Not many know that Mislav Orsic, with a goal and an assist for Croatia against Spain, had a career in the K-league
On June 28 in Copenhagen, Denmark, there was an explosion of drama during the Euro 2020 round of 16 match between Croatia and Spain.
With the lead from 3-1 to the 85th minute, Croatia scored an excellent two goals at the end of the match and tied the score at 3-3 in regulatory time.
Although they were eventually eliminated after conceding two goals in extra time, Croatia’s perseverance deserves thumbs up, especially former K League player Mislav Orsic who put in an extraordinary performance.
Orsic came off the bench halfway through the second half and scored Croatia’s second goal before halting aid for Mario Articleic’s equalizer. In short, Orsic played an important role in the revival of Vatreni.
Mislav Orsic, better known as ‘Orsha’ for K League fans, first tasted the atmosphere of South Korean football in 2015 – when he joined Jeonnam Dragons FC, initially borrowed before being made permanent, after struggling has to settle in Europe.
Orsic scored nine goals in addition to the seven assistants in his debut season in the K-League before leaving with Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League (ISL), only to return to Korea where he joined Ulsan Hyundai in 2017.
He then spent four seasons in the K-League, making a total of 101 appearances with 28 goals and 15 assists. While in uniform with Jeonnam and Ulsan, Orsic has always been the mainstay of both teams.
His most memorable performance was in the 2017 season, where Orsic successfully lifted the Korean FA Cup trophy, a special achievement for himself and the club.
Orsic’s brilliant performances have captivated Dinamo Zagreb, the Croatian giants’ club. They brought Orsic back to the country of his birth three years ago and he has kept his good form.
In the 2020/21 season, Orsic scored a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur in the second match of the Europa League last 16 and led Dinamo to advance dramatically to the quarter-finals, after losing the reverse match 2-0 has.
The 28-year-old, who can play both a wing and an attacking midfielder, made his international debut for Croatia in the 2019 qualifying Euro 2020 series.
The consistency he displayed at a high level in his game was enough for Zlatko Dalic, Croatia, to call Orsic to the Euro 2020 final, and the confidence was not let down. Orsic made Spain nervous, although Croatia eventually had to acknowledge the excellence of the Matador team.
Orsic’s brilliance during Euro 2020 helped make Korean fans proud because he was a star formed in the K-League, proving that the elite league of Ginseng Country could be a new option for European players.