Yksel Osmanovski

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Yksel Osmanovski
Personal information
Full name Yksel Osmanovski
Date of birth (1977-02-24) 24 February 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Malmö, Sweden
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Striker
Club information
Current team
Malmö FF (U21 coach)
Youth career
1982–1984 Malmö BI
1985–1986 IFK Malmö
1987–1995 Malmö FF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Malmö FF 58 (16)
1998–2001 Bari 85 (14)
2001–2002 Torino 9 (1)
2002 Bordeaux (loan) 7 (0)
2002–2003 Torino 13 (0)
2004–2007 Malmö FF 45 (5)
Total 217 (36)
National team
1998–2006 Sweden 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Yksel Osmanovski (born 24 February 1977) is a Swedish former footballer, who played as a striker. His Turkish parents originate from the region of Prespa Lake, Republic of Macedonia. He is the first Muslim to represent Sweden in football.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Skrävlinge, Malmö, Osmanovski grew up in Rosengård, where fellow Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović also grew up. In an early interview, Zlatan said that "within a few years, I will play in Italy, and eventually the national team. I want to follow in Yksel's footsteps. We know each other, even if he is four years older than me. I got his autograph when he started playing for Malmö FF, when I played in Malmö BI. When he came to Rosengård and played and dribbled with us kids, we were all shouting "Yksel, Yksel, Yksel!" - Ibrahimović, in 2000.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

He played for Malmö BI and IFK Malmö as a child, but joined Malmö FF in 1987 where he eventually made his debut in 1995. He gradually became a star in the Swedish league, and was bought by Italian Serie A outfit Bari. After three seasons he moved on to Torino, but struggled to capture a first team place. He therefore returned to Malmö FF in 2004 after a stint at Bordeaux.[3][4] There he was part of the team that won the Allsvenskan league title, although Osmanovski himself did not receive a winner's medal, because he took part in too few matches. Still he played the crucial role, in stopping a ball on the goal line against title rivals Halmstad BK. Had it gone in, Malmö would certainly not won the league title, but thanks to a 2–2 draw, they kept themselves within a shot.

In February 2008, Osmanovski announced his retirement from professional football, having not had his contract with Malmö renewed.

International career[edit]

He has played 14 international matches for the Sweden national team,[5] and was a squad player for the Euro 2000.

Coaching career[edit]

On 14 January 2013 it was announced that Osmanovski would return to football, working as U21 coach for his previous club Malmö FF.

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