vedran corluka - fact file

2008 - 2012        defender

Born on 5th February 1986 in Doboj, Croatia.

Height : -  1.92m  (' ")

Weight : -  88 kgs    (st lbs)

 
An experienced defender, Vedran Corluka arrived at Tottenham just before the manager who signed him, Juande Ramos, lost his job.

With experience in his homeland with Dinamo Zagreb and in England with Manchester City, Vedran fitted into the side very quickly.  His unusual running style belies his ability to get back to make timely tackles, aided by the ability to read the game well.

Playing in the same Dinamo Zagreb side as Luka Modric, he also followed his team-mate on loan to Bosnia, where he was quickly made aware of the necessities of playing against stronger opponents.  The two linked up well for both club and country, forming a strong friendship in the process.

Playing for his clubs and country at either centre-half or at full back (on either side), he became a favourite at Eastlands when signed by Manchester City in 2007.  The nature of his departure from the club was strange in that he was all set to join Tottenham, with rumours that a medical had been passed and fee agreed, before City pulled the plug on the deal.  However, with the club losing benefactor Thaksin Sinawatra, the need to raise some money saw the transfer go through, just as the Blues announced their new owner, the multi-millionaire owners of the Abu Dhabi United company.

Joining his compatriot and best friend in the game Luka Modric, Corluka looked at home and added some strength and cover at the back for the team, especially when Harry Redknapp took over and wanted to shore up the defensive side of the team.  Vedran took a while to settle in at Spurs, but by the end of 2008, the defender started putting in some consistent performances, with the onus on defending, but also assisting the attack by linking with the men in front of him.

On 26th May 2011, it was reported that he swapped his 36,000 diamond encrusted Hublot watch for a waiter's 150 Seiko at the Whiskey Mist restaurant in Mayfair.

With Kyle Walker returning to Spurs from loan spells elsewhere at the end of the 2010-11 season, he became the main challenger for the right back slot, as Alan Hutton had been sold to Aston Villa.  Picked in preference to Charlie, the fleet footed and attacking defender had the edge over Corluka, who had experience and read the game well, but lacked a turn of pace to recover his ground.

This lead to Corluka going to Bayer Leverkusen on loan in January 2012 for the rest of the season, from where he made comments criticising Harry Redknapp's use of players during the season, which would not have made him popular on his return to the club after the season ended.  Played one Champions League game while on loan at the BayArena against Barcelona.

Returned to the club but left during the summer to join Lokomotiv Moscow.

NICKNAME :   Charlie;

MIDDLE NAME :

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) ?? ?? 24th July 2004  v NK Zagreb  ?? ??
Inter Zaprosic (Bosnia) July 2004-May 2005 Loan ??  46 ??
Manchester City August 2007 8,000,000 ??  46 1
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR September 2008 8,500,000 15th September 2008  v Aston Villa (Premier League) (home)  lost 1-2 ?? ??
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 31st January 2012 Loan 4th February 2012 v Stuttgart (Bundesliga) (home) drew 2-2 8 0
Lokmotiv Moscow (Russia) July 2012 ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Inter Zaprosic (Bosnia)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Manchester City

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals- -
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Bayer Leverkusen (loan)
7 League appearances; 0 goals
1 European appearance; 0 goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Croatia international  (as of 29.09.2008)
Debut :  v Italy 2006 (won 2-0)
27 full caps;  ? goals
9 Under-21 caps; ? goals
Croatian League Championship winners medal 2005- 2006; 2006-2007  (Dinamo Zagreb)
Croatian Cup winners medal 2006-2007  (Dinamo Zagreb)
Croatian Super Cup winners medal 2005-2006  (Dinamo Zagreb)

Milestones
- appearance

2009
Best friend is Luka Modric.
Cevapcici - a form of meatballs - is his favourite food.
Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban were his heroes as a child.
Favourite holiday destination is Santorini (Greece).
Played basketball and handball at school.
Enjoys playing PlayStation games.
Hates the London traffic.
His parents taught him to always be polite.
Sleeps when travelling.
Misses the snow in Croatia.
Favourite cartoon as a child was Tom and Jerry.
Enjoys using his iPod with Croatian music on it.
Misses the winter break in the Croatian league, which was a month off.
Loves London's cosmopolitan and vibrant nature.
Most difficult opponent in the Premier League - Ashley Young (Aston Villa)
 

           

 

What they said about Vedran Corluka
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What Vedran Corluka said about ...
... Luka Modric ...  29.08.2009 (THFC programme)

"Having here makes all the difference, he's a good man and we get on well."

... hard work ...  29.08.2009 (THFC programme)

"Always work hard, then you can take great satisfaction fro what you achieve."

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