Lift off! Josip Brekalo enjoyed his breakout season in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2017/18. - © gettyimages / Selim Sudheimer/Bongarts/Getty Images
Lift off! Josip Brekalo enjoyed his breakout season in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg in 2017/18. - © gettyimages / Selim Sudheimer/Bongarts/Getty Images
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Josip Brekalo: Wolfsburg's relegation saviour drawing comparisons with Arjen Robben

He's been likened to Arjen Robben and almost single handedly saved Wolfsburg from relegation last season - but what else is there to know about Croatian winger Josip Brekalo? bundesliga.com finds out...

Josip Brekalo

Age: 20
Position: Winger
Club: Wolfsburg
Country: Croatia (U21s)

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Brekalo began his first full season of Bundesliga football on loan with VfB Stuttgart, scoring his first of four top-flight goals to date in a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. He was recalled by parent club Wolfsburg during the winter break, however, and it's probably just as well. After netting a crucial goal in the 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Mainz in February, the 66-time Croatia youth international's final-day brilliance - another goal and assist - gave the Wolves the result they needed to salvage a place in the relegation play-offs. The 5'9" wide man duly added to his tally in the first of two legs against Bundesliga 2 side Holstein Kiel as the 2009 Bundesliga champions avoided the drop by the skin of their teeth.

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What they're saying

"It's not been easy for him here, but now everyone can see what he's capable of." - Bruno Labbadia (Wolfsburg head coach)

"He would have become a brilliant runner if he had continued with athletics." - Slavko Petrovic (Brekalo's former athletics coach)

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