Hajrović with Galatasaray in 2014
|Full name||Izet Hajrović|
|Date of birth||4 August 1991|
|Place of birth||Brugg, Switzerland|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
|2013–||Bosnia and Herzegovina||13||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Izet Hajrović (born 4 August 1991) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Hajrović is a right-sided winger with noted dribbling skills, playmaking skills, and he is known for his pace, long shots and his free kicks.
Hajrović spent nine years in Grasshoppers academy from 2000 to 2009. He finally broke into the first team during the 2009–10 season. He was used mostly as an attacking midfielder and as a right winger. His strong left foot made him a valuable asset on the right side of midfield, as he often cut into the left to shoot with his stronger foot. His brother, Sead Hajrović, also played with him in the academy before moving on to Arsenal.
On 7 January 2014, he was officially transferred to Turkish club Galatasaray for €3.5 million on a four-and-a-half year deal. He cited his Bosniak roots and Islam as some of the reasons he agreed to join Galatasaray. Hajrović made his season debut against Bursaspor, coming in as a substitute in the second half in a 6-0 home win. He scored his first goal against Tokatspor on 5 February, in a 3–0 win for the campaign's Turkish Cup.
After filing a complaint to FIFA that he received no payments from Galatasaray, he was given the right to move on a free transfer elsewhere. On 10 July 2014, Hajrović signed a four-year contract for Werder Bremen. Hajrović made his debut on 23 July 2014 for Werder Bremen in a 5-2 win against SSW Innsbruck.
On 14 November 2012, he made his senior international debut for Switzerland, coming on as an 83rd minute substitute in a friendly match against Tunisia. Hajrović confirmed in June 2013 that he would opt to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team in the future.
On 26 August Bosnian national team manager Safet Sušić included Izet in his squad for two September world cup qualification games against Slovakia at home and away. On 10 September 2013, Hajrović scored his first goal for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Slovakia, coming on from the bench in 77th minute of the game. His very first contact with the ball after just a few seconds on a pitch resulted in a stunning 25m-strike.
On 6 June Izet Hajrović scored his second international goal for Bosnia and Herzegovina, on assist by Sejad Salihović, in a 1–0 friendly win against Mexico. He was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance, at 2014 Brazil tournament. He made his World Cup debut as starter in a 1–2 loss to Argentina in the opening group match, and was substituted off in the 71st minute.
His parents are Bosniaks from Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, but they relocated to Sarajevo in 1980. They moved to Switzerland in 1987. His younger brother, Sead Hajrović is also a footballer, with the Swiss Super League side Grasshopper Club Zürich.
- As of 8 December 2014.
- Scores and results table. Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:
|1.||10 September 2013||Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia||Slovakia||2–1||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||3 June 2014||Soldier Field, Chicago, United States||Mexico||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
- Grasshopper Zurich
- Izet Hajrovic Join Galatasaray Galatasaray.org. 9 January 2014.
- Hajrović switches to Galatasaray UEFA.com. 8 January 2014.
- Tokatspor versus Galatasaray 0 – 3 Galatasaray.org. 6 February 2014.
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