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Tomislav Butina

Personal information
Date of birth30 March 1974(age 42)
Place of birthZagreb, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.91 m
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Tomislav Butina (-shˈtɔmislaʋ ˈbutinahr; born 30 March 1974) is a former Croatian footballer who played as goalkeeper for top level clubs Dinamo Zagreb, Club Brugge and Olympiacos. He was also capped 28 times for the Croatia national football team in the period from 2001 to 2006 and was member of Croatian squads at the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cups, as well as the 2004 UEFA European Championship.

He started his professional career with Dinamo Zagreb, debuting for the first team on 23 May 1993, when the club was known as Croatia Zagreb. However, he struggled to make an impact at the club at the time when Dražen Ladić was the club's longtime first-choice goalkeeper. In the mid-1990s he had several loan spells with lower-tier Croatian sides Karlovac, Samobor and Slaven Belupo. In the late 1990s he became a regular member of the squad, and, following Ladić's retirement in 2000, took over as Dinamo's first choice goalkeeper in the 2000 01 season.

In July 2003 joined the Belgian First Division side Club Brugge, where he spent three seasons before moving on to the Greek powerhouse Olympiacos in 2006. Following an unsuccessful two-season spell with the club, he returned to Dinamo Zagreb for the 2008 09 season. He made 50 league appearances in his final spell with the club, before being released early in the 2010 11 season, on 18 August 2010.

Internationally, Butina represented Croatia at the under-20 and under-21 levels in 1994 and 1995, making a total of twelve appearances at youth levels. On 5 September 2001, he made his full international debut in a 2002 World Cup qualifier against San Marino. He went on to appear in all of Croatia's three matches at the UEFA Euro 2004 finals, and kept his place as the national team's first-choice goalkeeper over the following 18 months. He was also part of Croatia's 23-man squads for the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup finals, but did not feature in any of the team's six matches during the two tournaments. In August 2006, he announced his retirement from the national team.

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