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Getting to know... Mario Vrančić

8 June 2017

NORWICH City are set to complete the signing of Bosnian international midfielder Mario Vrančić from SV Darmstadt 98 on a three-year deal.

Vrančić was born in the city of Slavonski Brod in what was formerly known as Yugoslavia on 23 May, 1989.

After the collapse of Yugoslavia, war broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1994, with Vrančić and his family granted asylum in Germany with refugee status - as detailed in the YouTube series 'Refugee Eleven'.

Aged just five at the time of moving to the country, Germany became 'home' to Vrančić, and he went on to represent the nation at a number of youth levels.

That involvement included being part of the squad which won the 2008 European Under-19s Championships, a tournament which saw the emergence of players such as Daniel Sturridge and Jordi Alba.

In 2015, he received the go-ahead from FIFA to represent his homeland of Bosnia, being called up to Mehmed Baždarević's squad in August of that year.

His senior international debut came in September 2015 against Andorra, with Bosnia easing to a 3-0 victory.

Domestically, Vrančić's footballing career began as an Academy graduate of FSV Mainz 05 before moving onto SC Paderborn - the hometown of City Head Coach Daniel Farke - in 2012.

In his own words, Vrančić's time with Paderborn was a 'great success', helping the club earn promotion from Bundesliga 2 ahead of briefly topping the Bundesliga. 

He then linked up with Darmstadt in 2015, spending two years in the 'City of Science' before opting to join the Canaries.

A 'smart technical player with a brilliant left foot', Vrančić made 23 Bundesliga appearances last term, scoring four times.


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