Davor Suker, Croatia

Davor Suker, Croatia

Background
Davor Suker was born on January 1st, 1968, in the eastern Croatian town of Osijek (then Yugoslavia) and joined his local club when he was 16.

Football career
He stayed in Osijek for a further three years until moving to the capital to join First League Dinamo Zagreb in 1989. Suker did well at Dinamo Zagreb and was thus incorporated into the national side and made his international debut against Romania in 1990. He scored his first international goal a year later for the Yugoslav national team and in the same year, 1991, he joined Spanish club Sevilla.

After Croatia became independent in 1992, Davor Suker joined the Croatian national team and went on to score three goals for Croatia in Euro 96. It was just after this brilliant performance that the star was snapped up by Spanish giants Real Madrid, where 1997 saw him collect the Spanish League and the Champions League in 1998.

World Cup history
The pinnacle of his footballing career came in the 1998 World Cup in France where he scooped the Golden Boot Award for his six fantastic goals and taking Croatia to third place in that tournament; the country’s best ever finish in a World Cup. Suker then went on to play for Arsenal in 1999, followed by West Ham United and finally 1860 Munich in Germany.

Post playing career
Davor Suker is currently Croatia’s best ever goal scorer, with 46 international goals; 45 of which were for Croatia. Suker is now retired from playing professional football and runs his private business, Davor Šuker Football Academy in Zagreb, Croatia.

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