We touched upon this in our newest Schmankerl, however felt that this man deserved a correct tribute. Croatian legend Mario Mandžukić has formally introduced his retirement from skilled soccer on the age of 35.
After making his skilled debut in 2007, he spent 5 years in Zagreb and Wolfsburg earlier than he made the most important transfer of his profession, transferring to Bayern Munich. He scored on his debut for FC Bayern within the DFL Tremendous Cup, successful the trophy as nicely. He went on to attain 22 targets in 40 video games in his first season, and loved immense success within the Bavarian capital, successful the continental treble.
In fact, many Bayern followers will keep in mind that fateful night time in Wembley, when he turned in a chipped ball from Arjen Robben to open the scoring for Bayern within the Champions League remaining. As each Bayern fan is aware of, Die Roten went on to win the European Cup through a final minute purpose from Robben, and Mandžukić performed an important position in Bayern’s triumph.
His second season at Bayern wasn’t as fruitful as his first by way of trophies, however Mandžukić scored extra targets – 26 in 48 video games – as his workforce gained the home double. He subsequently left Munich for Atletico Madrid and Juventus, and he completed off his profession with transient stints in Qatar and Milan.
Now, Mandžukić’s profession could be incomplete with out pertaining to his performances in his nationwide colours. The top of his worldwide profession got here in 2018, when he scored thrice within the 2018 FIFA World Cup, main them to their first ever World Cup remaining.
Mandžukić was not probably the most prolific striker on the market, however he was all the time a tough working striker. He may play anyplace in assault, and even discovered his hand as a winger in a while. His link-up play was fairly one thing else, and he would additionally defend laborious although he was a striker. There’s a purpose that each Bayern and Croatia loved success with him round, and it was a privilege to have him play in Munich.
We at BFW fondly bear in mind Tremendous Mario’s days in Bayern pink, and want him a blissful retirement!