Vedran Corluka


Vedran Corluka
  • Full Name: Vedran Corluka
  • Position: Defender
  • Birthday: February 5, 1986 (Age: 28)
  • Club: Lokomotiv Moscow
  • Height: 6' 3" (1.91m)

tournament statistics

Games Minutes Goals Assists Shots
3 270 0 0 1

Vedran Corluka

Tottenham snapped up this Croatian international in the summer of 2008 after the tall and versatile defender was deemed surplus to requirements at Manchester City. He saw off competition from the likes of Alan Hutton and Pascal Chimbonda to become a mainstay of the back four but after falling out of favour at White Hart Lane he moved on loan to Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, rediscovering his confidence and form.

Off the conveyor belt of talent that is Dinamo Zagreb, Corluka can play at centre-back or right-back, even playing as a right wing-back. A few eyebrows were raised when former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson paid £8 million to take the relative unknown defender Eastlands in 2007 but he proved to be a quality performer, usually in the right-back role.

Having played for Croatia's Under-21 side, he was given his full international debut in a friendly with Italy in August 2006, going on to play in the rest of his country's matches throughout 2006/7. He was part of the Croatia side which sent England tumbling out of Euro 2008 and played in every single match at the tournament before the Vatreni lost to Turkey on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Strengths: Tall, strong and versatile defender who has good positional sense and is comfortable on the ball.

Weaknesses: At 6'3" he is not the most mobile or quickest of full-backs and is not as good in the air as his height would suggest.

Career high: Winning back to back Croatian titles in 2006 and 2007 with his first club Dinamo Zagreb.

Career low: During a game against Stoke City in 2009 he was kneed in the head by teammate Heurelho Gomes, knocked unconscious and rushed to hospital.

Style: Dependable at the back, he also likes to get forward and deliver an excellent cross.

Quotes:  "My great advantage is that I am calm. I am not afraid to play my football and never will be." - Vedran Corluka on Vedran Corluka.

Trivia: Nicknamed Charlie, his best friend in football is Luka Modric, who also plays at Tottenham.

Euro 2012

Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0
Italy 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Spain 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 1 0