Five things to know about Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic

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Five things to know about Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic

From the same family as Josip Skoblar

If the whole world finds out the Croatian hero of the day in this World Cup, he is far from unknown in his country. And for good reason, Dominik Livakovic comes from a large family. His father Zdravko Livakovic was State Secretary in the Ministry of the Sea in Croatia. His mother, Manuela Skoblar, is the first cousin of Josip Skoblar, former great Yugoslav striker (32 caps, 11 goals) in the years 1960-1970, now 81 years old and top scorer in the history of OM over a Championship season (44 achievements in 1970-1971, 159 in all). Which makes the two men little cousins.

Holder at 20 at Dinamo Zagreb

Trained at NK Zagreb (Croatian D1), Dominik Livakovic did not take long to establish himself in the biggest club in his country. He played his first match on October 2, 2016 against Hajduk Split, before spending seven seasons as a starter, accumulating more than 260 matches with Dinamo. International since 2017, he was already in the finalist group of the World Cup in 2018. He has already won everything in Croatia, with five national titles (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022), a Cup in 2018 and a Supercup in 2019, and regularly participates in the Champions League (36 matches).

Casillas, De Gea and Subasic as role models

If there is nothing abnormal in the fact that the new impassable rampart of the Vatreni admires his predecessor in selection, the former Monegasque Danijel Subasic, it is less ordinary that he admits to being a fan of another goalkeeper in activity in the person of David De Gea. In addition to the Manchester United goalkeeper, Dominik Livakovic has a third reference. “When I was a child, the player who made me choose the goal was Iker Casillas”, he confided in 2018. Since then, the former Real Madrid goalkeeper has carefully followed the performance of his younger brother. This Friday, he even greeted him on social networks.

Rennes and Montpellier tried to recruit him

French recruiters should not be surprised by the prowess achieved in Qatar by the native of Zadar. In the summer of 2019, Montpellier had offered the sum of 9 million euros to recruit him while a year later, it was Rennes who looked into the matter. The Breton club had finally preferred to pay 16 million euros, a record for him, to secure the services of Alfred Gomis, supposed to succeed Édouard Mendy but today relegated to fourth place in the hierarchy.

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