Ervin Zukanović

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Ervin Zukanović
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Zukanović with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ervin Zukanović
Date of birth (1987-02-11) 11 February 1987 (age 30)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back / Left back
Club information
Current team
Genoa
(on loan from Roma)
Number 87
Youth career
Željezničar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Željezničar 7 (0)
2006–2007 Austria Lustenau II 20 (0)
2007–2008 Velež 0 (0)
2008 Sulzberg 0 (0)
2008 Uerdingen 9 (0)
2009–2010 Dender 53 (2)
2010–2011 Eupen 36 (3)
2011–2013 Kortrijk 56 (8)
2013–2015 Gent 34 (2)
2014–2015 Chievo (loan) 29 (2)
2015 Chievo 0 (0)
2015–2016 Sampdoria 16 (3)
2016 Roma (loan) 4 (0)
2016– Roma 5 (0)
2016–2017 Atalanta (loan) 19 (0)
2017– Genoa (loan) 8 (0)
National team
2012– Bosnia and Herzegovina 21 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 October 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:30, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

Ervin Zukanović (born 11 February 1987) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back or left back for Serie A club Genoa, on loan from Roma and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Prior to joining Serie A, Zukanović played for Željezničar, Kortrijk and Gent, among others.

Chievo[edit]

On 20 June 2014 he was signed by Chievo in a temporary deal, with an option to buy.[2] He picked his year of birth as his shirt number.[3] On 11 June 2015 Chievo excised the option to sign him outright[4] for a reported €1 million.[5]

Sampdoria[edit]

On 15 July 2015 Zukanović joined Sampdoria for a transfer fee of about €3 million plus the registration rights of Fabrizio Cacciatore,[6] after long negotiations, when it was thought that he would go to Inter. Upon arriving for his medical, he stated that Sampdoria was always his first choice, stating “Inter wanted me, but I decided it was best for my future to come to Sampdoria.”[7][8][9][10]

Roma[edit]

On 29 January 2016, he completed his move to Roma, on loan until the end of the season for initial €1.2 million, and buy option set at €2.8 million.[11] One month later, Roma exercised their buy option, signing Zukanović permanently.[12]

Atalanta[edit]

On 21 July 2016, it was confirmed that Zukanović would join Atalanta on a season-long loan until 30 June 2017.[13]

Genoa[edit]

On 11 July 2017, Zukanović signed on loan with Genoa, with an obligation to buy after certain conditions are met.[14][15]

International career[edit]

Zukanović was first called-up for Bosnia and Herzegovina in key World Cup qualifying matches against Greece and Lithuania, making his debut against the latter.[16]

He was also selected to Bosnia and Herzegovina's preliminary squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He failed to join the team, which had a training camp in the United States, due to visa problems.[17] However, Zukanović later blamed the Bosnian FA, which subsequently got him dropped from the squad.[18]

After the firing of Safet Sušić, Zukanović was re-selected by new coach Mehmed Baždarević in March 2015. Zukanović made his return in a match against Andorra for Euro 2016 qualifying.

Personal life[edit]

After the outbreak of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina he fled with his parents to Germany via Slovenia.[19]

Zukanović and his wife Emina have two children, boy named Armin and a girl named Alin.[20] He possesses Belgian passport since 2015.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 12 March 2017.[22][23]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Željezničar 2005–06 Premijer Liga 7 0 0 0 7 0
Austria Lustenau II 2006–07 Regionalliga West 20 0 20 0
Uerdingen 2008–09 Oberliga Niederrhein 9 0 9 0
Dender 2008–09 Belgian Pro League 20 1 0 0 20 1
2009–10 Belgian Second Division 33 1 2 0 35 1
Total 53 2 2 0 55 2
Eupen 2010–11 Belgian Pro League 36 3 1 0 37 3
Kortrijk 2011–12 Belgian Pro League 35 3 7 1 42 4
2012–13 Belgian Pro League 21 5 2 0 23 5
Total 56 8 9 1 65 9
Gent 2012–13 Belgian Pro League 15 0 1 0 16 0
2013–14 Belgian Pro League 19 2 3 0 22 2
Total 34 2 4 0 38 2
Chievo (loan) 2014–15 Serie A 29 2 0 0 29 2
Sampdoria 2015–16 Serie A 16 3 1 0 2 0 19 3
Roma 2015–16 Serie A 9 0 1 0 10 0
Atalanta (loan) 2016–17 Serie A 19 0 0 0 19 0
Genoa (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 288 20 17 1 3 0 308 21

International[edit]

As of match played 9 June 2017.[24]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012 2 0
2013 4 0
2014 0 0
2015 6 0
2016 6 0
2017 3 0
Total 21 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ervin Zukanovic". asroma.com. 
  2. ^ "Ervin Zukanovic uitgeleend aan Chievo" (in Dutch). kaagent.be. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 16 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shirt number facts". chievoverona.it. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ufficiale: Zukanovic al ChievoVerona a titolo definitivo" (in Italian). chievoverona.it. 11 June 2015. Archived from the original on 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chievo defender set to complete Inter move". 
  6. ^ U.C. Sampdoria S.p.A. bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 31 December 2015 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian C.C.I.A.A.
  7. ^ "Zukanovic joins Sampdoria". Football Italia. 15 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Zukanovic c'è: ecco il primo bosniaco della storia del Doria" (in Italian). sampdoria.it. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Zukanovic arriva a Pinzolo: "La Sampdoria è il meglio per il mio futuro"" (in Italian). sampdoria.it. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  10. ^ "Ufficiale: Fabrizio Cacciatore si trasferisce al ChievoVerona" (in Italian). sampdoria.it. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Zukanovic completes move". 
  12. ^ "AS Roma make Perotti and Zukanovic signings permanent". asroma.com. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Ervin Zukanovic joins Atalanta on loan". asroma.com. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "Zukanovic joins Genoa". asroma.com. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Ufficiale l'acquisto di Zukanovic" (in Italian). genoacfc.it. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "Zmajevi ubjedljivi protiv Litvanije" (in Bosnian). 
  17. ^ "NS/FS BIH nije odgovoran zbog problema sa vizom Ervina Zukanovića" (in Bosnian). NFSBiH. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  18. ^ "Selektor Sušić ne računa na Zukanovića" (in Bosnian). NFSBiH. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  19. ^ Redant, Wim (31 January 2009). "Ervin Zukanovic verkoos FCV Dender boven Moeskroen". nieuwsblad.be (in Dutch). Het Nieuwsblad. Retrieved 30 October 2017. 
  20. ^ "Ervin Zukanović postao otac po drugi put" (in Bosnian). 
  21. ^ "Ervin Zukanović dobio belgijski pasoš" (in Bosnian). 
  22. ^ "Ervin Zukanovic". soccerway.com. 
  23. ^ "Ervin Zukanovic". elitefootball.com. 
  24. ^ "Ervin Zukanović". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 August 2017. 

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