Newcastle After Croatian Ivaca Olic

News today that Hamburg are willing to sell their Croatian International midfielder Ivica Olic in the summer.


Ivaca Olic – played 52 times for Croatia

28 year-old Olic is a hugely experienced player who plays on the left-hand side of midfield and he has played for Croatia 52 times scoring 9 goals.

He has been at Hamburg since last summer and has played 34 times for them scoring a massive 15 goals this season.

The transfer fee is said to be around £4M, and that looks a good deal to us. Newcastle and Portsmouth are said to be competing for the Croatia international.

Olic, has been a good goal-scorer all his career and scored in Croatia’s 3-2 win against England last November.

Here is Ivaca’s playing record so far.

Season     Club        Games Goals

1996–1998  Marsonia   	 42   17
1998–1999  Hertha Berlin  2    0
1999–2001  Marsonia  	 42   21
2001–2002  NK Zagreb 	 28   21
2002–2003  Dinamo Zagreb 27   16
2003–2007  CSKA Moscow   78   35
2007– 	  Hamburger SV   34   15

2002– 	Croatia 	 52    9

In 255 first class club games Olic has scored 125 goals – not too bad, one goal every two games, which is a similar record to top goal-scorers like Alan Shearer.

Olic seems a typical Keegan type player – let’s sign him – quickly.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • scott9

    May 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #1

    i thought he was a striker not a midfileder

  • Taiwantoon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope he is on Kev’s list. The first signing has to be King’s decision.

  • Leo

    May 5, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #3

    is he fast. how tall is he?

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 5, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve never seen him play but I alos thought he was a striker…

  • Gordon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Also thought he was a striker, which changes the picture somewhat…

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 5, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Have not seen him play before. Maybe Robert from Croatia can tell us more about him.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Finally linked with some players i earmarked, Bruno Alves and Olic.

  • Ashton

    May 5, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    He is a striker and he is like 4 ft tall !!
    we have two midget strikers so no thanks

  • Tom_Toon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Hes like 6ft.

  • scottish mag

    May 5, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #10

    i thought he was a striker too, good player and if we get him he could convince van der vaart to come too(hoping),

  • Gordon

    May 5, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #11

    He’s definitely a striker Ed – best update your article.

  • Dom4Toon

    May 5, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #12

    keegan has his links with hamburg, and olic is oviously more realistic than VDV and Kompany, but still we may aswell enquire about all of them

  • Petey

    May 5, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #13

    lol, i would rather a certain other hamburg player by the name of van der vaart, but hey, this guy does score alot of goals in the famous bundesliga, so yea, id take him.

  • Robert-Croatia

    May 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #14

    he is a striker,and he’s very fast striker and his name is not Ivaca,it’s Ivica

  • Ausgeordie

    May 6, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #15

    We need a target man like Crouch or Gudjohnsson. As soon as Smith came on last nigh tto replace Viduka we were shite

  • Oba

    May 6, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Don’t want him, and don’t need him. Simple.

  • Eric

    May 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #17

    Checked him out on other sites. In videos he looks like a striker in the Shearer mould. We have just as good if not better in Martins. Bet your boots some other team will come in for him. Why in transfers are we always competing with Pompey. Is that our benchmark. Hope not!


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