Saturday 04 August 2012
In the fifth of our profiles on this season's Barclays Premier League signings, premierleague.com takes a glance at the experienced Croatian who is looking forward to playing up front for Fulham.
Transfer fee: Free
Fantasy Premier League transfer fee: £6m
Contracted: Until 2013
Previous clubs: Baden (1998-99), Grasshopper Zurich (1999-04), Basel (2004-07), Borussia Dortmund (2007-08), Hamburg (2008-12)
League appearances: 127 (Bundesliga), 186 (Swiss Super-League), 22 (Swiss fourth division)
League goals: 51 (Bundesliga), 68 (Swiss Super-League), 4 (Swiss fourth division)
International appearances: 44
International goals: 12
Honours: 2000-01, 2002-03, 2004-05 Swiss Super-League winner
Profile: A striker who has regularly scored goals in the Swiss and German leagues, Petric will link up with his former Hamburg manager Martin Jol again at Fulham. Known for his powerful long shots and set-piece accuracy, the 31-year-old Croatian is also adept at linking up play and creating opportunities for his teammates. His physical presence and excellent technique allow him to score a variety of goals, from simple headers to overhead kicks.
He says: "I like the Premier League and it has always been one of my wishes to come here. I played with Hamburg against Fulham two years ago in the Europa League. It was very nice to play at Craven Cottage with a fantastic crowd and I have enjoyed a good relationship with every member of the club I have met since."
They say: "He's strong in the air and he has a great feeling for the game. He's patient, strong on the ball and a very modern player. He's not a classic finisher, but he knows how to score and that's what's important." (Slaven Bilic, former Croatia manager)."
Interesting stat: Petric scored the winning goal in Croatia's 3-2 win at Wembley that ended England's hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008.
Did you know? Petric once played in goal for Basel after their goalkeeper was sent off and they had already made all three substitutions. He managed to save a penalty to earn a draw for Basel.
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