Spahić with Anzhi in 2013
|Full name||Emir Spahić|
|Date of birth||18 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Dubrovnik, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|FK Krajina Cazin|
|2013||→ Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||7||(1)|
|2000–2002||Bosnia and Herzegovina U21||15||(0)|
|2003–||Bosnia and Herzegovina||77||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:03, 10 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
On 24 June 2009, Spahić announced that he would join the newly promoted Montpellier squad for the 2009–10 Ligue 1 season. On his league debut against Paris Saint-Germain, he scored a header in the 94th minute for a 1–1 draw, which earned a point for the newly promoted club. He scored his second goal for Montpellier in a 2–2 draw against FC Lorient.
On 4 July 2011, Spahić agreed a transfer with Sevilla for €2 million until July 2014. His national teammate Miroslav Stevanović also transferred to Sevilla in January 2013 and upon his arrival at San Pablo International Airport, he was received by Spahić. Spahić scored his first goal for Sevilla on 5 January 2013 in a 1–0 victory against Osasuna.
On 28 June 2013, Spahić was signed by Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga on a two-year contract. He conceded a penalty and was later sent off in a Champions League last-16 first-leg game on 18 February 2014, as Paris Saint-Germain beat Leverkusen 4-0.
Spahić is the captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. On 7 June 2003, he made his debut as a substitute against Romania at Stadionul Ion Oblemenco in Craiova. Ever since his debut, he has been an important member of the national team. He headed a ball into the box and assisted Ermin Bičakčić who scored a crucial equalizer versus Slovakia in Žilina during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Bosnia-Herzegovina came back from one goal down in that game to win 2–1 and stay top of their qualifying group for ahead of Greece.
Spahić is an ethnic Bosniak, his parents were from various parts of the former Yugoslavia. His father's family is originally from the Montenegrin part of Sandžak, and his mother Fatima is from Gacko in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They met when they were both working in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Emir has two brothers, the older being Nermin and younger one Alen (Alen is also a football player). Spahić is a first cousin of fellow national team player Edin Džeko.
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