Igor BISCAN

Igor Biscan - Liverpool FC - Premiership Appearances & biography.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 15 January 2005

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    • POSITION
      Midfielder
    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Thursday, 04 May 1978
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Zagreb, Croatia
  • CLUBS
  • Croatia Zagreb FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1998-2000
    • League Debut
      Unknown
    • Club Career
      67 League apps, 11 goals
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
      2000-2005
    • League Debut
      Sunday, 10th December 2000 as a sub in a 1-0 defeat at home to Ipswich Town (Aged: 22)
    • Club Career
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Igor BISCAN - Liverpool FC - Premiership Appearances & biography.

Igor Biscan is pictured during the match against Manchester United Club.

Career: 50 League apps. (+22 as sub), 2 goals.

 

Samobor:   1997-1998     Played   12     Scored   1   goal
 
Croatia Zagrab:   1997-1998     Played   5     Scored   0   goals
     1998-1999     Played   19     Scored   2   goals
     1999-2000     Played   29     Scored   6   goals
     2000-2001     Played   14     Scored   3   goals

 

Transferred on 7/12/2000 for £5,500,000

 
Liverpool:   2000-2001     Played   13     Scored   0   goals   (Premiership)
     2001-2002     Played   5     Scored   0   goals   (Premiership)
     2002-2003     Played   6     Scored   0   goals   (Premiership)
     2003-2004     Played   29     Scored   0   goals   (Premiership)
     2004-2005     Played   19     Scored   2   goals   (Premiership)
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Free transfer to Panathinaikos on 1/8/2005
 
  
2005–2007    Panathinaikos    36    (3)

2008–2012    Dinamo Zagreb    61    (1)

 

 

 

Igor Biscan playing for Liverpool on 27th. January 2001.  photo Nigel French  © G.H.

 

 

Gerard Houllier fought off competition from many of Europe's top clubs to sign Igor Biscan from Dinamo Zagreb for £5.5m in December 2000, and the new signing made an excellent instant impression alongside Steven Gerrard in the centre of midfield in pre-Christmas wins over Manchester United and Arsenal. Igor scored his first Reds goal, after a marauding run from midfield, in a 5-0 League Cup semi-final win over Crystal Palace, but his debut season was to see more red cards than goals, although his dismissals in an FA Cup tie with Rotherham and a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park didn't affect the results. He started the League Cup Final with Birmingham City at Cardiff on the left-hand side of the Reds midfield, but was replaced in extra-time by Christian Ziege, who duly netted from the spot as Liverpool won their first trophy of the season on penalties.

 

Biscan was cup-tied for Liverpool's ultimately successful UEFA Cup campaign, and despite playing in earlier rounds, he was left out of the squad that beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, though he did make 21 appearances in his first campaign. Injuries and a loss of form saw Igor play just 10 times in 2001/02 as the Reds finished runners-up in the league. Biscan was beginning to look like a jack of all trades, and master of none, but in his defence he was never given a prolonged run in the centre of midfield, his best position. He played 13 times in 2002/03, but wasn't in the squad that won the League Cup Final against Manchester United at Cardiff. Then, at the beginning of the following season, an injury to Stephane Henchoz saw Igor suddenly thrust into action alongside Sami Hyypia in the centre of defence. He never consistently impressed the fans there though, and many blamed him for the exit from the UEFA Cup at the hands of a Didier Drogba-inspired Marseille, when he was sent off.

 

When Houllier left Anfield in the summer of 2004, many expected Biscan to follow him, but the Croatian got a new lease of life under Rafa Benitez. Three weeks after his Norwich tumble, Igor's goal, his first ever in the Premiership, capped an astonishing Reds comeback from 2-0 down to win 4-2 at Fulham, and three days later he turned in a star performance in a 1-0 Champions League win at Deportivo. Injuries to Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann and Xabi Alonso at various stages of the season saw Igor finally given a chance in the centre of midfield, where he excelled in the Champions League wins over Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Chelsea that took the Reds to the Final. His 'cult hero' status was confirmed with a late winner for a vastly under-strength Liverpool side in a league game with Bolton, one of his 35 appearances over the campaign, and although he watched the incredible events of Istanbul from the bench, he thoroughly deserved his medal as a reward for his performances in the competition. Igor's Liverpool contract was now up, and with Benitez looking to bring in Valencia's Momo Sissoko, he was allowed to join Greek side Panathinaikos on a free transfer, but his efforts in his final season will always ensure he is fondly remembered at Anfield. (Mark Jones)