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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)|
|Current club||Bayer Leverkusen|
|FK Krajina Cazin|
|2013||→ Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||7||(1)|
|2000–2002||Bosnia and Herzegovina U21||15||(0)|
|2003–||Bosnia and Herzegovina||72||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 04:03, 10 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Emir Spahić (born 18 August 1980) is a Bosnian footballer who plays as a centre-back for Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga. He has also played for clubs in Bosnia, Croatia, Russia, France and Spain.
Over the course of his career, Spahić has played for NK Čelik Zenica in Bosnian Premier League, Russian clubs Torpedo Moscow, Shinnik Yaroslavl and Lokomotiv Moscow as well as Croatian sides NK GOŠK Dubrovnik and NK Zagreb, Montpellier, as well as Spanish side Sevilla FC and Bayer Leverkusen.
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.
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.
- Goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.
|1.||28 February 2006||Westfalenstadion, Dortmund||Japan||1–2||2–2||Friendly|
|2.||15 October 2008||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Armenia||1–0||4–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||15 November 2011||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon||Portugal||3–2||6–2||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying Play-offs|
His parents were from various parts of 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 were both working in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where they met and formed a family. Emir has two brothers: older Nermin and younger Alen. Younger brother Alen is also a football player. Spahić is a first cousin of fellow national team player Edin Džeko.
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- "Leverkusen sign Spahic". Bundesliga. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
- "Spahic zu Montpellier" (in German). transfermarkt.de. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- "Spahić: Potpisao sam, čekam još ljekarske preglede!" (in Bosnian). Scsport.ba. Retrieved 15 August 2011.[dead link]
- "Sevilla seal signing of Bosnian Stevanovic". eurosport.com. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Sjajni Emir Spahić donio pobjedu Sevilli" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Emir Spahić na posudbi u rukom Anžiju" (in Bosnian). bljesak.info. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "JAVNO.ba EKSPERTIZA: 10 najboljih BH nogometaša od osamostaljenja države". 20 October 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "Reprezentacija BiH – Godina 2003". bihsoccer.com. Retrieved 2 April 2013.[dead link]
- Wenzel, Peter (3 June 2009). "Magath: Was läuft da mit Dzekos Cousin?" (in German). bild.de. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- Tansey, Joe (10 October 2012). "World Cup Qualifying: Is Luck Finally on the Side of Bosnia and Herzegovina?". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Spahic uzivao u okrsaju Federera i Davidenka" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Emir Spahić.|
- Emir Spahić at National-Football-Teams.com
- Transfermarkt profile
- Emir Spahić – FIFA competition record