Oblak, who was 17 years old, signed for Portuguese club Benfica and was part of the team that won a domestic treble in 2013-14. Atletico Madrid paid him EUR16 million to become the most expensive goalkeeper in La Liga.
He won the Ricardo Zamora trophy for best goalkeeper in 2015-16, conceding just 18 goals, an all-time low. In the next three seasons, he won the award once again.
Oblak, who has made more than 200 appearances for Atletico Madrid, won three major titles, including the 2018 UEFA Super Cup, which Real Madrid won.
Oblak made his international senior debut for Slovenia in 2012
Jan Oblak CLUB CAREER
Robert Volk was both a goalkeeper and a goalie coach. He was the father of Jan Oblak and Damir Botonjic. Botanic wanted to play again after his brother’s passing. Volk saw Oblak’s incredible talent and decided to let go of his place in the team. He declared that “this kid’s better than me,” so he gave up his place in the team to a 16-year-old. Oblak’s father was shocked that Oblak had taken his son to training camp. “Volk isn’t mistaken,” we quickly discovered.”
Oblak was born in Skofja Loka in Upper Carniolan. He started playing football for his hometown club Locan at age five. He moved to the Olimpija youth Academy at the age of ten.
The club closed down in 2005, and Oblak remained there until the end. After a series of name changes, he moved to Bezigrad, a member of the newly formed Bezigrad. In 2008, Olimpija Ljubljana became Olimpija Ljubljana. Oblak refused an Empoli contract the following year in favor of Fulham’s trial.
However, he did not abandon Fulham and committed his future with a contract extension through 2011. Oblak, who was 16 years old, made his professional debut in 2009-10 for Olimpija Ljubljana. He only missed three PrvaLiga matches as the club placed fourth in the league table.
He was then loaned to Beira-Mar, a top-level club in Portugal, in August 2010. From January 2011 to the end of the 2010-11 season, he joined Olhanense as a loanee.
For the 2011-12 season, Oblak was loaned by Benfica to Uniao de Leiria (a Portuguese team). On January 15, 2012, he made his league debut against Nacional in a 2-2 draw.
Oblak claimed that he was not required to be present for pre-season training in July 2013. He signed a contract extension for 2018 late in the month.
Jorge Jesus, Benfica’s manager, dropped Artur, long-time goalkeeper, midway through 2013-14. Oblak was able to keep clean sheets in his first start, including a 2-0 win at home against Porto and a 0-0 draw against Juventus in the semi-finals. On July 6, 2014, he was awarded the league’s Best Soccerkeeper of the Year award.
Atletico Madrid announced that they had reached an agreement to transfer Oblak from Benfica on July 16, 2014. This was subject to a medical exam. Atletico paid EUR16million for the Slovenian goalkeeper, making him the most costly in La Liga history Oblak stated that he was not coming to replace anyone during his presentation on July 22, 2014.
I’m just another player. I am here with the other players and goalkeepers. I will do my best to defend the shirt and get great results this season. I will do my best to support the team.
Oblak was an unutilized substitute in his first competitive fixture, August 19, 2014. It was the first leg against Real Madrid of the 2014 Supercopa de Espana. Miguel Angel Moya played instead. His Copa del Rey debut was a 3-0 win against L’Hospitalet, in which he kept a clean sheet in the first leg.
He replaced Moya, who was injured in the 23rd minutes of the Champions League last 16 second-leg against Bayer Leverkusen. On March 17, 2015, he kept a clean slate in a home win by 1-0. He saved Leverkusen’s first attempt by Hakan Kalhanoglu’s penalty shootout. He made his league debut four days later after the injury. He kept a clean sheet in a home victory over Getafe, scoring a 2-0 win.
Oblak received a contract extension for 2021, with a release clause reported to be PS77.5 million. Oblak saved Thomas Muller’s penalty at Allianz Arena in the second-leg Champions League semi-finals. Although Atletico lost the match by 2-1, they reached the final on away goals. He was selected in the squad for the 2015-16 Champions League season. He was awarded the Ricardo Zamora trophy for being the best goalkeeper after conceding 18 goals in 38 matches. This equals the 22-year-old record set by Francisco Liano of Deportivo de La Coruna.
Oblak focused on a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen on March 15, 2017. He made three saves consecutively to secure a goalless draw that allowed him to progress to the quarter-finals.
He was named to the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League squad of the season and earned the Ricardo Zamora award for the second year in a row. He was also nominated for the 2017 Ballon d’Or, where he received four votes and finished 26th.
Oblak started the Las Palmas game on January 28, 2018, his 100th league match for Atletico. He kept 59 clean sheets in 100 league games and only conceded 54 goals. Oblak’s side won the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final 3-0 against Olympique de Marseille. This was their third Europa League title after eight years. Oblak won his first European title after being runner-up twice.
He was selected for the Europa League squad due to his performance. He won the Ricardo Zamora trophy for the third consecutive season. He had conceded just 22 goals in 37 matches.
He was also awarded the La Liga Best Goalkeeper Award, his third consecutive year. This makes him the first-ever goalkeeper to be awarded this award. He received two votes again and was 25th on the Ballon d’Or Shortlist 2018.
Oblak maintained a clean sheet during a 2-0 win at home over Borussia Dortmund on November 6, 2018, in the group stages UEFA Champions League.,he achieved this feat in just 178 games. Oblak signed a four-year extension to his contract with the club on April 17, 2019. This will keep him at the club through 2023.
Oblak was awarded the Ricardo Zamora Trophy at the end of the season. This equals Victor Valdes’ record for consecutive Zamora Trophies. For the fourth straight season, Oblak was awarded the La Liga Best Goalkeeper Award.
He was named vice-captain of team ahead of the 2019-20 season. Oblak was nominated for the inaugural Yashin Award, the Ballon D’Or award for goalkeepers, on October 21st 2019. He finished fourth. Oblak kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw against Villarreal on December 6, 2019. Oblak broke the club record for clean sheets set by Abel Resino with his 96th clean-sheet in his 169th league match.
Jan Oblak INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Oblak’s first appearance as a senior player was on September 11, 2012. He started in a 2-1 loss against Norway during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
After the international retirement at the end of 2015 of Samir Handanovic, he was made the first-choice goalkeeper for the national team.
Oblak was the captain of Slovenia on September 6, 2019.
Many pundits consider Oblak to be the best goalkeeper in the world. Oblak is tall, athletic, strong, and physically fit. Oblak’s strengths include his speed, quick reflexes, and agility. He is also known for his excellent handling, ability to get off his line and collect crosses. This allows him to excel in the air, command his area and is highly respected by the media. The media has well-respected his work rate and outstanding footwork, positioning, shot-stopping ability, and composure in goal. He is also known for his consistency, leadership, and ability to instill confidence in his back-line.
Oblak was the son of Matjaz Oblak (Slovenia) and Stojanka Majkic (Bosnia). His older sister, Teja Oblak (born 1990), is a professional basketball player and a member of the Slovenia national team.