Player Details

Name

Dario Zuparic

Pronunciation

ZOO-pah-rich

Height

6' 1"

Weight

185 lbs

Date of Birth

5.3.1992 (28)

Birthplace

Zupanja, Croatia

Position

Defender

Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side

Centre

Footedness

Both

Roster Category

Senior

Player Category

International
2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season

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Career Summary

HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Rijeka and signed to a multi-year contract using Targeted Allocation Money on November 20, 2019.

Zuparic brings a wealth of experience to the Timbers and his playing style, experience and leadership qualities are hugely beneficial to Portland. The proven center back was a regular starter in 2020. 

INTERNATIONAL: Zuparic made three appearances for the U-19 Bosnia and Herzegovina national team and debuted with the Croatian U-21 national team in 2011, recording seven appearances (six starts).

OUTSIDE MLS: Zuparic joined HNK Rijeka at the beginning of the 2017 season, playing in 72 matches (71 starts) between the 2017-18 seasons. He helped the team win the 2016-17 Croatian First Football League and captured the 2016-17 and 2018-19 Croatian Football Cup. In 2019, Zuparic recorded 18 appearances (18 starts) for Rijeka, scoring one goal. A four-year Italian Serie B veteran, Zuparic made 97 appearances (88 starts) for Pescara (2013-17), helping the team secure promotion to Serie A during the 2015-16 campaign. Zuparic then recorded nine appearances (five starts) with Pescara in Serie A. Prior to joining Pescara, Zuparic made 69 appearances (66 starts) with Croatian side HNK Cibalia (2011-13) after joining the club in 2011.

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