Elvir Bolić

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Elvir Bolić
Personal information
Full name Elvir Bolić
Date of birth (1971-10-10) 10 October 1971 (age 45)
Place of birth Zenica, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Čelik Zenica 48 (5)
1992 Red Star Belgrade 11 (2)
1992 Galatasaray 8 (2)
1993–1995 Gaziantepspor 73 (43)
1995–2000 Fenerbahçe 145 (64)
2000–2003 Rayo Vallecano 98 (22)
2003–2004 İstanbulspor 28 (11)
2004 Gençlerbirliği 16 (2)
2005 Malatyaspor 11 (1)
2005–2006 İstanbulspor 17 (7)
2006 Rijeka 6 (4)
Total 450 (161)
National team
1996–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 (22)
Teams managed
2008 Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Elvir Bolić (born 10 October 1971) is a Bosnian former footballer who played as a striker.

He spent most of his 18-year professional career in Turkey, appearing for seven clubs including Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe. He also played three years in Spain, with Rayo Vallecano.

Bolić represented Bosnia and Herzegovina during one full decade.[1]

Club career[edit]

Čelik / Red Star[edit]

Born in Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia, Bolić started playing with local NK Čelik, being one of the players in the club that would later represent the independent Bosnian national team, including Senad Brkić, Mirsad Hibić and Nermin Šabić.

In December 1991, Bolić was acquired by Yugoslav powerhouse Red Star Belgradedefending champions of the European Cup – after impressing managers Vladimir Cvetković and Dragan Džajić. He scored two goals in 11 games in the Yugoslav First League in his only season.[2][3]

While at the Yugoslav national side's training camp in France, in June of the following year, 21-year-old Bolić received bad news from his family about the deteriorating situation in Bosnia and the start of the military conflict. He informed the club's directors that he would not be coming back to Belgrade, and he left to Turkey to meet with his agent; Red Star respected his wish, and he subsequently signed with Galatasaray SK.[4]

Turkey[edit]

Bolić moved to Turkey in the summer of 1992, and remained in the nation and its Süper Lig for the following eight years. He started with Galatasaray, going on to represent Gaziantepspor and Fenerbahçe SK, winning the national championship in his first season with the latter team and also reaching the final of the Turkish Cup.

On 30 October 1996, Bolić broke Manchester United's 40-year unbeaten home record in Europe when he scored the game's only goal at Old Trafford in the season's UEFA Champions League group stage,[5] where he also netted against SK Rapid Wien (1–1 away draw).

Late career[edit]

Bolić started the 2000s in Spain with Rayo Vallecano, spending three seasons in La Liga with the club. In his first year he scored eight in 32 matches, adding seven in the campaign's UEFA Cup to help the Madrid outskirts side reach the quarterfinals, even though four of those came in a 10–0 away routing of amateurs Constel·lació Esportiva.[6]

In 2003, Bolić returned to Turkey for another lengthy spell, joining Istanbulspor in late July.[7] At the end of the season he left for Gençlerbirliği SK,[8] finishing his second stint in the country with Malatyaspor and İstanbulspor.

Bolić started 2006–07 in Croatia with NK Rijeka, but left in September 2006, retiring shortly after at the age of 35.

International career[edit]

Bosnia-Herzegovina squad during the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign (Bolić fourth from the left, middle row).

Bolić earned 51 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 22 goals. He made his debut in 1996 against Greece[9] and, at the time of his retirement, ranked third in international goals for his country, only trailing Edin Džeko and Zvjezdan Misimović.[1]

On 8 September 2004, Bolić netted the equalizer in a 1–1 home draw with Spain for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.[10] He later briefly worked as assistant coach to the national team, being part of Meho Kodro's coaching staff and leaving his post on 17 May 2008.[11]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 November 1996 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Italy 2–1 2–1 Friendly
2. 10 November 1996 Bežigrad, Ljubljana, Slovenia  Slovenia 1–0 2–1 1998 World Cup qualification
3. 5 November 1997 El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia  Tunisia 1–2 1–2 Friendly
4. 20 August 1997 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Denmark 2–0 3–0 1998 World Cup qualification
5. 20 August 1997 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Denmark 3–0 3–0 1998 World Cup qualification
6. 10 September 1997 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Slovenia 1–0 1–0 1998 World Cup qualification
7. 5 June 1999 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Lithuania 2–0 2–0 Euro 2000 qualifying
8. 9 June 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 1–0 2–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
9. 9 June 1999 Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands  Faroe Islands 2–2 2–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
10. 4 September 1999 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Scotland 1–1 1–2 Euro 2000 qualifying
11. 16 August 2000 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Turkey 1–0 2–0 Friendly
12. 27 March 2002 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Macedonia 1–0 4–4 Friendly
13. 27 March 2002 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Macedonia 4–2 4–4 Friendly
14. 29 March 2003 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Luxembourg 1–0 2–0 Euro 2004 qualifying
15. 11 October 2003 Asim Ferhatovic Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Denmark 1–1 1–1 Euro 2004 qualifying
16. 31 March 2004  ?, Luxembourg, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 2–0 2–1 Friendly
17. 8 September 2004 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Spain 1–1 1–1 2006 World Cup qualification
18. 2 February 2005  ?, Teheran, Iran  Iran 1–0 1–2 Friendly
19. 30 March 2005 Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Lithuania 1–0 1–1 2006 World Cup qualification
20. 8 October 2005 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  San Marino 1–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification
21. 8 October 2005 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  San Marino 2–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification
22. 8 October 2005 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  San Marino 3–0 3–0 2006 World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Galatasaray
Fenerbahçe

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Elvir Bolić" (in Bosnian). NFSBIH. Retrieved 26 March 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Елвир Болић" [Elvir Bolić] (in Serbian). Red Star Belgrade. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Red Star 1991/92 season" (in Serbian). Red Star Belgrade. Retrieved 2 June 2016. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Bivši reprezentativac BiH: Kako je Elvir Bolić pobjegao iz Crvene zvezde?" [How did Elvir Bolić escape from Red Star?] (in Bosnian). Faktor. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Best and worst of Manchester United's Champions League games at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson". The Daily Telegraph. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Constel·lació 0–10 Rayo Vallecano". UEFA.com. 10 August 2000. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Turkish delight for Bolic". UEFA.com. 22 July 2003. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Bolic to lead Gençlerbirligi attack". UEFA.com. 1 July 2004. Retrieved 14 December 2008. 
  9. ^ Prve utakmice bh. reprezentacije (BH team's first match); Klix, 31 May 2009 (Bosnian)
  10. ^ "World Cup round-up". BBC Sport. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bosnia-Herzegovina sack Kodro". FIFA.com. 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 8 July 2008. Retrieved 17 July 2008. 

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