Haris Seferović

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Haris Seferović
Haris Seferović.JPG
Seferović with the Swiss national team in 2014
Personal information
Full name Haris Seferović[1]
Date of birth (1992-02-22) 22 February 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Sursee, Switzerland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Real Sociedad
Number 8
Youth career
1999–2004 Sursee
2004–2007 Luzern
2007–2009 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Grasshopper 3 (0)
2010–2013 Fiorentina 8 (0)
2011–2012 Neuchâtel Xamax (loan) 10 (2)
2012 Lecce (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Novara (loan) 18 (10)
2013– Real Sociedad 24 (2)
National team
2007–2010 Switzerland U17 11 (9)
2010–2011 Switzerland U19 12 (8)
2011–2012 Switzerland U21 11 (3)
2013– Switzerland 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 June 2014

Haris Seferović (born 22 February 1992) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays for La Liga side Real Sociedad and the Switzerland national football team as a striker.

Early life[edit]

His family is from Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then SFR Yugoslavia, and immigrated to Switzerland in the late 1980s.[3]

Club career[edit]

Seferović began his career in 1999 on FC Sursee's youth side and after five years signed in the summer of 2004 for FC Lucerne.[4] After three years in their youth teams he was scouted by Grasshopper Club Zurich, and on 26 April 2009 made his debut in the Swiss Super League against Neuchâtel Xamax.[5] In January 2010 he was named as the Youth Player of the Year in the canton Lucerne.[6] On 29 January 2010, ACF Fiorentina signed Seferović from Grasshopper-Club Zurich.[7] One day later La viola announced the deal was completed.[8] The youngster was assigned to Fiorentina's primavera team.[9] On 4 August 2011, Seferović was loaned to Swiss Super League side Neuchâtel Xamax.[10]

On 27 January 2012, Seferović was loaned to Serie A side Lecce during the January transfer window.[11] He spent the second half of the 2012-13 season with Novara of Serie B, scoring 10 goals in 18 games, all as a starter. He scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win over Livorno on 17 April as Novara eventually finished in the play-offs.[12]

Real Sociedad[edit]

On 11 July 2013, Seferović completed his move to Real Sociedad on a four-year deal.[13]

He started his La Liga debut on 16 August 2013, and scored with a chip against Getafe, securing a 2-0 home victory.[14] Four days later, he scored a volley as Real Sociedad beat Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 away from home in the play-off qualification round for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League.[15] He played 24 league games in his first season, only nine as a starter, and scored his only other league goal as a substitute for Carlos Vela, wrapping up a 5–0 win over Osasuna on 2 November.[16] On 18 December, he scored Sociedad's third goal as they defeated third-tier Algeciras CF 4–0 in the Copa del Rey Round of 32.

International career[edit]

Seferović has won with the Swiss under-17 national team the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria[17] and was the top scorer of the tournament.[18] He scored five goals at the tournament, including the winning goal in the final against the host nation Nigeria.[19]

In 2013, ahead of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team's match against Slovenia, Seferović claimed he wanted to play for the country of his parents' birth.[20] However, he later accepted a call-up from Switzerland, and made his debut in a friendly game against Greece on 6 February 2013, where he replaced Mario Gavranović for the last 20 minutes of a 0–0 away draw.[21] On his third cap, on 8 June 2013, he replaced Josip Drmić for the last 15 minutes, and in injury time scored the only goal of a home World Cup qualifier against Cyprus.[22]

On 2 June 2014, Seferović was named in Switzerland's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad by national coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.[23] In the team's first match, on 15 June in Brasília against Ecuador, he replaced Drmić for the last 15 minutes and scored the winner in the third minute of stoppage time.[24]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Switzerland's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 June 2013 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Cyprus 1–0 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 15 June 2014 Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil  Ecuador 2–1 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/player=311554/index.html
  3. ^ Viole sve dogovorile s Grasshopperom
  4. ^ Haris Seferovic, der rosa Bomber!
  5. ^ Das Bild, das Seferovics Leben verändert
  6. ^ REGIOfussball.ch – Fussball in der Region Luzern – Zentralschweiz: Haris Seferovic erhält Nachwuchspreis
  7. ^ Paukenschlag: Seferovic wechselt in die Serie A
  8. ^ "Acquisito Seferovic" (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  9. ^ Accordo per Seferovic
  10. ^ "Seferovic al Neuchatel Xamax" (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 04-08-2011. Retrieved 04-08-2011. 
  11. ^ Nuovi Acquisti: Blasi, Seferovic, Miglionico
  12. ^ "Seferovic, dal Novara al gol Mondiale con la Svizzera [Seferovic, from Novara to a World Cup goal for Switzerland]". La Stampa (in Italian). 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "La Real Sociedad ficha a Haris Seferovic" (in Spanish). Realsociedad.com. 11-07-2013. Retrieved 11-07-2013. 
  14. ^ "Winning start for Sociedad". Sky Sports News]]. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Seferovic, de volea, confirma que una estrella ha llegado a Anoeta [Seferovic, from his volley, confirms that a star has arrived at Anoeta]". Marca. 20 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Five-star Sociedad blitz Osasuna". Sky Sports News. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Haris Seferovic: «Es gibt nur die Schweizer Nati ... – FACTS 2.0
  18. ^ Goldener Schuh von adidas (Top-Torschütze)
  19. ^ "Haris SEFEROVIC". FIFA. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ "Greece v Switzerland". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Switzerland v Cyprus". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  23. ^ "Switzerland World Cup 2014 squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "Switzerland 2-1 Ecuador". BBC Sport. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  25. ^ SEFEROVIĆ ODUŠEVLJEN NAGRADOM

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