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 Niko KOVAČ 1999-2005 
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Location: Vancouver, BC
Name: Niko Kovač

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Country: :CRO: Croatia
Clubs: Hamburger Sport-Verein (1999-2001), FC Bayern München (2001-2003), Hertha BSC (2003-2005)
Position: *CMF, DMF
Side: RF/BS
Age: 28-34 years (15/10/1971)

Height: 178 cm
Weight: 72 kg

Attack: 75
Defence: 78
Balance: 80
Stamina: 92
Top Speed: 80
Acceleration: 78
Response: 83
Agility: 79
Dribble Accuracy: 81
Dribble Speed: 75
Short Pass Accuracy: 84
Short Pass Speed: 81
Long Pass Acc.: 80
Long Pass Speed: 81
Shot Accuracy: 72
Shot Power: 84
Shot Technique: 74
Free Kick Accuracy: 70
Curling: 76
Header: 83
Jump: 86
Technique: 84
Aggression: 75
Mentality: 87
Keeper Skill: 50
Team Work: 84

Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Form: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 6
Growth Type: Late Lasting


CARDS:
P10: Box to Box
S02: Passer
S08: Sliding Tackle

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Centre - Sliding - Passing

Attack / Defence Awareness Card: Balanced


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Niko Kovač is former Croatian midfielder. He was the natural born leader with good technique and outstanding running capacities even at high age. Niko had very good sense of positioning which led him to score goals with his good heading abilities, he also had solid shot and could score from distance. Kovač possessed pretty good passing range and could play as some kind of defensive playmaker. Niko Kovač grew as the son of Croatian parents with brother Robert in Berlin and began to club football at SC Rapide Wedding. In 1989 he moved to Hertha Zehlendorf, 1991 before he got to the second division club Hertha BSC, where he stayed until 1996 to master and lead players developed but never made a career in the Bundesliga. His professional debut came on 2 November 1991 (Round 16) in the 1-1 draw at home to VfL Osnabrueck, when he was in the 77th Minutes off the bench for Armin Görtz was. He scored his first goal in the following season on 12 December 1992 (Round 25) in a 3-0 home victory over Hanover 96 Furthermore, he did six times in the DFB-Pokal used. From 1996 to 1999 he played for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, for whom he played 77 league games (8 goals), seven Champions League games and four UEFA Cup games in 1999 and was runner-up. It was followed by two seasons at Hamburg SV, in which he was able to establish itself as a regular player and for his 55 league appearances (12 goals), eight Champions League games (1 goal), one UEFA Cup and two DFB Cup matches denied. After Hoeness as manager of FC Bayern Munich attention was Kovač, 2001 she moved to the native. With Bayern he won the World Cup and played until 2003 34 league games (3 goals), seven DFB Cup games (1 goal) and six Champions League games (1 goal), won 2003, the double (league and cup) and left the club after he no longer belonged to the permanent staff. After three seasons, but times for Hertha BSC, Kovac moved to Austria in 2006 to FC Red Bull Salzburg, where he immediately became team captain and leader and at the end of his first season in 2007 even masters. After the end of the 2008/09 season - champion again - he finished on 31 May 2009 his career as a footballer. Kovac made his debut in 1996 in the senior national team of Croatia, for which he held until his resignation as national team in January 2009 was used 83 times and scored 15 goals. He took part in both the World Championships in 2002 and 2006 and at the European Championships in 2004 and 2008. In each of the three group games of these tournaments, he also scored two goals on 21 June 2004, the 2:4 defeat in the final group match against England on 22 June 2006 in a 2-2 draw in the final group match against Australia. Niko Kovač works as a coach.

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