The Croatian national football team’s success in recent years has a lot to do with the contribution of forward Andrej Kramaric. Kramaric played a key role in Croatia’s historic success at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Kramaric played for all Croatian youth team categories before he was called by coach Niko Kovač to the senior team in August 2014. He made his debut for the national side in 2014 in a friendly against Cyprus. He went on to play in the UEFA Euro 2016. Kramaric emerged as the hero in a game against Ukraine where he scored the two goals that saw his side qualify for the World Cup playoffs.
Kramaric is highly admired in his country, more so by fans of his boyhood club Dinamo Zagreb. He scored over 450 goals for the side during his youth career, making him the youth team’s all-time highest goal scorer. He was promoted to the club’s senior squad in 2009. After a successful loan spell at Lokomotiva where he scored 20 goals in 44 appearances, Dinamo sold him to another Croatian club HNK Rijeka where he enjoyed a career-high stat, netting 37 goals from 42 appearances.
His performance at Rijeka attracted interest from several English clubs among them Leicester City which he joined on a club record transfer fee of £9 million. His time at Leicester proved to be short-lived as he was loaned to Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim where he was subsequently sold.
Andrej Kramaric Family, Parents
Andrej Kramarić was born on 19 June 1991, in Zagreb, Croatia to Josip and Danica Kramarić. From when he expressed his interest in football, Kramaric has had the support of his parents and his entire family. As a kid, Kramaraic would play football at the back of their building and everywhere else he could with his dad Josip.
Josip dedicated a lot of his time to make sure that his son got the best football training possible. He was so dedicated to his son’s football career that he had to retire early from his job to take up the full responsibility of managing his son, thus, Kramaric does not have a typical manager/agent like most footballers do.
Looking at Kramaric’s success and growth over the years, it is fair to say that Josip has done a good job. His mother on the other hand, though knowing only very little about the technicalities of football, still supports her son.
From the way that Andrej Kramaric gushes about his parents via his social media accounts, it is obvious to see the closeness the family shares. He once revealed to the media that upon every opportunity he has, he visits his parents. Enthused about their son’s inclusion in the 23 man squad to rep Croatia in Russia 2018, Kramaric’s parents arrived in Russia early, ahead of the world cup.
The media caught up with them in Russia where Kramaric’s mom, Danica wished her son as well as other Croatian footballers an injury-free tournament.
Another key person in Kramaric’s life apart from his parents is his sister. She is named Ines Kramaric and is the only sister and sibling that Kramaric has. Kramaric and Ines have a very close relationship. Ines who is about four years older than Kramaric is studying to become a psychologist. We stalked her Instagram page and discovered that she is an avid photographer.
Ines has a number of clips of herself watching her brother play in the stadium. Kramaric’s closeness to his family makes little wonder why he always dedicates his goals to his family.
Andrej Kramaric has not begun building his own family yet… However, he has made some attempts in the past. One woman who could have so easily become Mrs. Kramaric was Marine Pavić whom he dated for 6 years before they broke up in 2015. Atypical of Kramaric, he was initially secretive about his relationship with Pavić, but later word got out that they were an item. While making known their split, Kramaric noted that he was still good friends with Pavić.
Body Measurements – Height, Weight
According to Kramaric’s profile on ESPN, the striker stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall which is about 1.77 m. For his weight, Kramaric weighs 70 kg.
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown