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Alen Boksic

Birth Date: January 21 1970
Birth Place: Makarska
Birth Nation: Croatia
Height: 187cm
Weight: 81Kg
Nationality: Croatian
Position: Forward

On Feb 1 2003 Croatian striker Alen Boksic announced his decision to retire from football, after a succession of injuries had restricted his appearances at the Riverside

Alen has come to a mutual decision with his Middlesbrough bosses to bring the curtain down on his illustrious career.

Previous Clubs:
Middlesbrough 2000-2003
Lazio 1997-2000
Juventus 1996-1997
Lazio 1994-1996
Marseille 1991-1994
Cannes (on loan from Marseille) 1991-1992
Hajduk Split 1987-1991

Alen Boksic was the product of Hajduk Split's youth policy and was one of the best strikers in the world. He had pace, strength and was lethal in front of goal, but injuries gradually took its toll on his body forcing him to retire.

He won the last ever Federal Yugoslav Cup in his final season with Hajduk Split, before joining Olympique Marseille. It took him until the 1992-93 season to cement a place in the first team, but in that season his goals helped Marseille to a European Cup win - only for it to be taken away weeks later in a bribery scandal.

He was sold to Lazio in the wake of the scandal as the club needed the money desperately. Juventus just missing out on his signature at the time, but they made up for it later when they signed him as a replacement for Middlesbrough bound Fabrizio Ravanelli in the summer of 1996.

Boksic later rejoined Lazio before making the journey to the North-East of England, like Ravanelli to join Middlesbrough.

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