Handanović training with Inter Milan in 2012
|Full name||Samir Handanović|
|Date of birth||14 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Zagorje (loan)||11||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Treviso (loan)||3||(0)|
|2006||→ Lazio (loan)||1||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Rimini (loan)||39||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Samir Handanović (born 14 July 1984) is a Slovenian footballer, who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian club Inter Milan and the Slovenia national football team. He played for Udinese between 2004 and 2012. During the course of the 2010–11 Serie A season, he has saved a total of six penalty shots, tying an all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season.
Having previously represented Slovenia's under-19 and under-21 team, Handanović made his senior international debut in 2004. His older cousin Jasmin Handanović is also a goalkeeper who plays for the Slovenian national team.
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.
In July 2006, he was loaned to Rimini, with a pre-set price of €1.2 million. 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.
Return to Udinese
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. 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 tied the all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season for most penalties saved during the course of one season.
In August 2011, he signed a new five-year contract.
On 4 July 2012, Udinese manager Francisco Guidolin confirmed that an agreement for the transfer of Handanović to Inter was reached with Inter paying €11 million for his services. He was named in the Oscar del Calcio Serie A team of the Year in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
Handanović has been capped 70 times for Slovenia. He made his debut for national team on 17 November 2004, in a match against Slovakia. He also played for Slovenia in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- As of 10 May 2014.
- Serie A Team of the Year (2): 2010–11, 2012-13
Handanović's parents are from Bosnia and Herzegovina and are responsible for keeping Islam a part of his life. 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. They both play as goalkeepers for the Slovenian national team. 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. 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. On 3 October 2013 Handanović's wife gave birth to the couple's second son, named Ian.
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