Huddersfield Town completed the signing of Ivan Paurevic from Russian club FC Ufa for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2016.
Paurevic, who stands at just under 6’ 5” tall, put pen to paper on a three year contract with the Terriers.
Ivan plays mainly in central midfield, but can also operate at centre back.
Born in Germany, he was already well known to Town’s Head Coach David Wagner; he was a virtual ever-present in David’s Borussia Dortmund II side that won the Regionalliga West title in 2011/12.
Ivan has chosen to play international football for Croatia, who he represented four times at Under-21 level.
Paurevic was born in Essen and turned professional at Borussia Dortmund, where he scored two goals in 44 appearances for David Wagner’s U23 side that won gained promotion to the 3. Liga in a dominating 2011/12 campaign.
However, Ivan moved even higher up the German football pyramid that summer, completing a transfer to Bundesliga club Fortuna Düsseldorf.
He played for their second team initially, but went onto make four top flight appearances in his debut season. Ivan got more game time when the Flingeraner were relegated to the 2. Liga that summer, scoring twice in 18 appearances.
The tall midfielder made the move to FC Ufa of the Rosgosstrakh Russian Football Championship in 2014 and has been a key figure in the engine room, making over 60 top flight appearances over two seasons; scoring five goals.
Two of those goals came in FC Ufa’s last game of the 2015/16 season, with the resulting 3-1 home win over Spartak Moscow securing the Club’s position in the top flight for the next campaign.
In total, Paurevic had scored nine goals in 138 competitive appearances ahead of his move to West Yorkshire.
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