Ermin Bičakčić

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Ermin Bičakčić
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Bičakčić with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ermin Bičakčić
Date of birth (1990-01-24) 24 January 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Zvornik, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 4
Youth career
1995–2005 SpVgg Möckmühl
2005 FC Heilbronn
2005–2010 VfB Stuttgart
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 VfB Stuttgart II 23 (0)
2010–2012 VfB Stuttgart 1 (0)
2012–2014 Eintracht Braunschweig 79 (5)
2014– 1899 Hoffenheim 89 (3)
National team
2008 Germany U18 1 (0)
2009 Bosnia and Herzegovina U19 4 (1)
2013– Bosnia and Herzegovina 25 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018

Ermin Bičakčić (Bosnian pronunciation: [ěrmin bîtʃaktʃiːtɕ]; born 24 January 1990) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Bičakčić started his professional career at VfB Stuttgart and played mostly for their reserve team, before moving to Eintracht Braunschweig in 2012. Two years later, he joined 1899 Hoffenheim.

Bičakčić represented Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina on youth levels, but decided to represent the latter on senior level. He made his senior international debut in 2013, earning over 20 caps since. Bičakčić represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Bičakčić started his career at local clubs, SpVgg Möckmühl and FC Heilbronn before joining VfB Stuttgart's academy in 2005.[2] He debuted as a professional on 27 October 2010, in DFB-Pokal game against Chemnitzer FC.[3] Bičakčić made his Bundesliga debut in a high loss against Bayern Munich three weeks later.[4]

Eintracht Braunschweig[edit]

In January 2012, Bičakčić moved to Eintracht Braunschweig on a contract until June 2013.[5] He made his competitive debut for the team on 5 February against Eintracht Frankfurt.[6] On 11 March, he scored his first professional goal in a 1–1 draw against Energie Cottbus.[7]

In January 2013, he signed new two-and-a-half year contract with the club.[8] At the end of the season, Bičakčić was voted the best defender in 2. Bundesliga, as his team got promoted.[9]

1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

On 20 May 2014, after Eintracht Braunschweig got relegated, Bičakčić signed a four-year contract with 1899 Hoffenheim for an undisclosed transfer fee.[10] He scored on his debut, in a cup game against USC Paloma on 17 August.[11] Bičakčić debuted in Bundesliga for the club against FC Augsburg on 23 August.[12] He scored his first goal in a 1–2 loss to Werder Bremen.[13]

On 23 September 2016, Bičakčić signed a new contract until June 2020.[14]

In September 2017, Bičakčić partially tore anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee, ruling him out for at least three months.[15] He returned to action on 7 December in UEFA Europa League game against Ludogorets.[16] On 30 January 2018, Bičakčić played his 100th Bundesliga game.[17]

Even though his playing time was limited, mostly because of many injuries, Bičakčić contributed to his team's first historical qualification for UEFA Champions League, which was sealed in May 2018.[18] He played his first game in the competition on 23 October, in a home draw against Lyon.[19]

On 19 December 2018, Bičakčić played his 100th game for the club.[20]

International career[edit]

Bičakčić playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

After acquiring German passport in 2008, Bičakčić started playing for Germany under-18.[21]

Bičakčić then played for Bosnia and Herzegovina under-19.[22] After his 21st birthday, Bičakčić renounced his Bosnian citizenship to comply with German nationality laws.[23] In June 2013, he regained his Bosnian citizenship and has held dual citizenship ever since.[24]

In August 2013, his request to change sports citizenship from German to Bosnian was approved by FIFA.[25] Later that month, he received his first senior call-up for Bosnia and Herzegovina by manager Safet Sušić.[26] He subsequently made his debut in a friendly game against the United States on 14 August.[27] Bičakčić scored his first international goal on 10 September, in a crucial 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification away win at Slovakia.[28]

He was part of the Bosnian squad at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[29] He debuted in the opening group game, a 1–2 defeat against Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 16 March 2019.[31]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
VfB Stuttgart II 2009–10 3. Liga 12 0 12 0
2010–11 3. Liga 10 0 10 0
2011–12 3. Liga 1 0 1 0
Total 23 0 23 0
VfB Stuttgart 2010–11 Bundesliga 1 0 2 0 2 0 5 0
2011–12 Bundesliga 0 0 1 1 1 1
Total 1 0 3 1 2 0 6 1
Eintracht
Braunschweig
2011–12 2. Bundesliga 15 1 15 1
2012–13 2. Bundesliga 33 3 2 0 35 3
2013–14 Bundesliga 31 1 1 0 32 1
Total 79 5 3 0 82 5
1899 Hoffenheim 2014–15 Bundesliga 24 1 4 1 28 2
2015–16 Bundesliga 21 0 1 0 22 0
2016–17 Bundesliga 18 1 1 0 19 1
2017–18 Bundesliga 9 0 1 0 3 0 13 0
2018–19 Bundesliga 17 1 2 0 3 0 22 1
Total 89 3 9 1 6 0 104 4
Career total 192 8 15 2 8 0 215 10

International[edit]

As of match played 18 November 2018.[32]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013 6 1
2014 4 0
2015 4 1
2016 3 0
2017 3 1
2018 5 0
2019 0 0
Total 25 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[32]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2013 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia
1–1
2–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 September 2015 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Andorra
1–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3. 25 March 2017 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Gibraltar
5–0
5–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Der VfB Stuttgart wird immer meine Heimat sein". stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German). 29 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  3. ^ "VfB siegt dank Harniks Dreierpack". kicker.de (in German). 27 October 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Gomez und Müller als kongeniales Duo". kicker.de (in German). 19 December 2010. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
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  6. ^ "Meier hat die Lufthoheit". kicker.de (in German). 5 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Banovic rettet Energie einen Punkt". kicker.de (in German). 11 March 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Eintracht-Verteidiger Ermin Bicakcic bleibt ein Löwe". braunschweiger-zeitung.de (in German). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Eisenharter Bicakcic um eine Nuance besser". kicker.de (in German). 9 June 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Ermin Bičakčić novi fudbaler Hoffenheima". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 20 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Hoffenheim ponizio Palomu, gol Bičakčića, pet Schipplocka". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 17 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Bičakčić zacementirao odbranu TSG-a, povreda Kolašinca". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 23 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Bičakčić strijelac za Hoffenheim, Dortmund prikovan za dno". faktor.ba (in Bosnian). 4 February 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Bičakčić produžio ugovor sa Hoffenheimom do juna 2020. godine". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 23 September 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Baždarević ostao bez igrača uoči ključnih utakmica". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 23 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
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  19. ^ "Bičakčiću i Hoffenheimu bod u fantastičnoj utakmici protiv Lyona". bih.ba (in Bosnian). 23 October 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Ermin Bičakčić odigrao 100. meč za Hoffenheim". bih.ba (in Bosnian). 21 December 2018. Retrieved 22 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Bičakčić i Kolašinac za njemačku televiziju: BiH smo odabrali srcem". bih.ba (in Bosnian). 15 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Bičakčić ne igra dva mjeseca". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 1 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  23. ^ "Ermin Bicakcic: Auf den Spuren von Serdar Tasci". stuttgarter-nachrichten.de (in German). 7 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  24. ^ "Bicakcic vor dem nächsten Schritt". braunschweiger-zeitung.de (in German). 1 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
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  26. ^ "Na spisku Bičakčić, ali i Misimović, nema Sesara, Pandže..." sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 1 August 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  27. ^ "Rano upisana pobjeda i Altidore su nas kaznili". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  28. ^ "Od očaja do vrata Brazila: Veliki preokret Zmajeva u Žilini". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 10 September 2013. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
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  30. ^ "Bosnia beaten by Messi marvel". fifa.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
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