Málaga CF and Cagliari agree loan of striker, Duje Cop

Málaga Club de Fútbol and Cagliari Calcio, with authorisation from GNK Dinamo Zagreb, have agreed the loan of Duje Cop (Vinkovci, Croatia, 01/02/1990) to the Martiricos Club for 2015/16, with the option to buy at the end of the season. 25 year-old Cop is a striker with great movement and goal-scoring ability. Proof of this are the 79 goals he scored in Croatia with HNK Hajduk Split, RNK Split and the highly successful, GNK Dinamo Zagreb; the latter with whom Cop was named the highest goal-scorer in the Croatian League in 2013/14 with 22 goals. An international with Croatia, Duje Cop, who has already passed the medical, will join the team in Germany and will shortly be officially presented, although a date has not been confirmed.


16/07/2015 12:21

Duje Cop (Vinkovci, Croatia, 01/02/1990) started his footballing career with HNK Hajduk Split.  With this Croatian team, he made his debut in the 1. HNL League in 2006/07 at just 17 years of age.  Following a loan period with CD Nacional in Portugal’s NOS League in 2008/09, he stayed with HNK Hajduk Split until 2010/11, taking part in 45 official games, including six Europa League matches, scoring 11 goals.  In 2011/12 he signed to RNK Split, where he participated in 29 matches in the 1. HNL League, scoring eight goals and six assists, as well as four Europa League qualifiers, scoring twice.
In 2012/13, Cop signed to GNK Dinamo Zagreb, the most successful team in Croatia, where he achieved two League titles.  During his first campaign he took part in 19 matches and scored nine goals.  He also played in six UEFA Champions League qualifiers, scoring two goals, and another six group stage games within the biggest competition on the continent.  2013/14 was one of the best seasons for Duje Cop.  The Croatian-born striker was named the country’s highest goal-scorer, with 22 goals as well as eight assists during 33 games.  The season ended with Cop scoring a total of 32 goals following another seven scored in the Croatia Cup, two in the initial rounds of the UEFA Champions League, and one in the Europa League.
During last season, following a good first half of the 1. HNL competition, playing 15 matches and scoring 12 goals, Cop was loaned out to Cagliari Calcio for a season and a half.  Of the 16 games he played in the Serie A, the Croatian striker scored four goals.
Duje Cop is an international with Croatia.  The striker made his debut on 4th September 2014 in a friendly against Chipre.  He took part in two matches with his national team following his training period with the under-21s.