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Marko Arnautović
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Arnautović lining up for Austria in 2018
Personal information
Full name Marko Arnautović
Date of birth 19 April 1989 (1989-04-19) (age 32)
Place of birth Floridsdorf, Vienna, Austria
Height 1.92 m
Playing position Forward, winger
Club information
Current club Shanghai Port
Number 7
Youth career
1995–1998 Floridsdorfer AC
1998–2001 FK Austria Wien
2001–2002 First Vienna FC
2002–2003 FK Austria Wien
2003–2004 SK Rapid Wien
2004–2006 Floridsdorfer AC
2006–2007 Jong FC Twente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Twente 44 (12)
2009–2010 Inter Milan (loan) 3 (0)
2010–2013 Werder Bremen 72 (14)
2013–2017 Stoke City 125 (22)
2017–2019 West Ham United 59 (21)
2019– Shanghai Port 33 (19)
National team
2006 Austria U18 1 (0)
2007 Austria U19 4 (0)
2007–2010 Austria U21 5 (3)
2008– Austria 91 (27)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:29, 11 May 2021 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04:56, 27 June 2021 (UTC)

Marko Arnautović ( Serbian: Марко Арнаутовић; born 19 April 1989) is an Austrian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Chinese Super League club Shanghai Port and the Austria national team.

Arnautović began his career in his native Austria playing in the youth teams for a number of clubs in the Vienna area before he signed a contract with Dutch club Twente in 2006. He impressed at De Grolsch Veste and after a fine 2008–09 season he joined Italian giants Inter Milan on loan, where he made only three appearances due to injury. He joined German side Werder Bremen in June 2010 and became a regular member of the first team. In September 2013, Arnautović joined English side Stoke City, where he scored 26 goals in 145 appearances. He joined West Ham United in July 2017 for a fee of £20 million, and two years later Shanghai SIPG (now Shanghai Port) for £22.4 million.

A full international with over 90 caps for Austria since 2008, Arnautović helped the nation to qualify for the UEFA European Championship in 2016 and 2020. He was named Austrian Footballer of the Year in 2018.

Club career

Early career

Arnautović began his career with his brother Danijel at Floridsdorfer AC. In 1998, he joined FK Austria Wien but behaviour issues saw him change club regularly as in the next six years he played for First Vienna FC 1894, a second spell at FK Austria Wien, SK Rapid Wien before he returned to Floridsdorfer AC. Despite this he was scouted by Dutch club FC Twente who signed him in 2006.

Twente

Arnautović scored 22 goals in 24 matches for the Under-19 FC Twente in the 2007–08 season, helping them win the youth championship. He then played for Jong FC Twente between 2006 and 2008, appearing in 32 matches and scoring 27 goals. Arnautović made his professional debut for FC Twente in the 2006–07 season as a substitute for Kennedy Bakircioglu against PSV Eindhoven in April 2007. In July 2008, he extended his contract with Twente despite interest from Dutch giant Feyenoord.

He made 16 appearances in 2007–08 as Twente finished in fourth position and qualified for the UEFA Champions League. In the 2008–09 season Arnautović scored 14 goals in 41 matches as Twente finished 2nd in the Eredivisie and reached the knock out phase of the UEFA Cup. In March 2009 after a league match against Willem II, one of Twente opponents, Ibrahim Kargbo, accused Arnautović of racially abusing him. After an investigation by the Dutch Football Association they found no evidence against him and the case was dismissed.

Inter Milan (loan)

On 4 August 2009, it was said that Arnautović was on the verge of a move to Italian giants Inter Milan. The deal had been largely held up due to a stress fracture in Arnautović's right foot, leading to a re-negotiation of the deal between the clubs. On 6 August, it was announced by Twente that the details for the loan had been finalised, Arnautović would join Inter on loan for the season. The deal was said to become permanent if he was to play a set number of matches. If the deal did not become permanent the player would return to Twente on a pre-agreed contract of two years, with an option to extend the contract for a third year. He made his unofficial debut for Inter in a friendly match on 5 September 2009 against Swiss team, Lugano, the final score was 3–3.

He made his league debut in a 1–0 away victory against Chievo on 6 January 2010. He played in their next match against Siena coming on as a substitute at half time for the injured Dejan Stanković and helped Inter to win the match 4–3. He played one more match for Inter against Atalanta on 24 April 2010. At the end of the season Inter decided against turning his loan in a permanent move and José Mourinho stated that Arnautović "is a fantastic person but has the attitude of a child".

Werder Bremen

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Arnautović training with Werder Bremen in 2010

On 4 June 2010, German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen confirmed that they had signed Arnautović from Twente on a four-year deal. Before he had played a match for Bremen he irked their captain Torsten Frings who branded him as "arrogant". He made his Bundesliga debut on 21 August 2010 in a 4–1 defeat against Hoffenheim. Arnautović scored twice against 1. FC Köln on 28 August 2010, his first goals for Bremen. He ended the 2010–11 season at the Weserstadion with five goals in 34 appearances as Bremen finished in 13th position and he also played in the Champions League. In 2011–12, he scored six goals in 20 appearances as Bremen finished in ninth position in the Bundesliga. In March 2012, he was ruled out for two months with a knee ligament injury he suffered whilst playing with his dog.

In 2012–13, Arnautović played in 27 matches and scored five goals which included a hat-trick on 2 December 2012 away at Hoffenheim, including an impressive free kick, as Bremen won 4–1. In April 2013, Arnautović and his Bremen teammate Eljero Elia were caught speeding and were both suspended by the club.

Stoke City

On 2 September 2013, Arnautović joined Premier League side Stoke City on a four-year contract for a fee of £2 million. He was assigned the number 10 shirt by manager Mark Hughes who also described his signing as a coup—"People will very quickly see what an outstanding talent he is. In terms of his power and his pace, which is something I think we need in the squad, he ticks all the boxes. Technically he's excellent and I'm really looking forward to working with him. I think it's quite a coup to get him here. It made sense to us and made sense to him that this is the right club for him. He's got a real desire to make an impression." Arnautović made his Stoke debut twelve days later in a 0–0 draw against Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium. After spending a month at the club, manager Hughes stated that Arnautović had adapted well to English football after being given a free-role in the side. On 26 October, he scored his first goal for Stoke, a 25-yard free-kick in a 3–2 defeat against Manchester United. Arnautović ended his first season in England with five goals in 35 appearances, and the team finished in ninth position in the Premier League.

After making little impact in the first few matches of the 2014–15 season, Arnautović lost his place in the side. He regained his form towards the end of the campaign and returned to a regular place. He scored once in 29 league appearances over the campaign: a 95th-minute equaliser against West Ham United on 11 April 2015, having earlier in the match had two goals disallowed for offside. He played 35 times in 2014–15 season as Stoke finished in ninth position.

Arnautović's first appearance of the 2015–16 season came in a 2–2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on 15 August, scoring the team's first goal as they came back from 2–0 down. He scored the only goal of Stoke's victory over champions Chelsea on 7 November, and both goals against Manchester City on 5 December in a 2–0 home victory. On 28 December, Arnautović won a last-minute penalty kick against Everton at Goodison Park when he was fouled by John Stones, and sent it past goalkeeper Tim Howard to win the match 4–3. He scored the only goal of the League Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool on 26 January 2016, forcing a penalty shootout which his team eventually lost. Arnautović went on to play 40 times for Stoke in 2015–16, finishing as the top scorer with 12 goals as the Potters again finished in ninth position.

Arnautović signed a new four-year contract with Stoke in July 2016, keeping him contracted with the Potters until the summer of 2020. Arnautović made 35 appearances in 2016–17, as Stoke finished in 13th position. He scored seven goals including braces against Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Arnautović's future at Stoke was cast in doubt prior to the start of the 2017–18 season after he submitted a transfer request.

West Ham United

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Arnautović training with West Ham United in 2018

On 22 July 2017, Arnautović signed for fellow Premier League team West Ham United on a five-year contract for a club record £20 million fee, which could rise to £25 million with add-ons.

He made his debut on 13 August, playing the full 90 minutes of a 4–0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford. In his next game six days later, he was sent off after 33 minutes for elbowing Southampton's Jack Stephens in a 3–2 away loss.

In November, new manager David Moyes said that Arnautović had to work harder and be more of a team player or be dropped. He scored his first goal for the club on 9 December, the only one of a win over reigning champions Chelsea at the London Stadium, in what was Moyes' first victory as West Ham manager. He followed this with a goal in his first return to the Bet365 Stadium in a 0–3 win against Stoke City on 16 December. Following his conversion from a winger to a centre-forward at West Ham, Arnautović scored 11 Premier League goals in his first season at the club; his goal against Everton on the final day of the campaign making him the first West Ham player to reach that figure since Bobby Zamora in 2006–07. In April 2018, he was named as Hammer of the Year for the 2017–18 season.

In January 2019, he was the subject of a £35 million transfer offer from a Chinese club, believed to be Shanghai SIPG, which his agent and brother, Danijel, said Arnautović wanted West Ham to accept. Despite this, on 26 January, Arnautović committed himself to West Ham by signing a contract extension of unspecified length. He also received a 20% increase raising his weekly wage to £120,000. A £40 million release clause was also added to his contract. Arnautović finished the 2018–19 season as West Ham's leading goal scorer, with 11 goals. In July 2019, West Ham rejected an offer of £19.7 million from a Chinese club as Arnautović said he wanted to leave.

Shanghai SIPG

On 7 July 2019, Arnautović signed for Shanghai SIPG for a fee of £22.4 million. He scored on his debut two weeks later, a 2–2 draw at Chongqing Dangdai Lifan in the Chinese Super League.

International career

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Arnautović playing for Austria in 2013

Arnautović played with the Austrian under-19 side in the 2007 UEFA European Under-19 Championship where he was sent-off in their second match and failed to make it out of the group stage. After scoring three goals in five matches for the Austria U21s, Arnautović earned praise from manager Andreas Herzog who described him the best Austrian footballer of 30 years.

Arnautović played his first match for the Austria national senior team on 11 October 2008 against the Faroe Islands. He scored his first goals for Austria in a 3–0 win over Azerbaijan on 8 October 2010.

Arnautović started in all ten of Austria's matches during their successful UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, scoring in a win over Montenegro and both fixtures against neighbours Liechtenstein.

Arnautović started all but one of Austria's qualification matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, only missing the game against the Republic of Ireland through suspension. He scored four goals in the 10 games, but Austria's fourth-place finish would not be enough for qualification.

On 13 June 2021, Arnautović scored the third goal for Austria during the first game of UEFA Euro 2020 Group C against North Macedonia. During the goal celebration, he used racist slurs against Ezgjan Alioski and Egzon Bejtulai from the rival team, who are of both Macedonian Albanians. Afterwards he apologized for his words. UEFA later announced an investigation into Arnautović's actions. He was banned by UEFA for one game for insulting behaviour resulting in him missing Austria’s next game in Euro 2020, against Netherlands.

Style of play

Possessing a powerful physique and good technique, Arnautović is known for his eye for goal, as well as ability to hold up the ball with his back to goal and bring his teammates into play with his link-up play. Despite his size, he also possesses significant pace and stamina, and is known for his ability to exploit spaces with his runs or run at opponents with the ball, while his height helps him to win aerial challenges. A versatile forward, he is capable of playing in several offensive positions, including as a winger, as a centre-forward, or as a striker. Despite his playing ability, however, he was also a temperamental player, who was involvd in several controversial incidents throughout his career. His skills and playing style have led him to be compared to Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović in the media.

Personal life

Arnautović was born in Floridsdorf, a district in the northern part of Vienna, to a Serbian father and an Austrian mother. Arnautović is an Orthodox Christian. He is married to Sarah (née Lizakowski), and together they have two daughters, Emilia and Alicia. During his time spent in Italy and Germany, Arnautović developed a reputation with the media as "the bad boy of Austrian football". Speaking on the matter in October 2013, he admitted he was "not an angel" but insisted the birth of his daughter had made him "grow up."

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Twente 2006–07 Eredivisie 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 Eredivisie 14 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 16 0
2008–09 Eredivisie 28 12 5 1 8 1 41 14
Total 44 12 5 1 9 1 1 0 59 14
Inter Milan (loan) 2009–10 Serie A 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Werder Bremen 2010–11 Bundesliga 25 3 2 0 7 2 34 5
2011–12 Bundesliga 19 6 1 0 20 6
2012–13 Bundesliga 26 5 1 0 27 5
2013–14 Bundesliga 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 72 14 5 0 7 2 84 16
Stoke City 2013–14 Premier League 30 4 2 0 3 1 35 5
2014–15 Premier League 29 1 3 1 3 0 35 2
2015–16 Premier League 34 11 0 0 6 1 40 12
2016–17 Premier League 32 6 1 0 2 1 35 7
Total 125 22 6 1 14 3 145 26
West Ham United 2017–18 Premier League 31 11 1 0 3 0 35 11
2018–19 Premier League 28 10 1 1 1 0 30 11
Total 59 21 2 1 4 0 65 22
Shanghai Port 2019 Chinese Super League 11 9 2 0 2 0 15 9
2020 Chinese Super League 18 7 1 0 1 1 20 8
2021 Chinese Super League 4 3 0 0 0 0 4 3
Total 33 19 3 0 3 1 0 0 39 20
Career total 336 88 21 3 18 3 19 4 1 0 395 98

International

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Arnautović (left) competing over the ball against Alexandru Dedov of Moldova in September 2015 during a Euro 2016 qualifier.
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Austria
2008 3 0
2009 2 0
2010 3 3
2011 8 2
2012 7 2
2013 9 0
2014 8 0
2015 8 3
2016 12 3
2017 7 3
2018 10 4
2019 8 6
2020 2 0
2021 4 1
Total 91 27
Scores and results list Austria's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Arnautović goal.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2010 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 6  Azerbaijan 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2 3–0
3 12 October 2010 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 7  Belgium 2–1 4–4
4 9 February 2011 Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands 9  Netherlands 1–3 1–3 Friendly
5 2 September 2011 Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany 12  Germany 1–3 2–6 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
6 1 June 2012 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria 18  Ukraine 2–1 3–2 Friendly
7 3–2
8 27 March 2015 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein 41  Liechtenstein 5–0 5–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 9 October 2015 Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro 46  Montenegro 2–2 3–2
10 12 October 2015 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 47  Liechtenstein 1–0 3–0
11 31 May 2016 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria 51  Malta 1–0 2–1 Friendly
12 6 October 2016 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 57  Wales 1–1 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 2–1
14 24 March 2017 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 61  Moldova 1–0 2–0
15 28 March 2017 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria 62  Finland 1–0 1–1 Friendly
16 6 October 2017 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 65  Serbia 2–1 3–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 23 March 2018 Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt, Austria 68  Slovenia 2–0 3–0 Friendly
18 3–0
19 27 March 2018 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 69  Luxembourg 1–0 4–0
20 12 October 2018 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 75  Northern Ireland 1–0 1–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B
21 24 March 2019 Sammy Ofer Stadium, Haifa, Israel 79  Israel 1–0 2–4 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
22 2–4
23 10 June 2019 Toše Proeski Arena, Skopje, North Macedonia 81  FYR Macedonia 2–1 4–1
24 3–1
25 6 September 2019 Stadion Wals-Siezenheim, Wals-Siezenheim, Austria 82  Latvia 1–0 6–0
26 3–0
27 13 June 2021 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 89  FYR Macedonia 3–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2020

Honours

Inter Milan

Individual

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