Mario Mandžukić



Mario Mandžukić was born in Slavonski Brod, SFR Yugoslavia on 21 May 1986. Primarily a centre forward, throughout his career he has also demonstrated an ability to play as a left winger. His main attributes are his heading ability, his off-the-ball movement, his hold up play and his finishing, while he has also received praise for his willingness to track back and help his team out defensively.

After joining the TSF Ditzingen youth academy in 1992, Mandžukić made the move to NK Marsonia in 1996. It was for Marsonia that he made his professional debut in 2004 and he quickly found goalscoring form, finding the back of the net 14 times in 23 games during the 2004-05 season. In the summer of 2005, he moved to NK Zagreb and subsequently spent two seasons with the club, impressing with his perf...

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