Boris Pandža

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Boris Pandža
Boris Pandža.jpg
Personal information
Full name Boris Pandža
Date of birth (1986-12-15) 15 December 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Široki Brijeg
Number 23
Youth career
Zrinjski Mostar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Široki Brijeg 23 (2)
2006–2010 Hajduk Split 61 (2)
2010–2013 Mechelen 68 (5)
2013–2014 Górnik Zabrze 11 (0)
2014– Široki Brijeg 0 (0)
National team
2006–2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 13 (0)
2007–2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 January 2014

Boris Pandža (born December 15, 1986) is a footballer from Bosnia and Herzegovina who currently plays for Široki Brijeg. He is also a retired former member of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Club career[edit]

A player who plays in solely defense,[1] Boris started his youth career at Zrinjski Mostar before moving to Široki Brijeg, where he started his professional career.

After two-years at the club, Pandža joined Croatian side Hajduk Split in January when the move was completed in late-2006 and the fee was worth about €200,000 on a four and a half year contract.[2] After spending two season limited in the first team, Pandza started to used more regularly under the management of Ante Miše. On 17 May 2009, Pandza scored his first goal for the club, in a 2-0 victory against Šibenik.[3] After an impressive display at the club, Pandza attracted interests from Premier League side Stoke City.[4] Upon his departure from Hajuk Split, Pandza says he isn't sorry for leaving the club.[5]

In July 2010, Pandza joined Belgium side Mechelen as a replacement for Jonas Ivens on a three-year contract, with the fee of €350,000.[6] Pandza made his debut for the opening game of the season, in a 2-0 win over Lokeren on 31 July 2010 and then scored his first goal for the club, in a 2-1 win over Zulte Waregem one week after his debut.[7][8] Pandza then scored his second goal, in a 1-0 win over Standard Liège on 17 September 2010[9] and third goal came on 1 October 2010, in a 2-2 draw against Genk.[10] In his first full season at the club, Pandza scored four goals in thirty-seven appearance in all competitions. His second season was more enjoyable for Pandza, as he scored the club's first goal of the season, as they beat Sint-Truidense 2-1 on 30 July 2011.[11] He then scored another on 25 January 2012, in a 3-2 win over Genk.[12] In his second season at the club. Pandza scored two goals in thirty-one appearance in all competitions. His last season with the club saw Pandza stayed at the club after his move to Arsenal Kyiv collapsed following a failure to meet the requirement.[13][14] However, it went appalling for Pandza when he sustained a knee injury, in a 2-0 loss against Beerschot on 1 September 2012 and was out for four weeks.[15] However, it announced furthermore that Pandza will be out for 6 months with an injury that could miss the rest of the season.[16] After having surgery, his knee operated would be a success and will wait for a long time rehabilitation.[17] After three years at the club, Pandza left the club upon his expiry of his contract.[18] Upon leaving Mechelen, Pandza expressed "disappointment" on leaving the club.[19]

In July 2013, Pandža was linked with a move to Scottish League One side Rangers.[20] Pandža then began in talks with the club over potentials to join Rangers.[1] Pandža himself pleaded to Rangers, quoting: "come and get him" and even willing to risk his wages.[21][22] Despite the expected agreement which lasts for two months, the move appeared to be stalled.[23] The move was stalled, which was believed to put on hold by the club's chief executive Craig Mather and Pandza would later accused the club of lacking professionalism for shattering his move to Rangers.[24][25]

Despite a shattered move to Rangers, Pandža joined Polish side Górnik Zabrze on a one-year contract with an option to extend and will wear number 23 shirt for the club.[26] However, only making thirteen appearance in all competitions, Pandza was released by the club after one season.[27]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Under 21 team together with players like Edin Džeko, Vedad Ibišević and Sejad Salihović. He captained the team on a few occasions.[28] He received his first Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team call up for the game against Norway on March 18, 2007. He made his international debut on June 2, 2007 against Turkey (3-2 win).[29] He has since been a regular member of the squad.

In May 2014, Pandža was left out of the final squad for the World Cup in 2014.[30]

On 5 September 2014, Pandža announced his retirement from the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.[31]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rangers in signing talks with Bilel Mohsni and Boris Pandza". BBC Sport. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Pandža: Bilo bi lijepo igrati u Engleskoj". Sportin.ba. 8 June 2009. Archived from the original on 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Pandža zabio for Hajduk, Šaranović to Zadar" [Pandža zabio za Hajduk, Šaranović za Zadar] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Boris Claw summer in Stoke" [Boris Pandža na ljeto u Stoke City] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "I'm not sorry I went from Hajduk" [Nije mi žao što sam otišao iz Hajduka] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Official: Pandza sign for three years at FC Malines" [Officiel : Pandza signe pour trois ans au FC Malines] (in French). Foot Goal. 8 July 210. Retrieved 21 June 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Pandža i Čustović glorified, Mravac defeated" [Pandža i Čustović slavili, Mravac poražen] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Pandža Doni Pobjeda Mechelen" [Pandža donio pobjedu Mechelenu] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Claw Stadium exploded after a goal" [Pandža: Stadion je eksplodirao nakon gola] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pandža zabio i Genku, Mechelenu bid" [Pandža zabio i Genku, Mechelenu bid] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Talon scorer in the victory Mechelen" [Pandža strijelac u pobjedi Mechelena] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Talon: Against Brazil will be a real spectacle" [Pandža: Protiv Brazila će biti pravi spektakl] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 26 January 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Official: Claw signed for Arsenal Kiev" [Službeno: Pandža potpisao za Arsenal Kiev] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "KV Mechelen blows transfer Pandza off" [KV Mechelen blaast transfer Pandza a] (in Dutch). nieuwsblad.be. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "4 weeks for Boris Pandza" [4 semaines pour Boris Pandza] (in French). Foot Goal. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "6 months for Boris Pandza" [6 mois pour Boris Pandza] (in French). Foot Goal. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "Boris Pandza (KV Mechelen) has been successfully operated on left knee" [Boris Pandza (KV Mechelen) is met succes geopereerd aan linkerknie] (in Dutch). nieuwsblad.be. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Pandza must leave at KV Mechelen" [Pandza moet vertrekken bij KV Mechelen] (in Dutch). HLN.be. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  19. ^ "Talon: I'm a little disappointed, probably leaving Belgium" [Pandža: Malo sam razočaran, vjerovatno napuštam Belgiju] (in Croatian). SportSport.ba. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Rangers: Christopher Berra & Boris Pandza interest Ally McCoist". BBC Sport. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Pandza tells Gers to come and get him". Evening Times. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Boris Pandza drops wage demand to secure Rangers contract". Daily Express. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ally runs eye over Zaliukas". Evening Times. 6 September 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Rangers abandon move for Boris Pandza". Daily Express. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Rangers target Boris Pandza accuses club of lacking professionalism". STV Sport. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "BORIS PANDŽA PIŁKARZEM GÓRNIKA!". gornikzabrze.pl. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Boris Pandža odszedł z Górnika". 90 Minut.pl. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  28. ^ http://www.borispandza.com/profile/profile.html
  29. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina - Turkey 3:2, footballdatabase.eu, Retrieved 2013-09-09
  30. ^ "Bosnia World Cup squad revealed". Sporting Life. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "Pandža: I have no more desire to play for the national team". sportsport.ba. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-05.