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In Profile: Bojan Krkic

Bojan Krkic celebrates a goal for Barcelona in April 2010

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18:30 22nd July 2014

An in depth look at the Potters' latest recruit...


NEW STOKE CITY signing Bojan Krkic arrives at the Britannia Stadium Potters on a four-year contract after joining from Spanish giants Barcelona.


The highly rated 23-year-old leaves the Nou Camp after 15-years, where he progressed through the Catalan club’s La Masia Academy before going on to make 162 first team appearances alongside the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi.

He will have no trouble fitting in at the Britannia Stadium after growing up with Potters left-back and former Barcelona youth man Marc Muniesa.

stokecityfc.com takes an in-depth look at Mark Hughes’ fifth summer signing:

PROFILE

FULL NAME: Bojan Krkic Perez
DATE OF BIRTH: 28th August 1990
HEIGHT: 5ft 7in
POSITION: Winger
PREVIOUS CLUBS/TEAMS: Barcelona B, Barcelona, Roma, AC Milan (LOAN), Barcelona, Ajax (LOAN)
CAREER: 280 appearances (66 goals)

FACTS

-Bojan becomes the only the second FC Barcelona player to sign for Stoke City, after the Potters snapped up Marc Muniesa in 2013.

-Football runs in the Krkic family. The 23-year-old’s father, Bojan Senior, was a professional player for Serbian side Red Star Belgrade.

-At youth level, Bojan was close to scoring 900 goals in seven seasons before being promoted to the first-team in 2007.

-Bojan is FC Barcelona’s youngest ever post-war league player when he made his debut against Osasuna in 2007 (Aged 17 years and 18 days).

-Four days after his La Liga debut, he became FC Barcelona’s youngest ever Champions League representative when he played against French side Lyon in September 2007 (Aged 17 years and 22 days).

-The attacking winger is FC Barcelona’s youngest ever goalscorer when he scored against Villarreal aged 17 years, 1 month and 22 days.

-Bojan finished the 2007-08 season with a record of 10 goals for FC Barcelona, breaking Real Madrid legend Raul’s record of most goals scored in a debut season.

-He is FC Barcelona’s youngest ever player to debut with Spain, when he was called up to the international squad aged 18 in 2008.

-The forward scored three goals in FC Barcelona’s run to the 2009 Champions League Final.

-Bojan was on the bench in the 2009 Champions League Final win in Rome against Manchester United, alongside fellow Potter Marc Muniesa.

-He was sold by FC Barcelona to Italian side Roma in 2011, where he spent two seasons including a loan spell with AC Milan, before the Spanish club resigned him in 2013.

-Bojan spent the 2013/14 season on loan at Dutch side Ajax and scored in his final game for the club in a 2-2 draw against NEC Nijmegen.

 

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