Haris Medunjanin

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Haris Medunjanin
Haris Medunjanin.JPG
Medunjanin with Gaziantepspor in 2012
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-03-08) 8 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Deportivo La Coruña
Number 8
Youth career
Swift Atletiek
AFC'34
AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 AZ 25 (4)
2006–2007 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 32 (7)
2008–2010 Valladolid 42 (7)
2010–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv 46 (9)
2012–2013 Gaziantepspor (loan) 30 (4)
2013–2014 Gaziantepspor 32 (2)
2014– Deportivo La Coruña 19 (2)
National team
2006–2007 Netherlands U21 4 (3)
2009– Bosnia and Herzegovina 42 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2014

Haris Medunjanin (born 8 March 1985) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Deportivo de La Coruña and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team as a central midfielder.

He has dual citizenship, Bosnian and Dutch.

Early life[edit]

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.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

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.

After another unassuming campaign with AZ, Medunjanin was acquired by Spain's Real Valladolid in August 2008,[3] being relatively used in his first year (mainly from the bench).[4]

In June 2010, after Valladolid's relegation – during the season, he netted all of his five La Liga goals as a late substitute[5][6]– Medunjanin signed a four-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. of Israel for €1.8 million.[7] 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.[8]

On 31 August 2012 Medunjanin signed with Gaziantepspor in the Süper Lig, on loan from Maccabi.[9][10] The move was made permanent for the following season.

On 12 August 2014, after a successful medical, free agent Medunjanin joined Deportivo de La Coruña.[11]

International career[edit]

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.[12] 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.[1] 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,[13] and added another the following month against Luxembourg (5–0, home),[14] 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.[15]

Medunjanin made his debut in the World Cup on 16 June 2014, playing the last 16 minutes of a 1–2 group stage loss against Argentina.[16]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Honours[edit]

International[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 February 2015[17]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club Seoson League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
AZ 2004–05 Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2005–06 10 3 0 0 2 0 12 3
Sparta 2006–07 32 7 0 0 32 7
AZ 2007–08 12 1 0 0 2 0 14 1
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
Valladolid 2008–09 La Liga 18 1 3 1 21 2
2009–10 24 6 1 0 25 6
Israel League Israel State Cup Europe Total
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2010–11 Israeli Premier League 32 8 4 1 6 4 42 13
2011–12 14 1 3 2 9 1 26 4
Turkey League Turkish Cup Europe Total
Gaziantepspor 2012–13 Süper Lig 30 4 3 0 33 4
2013–14 32 2 1 0 33 2
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
Deportivo La Coruña 2014–15 La Liga 19 2 1 0 20 2
Country Netherlands 67 11 0 0 4 0 71 11
Spain 61 9 5 1 66 10
Israel 46 9 7 3 15 5 68 17
Turkey 62 6 4 0 66 6
Total 236 35 16 4 19 5 271 43

International[edit]

As of 16 November 2014
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2010 6 1
2011 11 3
2012 6 0
2013 9 1
2014 9 0
Total 42 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ostvareni san Harisa Medunjanina; Sarajevo-X.com, 1 November 2009 (Bosnian)
  2. ^ Bosnia wait on FIFA approval for Haris Medunjanin; ESPN Soccernet, 4 November 2009
  3. ^ "AZ and Valladolid agree on Medunjanin transfer". AZ's official website. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Medunjanin, año primero" [Medunjanin, year one] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Medunjanin calienta al Valladolid" [Medunjanin gets Valladolid fired up] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Microondas' Medunjanin" ['Microwave' Medunjanin] (in Spanish). El Norte de Castilla. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Visit of two foreign players; Maccabi's official website, 14 June 2010
  8. ^ M. Tel-Aviv 2–0 Mogren; UEFA.com, 15 July 2010
  9. ^ "Harís Medunjanín Gazíantepspor'da" [Haris Medunjanin to Gaziantepspor] (in Turkish). Gaziantespor's official website. 31 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Haris Medunjanin potpisao za Gaziantepspor! (Haris Medunjanin loaned to Gaziantepspor!); Sportin Vijesti, 31 August 2012 (Bosnian)
  11. ^ "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. 
  12. ^ Haris Medunjanin – intervju (Haris Medunjanin – Interview) (Bosnian)
  13. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina buoyed by win in Belarus; UEFA.com, 2 September 2011
  14. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina bowl over Luxembourg; UEFA.com, 7 October 2011
  15. ^ "Bosnia brush aside Latvia". Sky Sports. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bosnia beaten by Messi marvel". FIFA.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "H. Medunjanin". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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