Nikola Sarić (footballer)
|Date of birth||6 January 1991|
|Place of birth||Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Current club||HB Køge|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:58, 24 July 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Sarić joined professional club Herfølge aged 13. He spent five seasons in total with the Danish outfit, mostly in their youth system, managing to record three first team appearances in what would turn out to be his last season at the club. In 2007, Sarić was voted by the Danish Football Association to be their 2007 U-17 Player of the Year. At the age of just 14, Sarić was invited to trials at both Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona. Both of his trials were successful and he was offered a three year contract at Barcelona, however he and his father rejected this opportunity as it was deemed to be "too early" in his career.
During the Summer of 2008 at only 17 years of age he was sold to Liverpool, despite reported interest from the likes of Werder Bremen, Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Ajax, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.
Sarić's signing for Liverpool prompted substantial news coverage. Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Charlton Athletic all attempted to sign him, resulting in a bidding war. It was reported they settled on a 3-year £500,000 contract. Liverpool Daily Post called him "one of Europe's most promising young strikers" and he was compared, in style, to Zlatan Ibrahimović However, his potential was to be unfulfilled as Sarić suffered numerous injuries during his time at the club's reserves, including two broken legs and a knee problem which stunted his development. In 2011, he was released after the expiry of his contract.
After training with the club for two weeks, he signed a contract with HNK Hajduk Split on 2 June 2011. He was released by mutual consent in 2012 after financial trouble meant the club failed to pay the player his wages.
On 23 March 2012 he signed a contract with the Danish Superliga club HB Køge. Injury problems continued to plague his career, however, and he managed to play only 16 games in 1 year for HB Køge in all competitions. It was announced on the 5th of December 2013 that Sarić would leave the club at the expiry of his contract at the end of the year.
He has represented Denmark at youth level in all categories. According to Bosnian media Sarić is, as of March 2010, still undecided which country he will represent, should he come into consideration at senior international level, Denmark or Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sarić was born in Sarajevo, present day Bosnia and Herzegovina to a Bosnian Serb father and a Bosnian Croat mother. He grew up as a refugee in Denmark after his family fled the country during the Yugoslav wars.
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- "Rafa Benitez to seal double capture of Nikola Saric and Andrea Dossena". Liverpool Daily Post. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
- "Free Transfer List 2010/1" (PDF). Premier League. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Saric er HB Køges nye nummer 9". HB Køge. 23 March 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.