Dani Olmo is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for the German club RB Leipzig in Bundesliga. He generally plays as an attacking midfielder while he has also played as a winger in some matches. The Spanish international started his professional career at the Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb in 2015.
After playing for the club for five years, Olmo made a move to the German club RB Leipzig in 2020. While in Zagreb, Olmo scored 34 goals and won five league cups.
With the Spanish under-21 team, Olmo won the 2019 UEFA European Championship while he was part of the Spanish team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they won a silver medal.
Dani Olmo Biography
|Age||24 (May 7, 1998)|
|Height||5′ 10” (178 cm)|
Dani Olmo Began His Football Career in Dinamo Zagreb
Dani make his professional football debut at the Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb on July 31, 2014, at the age of 16. There, he played his first match against Lokomotiva Zagreb on 7th February 2015 and he started his career in Zagreb with a win. His first goal for the club came in the Croatian Football Cup.
With his prolific first season with the club, Dinamo Zagreb signed a new four-year contract with him on 22 August 2016. He played with even more efficiency after the signing and helped his club reach the final of the Croatian Football Cup in 2017. But, unfortunately, Zagreb lost the final to HNK Rijeka.
With the Dinamo Zagreb, Dani Olmo got the opportunity to play in The UEFA Champions League in 2019 which is one of the most prestigious football tournaments in Europe. At the competition, his first goal was against Shakhtar Donetsk. However, Zagreb failed to progress to the next round, and to make it worse, they failed to qualify for the Europa League after finishing at the bottom of the group.
After leaving Dinamo Zagreb, he signed a four-year contract with RB Leipzig on 25th January 2020. A week later, he played his first match for the team against Borussia Mönchengladbach as a substitute in the 69th minute of the game.
A few weeks later, Dani Olmo scored his first goal for the team in a match against Eintracht Frankfurt which they lost 1-3.
On February 2020, he started for Leipzig for the first time against Bayern Munich. Dani was substituted in the 69th minute for Patrick Schick. The game ended up in a nil-nil draw. In the 2021-2022 season, Olmo played only four games in the DFB-Pokal league and they won the cup winning the final match against FC Hansa Rostock.
Dani Olmo’s International Career
Dani started playing for Spain in 2015 as part of the u-17 team in the European Under-17 Championship in Bulgaria. Later, he also played and won U-21 UEFA Euro Championship in 2019 held in Italy and San Marino. Olmo was declared Man of the Match in the final against Germany.
After his match-winning performances in the Spanish Youth team, he was called up for the senior team in November 2019. He earned his first senior team cap in the Euro 2020 qualifier match against Malta on November 15. In that game, he scored a goal and gave a great performance with which the Spanish team thrashed Malta 7-0.
As his performance was great in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, Olmo was selected to play for the UEFA Euro 2020 and he didn’t let his teammates down. In the match against Croatia, he gave a great assist to Morata and Mikel. Spain played Italy in the semi-final of the competition which they lost 4-2 in the penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in the regular and extra time.
After that, Dani was again selected for the 2020 Summer Olympics. His team did great in that competition and reached the finals. Sadly they lost the finals to Brazil.
Now, Dani Olmo is called up for the FIFA 2022 World Cup going to be held in Qatar. No doubt, he will perform great in the competition as well.
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Some Of His Awards
When he was playing for Dinamo, Dani Olmo received a few honors and awards. In 2018, Dani had a magnificent season in the Croatian Football League and for his performance, he received the best player award. In the same month, he was ranked 11th for the Golden Boy Award by Tuttosport.
The following year, he was named the best player and the best young player in the Croatian Football League.
Dani Olmo Parents
Dani was born Daniel Olmo Carbajal on 7th May 1998 in Terrassa, Spain to Miquel Olmo. His father Miquel is a retired football player and a former manager. He has a younger brother Carlos Olmo who plays for NK Kustosija Zagreb.
Olmo was interested in playing football from his early childhood days and he joined the Barcelona-owned youth academy La Masia in 2007 at the age of 9 years. He trained there for more than 6 years before finally he left the academy for a better opportunity and joined the Croatian club, Dinamo Zagreb.