Stipe Pletikosa

Stipe Pletikosa

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Stipe Pletikosa

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Stipe Pletikosa (; born 8 January 1979 in Split) is a Croatian football goalkeeper who is currently unattached. He plays for the Croatian national team, for which he has made 82 appearances.

Club career

Hajduk Split

Pletikosa began his career at Croatian club Hajduk Split. He was selected as first team goalkeeper for the 1998/99 season by then manager Ivan Katalinić, replacing the ageing Tonči Gabrić. Pletikosa's excellent reflexes and coordination lead to Hadjuk fans nicknaming him 'octopus' (hobotnica). In 2002, he was named Večernji list Croatian player of the year; Zoran Simovic was the only goalkeeper to have won this award previously.

Shakhtar Donetsk

In 2003 Pletikosa alongside teammate Darijo Srna transferred to Shakhtar Donetsk for €2 million. Unlike Srna, Pletikosa did not succeed at the club, and was loaned out back to Hajduk Split in 2005. His second spell at Hajduk proved successful and earned him a starting place in Croatia's 2006 World Cup squad. Pletikosa returned to Shakhtar the following season, but found himself second choice to Jan Laštůvka, prompting the goalkeeper to seek a move. A bid of €3 million from Dinamo Zagreb was accepted, but Pletikosa rejected due to his loyalty to Hajduk, the club's biggest rivals. A loan move to Fulham also failed as he could not gain a work permit.

Spartak Moscow

On the 7th March, Russia's transfer deadline day, Pletikosa signed for Spartak Moscow for a fee...
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