Dejan Lovren is a professional footballer from the Eastern European country of Croatia, who plays for both the Croatian national football team and the English Premier League club Liverpool as a central defender.
Before signing a four-year contract with Liverpool in 2014, Lovren played for Dinamo Zagreb, Olympique Lyonnais, and Southampton. He has been playing for the Croatian national team since August 2009 and has so far played in 30 appearances and scored two goals. He was part of the squad that represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
A Brief Bio
Dejan was born on 5 July 1989 in the town of Zenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina (formerly SFR Yugoslavia) as the son of Croatian parents, Silva and Sasa Lovren. His parents left Yugoslavia in 1992 because of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the direction of Munich. Lovren was only three years old at that time. The family lived for the next seven years in the German city of Munich before returning to Croatia, where they settled in the Croatian city of Karlovac.
Back in Croatia, Lovren, who was about ten years old at that time, found it difficult at first to get used to living in his home country and to get along academically, as he found it somewhat difficult to understand the Croatian language, but he soon got used to it. Lovren remembers his years in Germany and says he was a happy boy, learned perfect German, went to school, and played in a small club.
Lovren has a younger brother, Davor, who also plays professional football. He is currently on loan from Dinamo Zagreb to the German club Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Before he started his professional career with Dinamo Zagreb in 2004, Dejan Lovren played for two local clubs: NK Ilovac and NK Karlovac. For Zagreb, he played in May 2006 in a match against NK Varteks Varaždin in the Croatian First Football League.
In July of the same year, he was loaned for two seasons to NK Inter Zaprešic. At NK Inter Zaprešic he appeared in 50 league matches and scored one goal. When his loan expired, Lovren returned to Dinamo, where he played in 38 matches and scored three goals in the entire 2008/09 season. The following season he played in all four UEFA Champions League qualifiers, playing Dinamo against Pyunik Yerevan and Red Bull Salzburg. In the match against Pyunik, he scored a header.
In 2010 Dejan signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with French Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais. The contract was worth 8 million euros, plus 1.5 million euros in incentives. His first appearance for his new club was in January 2010 against AS Monaco in a Coupe de France match that ended in a 2-1 defeat.
He also made his Ligue 1 debut that same month in a game against PSG that ended in a 2-1 win. Dejan Lovren played for 90 minutes in both debut matches. In the second half of the season, he had a total of 10 appearances, mainly as a substitute. He was also absent from the UEFA Champions League this season, having already played for Dinamo Zagreb in the championship.
After the departure of Jean-Alain Boumsong and Mathieu (both defenders) in the 2010/2011 season, Lovren’s playing time increased and he soon established himself as a regular for the team. He also showed himself to be a versatile defender, playing as a right- or left-back. At the end of 2010, he was listed as one of the 100 best young players in the world by the Spanish sports weekly Don Balón.
In January 2012 Dejan Lovren renewed his contract with Olympique Lyonnais to stay in France until 2016, but unfortunately, he left Lyon the following year for Southampton on a four-year contract valued at £8.5 million. At the end of his first season, his name appeared on Bloomberg Sports’ Power 50 list, he was also named fifth highest-ranked player in the Premier League and finished 31st.
In July 2014 he left Southampton and moved to Liverpool as the third player from Southampton in this transfer window after Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert. He has remained in Liverpool to this day and in April 2017 Lovren signed a contract extension to his contract which will keep him in Liverpool until 2021.
Lovren performed a total of 54 times for various Croatian youth national teams and scored six goals. He has been playing for the Croatian senior national team since August 2009 and has so far completed 30 appearances and scored two goals.
He was part of the squad that represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Who Is Dejan Lovren Wife, Anita? Family
Dejan Lovren is married to Anita Lovren since 2013. The couple has been together since Dejan’s sixteenth year, and after being together for about eight years, they decided to tie the knots in 2013.
In 2015, however, Anita cheated on Dejan with her old boyfriend Dario Torbic, whom she met during a visit to her hometown of Zagreb. After she returned to England, she convinced Dario to come to England and they got back together.
When Lovren finally found out, he was very embarrassed and he felt hurt, but because he wanted to save his marriage and did not want to leave his more than ten years of love, he forgave, even though Anita wanted to get a divorce.
They finally solved their problems and are still together. Lovren and Anita are proud parents of two adorable children – Elena and Josip.
Height, Weight, And Body Stats
The professional player and father of two stand a the height of 6 ft 2 in, that is 1.88 meters, weighing 84kg. His other body stats are Chest – 41.5 in or 105.5 cm, Arms/Biceps– 14 in or 35.5 cm, and Waist– 32.5 in or 83 cm.