24 Facts About Mario Mandzukic

1. Mario Mandzukic opened his doors to Juve, joining the side in July 2015.

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2. Mario Mandzukic was one of the outstanding players at the Euro 2012 and as a result, Wolfsburg lost him to Bayern Munich who came with a €13 million offer.

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3. Mario Mandzukic plays as a forward for the Croatian national football team and the Italian club, Juventus.

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4. Mario Mandzukic is a top striker on the Croatian national team.

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5. Mario Mandzukic once said he would rather stay at home with Leni than go to training.

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6. Mario Mandzukic continued his footballing progression in his homeland at NK Marsonia where he grew above all youth footballing ranks.

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7. Mario Mandzukic has appeared a more natural foil for the Portuguese, meaning Dybala has often been shunted into a wide position, where he's not been as effective.

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8. Mario Mandzukic became the first player since Netherlands' Ernie Brandts in 1978 to score for his team and an own goal in the same game.

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9. Mario Mandzukic was even given the nickname Đilkos by Miroslav Blazevic, which means brash and unsophisticated, referring to the striker's physical strengths, powerful physique and seemingly endless stamina, rather than his technical ability; his other nicknames include Mandzo and Super Mario.

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10. Mario Mandzukic scored in the second match between the two sides in Belgrade.

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11. Mario Mandzukic scored his first goal of the campaign against Wales in Osijek.

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12. Mario Mandzukic added another header against Latvia in the last match of the qualifiers.

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13. Mario Mandzukic scored the equalising goal in the 27th minute, just seven minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo's goal gave Real Madrid the lead.

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14. On 25 May 2017, Mario Mandzukic signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2020.

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15. On 10 July 2014, Mario Mandzukic signed a four-year deal with the Spanish club Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

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16. Mario Mandzukic scored his first Champions League goal of the season in the Round of 16 match against Arsenal.

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17. Mario Mandzukic went on to score twice against his former club Wolfsburg.

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18. Mario Mandzukic scored his first Bundesliga goal for Wolfsburg on Matchday 26 against 1.

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19. On 14 July 2010, Mario Mandzukic signed for VfL Wolfsburg for a fee believed to be around €7 million.

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20. Mario Mandzukic appeared in five Europa League matches as well.

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21. Mario Mandzukic started playing football in Germany, where he and his parents relocated to due to the Croatian War of Independence.

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22. Mario Mandzukic was named Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

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23. Mario Mandzukic participated in four major tournaments with his national side, Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016, and the 2018 World Cup, reaching the final of the latter tournament, after which he retired from international football.

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24. Mario Mandzukic is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus.

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