Vedran Corluka

Roy 15 Jun,2018


Vedran Corluka is a Croatian Football player who plays center-back but can adapt to the situation and can play for other positions across the defensive line.

He is currently the captain of Lokomotiv Moscow and for the Croatia National team as well. He has played in English Premier League as well for the clubs, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.

Early Life of Vedran Corluka

Vedran Corluka was born on 5 February 1986 in Derventa, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. His mother is Andja Corluka, and his father is Jozo Corluka. The family moved to Zagreb in 1992 due to the war in Bosnia. His father is an engineer and also works as Vedran's manager. He has one brother.

Beginning football at the young age of eight, he played for Dinamo Zagreb's youth teams and had managed to impress many scouts from the youth academy.

Club Career

Dinamo Zagreb

2003 was the year was when his professional career as a footballer started with Dinamo Zagreb.  However, he did not make an appearance during the first season. He was sent on a one-year loan to Inter Zapresic and helped the team to place second in the league.

He returned to Dinamo in 2005. He was able to establish himself as a key player for Dinamo and was one of the leading factors for the club to win the Croatian First League title three seasons in a row. He also played the vital role for helping win the Croatian Cup in the 2006 season.

Manchester City

Vedran showed his potentiality and talent as a strong player and remain consistent in his performance during his time in Dinamo. He caught the eyes of the English Club Manchester City and was signed by them on 2nd August 2007. The fee for the transfer was not revealed but the Croatian media have reported it to be around £8 million.

CAPTION: Vedran dribbling the ball SOURCE: Zimbio

Vedran was always a strong player and he potentially showed his consistent plays in the premier league to gain the starting position. His performance in the first season was strong and the team finished ninth in the league to gain entry for the UEFA Cup qualifying round.

He could not play with the team for long; he played his last match for City against Sunderland on 31 August 2008.

Tottenham Hotspur

Vedran's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur was announced on 1 September 2008. The contract had been penned for a fee of £5.5 million for six years. 

On 19 October, during the match against Stoke City, Vedran was severely injured due to being kneed under his chin by teammate Heurelho Gomes. He was knocked unconscious and after ten minutes of on-field treatment was rushed to the hospital. No serious injury was announced from the accident.

CAPTION: Vedran in Tottenham SOURCE: Zimbio

Vedran received a runner-up medal for his efforts in the League Cup finals which was held on 1 March 2009 against Manchester United. The team lost the game on penalty shootout and Vedran scored his first and Tottenham's only penalty in the shootout.

Bayer Leverkusen

German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen signed Vedran on January 2012 for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season with the option to buy out his contract. Vedran made his debut for the club on February 4 playing the full 90 minutes in 2-2 draw against VfB Stuttgart.

He made only one Champions League appearance for the club and provided the cross for Michal Kadlec's leveler in the game. He was substituted by Danny da Costa in the 90th minute. The team lost the game by 3-1 to Barcelona.

Vedran's last game for the team was in the match against FC Nurnberg on May 5 where the club won the game with 4-1. Leverkusen striker Stefan KieBling scored a hat-trick on the game.

Though the option to buy out his contract was made, the club could not pursue the option during the end of the season. The reason for not pursuing the option was cited as financial difficulties.

Lokomotiv Moscow

Lokomotiv Moscow announced the signing of Corluka from Tottenham on 27 June 2012 for £5.5 million. Vedran penned the deal for a three-year contract after the successful completion of his medical examination. Vedran as always showed a solid performance in the club.

Vedran won the monthly poll among Loko supporters in the social network in September 2012, March 2014 and December 2014 and was named the best club player of the month. Vedran led the team to win the Russian Cup in 2015 and the fans of the club named him the Player of the year on his team.

International Career

Vedran played for the Croatia under-21 team and has progressed to the country's senior national team as well. He made his senior debut on 16 August 2006 in the friendly match against Italy. He was 20 at the time of his debut.

He was sent in during the second half and his solid performance against the opponent satisfied the critics as well. Croatia won the match with 2-0.

CAPTION: Vedran in Croatia National Team SOURCE: FIFA

Vedran played for Croatia in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying campaign and was one of the key players during the competition. Standing ahead of Russia and England, Croatia finished first in the Group E of the tournament.

For the 2018 FIFA world cup that is being held in Russia, Vedran was named in the 32-man squad in May 2018 along with Modric and Rakitic.

Net Worth and Salary of Vedran Corluka

The exact Net Worth of Vedran is not known. The Croatian player, who has been making waves since the early days of his life, has been earning big digits in each of his transfers. As of 2018, his estimated net worth is assumed to be around $1 million.

His current market value is €4 million. He is currently receiving an annual salary of $60,000, from his present club. Maximum of his net worth is built through his professional career in football.

Vedran Corluka's Personal Life

Talking about his personal life and affairs, Currently 32, Vedran Corluka is neither married nor engaged. Corluka is currently committed in a relationship with his loving girlfriend, Franka Batelić. 

His partner, Batelic is a Croatian model. The couple is in living together since 2016 and might be planning to get married soon. They don't have any child yet. The pair is living a blissful life together any rumors of break up.


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