Haris Medunjanin

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Haris Medunjanin
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Personal information
Date of birth (1985-03-08) 8 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Gaziantepspor
Number 4
Youth career
Swift Atletiek
AFC'34
AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 AZ 25 (4)
2006–2007 Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 32 (7)
2008–2010 Valladolid 42 (6)
2010–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv 46 (9)
2012–2013 Gaziantepspor (loan) 30 (4)
2013– Gaziantepspor 29 (2)
National team
2005–2008 Netherlands U21 4 (3)
2009– Bosnia and Herzegovina 34 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014

Haris Medunjanin (born 8 March 1985) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Gaziantepspor in Turkey, mainly as a central midfielder.

He has dual citizenship, Bosnian and Dutch.

Early years[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]

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.[11] 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,[12] and added another the following month against Luxembourg (5–0, home),[13] helping his native country to the second place in its group in the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and the subsequent playoffs. Almost two years later he netted his fifth, contributing to a 5–0 away routing of Latvia for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.[14]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2010 Bratislava  Slovakia 3–2 Win Friendly
2. 7 June 2011 Zenica  Albania 2–0 Win Euro 2012 qualifying
3. 2 September 2011 Minsk  Belarus 2–0 Win Euro 2012 qualifying
4. 7 October 2011 Zenica  Luxembourg 5–0 Win Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 7 June 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia 3–0 5–0 2014 World Cup qualification

Club statistics[edit]

As of 12 May 2012[15]
Club Season League Cup Europe International Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AZ 2005–06 10 3 - - 2 0 - - 12 3
Sparta 2006–07 32 7 - - - - - - 32 7
AZ 2007–08 12 1 - - 2 0 - - 14 1
Valladolid 2008–09 18 1 3 1 - - - - 21 2
2009–10 24 5 1 0 - - - - 25 5
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2010–11 32 8 4 1 15 7 3 1 54 17
2011–12 14 1 3 2 9 1 6 0 32 4

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 Tel Aviv's 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. ^ Haris Medunjanin – intervju (Haris Medunjanin – Interview) (Bosnian)
  12. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina buoyed by win in Belarus; UEFA.com, 2 September 2011
  13. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina bowl over Luxembourg; UEFA.com, 7 October 2011
  14. ^ "Goal of the day: Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia) vs Latvia". Inside World Soccer. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "H. Medunjanin". Soccerway. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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