Denni Avdić

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Denni Avdić
Personal information
Full name Denni Avdić
Date of birth (1988-09-05) 5 September 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth Huskvarna, Sweden
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Heracles Almelo
Number 9
Youth career
Husqvarna FF
Brøndby IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 IF Elfsborg 104 (26)
2011–2013 Werder Bremen 7 (0)
2011–2012 Werder Bremen II 12 (0)
2012–2013 PEC Zwolle (loan) 24 (8)
2013– AZ 13 (0)
2014– Heracles Almelo (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2003–2004 Sweden U17 15 (8)
2005–2007 Sweden U19 18 (4)
2007–2010 Sweden U21 23 (7)
2009 Sweden 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2014

Denni Avdić (born Deni Avdić on 5 September 1988 in Huskvarna) is a Swedish footballer who plays as a striker for Heracles Almelo, on loan from AZ, in the Dutch Eredivisie. He grew up in Huskvarna, where he played for Husqvarna FF. He has played one game for the Sweden national football team.

Career[edit]

When Avdić was 15 years old he was signed by Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF. He played for Brøndby's reserve team in the Danish 2nd Division East – the third tier of Danish football – but did not play any senior games for the club.[1] In 2006, Avdić was released by Brøndby, as he wanted to live closer to his family in Sweden,[2] and he was picked up by IF Elfsborg in the Swedish Allsvenskan championship. When he was signed by Elfsborg, he was praised by Elfsborg officials as one of the greatest talents in Swedish football.[3]

Avdić made his debut for Elfsborg in November 2006. He played from the start in Elfsborg's first ever Royal League match, and scored two goals in the 4–0 win over AIK. In the 2010 season of the Allsvenskan, Avdić changed position from attacking-midfielder to striker, his previous position as a youth player. The results were that he scored 19 goals in the whole season which gave him a second place on the Allsvenskan top-scorer 2010, after Alexander Gerndt who ended up on 20 goals. Due to his spectacular performance he was sold the same season for a transfer fee of 2 million £ to Werder Bremen.[4]

On 3 January 2011, Avdić became Werder Bremen's first new signing of the winter, as confirmed by the website of the German Bundesliga club. He signed a contract until summer 2014. He featured only on rare occasions for the team during the 2011–12 Bundesliga season. due to his repeating injuries. Before his loan to PEC Zwolle, Avdić played seven games in Bundesliga and 12 games for Werder's second team without scoring a single goal.[5]

On 29 August 2012, Avdić agreed upon a loan to the Dutch football team PEC Zwolle in Eredivisie until the end of season 2013.[6] And he scored his first goal for the club in his fourth game as a substitute. On 17 February 2013, in his 14th game against Feyenoord, Avdić made the match-winning 3–2 goal for Zwolle, which also meant his seventh goal at the time. This made him at the time the second best Swedish goalscorer in the 2012–13 season, only beaten by Zlatan Ibrahimović.[7] Where experts claimed that he deserved a place in the Swedish national football team, due to Swedens weak availability of good strikers.[8]

In summer 2013, Avdić joined AZ Alkmaar.[9] He made his debut on 30 October in a KNVB Cup match against Achilles '29, scoring two goals. AZ won the match with 7–0.

On 15 August 2014, as a result of having no prospect with AZ, he was sent on loan to Heracles Almelo until the end of the season.[10]

Honours[edit]

IF Elfsborg
Individual

Statistics[edit]

As of 18 February 2013

Season Club Country Competition Apps. Goals
2006–07 IF Elfsborg Sweden Allsvenskan 19 0
2007–08 26 4
2008–09 30 3
2009–10 29 19
2010–11 Werder Bremen Germany Bundesliga 7 0
2011–12 Werder Bremen II Regionalliga Nord 12 0
2012–13 PEC Zwolle Netherlands Eredivisie 24 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Denni Avdic – Statistik" (in Danish). Brøndby IF. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Avdic vender hjem". Brøndby IF. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Denni Avdic klar för Blackburn Rovers – kommer från Bröndy och är en utpräglad målskytt" (in Swedish). Elfsborg IF. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Denni Avdic Elfsborg" (in Swedish). expressen.se. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Denni Avdic klar för Werder Bremen idag" (in Swedish). IF Elfsborg. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Denni Avdic lånas ut" (in Swedish). IF Elfsborg. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  7. ^ Lundh, Olof (17 February 2013). "Avdic målbäst efter Zlatan: "Kan bara göra mitt jobb"" (in Swedish). fotbollskanalen.se. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Avdic fortsatt stekhet – sänkte Feyenoord" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Zurück in die Niederlande: Avdic wechselt zu Alkmaar" [Back to the Netherlands: Avdic joins Alkmaar] (in German). Werder Bremen. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "AZ slijt overbodige en verbannen Zweed aan Heracles: "Een uitstekende speler"" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 204. 

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