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Darijo Srna
Darijo Srna
Date of birth:

May 1, 1982

Nationality:

Flag of Croatia Croatia

Position:

Defender

Team:

Cagliari Calcio

Darijo Srna (pronounced dâːrijo sř̩na; born 1 May 1982) is a Croatian professional footballer who plays for [1], which he captains. He captained the Croatia national team from 2009-16. [5]

He began his career at Hajduk Split, before moving to Shakhtar in 2003. He has won numerous trophies during his time at Shakhtar, including a UEFA Cup title in 2009, seven Ukrainian Premier League titles, five Ukrainian Cup titles and five Ukrainian Super Cup titles. Srna made his international debut for Croatia in November 2002. In 2009, then manager Slaven Bilić made him the captain of the national team, a position he would hold until retirement from international football in 2016.[citation needed]

Srna is the most capped player in the history of the Croatia national team, having represented his country at the 2006 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as well as at UEFA Euro 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. He is the most capped player in the history of Shakhtar.[6] to the extent of being even referred to as the "Icon of Shakhtar".[7][8] While with Shakhtar, Srna had offers from clubs like Chelsea and Bayern Munich, which he declined due to his loyalty to the club.