Bosko Balaban (born October 15, 1978 in Rijeka) is a Croatian football player. He plays as a striker.
He began his career at hometown club NK Rijeka, scoring 21 goals in 97 appearances between 1995 and 2000. During the 1999-2000 season, he was the Croatian League's top scorer with 15 goals. This saw him signed by another Croatian team, Dinamo Zagreb. There he kept up his goalscoring form, again the league's highest scorer, with 14 goals in 25 games. Two games into the following season, he was signed by Aston Villa for a fee of 5.8 million, earning a 20,000-a-week contract.
Balaban failed to find any form for the English club, making just nine appearances, seven as a substitute. Perhaps homesickness was the problem, as he was loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb for the 2002-2003 season, scoring 15 times in 24 appearances. However, in December 2003 Aston Villa released Balaban from his contract, and he signed for FC Bruges on a free transfer. In the 2004-2005 season he scored for them 11 times in 24 appearances.
Balaban has also represented the Croatian international side 14 times, scoring eight goals at this level.
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