Mateo Kovacic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

Mateo Kovacic Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts

LifeBogger presents the Full Story of Football Genius, best known by the nickname; The Prof“.

Our Mateo Kovacic Childhood Story, including his Untold Biography, brings you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to the moment he achieved fame.

The analysis involves his life story before fame, family background, relationship life, and many other OFF-Pitch facts (little known) about him.

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Our Mateo Kovacic Childhood Story is interesting, if not uncommon. It’s a story of a lucky child who escaped being born in war-torn Bosnia.

A boy who became blessed with extraordinary football talent. Now without further ado, let’s Begin.

Mateo Kovacic Childhood Story – Early Life and Family Background:

For Biography starters, he bears the nickname “The Prof”. Kovacic was born on the 6th of May, 1994, to his mother, Ružica Kovačić, and father, Stipo Kovačić in Linz, Austria.

Kovacic was born to Bosnian Croatian parents who escaped the bitter Yugoslavia war in the year 1991 and migrated to Linz in Austria.

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Mateo Kovacic’s parents, Stipo and Ruzica (pictured below), made a smart decision to save their lives. This involves moving their kids away from the war zones of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mateo Kovacic was born as their first son and child to his parents, whom we have pictured here.

Meet Mateo Kovacic's Parents - His Dad (Stipo Kovačić) and Mum (Ružica Kovačić).
Meet Mateo Kovacic’s Parents – His Dad (Stipo Kovačić) and Mum (Ružica Kovačić).

Mateo Kovacic was raised in a Catholic family background along with his two lovely sisters, namely; Katarina Kovačić and Jelena kovačić. Pictured below are Little Mateo and his beloved sisters.

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Young Mateo Kovacic and his siblings.
Young Mateo Kovacic and his siblings.

Mateo Kovacic’s parents, notably his mother, was the brain behind discovering his son’s career.

While his dad was most time busy with work, his mum laid the foundation for Meteo’s career. This forms a vital memory of his childhood. As Meteo puts it;

I can remember my mother taking me to my first training session.

as soon as i performed some skills, everyone realised I was a good player.

Mateo Kovacic Early career years.
Mateo Kovacic Early career years.

I was signed immediately.

My dream was always to play for a great team like Real Madrid.

This feat happened in the year 2000, and little Mateo (aged 6) got into the academy roster and served both as a student and a ball boy for LASK Linz.

Mateo Kovacic Biography Facts – The Steven Gerrard Snub:

While Mateo Kovacic was a child, he was snubbed by Steven Gerrard. That moment changed his life.
While Mateo Kovacic was a child, he was snubbed by Steven Gerrard. That moment changed his life.

Almost every kid wishes to have a photo with sports stars or get their autographs. Young Mateo Kovačić once served as a ballboy for his academy’s senior side when Liverpool visited the club’s ground.

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After the champions league game, Kovacic ran towards Steven Gerrard, wanting to shake his hand.

Unfortunately, Gerrard never paid attention to Mateo, thereby breaking his heart. This left poor Mateo with tears.

Since that day, Little Mateo vowed to work hard to become a professional and to correct the wrongs of the Liverpool legend.

He possessed a steely determination to make his dreams come true and his ambition to become a professional footballer wasn’t just a passing fancy.

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As Karma would have it, Liverpool identified Kovacic as a potential Steven Gerrard replacement in 2015.

His distaste for Steven Gerrard made him reject the club’s offer. More on Mateo’s early football career story comes after his relationship life. 

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Kovacic’s playing ability and potential, as well as his lifestyle off the pitch, build up a complete picture of him.

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As he became successful, coupled with his gentility, there came a glamorous wag named Izabel who fell in love with him.

Meet Izabel Andrijanic. She is Mateo Kovacic's Wife.
Meet Izabel Andrijanic. She is Mateo Kovacic’s Wife.

Mateo Kovacic has been in a stable relationship with his girlfriend, Izabel Andrijanic for several years. Their relationship took them from bestie status and transformed into true love.

How they met: 

Both lovers met several years ago in a church in Croatia while Meteo was an altar boy and Izabel sang in the choir.

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Izabel is one year younger than her man. She is very educated with a degree in Economics. Mateo appreciates her because she is beautiful and well-mannered.

The Marriage:

 In 2017, both lovers got married. The couple exchanged their vows in St Antunas Church and continued their wedding celebrations at the Westin Hotel in the Croatian capital city of Zagreb.

Izabel Andrijanic and Mateo Kovacic Wedding.
Izabel Andrijanic and Mateo Kovacic Wedding.

The selfies, which appear to be taken in their wedding car, show a happy Kovačić in a smart black jacket and a bow tie with his beautiful bride who was in a lavish white dress.

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After the wedding, Kovacic posted a photo on his social media account which states;

“My past, my present, my future! #myeverything.”

As regards their hobbies, both lovers enjoy seaboat riding, especially during summer holidays.

Role of Kovacic Sisters:

The secret to Kovacic in having a successful relationship is attributed to his two beloved sisters; Katarina Kovačić and Jelena kovačić. As seen in the photo below, all girls enjoy a happy relationship with each other.

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For Mateo Kovacic, having sisters has helped him learn how to keep a healthy relationship life.

Mateo Kovacic Biography – Career Progression:

Since after his Gerrard neglect, young Kovacic decided to put everything he has into his youth career.

Just a few years after starting his youth career, he had a meteoric rise to the amazement of fans, coaches, and even referees as seen in the photo below.

As a humble boy, his ability to deal with fame was directly proportional to his ability to handle the ball which was seen even during his trials with the club.

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Moving to Croatia:

In 2007, when Kovačić was 13, he was spotted by scouts from several prominent European clubs, including Ajax, Inter Milan, Juventus, and Bayern Munich. That same year, Mateo Kovacic’s dad got a new job in Croatia which was at that time, a stable country.

The new job made the Kovacic family relocate from Austria to Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. The city’s club’s academy, GNK Dinamo Zagreb took advantage of that opportunity and requested the services of Mateo Kovacic.

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Kovacic shunned the academies of other top European clubs and decided to join the Croatian giants.

At the club, three years before his senior career, young Mateo met Luka Modric for the first time. Luka at that time played for GNK Dinamo Zagreb senior side.

In discussing how significant meeting Modric was, Mateo Kovacic said;

Having the support of a player like Luka Modric was really important for me early on. He was there for two or three years before I met him. He was able to teach me a lot.

At the time they met, Luka Modric was 21 years old. Little did both know that they would become teammates someday.

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However, it was certain Mateo would grow taller than his role model because Luka suffered from growth issues.

Mateo Kovacic Biography – Rise to Fame:

Three years later, Mateo Kovacic ended his youth career with GNK Dinamo Zagreb. He proved to be an instant hit as soon as his senior career begun at Dinamo. Kovacic was seen as a player with an all-around talent.
 

As he continued to dominate, it didn’t take long before Mateo Kovacic became his nation’s most prized asset. In 2011, he was named ‘Croatian Football Hope of the Year’.

Since after that accolade, a lofty amount of pressure got placed on his shoulders, and he handled it well.

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After leading his team to win two domestic league titles and two Croatian Cup titles, Mateo Kovacic decided to work his transfer to Inter.

Upon his arrival, Kovačić was given the number 10 shirt, previously worn by Wesley Sneijder.

While at Inter, he bonded well with Inter’s goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic who spoke practically the same language with him. Below is a photo of both friends.

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Mateo Kovacic Bio – Real Madrid Story:

While at Inter, he was again subjected to persistent transfer speculation. Inter at that time was forced to sell Kovačić to Real Madrid because of Financial Fair Play regulations.

This was a time Liverpool came calling, which brought back old memories of Steven Gerrard’s rejection. Hence Kovacic decided to join Real Madrid.

Mateo Kovacic felt joyous by his welcoming – thanks to the President of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez.

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The Croatian crack arrived in Madrid accompanied by his family and spectacular girlfriend (not married by then) Izabel Andrijanic, who stole the show at the presentation of her boyfriend at the Bernabéu.

As I update Mateo Kovacic’s Bio, everyone sees him as an elite footballer in the Premier League. Since joining Chelsea on a permanent deal, he has gotten the best out of his career, including winning the Champions League.

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He is among a few Croatians (including Nikola Vlasic and Dejan Lovren who have seen the good life in England. 

Mateo Kovacic’s Personal Life away from Football:

As regards his likes, Mateo Kovacic loves gardening, romance, high-quality clothes, working with his hands, and, most importantly, playing snooker, as seen below.

Mateo Kovacic’s personal life involves thinking the African way. In his words;

“I don’t cook and I never will. It isn’t my job, it is the woman’s. My job is to bring money home and make life easier for my family.”

On his priorities, Kovacic has this to say. In his words;

“It is true, football is not the most important thing in my life. It is more important for me to be a good and honest man and to have a family of my own.”

Kovačić is nicknamed “Il Professore” (The Professor). This name comes as a result of his deep-lying playmaking roles. Mateo is no doubt a mixture of Clearance Seedorf and Ricardo Kaka.

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