Avdija Vršajević

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Avdija Vršajević
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Vršajević with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Avdija Vršajević
Date of birth (1986-03-06) 6 March 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Tešanj, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Osmanlıspor
Number 2
Youth career
TOŠK Tešanj
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 TOŠK Tešanj
2004–2005 Željezničar 24 (1)
2005–2007 Čelik Zenica 18 (3)
2007–2009 Sparta Prague 0 (0)
2008 SK Kladno (loan) 11 (0)
2008 Tatran Prešov (loan) 10 (1)
2009–2011 Tatran Prešov 60 (3)
2011–2012 Čelik Zenica 21 (3)
2012–2015 Hajduk Split 74 (4)
2015– Osmanlıspor 31 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 13 (1)
2012– Bosnia and Herzegovina 17 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 February 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2017

Avdija Vršajević (born 6 March 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a right back for Turkish club Osmanlıspor.

Club career[edit]

Vršajević's first professional club was NK TOŠK Tešanj. Here he spent the 2003-04 season before moving to Željezničar. He spent only one season at Željezničar before Čelik Zenica acquired his services. He remained at Čelik for two seasons, often in and out of the first team.

From Čelik, Avdija moved to Czech side AC Sparta Prague but never made an appearance for them, spending loan spells initially at SK Kladno and then at 1. FC Tatran Prešov. Tatran made his loan move permanent in 2009 and he spent the following two seasons there, making 60 appearances and scoring three goals. He was played as either a right back or a right winger at Tatran.

Avdija moved back to Čelik in 2011, spending one season at the club where he made a further 21 appearances.

As he only signed a one-year contract at Čelik and chose not to renew it when the season ended, Avdija moved to Croatian side Hajduk Split, signing a three-year contract. He made his debut for Hajduk on 22 July 2012 in a 0–0 draw against Istra. Immediately becoming the club's first choice right back, Avdija made 30 appearances in all competitions in his first season at Hajduk. In the 2013–14 season, manager Igor Tudor changed his role in the team often. Throughout the season he found himself at left back, right back and right wing, once again making 30 appearances in all competitions.

In June 2015, Vršajević left Hajduk Split, after agreeing mutual termination with the club.[2]

On July 18, he signed with newly promoted Turkish side Osmanlıspor.[3]

International career[edit]

In 2006, Vršajević was called to Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 side by then coach Ibrahim Zukanović.[4]

He made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut in 2012 in a 3–0 friendly win against Slovenia under coach Safet Sušić.[5] Vršajević was named in the Bosnia and Herzegovina 23-man squad for their first World Cup participation ever in the 2014 World Cup.[6] On 25 June 2014, he scored his first goal and Bosnia's third in the 83rd minute to make it 3–1 for Bosnia against Iran in the last group match, where he also made his World Cup debut.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of match played 25 March 2017.[8]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012 4 0
2013 7 0
2014 4 1
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 1
Total 17 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[8]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 25 June 2014 Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, Brazil  Iran
3–1
3–1
2014 FIFA World Cup
2. 25 March 2017 Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Gibraltar
3–0
5–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avdija Vrsajevic Osmanlıspor profile". 
  2. ^ "Vršajević left Hajduk" (in Bosnian). 9 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Vrsajevic signs for Osmanlıspor" (in Bosnian). 
  4. ^ "Vrsajevic, the most doubted Bosnian player" (in Bosnian). 
  5. ^ "Slovenia vs Bosnia" (in Bosnian). 
  6. ^ "Bosnia-Herzegovina 2014 World Cup Squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bos-Herce 3-1 Iran". BBC. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Avdija Vršajević". National Football Teams. 

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