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Branimir Hrgota
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Hrgota with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth 12 January 1993 (1993-01-12) (age 28)
Place of birth Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.85 m
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Greuther Fürth
Number 10
Youth career
IK Tord
2008–2011 Jönköpings Södra IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Jönköpings Södra IF 39 (28)
2012–2013 Borussia Mönchengladbach II 8 (2)
2012–2016 Borussia Mönchengladbach 69 (7)
2016–2019 Eintracht Frankfurt 35 (5)
2019– Greuther Fürth 60 (23)
National team
2011–2012 Sweden U19 9 (3)
2012–2015 Sweden U21 14 (3)
2014 Sweden 3 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2021.
† Appearances (Goals).

Branimir Hrgota ( born 12 January 1993) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Greuther Fürth in the 2. Bundesliga.

Club career

Jönköpings Södra IF

Hrgota started his career as a youth player in lower league side IK Tord which he combined with competing in karate. In 2008, he made the decision to give up martial arts and transferred to second division team Jönköpings Södra IF. He made his debut with the first team in 2011 and became the league top scorer that season, netting 18 goals in 25 games. After the season Hrgota received the Player of the Year award from the club supporters. Several clubs were interested in buying him after his successful debut year but Hrgota decided to stay with Jönköpings Södra so that he could finish school in the spring. He went on to score 10 goals in 14 games the following season before moving to Germany in the summer.

Borussia Mönchengladbach

On 4 July 2012, he completed his move to the German club Borussia Mönchengladbach. He made his Bundesliga debut against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as 74th-minute substitute, replacing Mike Hanke. On 11 May 2013, he made the first eleven for the first time against 1. FSV Mainz 05. He made a big impact on the game scoring a hat-trick. His first ever Bundesliga goal was a converted penalty five minutes before half-time. In the second half he scored two more goals, both with his left foot. After 85 minutes he was substituted for Lukas Rupp. On 15 June 2016, it was announced that Hrgota would join fellow Bundesliga team Eintracht Frankfurt on a three-year contract.

Eintracht Frankfurt

Hrgota scored in his first goal in the game in a 4–3 penalty shoot-out victory against 1. FC Magdeburg in the DFB-Pokal on 21 August 2016. On 20 December 2016, before the winter break, he scored a brace in a 3–0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. Despite failing to score in the semi-final cup tie away from home against his former club Borussia Mönchengladbach on 25 April 2017, Hrgota slotted home the winning penalty in the shoot-out which Eintracht Frankfurt won 7–6, having drawn the game 1–1 in normal time.

Greuther Fürth

On 7 August 2019, Hrgota joined Greuther Fürth on a two-year deal.

International career

Hrgota was eligible to play national team football for Sweden, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Croatia U21 coach Ivo Šušak contacted him during the fall of 2012 in an attempt to bring Hrgota over to his team. However, in the summer of 2014, prior to Sweden's game against Austria in the UEFA European Championship qualifiers, Hrgota was called up to, and accepted to join, the Sweden national team.

Personal life

Hrgota was born in Zenica in the Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Bosnian War. His parents are ethnic Croats. The family moved to Sweden when Branimir was a child, settling in Jönköping.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jönköpings Södra IF 2011 Superettan 25 18 2 0 27 18
2012 14 10 0 0 14 10
Total 39 28 2 0 0 0 41 28
Borussia Mönchengladbach II 2012–13 Regionalliga West 8 2 8 2
Borussia Mönchengladbach 2012–13 Bundesliga 13 3 0 0 4 0 17 3
2013–14 30 2 1 0 31 2
2014–15 17 2 3 2 10 8 30 12
2015–16 9 0 1 2 0 0 10 2
Total 69 7 5 4 14 8 88 19
Eintracht Frankfurt 2016–17 Bundesliga 28 5 2 1 30 6
2017–18 6 0 2 0 8 0
2018–19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 35 5 4 1 0 0 39 6
Greuther Fürth 2019–20 2. Bundesliga 32 10 0 0 32 10
2020–21 30 15 3 0 33 15
Total 62 25 3 0 65 25
Career total 213 67 14 5 14 8 241 80

Honours

International

Sweden U21

Club

Eintracht Frankfurt

Individual

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