Goran Marić (footballer)

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox football biography Goran Marić Govorcin (Serbian Cyrillic: Гopaн Mapић; born 23 March 1984) is a Serbian professional footballer who plays as a striker.

He spent most of his career in Spain, almost exclusively in the lower leagues with Celta de Vigo B.

Football career

Early years / Celta

Born in Novi Sad, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Marić moved to Spain in his teens, going on to play for three different clubs as a youth, including FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo.[1] He made his senior debuts with the latter's reserve team and scored regularly for the Segunda División B club, notably netting 21 goals in 32 games in the 2007–08 season (best in his group, second overall); however, he only appeared once for the main squad in Segunda División, his output consisting of 30 minutes in a 1–2 home loss against CD Castellón on 2 February 2008.[2]

In 2008–09, Marić was loaned to another club in the third level, FC Barcelona B.[3] In June 2009, he was released by the Galicians.

Norwich City

Marić joined Norwich City on trial in the summer of 2009, touring with the club during its pre-season in Scotland and scoring twice in three games, against Airdrie United and St Johnstone. Afterwards, manager Bryan Gunn confirmed he had been impressed well enough to offer the player a contract,[4] with the one-year deal being signed on 30 July.[5]

Marić made his official debut for the Canaries against Yeovil Town, for the campaign's Football League Cup, appearing as a substitute. His first start came in the 2009–10 Football League Trophy against Brentford (1–0 win)[6] but he was almost always fifth-choice during his spell, behind the habitual Grant Holt and Chris Martin but also Jamie Cureton and Cody McDonald; subsequently, he left the side after his link was terminated by mutual consent, on 3 December 2009.[7]

Return to Spain / Hungary

For the second part of 2009–10, Marić returned to Spain and its division two, signing with Real Unión.[8] He appeared rarely during the season (less than 1/2 of the league matches), also suffering team relegation.

Marić spent the better part of the following years in Hungary, in representation of Lombard-Pápa TFC.

Personal life

Marić's father, Zoran, was also a footballer and a striker. He too spent many years working in Spain, mainly with Celta de Vigo.[9]



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