Edin Cocalić

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Edin Cocalić
Cocalić with Panionios in 2012
Personal information
Full name Edin Cocalić
Date of birth (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Višegrad, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Željezničar 88 (5)
2010–2012 Panionios 49 (1)
2012–2015 Maccabi Haifa 77 (2)
2015– Mechelen 42 (2)
National team
2003 Bosnia and Herzegovina U17 3 (1)
2005 Bosnia and Herzegovina U19 2 (0)
2007–2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 5 (0)
2015– Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2016

Edin Cocalić (Bosnian pronunciation: [ɛdiŋ tsɔtsalitɕ]; born 5 December 1987) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Belgian club Mechelen and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Club career[edit]

Cocalić began his football career with Željezničar, where he played for eleven years and captained his team in the last three seasons spent at the club. He received numerous honours at youth level with his club and is known for being the youngest captain in the history of Željezničar at the time.

His highlight moment was scoring a second goal in a city derby against FK Sarajevo in a cup match, helping his team to a 3–1 win and eventually advancing to semi-final.[2]

Cocalić signed a contract with Panionios in January 2010 that would keep him at the club for the next three and a half years.[3]

On 3 June 2011, Panionios announced on its website receiving an official offer from the champions of Israel, Maccabi Haifa, for the services of Edin Cocalić, which they rejected.[4]

On 9 January 2012, it was reported by Panionios that Cocalić will join Maccabi Haifa on 17 January.[5]

In February 2015, Cocalić joined Belgian side Mechelen, on a three-and-a-half year contract.[6]

International career[edit]

Cocalić was the captain of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-17 and also a part of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-19 and Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 teams.

He received first senior call-up for Bosnia and Herzegovina in March 2015, making his debut against Andorra.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Cocalić became a father in March 2011. His wife, Merima, gave birth to a baby girl.[8]

Cocalić is bilingual, speaking Bosnian and English fluently.[9]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 7 June 2016.[10]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2015 4 0
2016 3 0
Total 7 0