Samir Handanović

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Samir Handanović
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Handanović playing with Inter in 2012
Personal information
Full name Samir Handanović[1]
Date of birth (1984-07-14) 14 July 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Internazionale
Number 1
Youth career
Slovan
2002–2003 Domžale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Domžale 7 (0)
2003–2004 Zagorje (loan) 11 (0)
2004–2012 Udinese 182 (0)
2005–2006 Treviso (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Lazio (loan) 1 (0)
2006–2007 Rimini (loan) 39 (0)
2012– Internazionale 106 (0)
National team
2002–2003 Slovenia U19 6 (0)
2004–2006 Slovenia U21 7 (0)
2004– Slovenia 76 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 June 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2015

Samir Handanović (born 14 July 1984) is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Inter Milan and the Slovenia national football team. He joined Udinese in 2004. During the course of the 2010–11 Serie A season, he saved a total of six penalty kicks, equalling an all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season. In 2012, he transferred to Inter Milan for €11 million. Having previously represented Slovenia's under-19 and under-21 team, Handanović made his senior international debut in 2004. He has gone on to earn 76 caps for his country, the third-most appearances for Slovenia and most by a goalkeeper, and played for them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Daily Mail listed him as one of the 10 best goalkeepers in the world.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Handanović started his career at Slovan and was later transferred to Domžale, where he spent two seasons. He was signed by Udinese in the summer of 2004 at the age of 20. He was on loan to Treviso in the summer of 2005, but in January 2006, he was exchanged with Matteo Sereni to Lazio.[3]

Rimini[edit]

In July 2006, he was loaned to Rimini,[4] with a pre-set price of €1.2 million.[5] Thanks also to his saves, Rimini remained undefeated in both championship games played against Juventus. The club finished fifth in the Serie B and conceded the fourth least number of goals in the league. Handanović was named the second best goalkeeper of that edition of Serie B, right after Gianluigi Buffon.[6]

Return to Udinese[edit]

He returned to Udinese in summer 2007, as Udinese excised the counter-option to reject the buying, where he replaced Morgan De Sanctis, and signed a new and improved contract which would last until 30 June 2012. He signed the contract along teammates Asamoah Gyan and Fabio Quagliarella.[7] During a match against Lazio in May 2011, he saved a penalty from Mauro Zárate, which was his sixth saved penalty during the 2010–11 Serie A season, and equalled the all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season for most penalties saved during the course of one season.[8]

In August 2011, he signed a new five-year contract.[9]

Inter Milan[edit]

On 4 July 2012, Udinese manager Francisco Guidolin confirmed that an agreement for the transfer of Handanović to Inter Milan was reached with Inter paying €11 million for his services.[10] He was named in the Oscar del Calcio Serie A team of the Year in 2010-11 and 2012-13.[11]

After saving his last five Serie A penalties faced, Handanović saved from Yevhen Konoplyanka of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 27 November 2014, in a game which Inter won to confirm top spot in their UEFA Europa League group with a game remaining.[12]

International career[edit]

Handanović has been capped 76 times for Slovenia.[13] He made his debut for national team on 17 November 2004, in a match against Slovakia.[14] He also played for Slovenia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Handanović's parents are from Bosnia and Herzegovina. His elder cousin, Jasmin Handanović, also embarked on a career in Italy from 2007 to 2011 and currently plays for Maribor in the Slovenian PrvaLiga and was also a member of the Slovenian national team.[14] Handanović is in a long standing relationship with Zoja Trobec, former KK Olimpija cheerleader, with whom he has a son Alen, born on 19 January 2011.[16][17] The pair married in May 2012 and Handanović thus became brother-in-law to Zoja's sister Irena who is married to professional Bosnian basketball player Jasmin Hukić.[18] On 3 October 2013 Handanović's wife gave birth to the couple's second son, named Ian.[19]

Statistics[edit]

As of 28 June 2015.[20][21]

Club[edit]

Handanović with Udinese in 2011
Club Season Division League Cup [nb 1] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Domžale 2003–04 1.SNL 7 0 0 0 7 0
Total 7 0 0 0 7 0
Zagorje 2003–04 2.SNL 11 0 0 0 11 0
Total 11 0 0 0 11 0
Treviso 2005–06 Serie A 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 0 0 3 0
Lazio 2005–06 Serie A 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 1 0
Rimini 2006–07 Serie B 39 0 2 0 41 0
Total 39 0 2 0 41 0
Udinese 2004–05 Serie A 3 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08 35 0 1 0 36 0
2008–09 33 0 1 0 10[a] 0 44 0
2009–10 37 0 3 0 40 0
2010–11 35 0 0 0 35 0
2011–12 38 0 1 0 12[b] 0 51 0
Total 181 0 6 0 22 0 209 0
Inter Milan 2012–13 Serie A 35 0 3 0 10[a] 0 48 0
2013–14 36 0 0 0 36 0
2014–15 37 0 0 0 3[a] 0 40 0
Total 106 0 3 0 14 0 123 0
Career total 350 0 11 0 35 0 397 0
  1. ^ a b c All appearances in Europa League
  2. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League,Ten appearances in Europa League

International[edit]

As of 28 June 2015[22]
Slovenia national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 6 0
2006 2 0
2007 11 0
2008 8 0
2009 8 0
2010 11 0
2011 7 0
2012 6 0
2013 8 0
2014 6 0
2015 2 0
Total 76 0

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Includes cup competitions such as Coppa Italia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 27. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2874695/David-Gea-excellent-Manchester-United-s-win-Liverpool-does-Spaniard-compare-Manuel-Neuer-Thibaut-Courtois-world-s-keepers.html
  3. ^ Ben Warburton, Nadia Carminati (1 February 2006). "Treviso sign Sereni". Sky Sports. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Calciomercato: ancora un arrivo" [Football Market: More arrival]. Rimini Calcio FC (in Italian). 7 July 2006. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "FINAL AWARD – 2145-2146-2147 Sevilla FC SA/Morgan de Sanctis/Udinese Calcio S.p.A." (PDF). CAS. 28 February 2007. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Udinese, gli sloveni alle porte". La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian) (www.gazzetta.it). 15 November 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "CALCIO, UDINESE: IN QUATTRO RINNOVANO FINO AL 2012". la Repubblica (in Italian). 12 October 2007. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Dario Dotto (9 May 2011). "Handanoviču uspelo, kar ni svetovnim legendam 62 let". SIOL.net (in Slovenian). Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Handanovic e l'Udinese insieme fino al 2016!". Udinese Calcio (in Italian) (www.udinese.it). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Inter agree €11m fee for Handanovic, Udinese confirm". Goal.com. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  11. ^ Official AIC Site
  12. ^ Menicucci, Paolo (27 November 2014). "Inter make Mancini's day against Dnipro". UEFA. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Samir Handanović at National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 23 June 2010.
  14. ^ a b "1 Samir HANDANOVIC". FIFA.com. Retrieved 23 June 2010. 
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "Handanović prvič očka" (in Slovenian). nogomania.com. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "A new baby boy in Udinese: Alen Handanovic". udinese.it. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  18. ^ K.K. (19 May 2012). "Samir Handanović obljubil večno zvestobo svoji "zmajčici"" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  19. ^ K.K. (6 October 2013). "Samir Handanović in Zoja znova pestujeta" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  20. ^ Samir Handanović profile at Soccerway
  21. ^ "Samir Handanović". inter.it. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  22. ^ Samir Handanović at National-Football-Teams.com

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