|Full name||Elvir Bolić|
|Date of birth||10 October 1971|
|Place of birth||Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1996–2006||Bosnia and Herzegovina||51||(22)|
|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.
Čelik and Red Star
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.
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, where he also netted against SK Rapid Wien (1–1 away draw).
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.
In 2003 Bolić returned to Turkey for another lengthy spell, joining Istanbulspor in late July. At the end of the season he left for Gençlerbirliği SK, finishing his second stint in the country with Malatyaspor and İstanbulspor.
Bolić gained 51 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 22 goals. He made his debut in 1996 against Greece and, at the time of his retirement, ranked third in international goals for his country, only trailing Edin Džeko and Zvjezdan Misimović.
On 8 September 2004, Bolić netted the equalizer in a 1–1 home draw with Spain for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. 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.
Scores and results table. Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:
|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|
- "Elvir Bolić" (in Bosnian). NFSBIH. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
- "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.
- "Turkish delight for Bolic". UEFA.com. 22 July 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
- "Bolic to lead Gençlerbirligi attack". UEFA.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
- Prve utakmice bh. reprezentacije; Klix, 31 May 2009 (Bosnian)
- "World Cup round-up". BBC Sport. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "Bosnia-Herzegovina sack Kodro". FIFA.com. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008.