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Mario Gavranović

Mario Gavranović
Full nameMario Gavranović[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-24) 24 November 1989 (age 26)
Place of birthLugano, Switzerland
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Playing positionForward
Club information
Current team
FC Zürich
Youth career
1996–2000AS Vezia
2000–2006Team Ticino
Senior career*
2009–2010Neuchâtel Xamax (loan)17(8)
2010–2011Schalke 04 II5(2)
2010–2012Schalke 0410(0)
2011–2012Mainz 05 (loan)5(0)
2012–FC Zürich71(23)
National team
2005Switzerland U171(2)
2007–2008Switzerland U198(6)
2008–Switzerland U2114(3)

Mario Gavranović (born on 24 November 1989 in Lugano) is a Swiss professional footballer [3] playing for Swiss Super League club FC Zürich.

Early life

Born to Bosnian Croat parents, his family moved from Gradačac, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Lugano, Switzerland one year before Gavranović was born.


Gavranović began his football career with AS Vezia, before was scouted by Team Ticino U18 the youth academy of AC Lugano.[4] In the 2006–07 season he played his first professional games in the Swiss Challenge League for FC Lugano and in his second season he scored eight goals in 21 games. In the summer of 2008 he signed for Yverdon-Sport and scored another eight goals in only 20 games. For the 2008–09 season, he moved to Neuchâtel Xamax.[5]


After a successful start at Neuchâtel Xamax having scored eight goals in 17 games,[6] Gavranović left his team to sign for Schalke 04 on 1 February 2010.[7] He scored a vital goal for Schalke 04 in the Round of 16 in the Champions League against Valencia, which led his team to a 4—2 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.[8] Gavranović joined fellow Bundesliga side Mainz on a season-long loan deal on 31 August 2011.[9] Mainz reportedly paid €200,000 to secure his services and the loan included a deal for a permanent transfer worth €1.5m.[10]

FC Zürich

After only making five appearances during his loan spell, Gavranović returned to Schalke at which point he agreed to cancel his contract in May 2012 and moved on a free transfer to FC Zürich in the summer.[11] He made his debut for Zürich on 15 July 2012, and scored his first goal from the penalty spot in the same match, a 1-1 draw with FC Luzern.[12]

2013-14 season

Gavranović scored Zürich's winning goal against reigning champions FC Basel on 11 August 2013 in the fifth round of the Swiss Super League.[13] He scored Zürich's first goal as the club twice came from behind to defeat FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy 3-2 in the second round of the Swiss Cup on 15 September.[14] On 24 November, Gavranović netted twice in the second-half of Zürich's Super League clash with FC Sion, inspiring his side to a 4-1 victory.[15] In Zürich's first game following the winter break on 1 February 2014, Gavranović scored the game's only goal in first-half stoppage time to give his club a victory over FC Sion.[16] He marked his next appearance with another goal, scoring his side's first in a 3-1 defeat of FC Thun on 16 February.[17]

In the Zürich Derby match against Grasshoppers on 1 March 2014, Gavranović scored a goal in either half to give Zürich a 3-1 win.[18] Eight days later, he netted Zürich's equalizing goal in an eventual 3-1 league victory over BSC Young Boys.[19] On 21 April 2014, Gavranović scored twice in extra-time to lead Zürich to a 2—0 victory over Basel in the final of the Swiss Cup.[20] Gavranović scored Zürich's winner in their next league match on 3 May, converting a penalty-kick in a 2—1 defeat of FC Thun.[21]

2014-15 season

After suffering an injury a knee injury in training at the World Cup, Gavranović was sidelined for the rest of 2014.[22]

International career

Gavranović is member of the Switzerland national football team. He represented the country on a U-21 level in 14 games and scored three goals. On 26 March 2011, he made a national team debut in the 0–0 draw with Bulgaria in a Euro 2012 qualifier.[23] His first goals arrived in a brace scored in a 4–2 friendly win over Croatia on 15 August 2012.[24]

Gavranović was named to the final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil on 13 May 2014.[25] On 29 June, he sustained a serious knee injury in training, ruling him out for the rest of the World Cup and until early 2015.[26]

International goals

Scores and results table. Switzerland's goal tally first:
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 August 2012 Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia 23x15px Croatia 3–1 4–2 Friendly
2. 15 August 2012 Stadion Poljud, Split, Croatia 23x15px Croatia 4–2 4–2 Friendly
3. 12 October 2012 Stade de Suisse, Wankdorf, Bern, Switzerland 23x15px Norway 1–0 1–1 2014 World Cup qualification
4. 16 October 2012 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland Template:Country data Iceland 2–0 2–0 2014 World Cup qualification


Schalke 04
FC Zurich


  1. "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. "Mario Gavranovic" (in German). Retrieved 2 July 2011. [dead link]
  3. "'Nikad ne bih mogao slaviti golove protiv Hrvatske, osjećam se Hrvatom koliko i Švicarcem'" (in Croatian). 16 August 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. "Neuchâtel Xamax". [dead link]
  5. "Xamax verliert weiteren Stürmer" (in German). NZZ Online. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  6. "Kuljic zu Xamax, aber Gavranovic geht ebenfalls" (in German). 31 January 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  7. "Schweizer U21-Nationalspieler Mario Gavranovic jetzt ein Schalker" (in German). 1 February 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  8. "Farfán leads Schalke past Valencia". UEFA. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  9. "Gavranovic moves to Mainz on loan". FIFA. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  10. "Mainz capture Gavranovic". Sky Sports. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  11. "Schalke end Gavranovic stay". Sky Sports. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  12. "Luzern vs. Zürich 1-1". Soccerway. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  13. "Basel vs. Zürich 1-2". Soccerway. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  14. "FC Zurich Wins Cup Match against FC Stade Lausanne Ouchy 3-2". FCZ. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  15. "Zürich vs. Sion 4-1". Soccerway. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  16. "Zürich 1-0 Sion". UEFA. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  17. "Zürich 3-1 Thun". UEFA. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  18. "Zürich vs. Grasshopper 3-1". Soccerway. 1 March 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  19. "Young Boys vs. Zürich 1-3". Soccerway. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  20. "Gavranovic edges Zürich past nine-man Basel". UEFA. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  21. "Der FCZ gewinnt in Thun mit 2:1" (in German). FCZ. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  22. "Swiss Gavranovic going home due to injured knee". Yahoo Sports. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  23. "Bulgaria and Switzerland draw a blank". UEFA. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  24. "Switzerland 4-2 Croatia". UEFA. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  25. "Hitzfeld selects predicted Swiss squad". FIFA. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  26. "World Cup: Switzerland forward Mario Gavranovic ruled out by serious knee injury". Sky Sports. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  27. "Season review: Switzerland". UEFA. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 

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