Denni Avdić

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Denni Avdić
Denni Avdić (training 2016, 1, cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Denni Avdić
Date of birth (1988-09-05) 5 September 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Huskvarna, Sweden
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre-forward
Club information
Current team
AFC Eskilstuna
Number 28
Youth career
Husqvarna FF
Brøndby
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Elfsborg 104 (26)
2011–2013 Werder Bremen 7 (0)
2011–2012 Werder Bremen II 12 (0)
2012–2013PEC Zwolle (loan) 24 (8)
2013–2015 AZ 13 (0)
2014–2015Heracles Almelo (loan) 22 (4)
2016–2018 AIK 55 (5)
2019– AFC Eskilstuna 7 (1)
National team
2003–2004 Sweden U17 15 (8)
2005–2007 Sweden U19 18 (4)
2007–2010 Sweden U21 23 (7)
2009 Sweden 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:25, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Denni Avdić (born Deni Avdić on 5 September 1988) is a Swedish footballer of Bosnian descent who plays as a centre-forward for AFC Eskilstuna in the Swedish Allsvenskan. He has played one game for the Sweden national football team.

Career[edit]

Avdić was born in Huskvarna, Sweden. He was 15 years old he was signed by Danish Superliga club Brøndby IF. He played for Brøndby's reserve team in the Danish 2nd Division East – the third tier of Danish football – but did not play any senior games for the club.[1] In 2006, Avdić was released by Brøndby, as he wanted to live closer to his family in Sweden,[2] and he was picked up by IF Elfsborg in the Swedish Allsvenskan championship. When he was signed by Elfsborg, he was praised by Elfsborg officials as one of the greatest talents in Swedish football.[3]

Avdić made his debut for Elfsborg in November 2006. He played from the start in Elfsborg's first ever Royal League match, and scored two goals in the 4–0 win over AIK. In the 2010 season of the Allsvenskan, Avdić changed position from attacking-midfielder to striker, his previous position as a youth player. He scored 19 goals, making him runner-up golden boot that season, after Alexander Gerndt who scored 20 goals. Due to this he was sold the same season for a transfer fee of £2 million to Werder Bremen.[4]

On 3 January 2011, Avdić became Werder Bremen's first new signing of the winter, as confirmed by the website of the German Bundesliga club. He signed a contract until summer 2014. He featured only on rare occasions for the team during the 2011–12 Bundesliga season. due to his repeating injuries. Before his loan to PEC Zwolle, Avdić played seven games in Bundesliga and 12 games for Werder's second team without scoring a single goal.[5]

On 29 August 2012, Avdić agreed upon a loan to the Dutch football team PEC Zwolle in Eredivisie until the end of season 2013.[6] And he scored his first goal for the club in his fourth game as a substitute. On 17 February 2013, in his 14th game against Feyenoord, Avdić made the match-winning 3–2 goal for Zwolle, which also meant his seventh goal at the time. This made him at the time the second best Swedish goalscorer in the 2012–13 season, only beaten by Zlatan Ibrahimović.[7] Where experts claimed that he deserved a place in the Swedish national football team, due to Sweden's weak availability of good strikers.[8]

In summer 2013, Avdić joined AZ Alkmaar.[9] He made his debut on 30 October in a KNVB Cup match against Achilles '29, scoring two goals. AZ won the match with 7–0.

On 15 August 2014, as a result of having no prospect with AZ, he was sent on loan to Heracles Almelo until the end of the season.[10]

In February 2019, joined AFC Eskilstuna, newly promoted to Allsvenskan.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 February 2019[12]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
IF Elfsborg Allsvenskan 2007 19 0 0 0 6 0 25 0
2008 25 4 0 0 1 0 26 4
2009 29 3 2 0 6 2 37 5
2010 29 19 2 1 4 1 35 21
Total 102 26 4 1 17 3 123 30
Werder Bremen Bundesliga 2010–11 7 0 0 0 4 1 11 1
Total 7 0 0 0 4 1 11 1
Werder Bremen II 3. Liga 2010–11 1 0 1 0
2011–12 11 0 11 0
Total 12 0 12 0
PEC Zwolle Eredivisie 2012–13 23 8 4 0 23 8
Total 23 8 4 0 27 8
AZ Alkmaar Eredivisie 2013–14 13 0 2 2 4 0 19 2
Total 13 0 2 2 4 0 19 2
Heracles Almelo Eredivisie 2014–15 22 4 2 0 24 4
Total 22 4 2 0 24 4
AIK Allsvenskan 2016 15 2 3 1 5 1 23 4
2017 21 3 4 1 4 0 29 4
2018 19 0 1 0 3 0 23 0
Total 55 5 8 2 12 1 75 8
Career total 234 43 20 5 37 5 291 53

Honours[edit]

IF Elfsborg[13]

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Denni Avdic – Statistik" (in Danish). Brøndby IF. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Avdic vender hjem". Brøndby IF. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Denni Avdic klar för Blackburn Rovers – kommer från Bröndy och är en utpräglad målskytt" (in Swedish). Elfsborg IF. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Denni Avdic Elfsborg" (in Swedish). expressen.se. Archived from the original on 18 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Denni Avdic klar för Werder Bremen idag" (in Swedish). IF Elfsborg. 3 January 2013. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Denni Avdic lånas ut" (in Swedish). IF Elfsborg. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  7. ^ Lundh, Olof (17 February 2013). "Avdic målbäst efter Zlatan: "Kan bara göra mitt jobb"" (in Swedish). fotbollskanalen.se. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Avdic fortsatt stekhet – sänkte Feyenoord" (in Swedish). fotbolldirekt.se. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Zurück in die Niederlande: Avdic wechselt zu Alkmaar" [Back to the Netherlands: Avdic joins Alkmaar] (in German). Werder Bremen. 4 August 2013. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  10. ^ "AZ slijt overbodige en verbannen Zweed aan Heracles: "Een uitstekende speler"" (in Dutch). Voetbalprimeur. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  11. ^ Fagerlund, Frida (28 February 2019). "Officiellt: Denni Avdic klar för AFC Eskilstuna". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  12. ^ "D. AVDIĆ". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  13. ^ "D. Avdić". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Allsvenska skytteligan: Gerndt i ensam ledning". fotbollskanalen.se (in Swedish). 31 October 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2015.

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