Jan Oblak is a professional football goalkeeper from Slovenia. He was born on January 7th, 1993 in small town called Skofja Loka and he plays for Atletico Madrid. Oblak began his football career at a local club called Locan when he was just 5 years old.
At the age of 10, Oblak moved to Olimpija Ljubljana youth academy where he continued his development. He made his professional debut for the club in 2009 when he was only 16 years old. The club played at the Slovenian second division at the time but they managed to earn the promotion in his first and only season with the first team.
In 2010, Oblak moved to Benfica. He was only 17 years old and the club didn’t see him in the first team anytime soon. Oblak spent the next four years on loans at other Portuguese clubs – Beira-Mar, Olhanense, Uniao de Leiria and Rio Ave. The season at Rio Ave was his breakout season and he made his debut for Benfica in 2014 and spent the second part of the 2013/2014 season between the posts.
At the end of the season, Atletico Madrid made Oblak one of their top transfer targets and he was soon moving to Spain. The Slovenian has been with Atletico since that time and while he was given the chance only sporadically in the first season at the club, he has been irreplaceable ever since. His only trophy with Atletico is UEFA Europa League in 2018 and reached the Champions League final in 2016.
Oblak made his debut with the Slovenian national team in 2012 but he only collected 33 appearances thus far since his competition at the goal was another world-class goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. In 2019, Oblak was named captain of the national team.
When it comes to individual accomplishments, Oblak won the La Liga Zamora Trophy on four occasions, including the award for the 2015-2015 when he conceded only 18 goals, the record in Spanish top flight. He was also nominated for Ballon d’Or two times.
Jan Oblak Transfers and Rumours
- 2003: Locan to Olimpija Ljubljana – Free Transfer
- 2010: Olimpija Lljubljana to Benfica – £1.5 million
- 2014: Benfica to Atletico Madrid – £14.5 million
Although Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the moment, he had to go through a lot to get to that level. He made transfer news for the first time when he was only 17 years old when Benfica decided to pay £1.5 million to buy him.
Then, he had to spend four years on loans at other clubs in order to prove himself and beat transfer odds so he can move to a bigger stage. The first gossip and transfer rumours appeared after he managed to show his ability with Rio Ave and after just half a season with Benfica’s first team, he moved to Atletico Madrid.
Oblak was once again in the centre of football whispers in the summer of 2020 when Chelsea showed interest to bring him to Stanford Bridge. However, the Slovenian goalkeeper is still at Atletico and seems content in Madrid.