Senad Lulić

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Senad Lulić
Personal information
Full name Senad Lulić
Date of birth (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Chur 97 24 (0)
2006–2008 Bellinzona 63 (13)
2008–2010 Grasshopper 41 (6)
2010–2011 Young Boys 31 (6)
2011– Lazio 104 (15)
National team
2008– Bosnia and Herzegovina 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Senad Lulić (born 18 January 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Lazio and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He has been deployed both as a left wing-back, and as a left midfielder, due to his pace and stamina.

Lulić was born in Mostar, but he spent most of his childhood in Jablanica. [1]

Club career[edit]

Lulić moved in his childhood to Switzerland due to the Bosnian War and started his football career at Chur 97. He then moved to Bellinzona, where he helped the club gain promotion to the Swiss Super League in his last season at the Ticino-based club. In July 2008, he joined Grasshopper Club Zürich,[2] playing two seasons for Grasshopper before being transferred to Bernese club BSC Young Boys.[3] After a successful lone season at Young Boys, where Lulić scored a total of nine goals in 40 matches between the Super League, Swiss Cup, and UEFA competitions, he received offers from German clubs Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen, as well as Serie A side Lazio. He eventually moved to the Rome-based club, Lazio.

On 16 June 2011, it was confirmed that Lulić had signed a five-year contract with Lazio for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around 3 million.[4] He made his first appearance for the club on 9 September against Milan and went on to score his first goal for the Roman side at Bologna on 23 October. He scored his second goal in a match against Cagliari. His third goal, and his first one at the Stadio Olimpico, came in a 2–2 draw against Udinese on 18 December. Following his successful debut season at Lazio, in June 2012, Lulić was voted third as Bosnia and Herzegovina's player of the year, behind Manchester City's Edin Džeko and Roma's Miralem Pjanić.[5]

On 26 May 2013, he scored the only goal in the historic Coppa Italia 2013 final against city rivals Roma. It was the first ever among the two Roman clubs, his goal gained Lazio its sixth Coppa Italia, an UEFA Europa League spot at the expense of their bitter rivals, and placed him in the Pantheon of Lazio's top players. [6][7]

International career[edit]

Lulić received his debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a match against Azerbaijan, which all of the established players decided to boycott following the dismissal of newly appointed coach Meho Kodro by the already unpopular Bosnian Football Federation.[8] He had to wait for more than two years, until August 2010, to receive his next call-up. After several good performances for his club side, especially in UEFA Champions League qualification, new Bosnia manager Safet Sušić called him up to the matches against Luxembourg and France.[9] Despite playing as a left winger at that time for Young Boys, Sušić made him play both matches as a left back, the position where he has established himself in the national team.[10][11] On 15 November 2011, Lulić was dismissed for a second yellow card in the second leg of the UEFA Euro 2012 playoff qualifiers against Portugal.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 5 July 2014
Club Season League Cup Europe International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bellinzona 2006–07 30 3 - - - - - - 30 3
2007–08 33 10 5 1 - - - - 36 11
Grasshoppers 2008–09 26 3 4 2 6 2 - - 36 7
2009–10 15 3 2 0 - - - - 17 3
Young Boys 2010–11 27 6 2 - 11 3 - - 40 9
Lazio 2011–12 27 4 2 - 8 - - - 37 4
2012–13 33 1 5 1 12 1 0 0 50 3
2013–14 30 7 1 0 5 0 1 0 37 7
2014–15 14 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 16 3
Total 230 39 21 4 42 6 7 1 293 49

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 1–0 5–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lazio

References[edit]

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