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Last Updated: Friday, 28 May, 2004, 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK
Igor Tudor
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Igor Tudor
Born: 16/04/78
Club: Juventus
Position: Defender
Debut: 15/11/97 v Ukraine
Juventus defender Igor Tudor is widely considered a vital influence in the Croatian national side.

As captain, Tudor's strength in the centre of defence is the glue which holds the team together.

Tudor moved to Serie A at the age of just 20 and has become an unsung hero in Turin, winning two Scudetti.

He was set to star for his country at the 2002 World Cup before injury, another feature of his career, robbed him of a trip to the Far East.

Tudor again missed some of the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign, but his return for the play-off against Slovenia was key in securing passage to the finals.

Such is his importance, former national coach Mirko Jozic regarded him as "one of the 10 best players in the world."


Did you know? Tudor's move to Juve in 1998 for 2.5m was a record sum received by Croatian club Hajduk Split.




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