|Dani Olmo Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||May 7, 1998|
Dani Olmo is a Spanish professional soccer player who has represented, as an attacking midfielder/winger, GNK Dinamo Zagreb II (2015-2017) and GNK Dinamo Zagreb (2015-2020) in Croatia; and RB Leipzig (2020-Present) in Germany. GNK Dinamo Zagreb II is the reserve team of GNK Dinamo Zagreb. With GNK Dinamo Zagreb, he completed the double of winning the Prva HNL (the top division of the Croatian professional soccer league system) title and the Croatian Cup (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Croatia) in the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2017-18 seasons. Besides these seasons, he won the Prva HNL in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons as well. In 2018, he was named the ‘Prva HNL Player of the Year’. In 2019, he was named ‘GNK Dinamo Zagreb Player of the Year’. With the club, he also won the Croatian Super Cup in 2019. The trophy is annually decided by a one-off match played between the previous season’s winners of the Prva HNL and the Croatian Cup. With RB Leipzig, he won the DFB-Pokal (the premier domestic knockout soccer competition in Germany) in the 2021–22 season. At the international level, Dani represented Spain at the under-16, under-17, under-18, and under-21 tiers before making his senior national debut in November 2019.
Daniel Olmo Carvajal
Terrassa, Catalonia, Spain
Professional Soccer Player
- Father – Miquel Olmo (Soccer Manager, Former Soccer Player)
- Mother – Dorito Olmo
- Siblings – Carlos Olmo (Older Brother) (Soccer Player)
- 12, 21, 19, 7 – Spain
- 21, 7 – GNK Dinamo Zagreb
- 16, 11, 10, 7, 9 – GNK Dinamo Zagreb II
- 25, 7 – RB Leipzig
Attacking Midfielder, Winger
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Spanish descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Dani Olmo Facts
- Dani’s youth career began in 2006 when, as an 8-year-old, he joined RCD Espanyol Cantera (‘Cantera’ translates to ‘Quarry’), the youth academy of RCD Espanyol, a Spanish professional soccer club based in Barcelona, Spain.
- In 2007, he was signed up by the famed La Masia (The Farmhouse), a term used for the Spanish titan FC Barcelona‘s youth academy. He stayed there until 2014 when he joined GNK Dinamo Zagreb Academy, the youth system of the Croatian professional soccer club GNK Dinamo Zagreb. By 2015, Dani began representing both GNK Dinamo Zagreb II (2015-2017) and GNK Dinamo Zagreb (2015-2020).
- Due to his involvement with GNK Dinamo Zagreb through the mid and late 2010s, Dani speaks Croatian fluently. By the end of 2017, the club’s officials had even stated that they were trying to get him Croatian citizenship so that Dani could represent the country at the senior international level in the near future.
- Dani, too, was reported to have shown an inclination for the switch. This was even though he had represented his native Spain at the under-16, under-17, and under-18 tiers by then. The attempts ultimately could not materialize and Dani made his debut for Spain’s under-21 side in October 2018.
- With Spain, he won the 2019 edition of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) European Under-21 Championship. He scored 3 goals in the tournament, including one each in the semi-final and the final. Dani was named the ‘Player of the Match’ in the final and was also included in the ‘Team of the Tournament’. The title was Spain’s 5th such and tied the country with Italy as the then most successful team in the competition.
- On his senior national debut for Spain, in November 2019, in a 7–0 home victory over Malta, Dani scored a goal just 3 minutes after his introduction, as a substitute. With fellow debutant Pau Torres also scoring a goal, this was the first occasion in 30 years where 2 Spaniards had scored in their debut match.
- In August 2020, he scored the opening goal in RB Leipzig‘s 2–1 victory over Atlético Madrid in the quarter-final stage of the 2019-20 season of the UEFA Champions League (the most prestigious club competition in European soccer). The result meant that RB Leipzig progressed to the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time in history.
- Dani was a key member of the Spanish squad that won the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (held in July and August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Featured Image by Dani Olmo / Instagram