Josip Pivaric had to wait a long time to turn out for his boyhood club Dinamo Zagreb and was even shipped out on loan for a few seasons to their city rivals Lokomotiva. His chance at Dinamo finally came in 2012 and the defender quickly became a vital part of the team that won five league titles in a row. In 2017, he moved abroad to another Dynamo – in Kyiv – where he has also established himself as a key player in the starting line-up.
A serious injury robbed Pivaric of the chance to represent his country at UEFA EURO 2016, but since then his international career has gone from strength to strength. He was the first-choice left-back throughout Croatia’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, although he had to make way for Ivan Strinic’s return in the play-offs.