Premier League 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 2[b] 1 3 1
2013–14 Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2014–15 Premier League 1 0 1 0 1 0 3 0
Total 7 0 1 0 9 0 2 1 0 0 19 1
Cardiff City (loan) 2011–12 Championship 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
Rotherham United (loan) 2013–14 League One 22 4 0 0 0 0 4[c] 0 26 4
Rangers (loan) 2014–15 Scottish Championship 15 8 1 1 0 0 6[d] 0 22 9
Wigan Athletic (loan) 2015–16 League One 15 2 1 0 0 0 1[e] 0 17 2
Bradford City (loan) 2016–17 League One 10 1 1 0 0 0 3[e] 3 14 4
Twente 2017–18 Eredivisie 12 3 3 1 15 4
2018–19 Eerste Divisie 7 1 0 0 7 1
2019–20 Eredivisie 25 11 1 0 26 11
Total 44 15 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 48 16
Real Zaragoza 2020–21 Segunda División 17 0 2 0 19 0
Rijeka (loan) 2021–22 1. HNL 15 1 2 2 1 0 18 3
Career total 155 32 12 4 9 0 3 1 14 3 193 40
  1. ^ a b Official UEFA competitive matches only
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League One play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in Scottish Championship play-offs
  5. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy

International

As of match played 30 March 2021[55][56]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Slovenia
2012 1 0
2019 2 0
2020 7 5
2021 2 0
Total 12 5
Scores and results list Slovenia's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Vučkić goal.[55][56]
List of international goals scored by Haris Vučkić
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 October 2020 Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia 6  San Marino 2–0 4–0 Friendly
2 11 October 2020 Fadil Vokrri Stadium, Pristina, Kosovo 7  Kosovo 1–0 1–0 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C
3 14 October 2020 Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău, Moldova 8  Moldova 2–0 4–0
4 3–0
5 4–0

Honours

Twente

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