|Mislav Oršić Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||December 29, 1992|
Mislav Oršić is a Croatian professional soccer player who has represented, as a winger/attacking midfielder, NK Inter Zaprešić (2009-2013), HNK Rijeka (2014-2016), and GNK Dinamo Zagreb (2018-Present) in Croatia; Spezia Calcio (2013-2014) in Italy; Jeonnam Dragons (2016) and Ulsan Hyundai FC (2017-2018) in South Korea; and Changchun Yatai F.C. (2016) in China. He had also spent loan spells with NK Celje (2014) in Slovenia and Jeonnam Dragons (2015) in South Korea. With Ulsan Hyundai FC, he won the Korean FA Cup (the national knockout soccer competition of South Korea) in 2017. It was the club’s 1st such title. With GNK Dinamo Zagreb, Mislav completed the domestic double of winning the Prva HNL (the top division of the Croatian professional soccer league system) title and the Croatian Cup (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Croatia) in the 2020-21 season. Besides this, Mislav won the Prva HNL in the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2021-22 seasons as well. With the club, he also won the Croatian Super Cup in 2019 and 2022. The trophy is annually decided by a one-off match played between the previous season’s winners of the Prva HNL and the Croatian Cup. At the international level, Mislav represented Croatia at the under-18, under-19, under-20, and under-21 tiers before making his senior national debut in September 2019. With Croatia, he finished in 3rd place in the 2022 edition of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup.
Professional Soccer Player
- 9, 18 – Croatia
- 20 – NK Inter Zaprešić
- 31 – Spezia Calcio
- 28 – NK Celje
- 17, 7 – Jeonnam Dragons
- 35 – Changchun Yatai F.C.
- 9 – Ulsan Hyundai FC
- 99 – GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Winger, Attacking Midfielder
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Mislav has dated –
- Suzana Krajinović (2018-Present) – Mislav married his long-term girlfriend Suzana Krajinović in 2018. They have 2 sons together named Manuel and Ivan.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Croatian descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, side-parted hair
- Often sports a light stubble
- Has his wife’s name tattooed on his right arm, and often kisses it upon scoring a goal
He has been sponsored by Polleo Sport, Croatia’s largest chain of stores (physical & online) that specialize in sports apparel/equipment, nutritional products, and dietary supplements.
Mislav Oršić Facts
- Mislav’s youth career began in 1998 when, as a 5-year-old, he joined NK Zagreb, an amateur soccer club based in his hometown of Zagreb. However, a few months later, the club dissolved its youth teams and he had to move to NK Trešnjevka, a Zagreb-based professional soccer club. His father persuaded the club to let Mislav train there despite the club not having a youth category matching his age.
- He stayed there until 2006 when he moved to another Zagreb-based club called NK Kustošija. In 2008, he joined the youth system of NK Inter Zaprešić, a professional soccer club in Zaprešić, a town northwest of Zagreb. He stayed there until 2009 when he was promoted to the club’s senior team.
- After Jeonnam Dragons signed Mislav up in the January transfer window of 2016, he registered his surname as ‘Orša’ (‘Oreusya’ in revised Romanization of the Korean language) instead of Oršić with K League 1 (the top division of the South Korean soccer league system) because the local players were finding it difficult to pronounce it.
- In September 2019, while representing GNK Dinamo Zagreb, he recorded a hat-trick (the feat of scoring 3 goals, not necessarily in succession, in a match) in his debut appearance in the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer).
- In March 2021, Mislav scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over the top-flight English club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in the pre-quarterfinal stage of the 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Europa League (the 2nd-tier club competition in European soccer, ranking below the UEFA Champions League).
- The win helped GNK Dinamo Zagreb clinch the 2-legged tie by a 3-2 margin on aggregate, consequently advancing the club to the quarter-final stage of the tournament for the first time in history. For his performances, he was named in the tournament’s ‘Squad of the Season’.
- The aforementioned hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur F.C. brought Mislav’s goal tally in European competitions to 17, making him the then-highest-scoring player in European competitions for GNK Dinamo Zagreb. As of December 2022, with 23 goals to his name, he was the all-time top goalscorer for any Croatian club in European competitions.
- At the 2020 edition (played in June and July 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) of the UEFA European Championship (also known as the UEFA Euro), the quadrennial international men’s soccer championship of Europe, he did not play a single minute of Croatia’s matches in the group stage. He was subbed on in the 67th minute of Croatia’s pre-quarterfinal match against 3-time champions Spain. Croatia then fell behind by a 3-1 margin in the 77th minute.
- Mislav scored his debut international goal in the 85th minute of that match to pull the score back to 3-2 and then provided Mario Pašalić with an assist in the stoppage time to level the score at 3 goals apiece. The match stretched into extra time where Spain eventually scored 2 more goals to win by a 5-3 margin.
- For his performances in the 2021-22 season of the Prva HNL, he was included in the league’s ‘Team of the Year’ by CIES (Centre International d’Etude du Sport), an independent research and education organization, located in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
- At the 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup, Mislav provided the assist for Croatia’s 4th goal in a 4-1 win over Canada in the team’s 2nd match of the group stage. Sandwiched between goalless draws against Morocco and Belgium, Croatia’s defeat of Canada was instrumental in helping the team finish the group stage in the 2nd position (with 5 points).
- In the quarter-final, against 5-time champions Brazil, he provided the assist for Bruno Petković’s equalizing goal in the dying moments (117th minute) of the match. After the match was tied at 1 goal apiece at the end of extra time, Mislav scored Croatia’s last goal in the penalty shoot-out which the team went on to win by a 4-2 margin.
- The win meant that Croatia had reached the semi-final of the FIFA World Cup for the 3rd time – after a 3rd-place finish in 1998 and a runner-up finish in 2018. In the 3rd place play-off match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Mislav scored the winning goal for Croatia in a 2-1 victory over Morocco. It was just the 2nd goal of his senior-level international career for Croatia.
Featured Image by Mislav Oršić / Instagram