Medunjanin lining up for Bosnia in 2015
|Date of birth||8 March 1985|
|Place of birth||Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Deportivo La Coruña|
|2006–2007||→ Sparta Rotterdam (loan)||32||(7)|
|2010–2013||Maccabi Tel Aviv||46||(9)|
|2012–2013||→ Gaziantepspor (loan)||30||(4)|
|2014–||Deportivo La Coruña||24||(2)|
|2009–||Bosnia and Herzegovina||45||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 May 2015.
He has dual citizenship, Bosnian and Dutch.
Medunjanin was born in Sarajevo, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Due to the Bosnian War in 1992, he moved to the Netherlands at the age of seven with his mother and sister, whilst his father was unable to leave, later losing his life.
Medunjanin made his Eredivisie debut on 20 February 2005 with AZ Alkmaar, but opportunities were scarce during his three-year spell at the club. For the 2006–07 season he was loaned to Sparta Rotterdam, being essential as the modest side finished 13th by scoring seven league goals.
In June 2010, after Valladolid's relegation – during the season, he netted all of his five La Liga goals as a late substitute– Medunjanin signed a four-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. of Israel for €1.8 million. On 15 July he made his official debut for his new team, in a UEFA Europa League second qualifying round against FK Mogren, and scored in a 2–0 home win.
Medunjanin was part of the Dutch under-21 team that won the 2006 edition of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. In 2007 he was called by coach Foppe de Haan to be part of his squad for the 2007 tournament, held in the Netherlands; the Dutch went on to retain their title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final, and in the process qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
In a 2009 interview, Medunjanin expressed strong desire to play for his native Bosnia, as new FIFA rules would allow. In August of the same year, his paperwork for change of footballing citizenship was submitted to FIFA and, on 31 October 2009, national coach Miroslav Blažević invited the player for the 2010 FIFA World Cup playoff games against Portugal. He made his debut – as a starter – in the decisive second leg, a 0–1 loss in Zenica (0–2 aggregate).
On 2 September 2011 Medunjanin scored his third international goal, against Belarus in a 2–0 away win, and added another the following month against Luxembourg (5–0, home), helping his native country to the second place in its group in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and the subsequent playoffs. In June 2013 he scored the fourth of five goals away against Latvia, who had played much of the game with ten men, "firing left-footed into the top corner from 30 yards (27 m)" to help maintain Bosnia's position at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.
|1.||17 November 2010||Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia||Slovakia||3–2||Win||Friendly|
|2.||7 June 2011||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Albania||2–0||Win||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|3.||2 September 2011||Dynama Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||2–0||Win||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|4.||7 October 2011||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Luxembourg||5–0||Win||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5.||7 June 2013||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||3–0||5–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
- As of 23 May 2015
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|Israel||League||Israel State Cup||Europe||Total|
|Maccabi Tel Aviv||2010–11||Israeli Premier League||32||8||4||1||6||4||42||13|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
- As of 12 June 2015
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
- Ostvareni san Harisa Medunjanina; Sarajevo-X.com, 1 November 2009 (Bosnian)
- Bosnia wait on FIFA approval for Haris Medunjanin; ESPN Soccernet, 4 November 2009
- "AZ and Valladolid agree on Medunjanin transfer". AZ's official website. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Medunjanin, año primero" [Medunjanin, year one] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "Medunjanin calienta al Valladolid" [Medunjanin gets Valladolid fired up] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- "'Microondas' Medunjanin" ['Microwave' Medunjanin] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- Visit of two foreign players; Maccabi's official website, 14 June 2010
- M. Tel-Aviv 2–0 Mogren; UEFA.com, 15 July 2010
- "Harís Medunjanín Gazíantepspor'da" [Haris Medunjanin to Gaziantepspor] (in Turkish). Gaziantespor's official website. 31 August 2012.
- Haris Medunjanin potpisao za Gaziantepspor! (Haris Medunjanin loaned to Gaziantepspor!); Sportin Vijesti, 31 August 2012 (Bosnian)
- "Medunjanin aterrizó en A Coruña para pasar reconocimiento médico en el HM Modelo" [Haris Medunjanin landed in A Coruña to undergo a medical at the HM Modelo] (in Spanish). Deportivo's official website. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
- Haris Medunjanin – intervju (Haris Medunjanin – Interview) (Bosnian)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina buoyed by win in Belarus; UEFA.com, 2 September 2011
- Bosnia and Herzegovina bowl over Luxembourg; UEFA.com, 7 October 2011
- "Bosnia brush aside Latvia". Sky Sports. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Bosnia beaten by Messi marvel". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "H. Medunjanin". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Haris Medunjanin.|
- Stats at Voetbal International (Dutch)
- BDFutbol profile
- Haris Medunjanin at National-Football-Teams.com
- Haris Medunjanin – FIFA competition record