Ivica Olić

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  • Ivica Olić brings experience and goalscoring ability to the heart of Croatia's national side for the 2014 World Cup this summer. Consistently on the score sheet for clubs in Croatia, Russia and Germany throughout his career, Olić offers good value for money in individual goalscorer markets and will hope to drive Croatia through a competitive Group A by exploiting his link-up play with striking partner, Mario Mandzukic.

    Olić started playing football for local club NK Marsonia in 1996, impressing before he was brought to Hertha BSC in 1998 for two years. A return to Marsonia the following year saw him display deadly goalscoring ability as he scored 17 goals in 29 games, while a move to NK Zagreb confirmed that talent with another 21 goals added to his name.

    Dinamo Zagreb became the third club he played for in three years, again surpassing 15 goals to earn the mantle of top striker in the Croatian First League. After moving to CSKA Moscow in 2003, Olić helped the side claim the UEFA Cup in 2005 and the Russian Premier League three times, scoring a total of 41 goals in 109 appearances over his four seasons at the club.

    A move to Germany's Bundesliga arrived in 2007, starting with a two-year spell at Hamburger SV. He endeared himself to fans with 29 goals, including two injury time goals against Juventus to effectively seal the 2008 Emirates Cup.

    Olić signed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich in 2009 and quickly became a fan favourite when he scored an equaliser on his debut against TSG Hoffenheim, also helping Bayern knock Manchester United out of the 2010 Champions League quarter-finals with two goals.

    Wolfsburg was the next destination for Olić who signed for the 2012/13 season, starting the season in style with a hat-trick against FC Schönberg 95 which since extended to a total of 28 goals following his first two seasons with the club.

    His debut for the Croatian national team came in 2002, making two appearances in that year's World Cup during which he scored a crucial goal to beat Italy. Olić also played three games for Croatia in Euro 2004 and two games in the 2006 edition of the World Cup.

    Olić holds 90 caps for Croatia, plus 18 goals. He took part in 10 World Cup 2014 qualifying games for his country, with one goal against Serbia in a 2-0 win.

    Ivica Olić World Cup betting tips

    The 34-year-old holds plenty of experience for his country, and certainly carries a goalscoring threat strong enough to be worth a punt in individual goalscorer markets. Team-mate Mandzukic could also provide goals, although Olić offers better value on a betting front.

    Back Olic to be Croatia's top scorer at 8/1 with Betfred.

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