A look at the Top facts about Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper including his career, childhood and love life as well as his most interesting quotes.
Jan Oblack started the year 2020 right how he finished the 2019, by being outstanding in goal for Atletico Madrid. He came at fourth in the Yashin Award before the start of the year and reached many milestones in 2020.
In Atletico's 4-2 win against UCL defending champion, Liverpool, Oblak made 9 crucial saves and named man of the match while making his 50th appearance in the competition.
Oblak celebrated his 182nd league game in style as he kept a clean sheet in the away win against Osasuna. In the same game, he also broke the long lasting record of Miguel Reina and became the fastest goalkeeper to achieve 100 clean sheets landmark in La Liga history.
Oblak further proved to be among the best goalkeepers in the world by becoming the first non-Spanish goalkeeper to keep 100 clean sheets in La Liga history. On June 2020, he played his 250th game for Atletico in the 2-1 win against Deportivo Alaves.
Among Oblak's other notable achievements was equaling Jose Francisco Molina as the second goalkeeper with the most appearances in the club's history.
Diego Simeone will be hoping that Oblak continues his fine form in the remainder of the 2020-2021 season. Atletico has signed Luis Suarez from Barcelona and with Oblak performing in the goal, they will try to make life hard for Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Now without further due let's have a look at Top facts about Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper.
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In the following article we will take a look at the Top facts about Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper. First we present you with some of the general information.
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First part our article on Top facts about Jan Oblak, Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper is about his birthday. Jan Oblak Birthday is at January 7, 1993. He was born in Sokfja Lka, Slovenia. Jan Oblak nationality is Slovenian.
Jan Oblak zodiac sign is Capricorn. He shares his birthday with many great stars from football and other fields. Some of the most famous figures born on 7th of January are:
Footballers: Eden Hazard and Jesus Corona/ Actors and Actresses: Nicolas Cage and Robert Sheehan/ Formula One Drivers: Luis Hamilton
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At this part we will look at the Top facts about Jan Oblak Childhood plus the family and background he grew up in. Jan Oblak was born into a family of football fans. His father was an amateur player in Slovenia. While his sister became a basketball player for Slovenia national team.
Jan Oblak adored his father, who was also a goalkeeper. According to his interviews, he idolized his father from a very young age.
“I grew up in a small place called Skofja Loka – it’s the second-oldest town in Slovenia. There’s a small club there, where my father played. He wasn’t a professional, it was an amateur team, but he was the goalkeeper. He was my first idol."
As a toddler Jan used to stand behind his father's goal and imitate his moves.
“I would always watch him. When he was at training, I would stand behind his goal and dive to the side that he was diving. I don’t know how old I was, maybe three or four. Everyone found it really funny. They were laughing because this small kid was behind the goal diving when his father dived, without the ball, just doing the same as him. I wanted to be like him.”
One cool fact about Jan Oblak childhood is that he has to cycle 42 kilometers each day to get to his father's club's training ground.
Oblak's amateur career started in Slovenia at the age of ten, when he moved to the Olimpija youth academy, where he remained for the next three years. He then moved to Olimpija Ljubljana in 2008 and at the age of 16 was called up to the senior side to start his professional career.
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Jan Oblak has always tried to keep his relationship status private. He once posted a funny post in his Instagram account which was a picture of himself with the ball in his hands. He wrote the following as the caption of the post:
"This ball is my girlfriend! No one can take her away from me!"
However, in 2019 paparazzi's captures many images of Jan Oblak girlfriend, a mystery woman who later turned out to be the famous Italian model, Allesia tedeschi.
Neither of them officially confirmed their relationship but it is interesting to note that allesia was once Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend after the Portuguese superstar famously broke up with Irina Shayk.
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Jan Oblak is best known for his speed, quick reflexes, and agility. He is excellent when it comes to reading the game. Oblak is a world-class goalkeeper who can collect crosses with ease. He has been praised by his coaches for his confidence and shot-stopping abilities.
Jan Oblak career started in the 20018-09 season when he made his professional debut for his boyhood club, Olimpija Ljubljana. With Oblak managing the defense line, Olimpija Ljubljana earned promotion to Slovenia's top football league. He stayed with the club for another season and then opted to move to Benfica.
Oblak's spell with Benfica did not started brightly as he was loaned to four different teams in three seasons. Then in the 2013-14 season he had his chance to play as Benfica's first-choice goalkeeper.
He was excellent in the 16 games he played for Portuguese giants during the season, keeping clean sheets against the likes of Porto in the League and more importantly, Juventus in the Champions League.
Next move for Jan Oblak was to the Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, where he would replace Thibaut Courtois. Upon signing the contract, he became the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of La Liga.
Oblak made his debut for Los Che on 16 September 2014, in a 3–2 defeat away to Olympiacos in Atletico's first UEFA Champions League match of the season.
Oblak is playing his 8th season as Atletico's first-choice goalkeeper. His best season with the club was the 2015-16 season in which Atletico reached the Champions League final, although Oblak and cos. were eventually beaten by Real Madrid in the penalty shoot-outs.
Oblak was nominated for the 2017 and 2018 Ballon d'Or awards, following his consistent performances with his club.
In the 2019-2020 season, He kept 22 clean sheets in 49 games for Atletico Madrid across all competitions as Atletico sealed UCL qualification.
He also became the fastest goalkeeper to achieve 100 clean sheets landmark in La Liga history, breaking an almost 50-year old record of Miguel Reina who did the same in 222 league appearances.
At the end of the season, Oblak won the Zamora Trophy for the fourth consecutive season, equaling the record of Barcelona's former goalkeeper, Víctor Valdes for most consecutive Zamora Trophies won. He was also awarded the La Liga Best Goalkeeper of the season award for the fourth consecutive time.
As of November 2020, Jan Oblak has played 267 games for Atletico Madrid across all competitions, conceding 185 goals and keeping 144 clean sheets along the way.
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Jan Oblak has an estimated net worth of 97 million Pounds in 2020, including all of his properties and earnings. Jan Oblak market value is at 99m Euros. He is ranked number one among all goalkeepers in the world. Jan Oblak salary in 2020 is reportedly 10 million Euros annually.
According to Jan Oblak Transfermarket stats, he has played a total of 378 games for 8 clubs. He has conceded 293 goals and has kept 188 clean sheets in those games. Jan Oblak Transfermarket stats shows why he is considered as the best goalkeepers in the football world by many fans and critics.
On the international level Jan Oblak Transfermarket stats shows that has played 32 games for Slovenia senior side. He has conceded 23 goals and has kept 16 clean sheets in his international career. Oblak also played for Slovenia U-15, U-16, U-19 and U-20 teams.
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One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on the top facts about Jan Oblak is a look back at his most interesting and controversial quotes about himself and other players.
On his failure to save Cristiano Ronaldo's Decisive penalty in the UCL final:
“You can ask, ‘Why did I go to the right? Why didn’t I go to the left?’ But I’m not asking myself that, because it’s always easy to be smart afterwards. You do your best and try to go the right way, but it’s hard.”
On the prospect of playing in the Premier League:
“The Premier League is interesting. It’s attractive and at some stage I may want to be part of that competition. I can see myself there, but I don’t know when – maybe next year, in two years, five or 10.”
On reaching the UCL final after eliminating Bayern Munchen in the semi-final:
“That game was crazy, we’d won 1-0 at home, but we went there and Bayern were pressing – we didn’t pass the halfway line. They scored a strange goal from a free-kick that deflected in off Jose Maria Gimenez. They were pressing again and then came the penalty. In that moment I knew it – as I stood there, I said to myself, ‘I need to stop this penalty. If I don’t stop it, they are going to kill us’. Luckily I stopped it, we equalized thanks to Antoine Griezmann and got to the final. It was an amazing night.”
On losing the final of UCL to Real Madrid:
“I was sad that I couldn’t stop any of them. I did my research but it also depends on the players – maybe they do things differently and shoot to the other side. You’re sad for days, but you cannot stop there. That’s not the end of your career. It’s one game – a big game, a final – but I’m sure there will be another opportunity to win the Champions League. You have to keep working.”
(All the quotes from Oblak's interview with FourFourTwo)
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We round up our article on the top facts about Jan Oblak with a list of his most notable achievements at club and international level.
Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga and UEFA Europa League runner-up (all in the 2013–14 season)
With Atletico Madrid:
UEFA Europa League (2017–2018), Spanish Super Cup (2014), UEFA Super Cup (2018), UEFA Champions League runner-up (2014–15)
Primeira Liga Best Goalkeeper (2013–14), Zamora Trophy (four times), Slovenian Professional footballer of the Year (four times), La Liga Goalkeeper of the Season (four times), UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season (three times)
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