Mario Mandžukić

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Mandžukić at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Mario Mandžukić (born 21 May 1986) is a Croatian football player that plays for Juventus[1] and the Croatian national team. He was the UEFA Euro 2012 co-top scorer,[2] and he was named the Croatian Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

He was born in Slavonski Brod, in Yugoslavia. His family moved to Germany as refugees because of the Croatian War of Independence.[3]

He helped Croatia reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup final after scoring a late goal against England.[4][5] In the final, Mandžukić scored an own goal at the 19th minute. This was the first time any player has scored an own goal in a World Cup final.[6] Croatia would later lose to France 2–4.[7]

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  1. "Mandzukic joins Juventus". Juventus Football Club. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. "UEFA EURO 2012 Statistics Goals scored". UEFA.com. 25 November 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  3. "Accustomed to success". bundesliga.com. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  4. Phil McNulty (11 July 2018). "Croatia 2-1 England". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. Chapman, Anthony. "Croatia vs England: Mario Mandzukic goal sees cameraman bundled in celebrations". The Sun. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  6. "Mandzukic makes World Cup history with own goal against France in Russia 2018 final". Goal.com. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  7. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Matches - France - Croatia - FIFA.com". FIFA. Retrieved 15 July 2018.

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