|Full name||Elvir Baljić|
|Date of birth||8 July 1974|
|Place of birth||Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2000–2001||→ Fenerbahçe (loan)||27||(5)|
|2001–2002||→ Rayo Vallecano (loan)||10||(1)|
|1996–2005||Bosnia and Herzegovina||38||(14)|
|2010-||Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Baljić's stellar performances at Fenerbahçe made the 25-year-old a target for various European clubs. Still, his €26 million transfer to Real Madrid under club president Lorenzo Sanz during summer 1999 caused a major surprise. The signing was inititiated by Real Madrid's head coach John Toshack who knew Baljić well from Istanbul as the Welshman coached Beşiktaş while the Bosnian starred for Fenerbahçe. For more than a decade, the transfer fee paid by Real to Fenerbahçe for Baljić stood as the biggest sum of money paid for a player from ex-Yugoslavia, until Edin Džeko's January 2011 move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City for £27 million (€32 million).
Unfortunately, injuries such as ruptured cruciate ligament in his left knee just before start of the season and subsequent loss of form caused Baljić's Real stint to turn sour pretty much immediately. Throughout the 1999–00 season he made only 11 league appearances (8 of them as substitute), scoring just 1 goal. He never managed to secure a first team place, and the November 1999 sacking of Toshack followed by the arrival of new head coach Vicente del Bosque marginalized Baljić even further. At season's end, del Bosque included Baljić in the 18-man squad he took to Paris for the 2000 Champions League Final, but predictably did not give him a single minute of action as Real beat compatriots Valencia CF.
During summer 2000 transfer window Baljić was sent back to Fenerbahçe in a loan deal.
Loan spells at Fenerbahçe and Rayo Vallecano
Baljić spent the entire 2000–01 season back at his old stomping grounds. He simultaneously managed to recover some of his old form with 5 goals in 27 league appearances as Fenerbahçe won the Turkish Süper Lig.
In the following 2001–02 season he got a chance to showcase his abilities closer to the club that still held his rights as he got loaned to Madrid's Rayo Vallecano in La Liga. Baljić actually insisted on joining Rayo due to its proximity to Real as he had his eye on getting a fresh opportunity with the big club in the future. For their part, Real Madrid obliged and managed to hammer out a loan deal with Rayo. Also, in Rayo he joined countrymen and friends Elvir Bolić and Emir Granov, which Baljić cited as another reason he wanted to be at Rayo. However, the move did not do much to improve Baljić's standing at the Bernabéu as more injuries, poor form, and even disciplinary issues followed with only 1 league goal from 10 appearances.
During the summer 2002 transfer window, Baljić's Real contract was terminated and he again transferred back to Turkey - this time to Galatasaray. Due to his substantial price tag and the subsequent high-profile failure at Madrid, Baljić's acquisition by Real features consistently and prominently on various "worst-ever signing" lists.
Baljić turned just 28 years of age when he began his Galatasaray stint, but it soon became clear his best days were far behind him. His form was average at best and his overall interest in football seemed to be decreasing by the day. He said that he would retire on several occasions, but every time he would come back.
Baljić had been a prolific part of the Bosnian national team since its inception, scoring 14 goals in 38 caps. He will be remembered as the only player who scored four goals in single match for Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was a couple of weeks after he signed a contract with Real Madrid, in a game between Estonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The final result was 1-4. In February 2010 Bosnia's manager Safet Sušić revealed that Baljić would be one of his assistants. Sušić had previously been Baljić's manager in Turkey.
Scores and results table. Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:
|1.||12 August 1998||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Faroe Islands||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|2.||14 October 1998||Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius||Lithuania||2–2||2–4||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|3.||9 October 1999||Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||1–1||4–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|4.||9 October 1999||Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||2–1||4–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|5.||9 October 1999||Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||3–1||4–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|6.||9 October 1999||Kadriorg Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||4–1||4–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|7.||2 September 2000||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Spain||1–1||1–2||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8.||15 August 2001||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Malta||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|9.||15 August 2001||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Malta||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|10.||7 October 2001||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Liechtenstein||2–0||5–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||7 October 2001||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Liechtenstein||4–0||5–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|12.||11 October 2002||Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo||Germany||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|13.||13 February 2003||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Wales||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|14.||2 April 2003||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Denmark||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
- Real Madrid
- Bosnian Player of the Year: 1998, 1999
- Džeko je kralj transfera SFRJ; MTS Mondo, 7 January 2010
- Real Madrid's 1990-2000 league season
- BALJIC PLEASED WITH RAYO OPPORTUNITY;SkySports, August 2001
- Rayo Vallecano's 2001-2002 season
- 10 Worst Spanish La Liga Transfers Ever;SoccerNews.com, 1 September 2010
- Top 10: Los peores fichajes del Real Madrid;as.com, 9 November 2009
- Real Madrid Transfers: 10 Worst Signings in Club's History;Bleacher Report, 16 October 2011