Sejad Salihović

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Sejad Salihović
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Salihović with 1899 Hoffenheim in 2008
Personal information
Full name Sejad Salihović
Date of birth (1984-10-08) 8 October 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Zvornik, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hamburger SV
Number 23
Youth career
1995–1998 Minerva Berlin
1998–2000 Hertha Zehlendorf
2000–2003 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Hertha BSC II 88 (35)
2004–2006 Hertha BSC 5 (0)
2006–2012 1899 Hoffenheim II 2 (0)
2006–2015 1899 Hoffenheim 228 (62)
2015–2017 Beijing Renhe 28 (5)
2017 St. Gallen 13 (0)
2017– Hamburger SV 4 (1)
National team
2005–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 9 (3)
2007– Bosnia and Herzegovina 47 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:04, 14 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:01, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Sejad Salihović (born 8 October 1984) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Hamburger SV and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Club career

Early career

Salihović began his career in the youth teams of lower-league sides Minerva Berlin and Hertha Zehlendorf. In the 2000–01 season, he was transferred to Hertha BSC, where he played for the U17 and U19 teams before eventually entering the reserve team in 2003.[2]

Hertha BSC

Salihović was promoted to the first team in 2004. He made his professional debut in a Bundesliga match against Hamburger SV on 26 September 2004, which ended in a 1–2 defeat.[3]

1899 Hoffenheim

In 2006, Salihović was transferred to 1899 Hoffenheim.[4] In his first season, the team played in Regionalliga Süd, at the time third tier league in Germany. At the end of the season, they managed to get promoted to 2. Bundesliga.[5]

He was rated by Kicker as the best player of 2. Bundesliga in 2007–08 season with the best over-all grades,[6] as 1899 Hoffenheim were once again promoted, this time to Bundesliga.[7]

Salihović helped 1899 Hoffenheim finish on the top of the table heading into the winter break in their first Bundesliga season.[8] However, they could not continue in the same rhythm, finishing season only seventh.[9]

At the end of the 2012–13 season, Salihović scored two late penalties against Borussia Dortmund to secure relegation play-off matches, ultimately saving his team from being relegated.[10][11]

His last seasons at 1899 Hoffenheim were plagued by injuries, limiting his playing time and performance.[12][13][14][15]

He left 1889 Hoffenheim in 2015, after 9 years, becoming the record appearance maker in club's history.[16]

Beijing Renhe

On 7 June 2015, 1899 Hoffenheim announced on their official website that Salihović would leave the club to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.[17]

St. Gallen

In February 2017, Salihović signed with Swiss Super League side St. Gallen until the end of the season.[18] As his contract was not renewed, he left the club on a free transfer in June 2017.[19]

Hamburger SV

On 13 September 2017, Salihović signed a one-year contract with Hamburger SV, returning to Bundesliga after more than two years.[20] He made his debut on 15 September 2017, in a 0–2 loss against Hannover 96.[21]

International career

Salihović was a regular member of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team.[22]

During October 2006, while playing for the Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team, Salihović scored twice in the team's 2–3 aggregate loss to Czech Republic under-21 in the play-offs for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Both his goals were shots from over 25 meters out.[23][24]

Since then, Salihović has been promoted to the senior side and has become an important member of the team. He debuted on 13 October 2007 in a 2–3 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying loss to Greece,[25] and scored his first goal against Oman on 9 June 2009 in a friendly game.[26] Although his favorite position is in midfield, he has often been used as a left back in lack of other options.[27] Due to unsporting behavior in game against Portugal during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs,[28] Salihović was suspended for four games, missing the UEFA Euro 2012 qualification games against Luxembourg, France, Albania and Romania. He returned for a friendly match against Slovakia, which Bosnia won 3–2 in Bratislava.[29]

In June 2014, he was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, country's first big competition.[30]

Personal life

Salihović and his family migrated to Berlin in 1992, right before the Bosnian War started. In June 2009, after 17 years, Sejad visited his hometown of Zvornik where his parents Ismet and Fadila are renovating their home. His hobbies include reading, playing football, and spending time with his family.[31]

On 15 December 2014, Salihović married his girlfriend Julia.[32] In April 2015, the couple became parents of a boy named Lian.[33]

Style of play

Salihović has a powerful shot with his left foot and is a free-kick specialist.[34][35]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 14 October 2017.[36]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hertha BSC II 2003–04 NOFV-Oberliga Nord 31 13 31 13
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord 27 14 1 0 28 14
2005–06 Regionalliga Nord 30 8 30 8
Total 88 35 1 0 89 35
Hertha BSC 2004–05 Bundesliga 5 0 0 0 5 0
2005–06 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
1899 Hoffenheim II 2006–07 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 2 0
1899 Hoffenheim 2006–07 Regionalliga Süd 30 10 30 10
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 27 6 4 1 31 7
2008–09 Bundesliga 29 8 1 1 30 9
2009–10 Bundesliga 32 4 4 1 36 5
2010–11 Bundesliga 26 5 4 0 30 5
2011–12 Bundesliga 23 9 3 2 26 11
2012–13 Bundesliga 20 7 1 0 2[b] 0 23 7
2013–14 Bundesliga 28 11 2 0 30 11
2014–15 Bundesliga 13 2 0 0 13 2
Total 228 62 19 5 2 0 249 67
Beijing Renhe 2015 Chinese Super League 15 2 0 0 15 2
2016 China League One 13 3 0 0 13 3
Total 28 5 0 0 28 5
St. Gallen 2016–17 Swiss Super League 13 0 13 0
Hamburger SV 2017–18 Bundesliga 4 1 4 1
Career total 368 103 20 5 0 0 3 0 391 108

International

As of match played 13 October 2015.[37]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007 3 0
2008 6 0
2009 8 2
2010 4 1
2011 5 1
2012 7 0
2013 6 0
2014 6 0
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
Total 47 4

International goals

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[37]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2009 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Cannes, France  Oman
2–1
2–1
Friendly
2. 9 September 2009 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Turkey
1–1
1–1
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 29 May 2010 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, Sweden  Sweden
1–1
2–4
Friendly
4. 2 September 2011 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

References

  1. ^ "Sejad Salihovic". hsv.de. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sejad Salihovic Spielerprofil" (in German). ligainsider.de. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Takahara rettet Toppmöller" (in German). kicker.de. 22 September 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Hoffenheim plant Salihović-Comeback" (in German). sport.de. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  5. ^ "TSG 1899 Hoffenheim steigt in die 2. Bundesliga auf" (in German). baden-wuertemberg.de. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "Salihovics kühnes Ziel" (in German). kicker.de. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Dorfklub Hoffenheim steigt auf, Lautern gerettet" (in German). welt.de. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Aufsteiger Hoffenheim schießt sich zur Herbstmeisterschaft" (in German). t-online.de. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Hoffenheims 2008/09 Saison" (in German). fussballdaten.de. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Salihovic brace makes impossible possible". achtzehn99.de. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Salihović vodi Hoffenheim ka opstanku, Bayern i Borussija bez milosti" (in Bosnian). scsport.ba. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic sidelined with groin injury". goal.com. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Hoffenheims Salihovic fällt zehn Wochen aus" (in German). spiegel.de. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Salihovic verletzt!" (in German). bild.de. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  15. ^ "Knieprellung bei Salihovic, Modeste mit Zerrung" (in German). bundesliga.com. 30 March 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Salihović vor Bundesliga-Rückkehr?" (in German). sport.de. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Sejad Salihovic verlässt die TSG" (in German). achtzehn99.de. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Sejad Salihovic unterschreibt mit St. Gallen" (in German). 4-4-2.com. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  19. ^ "Sejad Salihović ponovo u dresu Hofenhajma?" (in Bosnian). zvornicki.ba. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Sejad Salihovic wechselt zum HSV" (in German). eurosport.de. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "Hannover nach 2:0 gegen HSV Tabellenführer" (in German). zeit.de. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017. 
  22. ^ "Sejad Salihović se vraća u Bundesligu" (in Bosnian). reprezentacija.ba. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  23. ^ "Hubník gives Czechs the edge". uefa.com. 6 October 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  24. ^ "Frejlach sends Czechs through". uefa.com. 10 October 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  25. ^ "Holders Greece take command of group". uefa.com. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
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  27. ^ "Sa Papetom na Euro 2012" (in Bosnian). sportin.ba. 4 March 2010. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  28. ^ "Od Bešlije do Bešića, crveni kartoni zmajeva koje ćemo dugo pamtiti" (in Bosnian). faktor.ba. 15 December 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  29. ^ "Slovakia 2–3 Bosnia" (in Serbian). lat.rtrs.tv. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  30. ^ "Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 World Cup squad". thetelegraph.co.uk. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Sejad Salihovic Profil" (in German). achtzehn99.de. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  32. ^ "Sejad Salihović se oženio i čeka dijete: Kum će biti Vedad Ibišević" (in Bosnian). reprezentacija.ba. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  33. ^ "Sejad Salihović i njegov sinčić Lian" (in Bosnian). radiosarajevo.ba. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  34. ^ "Salihovic: We can beat anyone". fifa.com. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  35. ^ "Kralj slobodnjaka: Sejad Salihović" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  36. ^ "S. Salihović". soccerway.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  37. ^ a b "Sejad Salihović". eu-football.info. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 

External links

  • Sejad Salihović at achtzehn99.de (in German)
  • Sejad Salihović at fussballdaten.de (in German)
  • Sejad Salihović at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Sejad SalihovićFIFA competition record
  • Sejad SalihovićUEFA competition record
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