Ante Bakmaz

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Ante Bakmaz[1]
Personal information
Full name Ante Bakmaz
Date of birth (1992-03-07) 7 March 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender, Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kauno Žalgiris
Number 24
Youth career
2005 Sydney United 58 FC
2006 APIA Leichhardt Tigers FC
2007 Fraser Park FC
2008 Granville Rage FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Granville Rage FC
2011 NK Zagreb
2012 Fraser Park FC
2013 NK Trešnjevka 13 (0)
2014 NK Laduč 15 (1)
2014–2015 FC Chabab 17 (3)
2015–2016 AFC Ajax (amateurs) 21 (2)
2016–2017 St. Andrews F.C. 10 (0)
2017 FK Jelgava 26 (1)
2018- FK Kauno Žalgiris 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2018

Ante Bakmaz (born 7 March 1992) is a Croatian Australian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Lithuanian A Lyga club Kauno Žalgiris. He is the cousin of former Croatian national team footballer Anthony Šerić.[2]

Early life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Born in Westmead, Sydney, Australia, Bakmaz began playing football with local team Sydney United 58 FC. He played for a number of teams in his youth, before starting his senior career with intertwined spells in Croatia with NK Zagreb and Australia with Granville Rage FC, followed by Fraser Park FC.[3]

Club career[edit | hide | edit source]

After completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science,[4] Ante successfully trialed with NK Trešnjevka, signing for the 2013-2014 season.[5] He made 28 appearances in Croatia before joining Dutch team FC Chabab in 2014, scoring his first goal away to OFC Oostzaan[6]. After the 2014–2015 season, as FC Chabab joined with SV Nieuw Utrecht,[7] he was approached by AFC Ajax to join their third team.[8][9]

After two seasons in the Netherlands, Bakmaz signed with Maltese Premier League side St. Andrews in 2016,[10] making his debut in a 3-1 loss against Floriana F.C..[11] He made 10 appearances in the first half of the 2016–2017 season, before being signed by Latvian Virsliga team FK Jelgava in the January transfer window, alongside Brazilian attacking midfielder Rafael Ledesma.[12][13] It was here that Bakmaz made his UEFA Europa League debut, playing in both legs of the First Qualifying Round against Ferencvárosi TC.[14][15][16][17] He scored his first goal for the club in an 8-0 Latvijas Kauss win over FK Jēkabpils/JSC.[18][19][20] His performances in Latvia saw Bakmaz start to receive recognition from the Australian footballing media.[21][22]

In January 2018, Bakmaz signed with Lithuanian A Lyga team FK Kauno Žalgiris.[23][24][25][26]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

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  2. „Kauno Žalgirio“ legionierių rinktis futbolo kelią įkvėpė garsusis pusbrolis; 14 February 2018
  3. Ante Will Find a Way; 8 September 2015
  4. Ante Will Find a Way; 8 September 2015
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  6. Seizoen Chabab zit er op na ruime nederlaag tegen OFC; 22 March 2015 (in Dutch)
  7. FC Chabab verdwijnt na jarenlang gekrakeel uit Amsterdam; 13 May 2015 (in Dutch)
  8. SELECTIE: Ajax met veel nieuwkomers terug in Hoofdklasse; 23 June 2015 (in Dutch)
  9. Transfer iz snova, iz pete hrvatske lige preselio u Ajax! (VIDEO); 6 July 2015 (in Croatian)
  10. Difensur Kroat ġdid ma’ St.Andrews.. Emerson Vella ma’ Mosta; 16 August 2016 (in Maltese)
  11. Floriana turn tables in second half; Gzira and Hamrun share the spoils; 27 August 2016
  12. PIRMAIS BRAZĪLIETIS KLUBA VĒSTURĒ – "JELGAVA" VIENOJAS AR LEDESMU; 9 February 2017
  13. FK «Jelgava» sastāvu papildina ar horvātu aizsargu; 3 February 2017 (in Latvian)
  14. Match Summary; Updated 30 June 2017
  15. Match Summary; Updated 7 July 2017
  16. Ante Bakmaz (ex-Chabab en Ajax) leeft zijn profdroom in Letland; 3 August 2017 (in Dutch)
  17. "Jelgava" ielaiž jau sākumā un zaudē ungāriem; 29 June 2017 (in Latvian)
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  19. [https://www.futbolas.lt/naujiena/402594/kauno-zalgirio-gretose-uefa-europos-lygos-atrankos-patirties-turintis-saugas "Kauno Žalgirio" gretose - UEFA Europos lygos atrankos patirties turintis saugas Visą straipsnį galite rasti]; 12 January 2018 (in Lithuanian)
  20. Video: "Jelgava" sagrauj "Jēkabpili" Latvijas kausa astotdaļfinālā; 9 July 2017 (in Latvian)
  21. Aussies Abroad Weekend Wrap; 19 June 2017
  22. Aussies Abroad Weekend Wrap; 26 June 2017
  23. „Kauno Žalgiryje“ – Gratas Sirgėdas ir pirmasis legionierius; 15 January 2018 (in Lithuanian)
  24. Aussies Abroad Weekend Wrap; 26 February 2018
  25. Arī Kurtišs no "Liepājas" pārceļas uz "Jelgavu", jelgavnieku dublierus trenēs Miholaps; 8 January 2018 (in Latvian)
  26. [https://www.futbolas.lt/naujiena/402594/kauno-zalgirio-gretose-uefa-europos-lygos-atrankos-patirties-turintis-saugas "Kauno Žalgirio" gretose - UEFA Europos lygos atrankos patirties turintis saugas Visą straipsnį galite rasti]; 12 January 2018 (in Lithuanian)

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