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Branimir Hrgota can be the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Borussia Mochengladbach's striker Branimir Hrgota has stated that he would like to represent Croatia, although he had only represented Sweden U19 and U21 until now.

Hrgota was born in Zenica, Bosnia & Herzegovina, but had moved to Sweden at young age, where he began his first football steps. He was a part of IK Tord, the team which is now competing in the fifth Swedish league, before joining Jonkopings Sodra's youth squad in 2008.

It took him three years to made it into the first team and has soon started playing in the starting XI. And after just a few games in the Superettan, second highest Swedish league, he made an impression on the fans and the coach, becoming the discovery of the season.

In his first professional season with the club, Hrgota shook the net 18 times in 25 matches to help them avoid relegation. He was just turning 18 at that time and it was obvious the club would not be able to keep him. The striker has played 14 more games and scored 10 goals before joining the Bundesliga team in July 2012.

He settled down very soon under new manager Lucien Favre. Nevertheless, he had to wait for a year before making a full competitive debut. It could be described as one of the best debuts ever, as Hrgota scored a hat-trick in a league match versus Mainz.

Unfortunately, that was all from the Croatian in the 2012/13 season at Germany. It was expected that Hrgota would soon turn into a regular starter, but it didn't happened in the next season either.

In 30 Bundesliga clashes, he mostly served as a replacement for part-time German national representative Max Kruse. Because of that, he only got two goals in behind rival goalkeepers and will hope for a fresh start at the club in the upcoming season.

As for his senior national team(s), he hasn't still got a call-up from Sweden or Croatia. He expressed a wish to represent Vatreni and Niko Kovac must not let him get away. The Croatians have already lost Ibrahimovic and Hrgota presents a chance to redeem themselves.

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