Marko Pajač

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Marko Pajač
Marko Pajač.jpg
Pajač in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-05-11) 11 May 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Zagreb, Croatia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brescia
Number 29
Youth career
0000–2006 Zelina
2006–2012 Varteks / Varaždin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Varaždin 10 (0)
2012–2014 Lokomotiva 18 (1)
2012–2013Radnik Sesvete (loan) 24 (5)
2014–2015 Videoton 0 (0)
2015–2016 Celje 19 (4)
2016–2021 Cagliari 4 (0)
2016–2017Benevento (loan) 16 (1)
2017–2018Perugia (loan) 36 (0)
2019Empoli (loan) 10 (2)
2019–2020Genoa (loan) 11 (0)
2021– Brescia 0 (0)
National team
2011 Croatia U18 3 (0)
2011–2012 Croatia U19 12 (4)
2012–2013 Croatia U20 5 (0)
2013–2014 Croatia U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:42, 20 September 2020 (UTC)

Marko Pajač (Croatian pronunciation: [mâːrko pǎjatʃ];[1][2] born 11 May 1993) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Brescia.

Club career[edit]

Pajač came up through the Varteks youth academy, starting in 2006. The organization lost its major sponsor, the Varteks clothes factory, and changed its name to NK Varaždin in June 2010, just a month before Pajač signed a scholarship contract with them.[3] He made his debut for the first team against Lusitanos on 30 June 2011 in the first qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League as a second-half substitute. Varaždin won the match 5–1, with Pajač sent-off in the stoppage time for a professional foul.[4] The following month, Pajač signed a professional contract with Varaždin.[5] After the financially struggling Varaždin was expelled from the 2011–12 Prva HNL, Pajač signed a five-year contract with Lokomotiva in June 2012.[6]

On 29 August 2014, Pajač signed a three-year contract with the Hungarian club Videoton.

On 31 January 2019, Pajac joined Empoli on loan with an option to buy until 30 June 2019.[7]

On 20 August 2019, Pajač joined Genoa on loan with an option to buy.[8]

On 1 February 2021, Pajač completed a move to Brescia.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 February 2021[9]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Varaždin 2011–12 Prva HNL 10 0 1 0 1[a] 0 12 0
Lokomotiva Zagreb 2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 14 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2014–15 4 1 0 0 4 1
Total 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Radnik Sesvete (loan) 2012–13 Druga HNL 24 5 0 0 24 5
Videoton 2014–15 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 0 0 2 0 6 0 8 0
2015–16 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
Total 0 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 9 0
NK Celje 2015–16 PrvaLiga 19 4 4 1 0 0 23 5
Cagliari 2016–17 Serie A 1 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19 3 0 1 0 4 0
2020–21 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 0 1 0 5 0
Benevento (loan) 2016–17 Serie B 16 1 0 0 16 1
Perugia (loan) 2017–18 36 0 2 0 1 0 39 0
Empoli (loan) 2018–19 Serie A 10 2 0 0 10 2
Genoa (loan) 2019–20 11 0 1 0 12 0
Brescia 2020–21 Serie B 0 0 0 0
Career total 148 13 11 1 6 0 3 0 168 14
  1. ^ Appearance in the Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance in the Champions League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mȃrko". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 19 March 2018. Mȃrko
  2. ^ "Pȁvao". Hrvatski jezični portal (in Serbo-Croatian). Retrieved 19 March 2018. Pàjač
  3. ^ Strahija, Ivana (17 July 2010). "Varteksova budućnost". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  4. ^ Strahija, Ivana (30 June 2011). "Varaždinci bez puno muke". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  5. ^ Špac, Luka (21 July 2011). "Varaždinski nogometaši bez podcijenjivanja protiv Moldavaca". eVarazdin.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  6. ^ Piršljin, Josip (22 June 2012). "Tomislav Barbarić preselio u Lokomotivu, s Jurićem raskinut ugovor". Sportnet.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  7. ^ "UFFICIALE: Empoli scatenato, dal Cagliari arriva anche Pajac" (in Italian). Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  8. ^ "UFFICIALE: Genoa, preso Pajac per la fascia sinistra di Andreazzoli". Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Marko Pajac > Club Matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 26 January 2018.

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