Izet Hajrović

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Izet Hajrović
Izet Hajrović.JPG
Hajrović with Galatasaray in 2014
Personal information
Full name Izet Hajrović
Date of birth (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Brugg, Switzerland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 14
Youth career
2000–2009 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Grasshopper 91 (20)
2014 Galatasaray 8 (0)
2014– Werder Bremen 3 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Switzerland U20 4 (0)
2011 Switzerland U21 4 (0)
2012 Switzerland 1 (0)
2013– Bosnia and Herzegovina 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2014

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 left-sided winger with noted dribbling skills, playmaking skills, and he is known for his pace, long shots and his free kicks.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Grasshoppers[edit]

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.

Galatasaray[edit]

On 7 January 2014, he was officially transferred to Turkish club Galatasaray for €3.5 million on a four-and-a-half year deal.[3] 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.[4] He scored his first goal against Tokatspor on 5 February, in a 3–0 win for the campaign's Turkish Cup.[5]

Werder Bremen[edit]

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.[6] On 10 July 2014, Hajrović signed a four-year contract for Werder Bremen.[7] Hajrović made his debut on 23 July 2014 for Werder Bremen in a 5-2 win against SSW Innsbruck.[8]

International career[edit]

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.[9]

On 13 August 2013, FIFA have confirmed that he is now available for Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, due his application for changing his sport citizenship from Swiss to Bosnian.[10][11]

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.[12] 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.[13][14]

On 6 June Izet Hajrović scored his second international goal for Bosnia, 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.

Personal life[edit]

His parents are Bosniaks from Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, but they relocated to Sarajevo in 1980. They moved to Switzerland in 1987.[15][16] His younger brother, Sead Hajrović is also a footballer, with the Swiss Super League side Grasshopper Club Zürich.

Hajrović is fluent in German, English and Bosnian.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 12 September 2014.
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grasshopper 2009–10 1 0 1 0
2010–11 21 5 3 2 1 0 25 7
2011–12 21 1 3 4 24 5
2012–13 33 8 4 2 37 10
2013–14 15 6 3 0 4 0 22 6
Total 91 20 13 8 5 0 109 28
Galatasaray 2013–14 8 0 3 1 2 0 13 1
Total 8 0 3 1 2 0 13 1
Werder Bremen 2014–15 3 0 1 1 4 1
Total 3 0 1 1 4 1
Career total 102 20 17 10 7 0 126 30

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grasshopper Zurich
Galatasaray

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hajrovic the hero". ESPNFC. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Let’s Meet Izet Hajrovic". RantSports. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Izet Hajrovic Join Galatasaray Galatasaray.org. 9 January 2014.
  4. ^ Hajrović switches to Galatasaray UEFA.com. 8 January 2014.
  5. ^ Tokatspor versus Galatasaray 0 – 3 Galatasaray.org. 6 February 2014.
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/TFN_EN/status/482935528858611714
  7. ^ "Werder sign Bosnian international Hajrovic". Werder Bremen (Werder.de). 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.werder.de/en/season/testspiele/spieluebersicht/2014/prev_wacker_innsbruck.php
  9. ^ "Hajrović: I Hitzfeldu sam rekao da sam izabrao BiH koju volim više od Švicarske" (in Bosnian). scsport.ba. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hajrović može igrati za BiH" (in Bosnian). nfsbih.ba. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "FIFA clears Switzerland's Izet Hajrovic to switch international duty to Bosnia-Herzegovina". The Associated Press. www.winnipegfreepress.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sušić objavio imena igrača za utakmice sa Slovačkom" (text & video). Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association) (in Bosnian). nfsbih.ba. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Slovensko na MS do Brazílie nepostúpi, s Bosnou prehralo 1:2" (in Slovak). sport.sme.sk. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Južna Amerika na bosanski način" (in Bosnian). mozzartsport.com. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Proglašavali su me izdajnikom, a ja sam uvijek znao da ću igrati za BiH" (in Bosnian). sport.ba. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Naš dragulj Sead Hajrović: Još nisam shvatio koliko je Arsenal veliki klub" (in Bosnian). bhfanaticos.com. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 

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