Player profile

Igor Biscan

Birthdate: 4 May 1978
Birthplace: Zagreb, Croatia
Other clubs: Dinamo Zagreb (1995-2000), Samobor (loan 1997-98), Panathinaikos (2005-07), Dinamo Zagreb (2007-12)
Bought from: Dinamo Zagreb
Signed for LFC: £5.5m, 07.12.2000
International debut: 05.06.1999 vs. Macedonia
International caps: 17/1 (5/0 at LFC) - 05.09.2001
Liverpool debut: 10.12.2000
Last appearance: 15.05.2005
Debut goal: 24.01.2001
Last goal: 02.04.2005
Contract expiry: 01.07.2005
Win ratio: 55.08% W: 65 D: 25 L: 28
LFC league games/goals: 72 / 2
Total LFC games/goals: 118 / 3

Player profile

When Houllier saw the opportunity to snap up Biscan from Croatia to challenge Didi Hamann for the defensive midfielder position he grabbed it with both hands. Biscan arrived in the winter break of the Croatian season in December 2000. Biscan initially struggled to make an impression in a red shirt as Liverpool charged on to a dramatic treble in the 2000/01 season. He did score his first goal in the League Cup semi-final against Crystal Palace at Anfield and featured from the start in the final win over Birmingham. The 2001/02 and the 2002/03 seasons were a nonstarter for Biscan but he started 35 games in 2003/04 as Houllier used his versatility as he promised to do pre-season. "I think he will be playing more this season. He can play at centre midfield and centre-back. He is strong and powerful and quick. Sometimes he loses the ball when he passes, but then who doesn't? I prefer players who try things,'' Houllier said. Biscan had, though, the odd slip-up in the centre of defence as he was paired with Hyypia in the absence of Henchoz who was getting rather injury-prone.

Rafa Benítez took over from Houllier in the summer and he told Biscan to focus on being a midfielder, seemingly to the player's relief: "My confidence suffered playing at the back but that's not an excuse. I'm aware I took some of the brunt of the fans' frustration but that's not a problem. I suppose the fact I'm playing in central midfield is one of the reasons why I'm playing better," Biscan explained. Undoubtedly Biscan's best moments under Benítez came in his last season when he solidified his cult hero status on the Kop. He had been told he had no future at Anfield by Rafa in December and would be allowed to leave in the summer when his contract expired. He played his part in the Champions League run that ended in success in Istanbul, most notably away to Deportivo La Coruna in the group phase when he went on a few galloping runs which were reminiscent of those by absent captain Steven Gerrard. Biscan played from the start against Leverkusen in the last 16, Juventus in the quarter-finals and in the semi-finals against Chelsea but remained on the bench in the final.

Biscan went to Greece to ply his trade with Panathinaikos in July 2005, having been close to joining the Greek side on loan prior to the 2003/02 season. After two and a half years in Greece the 29-year-old returned to Zagreb to take over the captaincy of Dinamo Zagreb, being a cult hero back home as in Liverpool. Dinamo were Croatian champions in both 2008 and 2009 as well as lifting the Croatian cup in the same years. Injuries did restrict Biscan to only 61 league games in five seasons in Zagreb and he retired in 2012.

Even today the chants of "Igor, Igor, Igor!" and "Igor Biscan.... He is a giant of man..... He should be playing for Milan...." can be heard echoing in the pubs surrounding Anfield. Biscan values his time at Liverpool: "When you play for big clubs you know you'll have good periods and bad periods. If you come through the bad times then that's what makes you a better person and a better player. The Liverpool fans have been great with me. It gives me a really nice feeling and makes me feel special when they chant my name."

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals72715231118
2000-2001 13440021
2001-2002 5004110
2002-2003 6133013
2003-2004 29127039
2004-2005 19169035

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
6Manchester United
6Chelsea
6Manchester City
6Tottenham
5Blackburn Rovers
5Southampton
5Fulham
4Newcastle United
4Aston Villa
4Middlesbrough
4Arsenal
4Birmingham City
4Everton
3Bolton Wanderers
3Crystal Palace
3Portsmouth
3Ipswich Town
2Charlton Athletic
2Sunderland
2Leeds United
2West Ham United
2Roma
2Monaco
2Leverkusen
2Leicester City
2Wolves
2Juventus
2Watford
2Olimpija
2Marseille
2Steaua Bucharest
1Yeovil Town
1Levski Sofia
1Deportivo
1Celtic
1Burnley
1Spartak Moscow
1Auxerre
1Haka
1Bayern Munich
1Tranmere Rovers
1Millwall
1Norwich City
1Coventry City
1Derby
1Rotherham United
Total Started/substitutions
81 Started
56 On the bench
37 Substitute
19 Substituted

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals201003
2000-2001 001001
2001-2002 000000
2002-2003 000000
2003-2004 000000
2004-2005 200002

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalStarted/substitutions
2Started
1Substitute
TotalCompetition
2Premier League
1League Cup
TotalGoal minute period
01-15
116-30 minutes
031-45
046-60
061-75
276-90 minutes
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
3Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
No records to display.

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
110.12.2000Ipswich TownAnfieldLeague
5020.09.2003Leicester CityAnfieldLeague
10025.01.2005WatfordVicarage RoadLeague Cup

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
11824.01.2001Crystal PalaceAnfieldLeague Cup

Related Articles

Croatian hoping to fill Hamann void

By Andy Hunter Chief Football Correspondent of the Liverpool Daily Post on 25 March 2005.More

Gloomy Biscan downbeat about Dinamo's dominance

Dinamo Zagreb's domestic supremacy spells bad news for their European aspirations, according to Igor Biscan. From The Guardian on 24th September 2008.More

Biscan lifts Anfield's gloom

The Telegraph match report on Liverpool - Bolton on 02.04.2005.More

Igor Biscan - Footballer's life is boring

lfchistory.net interviewed Igor Biscan at Melwood.More

Related Quotes

"Eegs is a quiet guy but he's also really funny when you get to know him. He´s a superstar in Croatia and he once told me the police even stop the traffic for him in Zagreb so he can drive safely."

Neil Mellor on Igor Biscan in February 2005

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2000-2001 25 Midfielder
2001-2002 25 Midfielder
2002-2003 25 Midfielder
2003-2004 25 Defender
2004-2005 25 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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