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Bosko Balaban

Bosko Balaban
 
Complete Name: Bosko Balaban
Nationality: Croatian
Place of Birth: Rijeka
Date of Birth: October 15, 1978
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 76 kg
National Team: Croatia
Current Club: Aston Villa FC (England)
Position: Striker
 

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Club career history

NK Rijeka (Croatia), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Aston Villa (England)
 

Honours

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Biography

Boko Balaban (born October 15, 1978) is a Croatian footballer who plays as a striker.

Born in Rijeka, he started to play for local club NK Rijeka and appeared in 97 matches between 1995 and 2000, scoring a total of 21 goals. During the 1999-2000 season, he was the top scorer of the Croatian First League with 15 goals and attracted the attention of another Croatian top club Dinamo Zagreb. Playing for Dinamo he kept up his goalscoring form and once again became the league's top scorer with 14 goals in 25 games. Two games into the following season, he was signed by Aston Villa for a fee of 5.8 million, earning a 20,000-a-week contract.

Balaban failed to find any form for the English club, making just nine appearances, seven as a substitute. Perhaps homesickness was the problem, as he was loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb for the 2002-2003 season, scoring 15 times in 24 appearances. However, in December 2003 Aston Villa released Balaban from his contract and he signed for FC Bruges on a free transfer. In the 2004-2005 season he scored 11 goals in 24 appearances for the club.

In the late 1990s Balaban played for the Croatian under-21 team and since 2000 he is also a regular member of the country's A-team, collecting up to this time 24 caps and scoring eight goals.
 

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