Jan Oblak

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Jan Oblak
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Oblak during his presentation with Atlético Madrid in 2014
Personal information
Full name Jan Oblak
Date of birth (1993-01-07) 7 January 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Škofja Loka, Slovenia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid
Number 13
Youth career
1999–2003 Ločan
2003–2004 Olimpija
2005–2009 Olimpija Ljubljana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Olimpija Ljubljana 34 (0)
2010–2014 Benfica 16 (0)
2010 Beira-Mar (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Olhanense (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 União de Leiria (loan) 16 (0)
2012–2013 Rio Ave (loan) 28 (0)
2014– Atlético Madrid 79 (0)
National team
2008 Slovenia U15 1 (0)
2009 Slovenia U16 2 (0)
2010–2012 Slovenia U20 4 (0)
2009–2013 Slovenia U21 18 (0)
2012– Slovenia 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2017

Jan Oblak (born 7 January 1993) is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the Slovenia national team as a goalkeeper.

Oblak signed for Portuguese club Benfica at the age of 17, and was part of the team that won the domestic treble in the 2013–14 season. He then moved to Atlético Madrid for a fee of €16 million, becoming La Liga's most expensive goalkeeper of all time. In 2015–16 he won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper, conceding an all-time record low of 18 goals. He won the award again the following season.

Oblak made his senior international debut for Slovenia in 2012.

Club career

Olimpija

Born in the Upper Carniolan town of Škofja Loka, Oblak started playing football at the age of five for his home town club Ločan. At the age of ten, he moved to the Olimpija youth academy,[2] where he remained until the end of the 2004–05 season when the club was dissolved. He then moved to the newly founded Bežigrad, which, after a series of name changes, became Olimpija Ljubljana in 2008. The following year, Oblak rejected a contract from Italian club Empoli in favour of a trial at Fulham,[3] but he eventually did not leave the club and committed his future with a contract extension until 2011.[4][5] Oblak made his professional debut for Olimpija Ljubljana in the 2009–10 season aged 16, only missing three PrvaLiga games as the club finished fourth in the league table.

Benfica

On 14 June 2010, Oblak signed a contract with Portuguese club Benfica,[6] who loaned him to fellow top level club Beira-Mar in August 2010.[7] He then joined Olhanense on loan in January 2011, until the end of the 2010–11 season.[8]

Benfica loaned Oblak to another Portuguese team, União de Leiria, for the 2011–12 campaign.[9] He made his league debut on 15 January 2012, in a 2–2 away draw against Nacional.

In July 2013, Oblak failed to present himself for pre-season training, claiming he had no contract with Benfica.[10] Late into the following month, he signed a contract extension until 2018, describing the situation as a "misunderstanding."[11]

After long-time starting goalkeeper Artur made a series of mistakes midway through the 2013–14 campaign, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus dropped him in favour of Oblak, and the latter went on to keep several clean sheets in his first starts, notably in a 2–0 home win against Porto[12][13] and a 0–0 draw at Juventus in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.[14] He eventually won the league's Best Goalkeeper of the Year award on 6 July 2014.[15]

Atlético Madrid

Oblak with Atlético Madrid before a match

On 16 July 2014, Atlético Madrid announced they had reached an agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Oblak, pending a medical examination.[16] Atlético paid €16 million for the Slovenian player,[17][18] making him the most expensive goalkeeper in La Liga history.[19] Oblak moved to Madrid on a six-year deal as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who had returned to play for his parent club Chelsea following his loan expiration.[20][21] During his presentation, on 22 July 2014, Oblak said, "I don't come to replace anyone. I come as another player. I'm here along with the rest of the players and goalkeepers. I'll do everything in my power to defend this shirt and achieve great results this season. I will do everything in my hand to help the team."[22]

Oblak was an unused substitute in his first competitive fixture on 19 August 2014, the first leg of the 2014 Supercopa de España against Real Madrid, with Miguel Ángel Moyà playing instead.[23] He made his debut on 16 September 2014, in a 3–2 defeat away to Olympiacos in Atlético's first Champions League group match of the season.[24] His first clean sheet came in his first Copa del Rey match, a 3–0 win away to L'Hospitalet in the first leg of the last 32 on 3 December 2014.[25] On 17 March 2015, he replaced the injured Moyà in the 23rd minute of a Champions League last 16 second leg against Bayer Leverkusen, and kept a clean sheet in a 1–0 home victory. The tie went to a penalty shootout, in which he saved Leverkusen's first attempt by Hakan Çalhanoğlu in an eventual triumph.[26] Four days later, due to the injury, he made his league debut, keeping a clean sheet in a 2–0 home win over neighbours Getafe.[27]

On 3 May 2016, Oblak saved Thomas Müller's penalty at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals; although Atlético lost the match 2–1, they advanced to the final on away goals.[28] As the domestic season ended, he won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper, having conceded 18 goals in 38 games, equalling the 22-year-old record of Deportivo de La Coruña's Francisco Liaño.[29]

Oblak received attention on 15 March 2017, in a Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen, where he made three saves in succession to ensure a goalless draw and passage to the quarter-finals. He told UEFA's website "These are things that happen. Sometimes you save three efforts and other times they score all three."[30]

International career

Oblak was first called by the Slovenia under-21 team in August 2009, replacing the injured Jan Koprivec. He made his debut 9 September of that year, against France.

On 11 September 2012, Oblak made his first appearance for the senior side, starting in a 2–1 away loss against Norway for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[31]

He became the first-choice goalkeeper of the national team after the international retirement of Samir Handanović at the end of 2015.

Personal life

Oblak's older sister, Teja (born 1990), is a professional basketball player who plays for Good Angels Košice and is a member of the Slovenia national team.[32][33] He is not related to the former Yugoslav international Brane Oblak, who was his coach during his time with Olimpija.[34]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 21 May 2017
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Olimpija Ljubljana 2008–09[35] 2. SNL 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10[35] 1. SNL 33 0 0 0 33 0
Total 34 0 0 0 34 0
Benfica 2010–11[36] Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[36] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[36] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[36] 16 0 2 0 3 0 4[a] 0 25 0
Total 16 0 2 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 25 0
Beira-Mar (loan) 2010–11[35] Primeira Liga 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Olhanense (loan) 2010–11[35] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
União de Leiria (loan) 2011–12[35] 16 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Rio Ave (loan) 2012–13[36] 28 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
Atlético Madrid 2014–15[36] La Liga 11 0 6 0 4[b] 0 0 0 21 0
2015–16[36] 38 0 0 0 13[b] 0 51 0
2016–17[36] 30 0 0 0 11[b] 0 41 0
Total 79 0 6 0 28 0 0 0 113 0
Career total 173 0 11 0 6 0 32 0 0 0 222 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League

International

As of match played 10 June 2017[37]
Slovenia national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 1 0
2013 2 0
2014 1 0
2015 2 0
2016 6 0
2017 2 0
Total 14 0

Honours

Club

Benfica
Atlético Madrid

Individual

References

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  2. ^ "How Jan Oblak rose to shine at Atlético". UEFA. 3 May 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Fulham move for Olimpic Ljubljana goalkeeper Jan Oblak". Tribal Football. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Bohoric, Jure (29 July 2009). "Slovenian shuns Cottagers". Sky Sports. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Jan Oblak rejects Fulham after trials". Tribal Football. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Jan Oblak tudi uradno v Benfici" [Jan Oblak officially in Benfica] (in Slovenian). 24ur.com. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
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  8. ^ "Oblak e Tiero apresentados" [Oblak and Tiero presented] (in Portuguese). Record. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Cajuda: "Oblak tem excelentes capacidades"" [Cajuda: "Oblak has great skills"] (in Portuguese). Record. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Jan Oblak foi reintegrado: "O Benfica é o meu clube e estou feliz"" [Jan Oblak has been reinstated: "Benfica is my club and i am happy"] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Oblak fecha a porta da baliza ao dragão" [Oblak closes goal to dragon] (in Portuguese). Record. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Oblak morde os calcanhares ao melhor Artur" [Oblak bites best Artur in the heels] (in Portuguese). Record. 20 January 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
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  34. ^ Rok Plestenjak (12 September 2012). "Bratje, bratranci, kapetani ... zdaj pa še Oblaki" [Brothers, cousins, captains ... now Oblaks] (in Slovenian). Siol. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  35. ^ a b c d e Jan Oblak at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  36. ^ a b c d e f g h Jan Oblak at Soccerway. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  37. ^ "Jan Oblak". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2 August 2017. 
  38. ^ "Spot-on Sevilla leave Benfica dreams in tatters". UEFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  39. ^ "Una pequeña revancha" [A little revenge]. Marca (in Spanish). 22 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  40. ^ "Oblak wins Zamora, Messi captures Pichichi". Marca. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  41. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/news/newsid=2476068.html
  42. ^ http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2017/05/22/primera/1495474276_384251.html

External links

  • Atlético Madrid official profile
  • Jan Oblak at TheFinalBall.com
  • Jan Oblak at BDFutbol
  • Jan Oblak at ForaDeJogo
  • Jan Oblak at Soccerway
  • Jan Oblak at National-Football-Teams.com
  • NZS profile (in Slovene)
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