Elvir Bolić

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Elvir Bolić
Personal information
Full name Elvir Bolić
Date of birth (1971-10-10) 10 October 1971 (age 42)
Place of birth Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Čelik 48 (13)
1992 Red Star 11 (2)
1992 Galatasaray 8 (2)
1993–1995 Gaziantepspor 73 (43)
1995–2000 Fenerbahçe 146 (69)
2000–2003 Rayo Vallecano 98 (22)
2003–2004 İstanbulspor 28 (11)
2004 Gençlerbirliği 16 (2)
2005 Malatyaspor 11 (1)
2005–2006 İstanbulspor 17 (7)
2006 Rijeka 6 (4)
Total 462 (176)
National team
1996–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 (22)
Teams managed
2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Elvir Bolić (born 10 October 1971) is a retired Bosnian footballer. He spent most of his 18-year professional career in Turkey, appearing for seven clubs including Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. He also played three years in Spain, with Rayo Vallecano.

Bolić represented Bosnia and Herzegovina during one full decade.[1]

Club career[edit]

Čelik and Red Star[edit]

Born in Zenica, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Bolić started playing with NK Čelik, being one of the players in the side that would later represent the independent Bosnian national team, including Senad Brkić, Mirsad Hibić and Nermin Šabić.

In December 1991 Bolić was acquired by Yugoslav powerhouse Red Star Belgrade, after impressing managers Vladimir Cvetković and Dragan Džajić. However, because of the political situation in the country, the 20-year-old defected from the Yugoslav national side training camp in France in June of the following year, later informing the club's management he would not be coming back to Belgrade.

Turkey[edit]

Bolić moved to Turkey in the 1992 summer, and remained in the nation and its Süper Lig for the following eight years. He started with Galatasaray SK, going on to represent Gaziantepspor and Fenerbahçe SK, winning the national championship in his first season with the latter outftit and also reaching the final of the Turkish Cup.

On 30 October 1996, Bolić broke Manchester United's 40-year unbeaten home record in Europe when he scored the game's only goal at Old Trafford in the season's UEFA Champions League group stage,[2] where he also netted against SK Rapid Wien (1–1 away draw).

Rayo Vallecano[edit]

Bolić started the 2000s in Spain with Rayo Vallecano, spending three seasons in La Liga with the club. In his first year he scored eight in 32 matches, adding seven in the campaign's UEFA Cup to help the Madrid outskirts reach the quarterfinals, even though four of those came in a 10–0 away routing of amateurs Constel·lació Esportiva.

Late career[edit]

In 2003 Bolić returned to Turkey for another lengthy spell, joining Istanbulspor in late July.[3] At the end of the season he left for Gençlerbirliği SK,[4] finishing his second stint in the country with Malatyaspor and İstanbulspor.

Bolić started 2006–07 in Croatia with NK Rijeka, but left the club in September 2006, retiring shortly after at the age of 35.

International career[edit]

Bolić gained 51 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 22 goals. He made his debut in 1996 against Greece[5] and, at the time of his retirement, ranked third in international goals for his country, only trailing Edin Džeko and Zvjezdan Misimović.[1]

On 8 September 2004, Bolić netted the equalizer in a 1–1 home draw with Spain for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[6] He later briefly worked as assistant coach to the national team, being part of Meho Kodro's coaching staff and leaving his post on 17 May 2008.[7]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 November 1996 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Italy 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 10 November 1996 Bežigrad, Ljubljana  Slovenia 1–0 2–1 1998 World Cup qualification
3. 5 November 1997 El Menzah, Tunis  Tunisia 1–2 1–2 Friendly
4. 20 August 1997 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Denmark 2–0 3–0 1998 World Cup qualification
5. 20 August 1997 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Denmark 3–0 3–0 1998 World Cup qualification
6. 10 September 1997 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Slovenia 1–0 1–0 1998 World Cup qualification
7. 5 June 1999 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Lithuania 2–0 2–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
8. 9 June 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 1–0 2–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
9. 9 June 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir  Faroe Islands 2–2 2–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
10. 4 September 1999 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Scotland 1–1 1–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
11. 16 August 2000 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Turkey 1–0 2–0 Friendly
12. 27 March 2002 Grbavica Stadium, Sarajevo  Macedonia 1–0 4–4 Friendly
13. 27 March 2002 Grbavica Stadium, Sarajevo  Macedonia 4–2 4–4 Friendly
14. 29 March 2003 Bilino Polje, Zenica  Luxembourg 1–0 2–0 Euro 2004 qualifying
15. 11 October 2003 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Denmark 1–1 1–1 Euro 2004 qualifying
16. 31 March 2004 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City  Luxembourg 2–0 2–1 Friendly
17. 8 September 2004 Bilino Polje, Zenica  Spain 1–1 1–1 2006 World Cup qualification
18. 2 February 2005 Teheran  Iran 1–0 1–2 Friendly
19. 30 March 2005 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo  Lithuania 1–0 1–1 2006 World Cup qualification
20. 8 October 2005 Bilino Polje, Zenica  San Marino 1–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification
21. 8 October 2005 Bilino Polje, Zenica  San Marino 2–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification
22. 8 October 2005 Bilino Polje, Zenica  San Marino 3–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fenerbahçe

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elvir Bolić" (in Bosnian). NFSBIH. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Best and worst of Manchester United's Champions League games at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson". The Daily Telegraph. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Turkish delight for Bolic". UEFA.com. 22 July 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "Bolic to lead Gençlerbirligi attack". UEFA.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  5. ^ Prve utakmice bh. reprezentacije; Klix, 31 May 2009 (Bosnian)
  6. ^ "World Cup round-up". BBC Sport. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bosnia-Herzegovina sack Kodro". FIFA.com. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 

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