Izet Hajrović

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Izet Hajrović
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Hajrović with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Izet Hajrović
Date of birth (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Brugg, Switzerland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 15
Youth career
1998–1999 FC Birr
1999–2000 FC Windisch
2000–2009 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Grasshopper 91 (20)
2014 Galatasaray 8 (0)
2014– Werder Bremen 29 (2)
2015–2016 Eibar (loan) 7 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Switzerland U20 4 (0)
2011–2012 Switzerland U21 4 (0)
2012 Switzerland 1 (0)
2013– Bosnia and Herzegovina 22 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 April 2017

Izet Hajrović (born 4 August 1991) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a winger for German club Werder Bremen and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Club career[edit]

Grasshoppers[edit]

Hajrović spent nine years in Grasshoppers academy from 2000 to 2009. He finally broke into the first team during the 2009–10 season. He was used mostly as an attacking midfielder and as a right winger. His strong left foot made him a valuable asset on the right side of midfield, as he often cut into the left to shoot with his stronger foot. His brother, Sead Hajrović, also played with him in the academy before moving on to Arsenal.

Galatasaray[edit]

Hajrović playing for Galatasaray in 2014

On 7 January 2014, Hajrović joined Turkish club Galatasaray on a four-and-a-half year deal with a transfer fee of €3.5 million being paid to Grasshopper.[2][3] He cited his Bosniak roots and Islam as some of the reasons he agreed to join Galatasaray.[3] He made his season debut against Bursaspor, coming in as a substitute in the second half in a 6–0 home win. He scored his first goal against Tokatspor on 5 February, in a 3–0 win in Turkish Cup.[4]

Werder Bremen[edit]

After filing a complaint to FIFA that he received no payments from Galatasaray, Hajrović was given the right to move on a free transfer elsewhere.[5] On 10 July 2014, he signed a four-year contract for Werder Bremen.[6][7] He made his debut on 23 July 2014 for Werder Bremen in a 5–2 win against FC Wacker Innsbruck.[8]

On 3 December 2016, in a 2–1 win against Ingolstadt, he suffered a severe knee injury which was reported as a cruciate ligament tear and ruled him out for the rest of the 2016–17 season.[9][10]

Eibar (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2015, Hajrović was loaned to La Liga side SD Eibar on a season-long deal.[11]

International career[edit]

Hajrović playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

After playing for Switzerland at youth levels, he made his senior international debut on 14 November 2012, coming on as an 83rd-minute substitute in a friendly match against Tunisia. Edin Džeko said: "To Izet Hajrović and Seferović best of luck, Bosnia wants players who want to play for Bosnia led by heart".[12]

Hajrović confirmed in June 2013 that he would opt to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the future as Hitzfeld did not give player desired game time.[13]

On 13 August 2013, FIFA have confirmed that he is now available for Bosnia and Herzegovina, due his application for changing his sport citizenship from Swiss to Bosnian.[14][15]

On 26 August Bosnian national team manager Safet Sušić included Hajrović in his squad for two September World cup qualification games against Slovakia at home and away.[16] On 10 September 2013, Hajrović scored his first goal for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Slovakia, coming on from the bench in 77th minute of the game. His very first contact with the ball after just a few seconds on a pitch resulted in a stunning 25m-strike goal.[17][18]

He was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for their first ever FIFA World Cup appearance, at 2014 Brazil tournament. He made his World Cup debut as starter in a 1–2 loss to Argentina in the opening group match, and was substituted off in the 71st minute.[19] Izet was also starter in the second game vs Nigeria,[20] but failed to impress which resulted in player not taking any part in the last group match against Iran.[21]

Personal life[edit]

His parents are Bosniaks from Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, but they relocated to Sarajevo in 1980. They moved to Switzerland in 1987.[22][23] His younger brother, Sead Hajrović is also a footballer. His manager/agent is Zoran Samardžija.[24]

Hajrović is fluent in German, English and Bosnian.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 2 April 2017.[25]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grasshopper 2009–10 Super League 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 Super League 21 5 3 2 1 0 25 7
2011–12 Super League 21 1 3 4 24 5
2012–13 Super League 33 8 4 2 37 10
2013–14 Super League 15 6 3 0 4 0 22 6
Total 91 20 13 8 5 0 109 28
Galatasaray 2013–14 Süper Lig 8 0 2 1 2 0 12 1
Werder Bremen 2014–15 Bundesliga 19 1 3 1 22 2
2016–17 10 1 0 0 10 1
Total 29 2 3 1 32 3
Eibar (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 7 0 2 1 9 1
Career total 135 22 20 11 7 0 162 33

International[edit]

As of 2 April 2017.[26]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013 4 1
2014 9 1
2015 4 1
2016 5 0
Total 22 3

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2013 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Slovakia
2–1
2–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 3 June 2014 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States  Mexico
1–0
1–0
Friendly
3. 31 March 2015 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria
1–1
1–1
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grasshopper Zurich
Galatasaray

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hajrović Werder Bremen profile". 
  2. ^ Izet Hajrovic Join Galatasaray Galatasaray.org. 9 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Hajrović switches to Galatasaray". UEFA.com. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Tokatspor versus Galatasaray 0 – 3 Galatasaray.org. 6 February 2014.
  5. ^ https://twitter.com/TFN_EN/status/482935528858611714
  6. ^ "Hajrovic signs for Bremen". FourFourTwo. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Werder sign Bosnian international Hajrovic". Werder Bremen (Werder.de). 10 July 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Werder-Offensive überzeugt mit 5:2 gegen Innsbruck". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 23 July 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Saison-Aus für Bremens Hajrovic!". kicker Online (in German). 4 December 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Lesch, Andreas (5 December 2016). "Hajrovic wird operiert: Werder holt keinen Ersatz". Weser-Kurier (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Izet Hajrovic to spend season on loan at SD Eibar". Werder's official website. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hajroviću i Seferoviću neka je sa srećom, BiH želi igrače koje vodi srce" (in Bosnian). edindzeko.ba. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Hajrović: I Hitzfeldu sam rekao da sam izabrao BiH koju volim više od Švicarske" (in Bosnian). scsport.ba. 17 June 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Hajrović može igrati za BiH" (in Bosnian). nfsbih.ba. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "FIFA clears Switzerland's Izet Hajrovic to switch international duty to Bosnia-Herzegovina". The Associated Press. www.winnipegfreepress.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sušić objavio imena igrača za utakmice sa Slovačkom" (text & video). Nogometni/Fudbalski Savez BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina Football Association) (in Bosnian). nfsbih.ba. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Slovensko na MS do Brazílie nepostúpi, s Bosnou prehralo 1:2" (in Slovak). sport.sme.sk. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Južna Amerika na bosanski način" (in Bosnian). mozzartsport.com. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Arg 2-1 Bos-Herce". BBC. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bosnia vs Nigeria". 
  21. ^ "Bosnia vs Iran". 
  22. ^ "Proglašavali su me izdajnikom, a ja sam uvijek znao da ću igrati za BiH" (in Bosnian). sport.ba. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "Naš dragulj Sead Hajrović: Još nisam shvatio koliko je Arsenal veliki klub" (in Bosnian). bhfanaticos.com. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Intervju: Zoran Samardžija". fkzeljeznicar.ba. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  25. ^ "Izet Hajrovic". soccerway. 
  26. ^ Izet Hajrović at National-Football-Teams.com

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