Tribuna/Sassuolo/Defender/Martin Erlić
5Sassuolodefender24.01.1998 (26 years)height 192weight 78tags.nationality Croatia
Club season 2023/2024
24 Jun


Birthplace: Zadar, Croatia
Career: Sassuolo (Back from loan, 03.09.2021) Spezia Calcio ... ParmaShow more
Career goals: 9Show more
Career matches: 207Show more

Written by Alex Holiga for Telesport:

“When I was a child, we lived under the same roof with farm animals, only a wall separated us,” the Sassuolo defender recently said in a revealing interview. “There were hard times, when we collected bottles to sell them … No shame in that,” he added. Martin Erlic, who is now on the verge of being a regular starter for Croatia, left his country for Italy at the age of 16 and struggled with many club changes, loans and injuries before eventually getting to play in Serie A. When he made his senior international debut in June 2022, the call-up was so unexpected that he had to miss his brother’s wedding in order to play. “I felt sorry,” he says. “But this is what all the training and the sacrifices I made have come down to.” And it was some debut: a home game against the world champions, France, in the Nations League, that finished 1-1, with Erlic performing commendably.