Josip Ilicic

Josip Ilicic

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Player Profile


Position: Attacking midfielder

Serie A – 2017/2018

Date: 09.08.2018


Statistical Overview


Appearances 31
Minutes played 2004
Goals 11
Assists 8
Yellow card 3
Red card 0
Shots per match 2,9
Pass success percentage 81,6
Aerial duels won per match 0,3
Man of the match 6
Tackles per match 0,8
Interceptions per match 0,5
Fouls per match 0,7
Offside won per match 0
Clearances per match 0
Dribbled past per match 0,7
Blocks per match 0
Own goals 0
Key passes per match 2,1
Dribbles per match 2,1
Fouled per match 2,0
Offsides per match 0,3
Dispossessed per match 1,9
Passes per match 34,1
Crosses per match 1,4
Long balls per match 2,1
Through balls per match 0



Market Value

Current market value:
Highest market value:
15,000,000 €



Josip Ilicic
Josip Ilicic


Player Information


Personal life

Josip Iličić (born 29 January 1988) is a Slovenian footballer who plays for Italian club Atalanta and the Slovenia national team as an attacking midfielder.

Club career

Early career
Born in Prijedor, he started his career playing in the youth teams of Triglav Kranj and later Britof from Kranj. At the age of 19, he moved to SC Bonifika, where he played for a season in Slovenian second division, 2. SNL. It was there when his talent was spotted by Interblock, where Iličić stayed for two seasons playing in Slovenian top league, 1. SNL. At the end of the 2009–10 season, Interblock was relegated into 2. SNL after two qualifications matches against Triglav. Despite being one of the best players of his club and one of the top prospects of Slovenian football he finished the season as a reserve. Aged 21, he contemplated an idea of finishing his playing career altogether, however, a few weeks later he received a phone call from Zlatko Zahovič, Director of Football at Maribor, who proposed Iličić should sign for the club. In a life changing decision, Iličić took the offer immediately and moved to Slovenia’s second largest city where he made a big impact from the start as he scored twice in the UEFA Europa League match against the Scottish Premier League club Hibernian in July 2010. He then scored again, in the return leg of the UEFA Europa League playoff round against Sicilian Palermo, which ended in a 3–2 win for the Slovenian side. On the very next day, it was confirmed that Palermo had acquired Iličić and teammate Armin Bačinović from Maribor for a permanent move. The transfer fee paid by Palermo was undisclosed, but it was reported to be around €2.3 million.

Iličić debuted for Palermo in the Serie A on 12 September 2010 against Brescia, replacing Giulio Migliaccio in the second half. In the next round, Iličić was already a starter and scored his first goal for Palermo at home against reigning champions Internazionale. Only four days later, on 23 September 2010, he scored his second goal of the season, this time against another Italian giant Juventus. His good performances against top Italian teams continued when he scored a goal against Fiorentina on 3 October 2010, and against Roma on 28 November 2010. On 20 June 2011, Iličić signed a new five-year contract. He changed his shirt number to 27 on 16 August 2011. However, in the 2011–12 season Iličić struggled to make an impact mostly due to Javier Pastore – Iličić’s attacking midfield partner – being sold in a record bid to Paris Saint-Germain, and Iličić provided only two goals as a result. Despite that, he was confirmed for the 2012–13 season as well, being paired with new signing Franco Brienza in a 3–4–2–1 formation by new head coach Gian Piero Gasperini. Iličić’s top moment of the season came on 24 November 2012, when Iličić scored a winning brace in a 3–1 home win for a struggling Palermo side against Catania in the Sicilian derby.

On 23 July 2013, Palermo officially confirmed the sale of Iličić to Serie A rivals Fiorentina on their website. Later, the deal was officially announced by Fiorentina on their website. The transfer fee was undisclosed, reported to be in the sum of €9 million including add-ons. He scored six goals in his first season at Fiorentina. The 2014–15 season was more successful for him, finishing as the club’s top scorer with ten goals in all competitions, along with Mario Gómez.

On 5 July 2017, Atalanta signed Iličić from Fiorentina for a reported fee of €5.5 million.

International career

Iličić missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup but made his debut for the national side in a friendly match against Australia on 11 August 2010. Iličić scored his first international goal on 10 September 2013 against Cyprus.

(Source: Wikipedia)



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