Spahić with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
|Full name||Emir Spahić|
|Date of birth||18 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Dubrovnik, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|FK Krajina Cazin|
|2013||→ Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||7||(1)|
|2000–2002||Bosnia and Herzegovina U21||15||(0)|
|2003–||Bosnia and Herzegovina||81||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2015.
During his club career, he has represented teams in his homeland, Croatia, Russia, France, Spain and Germany. His most recent team was Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, where his contract was terminated in April 2015 for violence towards match stewards.
On 24 June 2009, Spahić announced that he would join the newly promoted Montpellier squad for the 2009–10 Ligue 1 season. On his league debut against Paris Saint-Germain, he scored a header in the 94th minute for a 1–1 draw, which earned a point for the newly promoted club. He scored his second goal for Montpellier in a 2–2 draw against FC Lorient.
On 4 July 2011, Spahić agreed a transfer with Sevilla for €2 million until July 2014. His national teammate Miroslav Stevanović also transferred to Sevilla in January 2013 and upon his arrival at San Pablo International Airport, he was received by Spahić. Spahić scored his first goal for Sevilla on 5 January 2013 in a 1–0 victory against Osasuna.
On 28 June 2013, Spahić was signed by Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga on a two-year contract. He conceded a penalty and was later sent off in a Champions League last-16 first-leg game on 18 February 2014, as Paris Saint-Germain beat Leverkusen 4–0. On 20 April, he scored his first two goals for the club, in a 4–1 league victory against 1. FC Nürnberg.
On 30 August 2014, 34-year-old Spahić headed in a goal from a free kick to level the score at 2–2 in a game that finished 4–2 for Bayer Leverkusen against Hertha BSC, thus ensuring his team's unbeaten start to the season.
On 30 March 2015, Spahić was proclaimed the best defender in Europe (in front of Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Chris Smalling (Manchester United) and Thiago Silva (PSG)) by International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES).
He had his contract terminated on 12 April 2015 for headbutting a member of club's security personnel reportedly after they refused to allow his friends entry inside the dressing room area.
On 5 July 2015, Hamburger SV confirmed Emir Spahić as a new player, signing a one-year contract, until June 2016.
Spahić was the captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team before initially announcing his retirement. On 7 June 2003, he made his debut as a substitute against Romania at Stadionul Ion Oblemenco in Craiova.
Ever since his debut, he has been an important member of the national team. He headed a ball into the box and assisted Ermin Bičakčić who scored a crucial equalizer versus Slovakia in Žilina during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Bosnia-Herzegovina came back from one goal down in that game to win 2–1 and stay top of their qualifying group for ahead of Greece.
He retired from international football on 7 August 2014. After his retirement, Bosnia lost their first game of Euro 2016 qualifiers versus Cyprus (ranked 121 places behind Bosnia in FIFA Ranking for August 2014) without Spahić, which resulted in manager Safet Sušić calling him back from retirement on 22 September for the games that followed vs Wales and Belgium. At the time Bosnia's key defenders were either injured or lacked competitive matches for their clubs which resulted in Spahić's call up to the national side. Due to short lived injury he missed these two games and returned to international stage vs Israel on November 16 where he played a full game, first time since playing vs Iran at 2014 FIFA World Cup.
His father's family is from Sandžak, and his mother is from Gacko in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They met when they were both working in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Emir has three brothers, the older being Nermin, Amir and younger one Alen (Alen is also a football player). Spahić is a first cousin of fellow national team player Edin Džeko.
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