Baždarević managing Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
|Full name||Mehmed Baždarević|
|Date of birth||28 September 1960|
|Place of birth||Višegrad, FPR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Paris FC (manager)|
|1996||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2||(0)|
|2005–2006||Étoile du Sahel|
|2014–2017||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Baždarević played for Bosnian side Željezničar Sarajevo and French outfit Sochaux-Montbéliard, among others. Nicknamed Meša in the former Yugoslavia and Mécha in France, he is considered to be one of the best football players from Bosnia and Herzegovina ever.
Internationally he earned caps with Yugoslavia and took part playing at UEFA Euro 1984. He also played for Bosnia and Herzegovina after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992. He was the first captain of the Bosnian national side. He retired as a player in 1998 and moved into management.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Managerial career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 Mehmed Baždarević in popular culture
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Born in Višegrad, SFR Yugoslavia his professional playing career started in Željezničar Sarajevo in 1979. He was part of the team that managed to reach the UEFA Cup semifinals in 1985 under the guidance of Ivica Osim.
In the 1980–1981 season, Željezničar reached the Yugoslav cup final (Marshal Tito Cup final), with 20-year-old Mehmed Baždarević scoring two goals in a 2–3 loss to another Bosnian side Velež Mostar. The venue of the final was Stadion Crvene Zvezde in Belgrade played in front of 40,000 football fans.
He played more than 300 games for the club.
In 1987, he moved to French side Sochaux-Montbéliard. He stayed at the club until 1996. He collected more than 350 appearances for FC Sochaux in various competitions.
Later career and retirement
He also played for the national teams of two countries. He played for the Yugoslavia junior, Olympic and U-21 teams. He captained the U-20 national team that took part in the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1979. His debut for Yugoslav national team came in 1983. He collected 54 caps and scored 4 goals for the national team. He represented the Yugoslavia national team at UEFA Euro 1984 playing in all the teams games at the tournament.
Baždarević began to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 1992 after Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence. However, the team was not recognised by FIFA until 1995 in part due to the Bosnian War.
On 16 July 2005, Baždarević took over Tunisian side Étoile Sportive du Sahel. He reached the 2005 African Champions League final with the club. Baždarević was fired by Etoile on 12 April 2006, after a 1–0 home defeat to USM Monastir in their final league game which cost them the Tunisian championship.
In December 2007, Baždarević became the manager of French side Grenoble Foot 38 where he arrived on recommendation of his mentor Ivica Osim who knew Grenoble's Japanese owners from working with them in J-League with JEF United. He rejected offers from top league clubs Le Mans and Nice to take over Grenoble. At the end of the 2007–08 Ligue 2 season, Grenoble, led by Baždarević, gained promotion to the French First Legaue, for the first time in their history. Under Baždarević, Grenoble reached the French Cup semi-finals during the 2008–09 season.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
On 13 December 2014, Baždarević was named head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team beating Milovan Rajevac for the position. Among other candidates were Vahid Halilhodžić, Igor Štimac, and Felix Magath. He replaced Safet Sušić, who was sacked by N/FSBiH due to a run of poor results in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying having only taken 2 points in four matches. Bosnia and Herzegovina improved considerably under Bazdarević and reached the playoff stage for Euro 2016 where they were unfortunately eliminated by the Republic of Ireland with a 3-1 aggregate score. In the aftermath, Miroslav Blažević, former national team coach and successful manager, blamed Mehmed Baždarević for Bosnia's elimination against Ireland.
His wife Marina Baždarević was born in Belgrade, Serbia. He met his wife in 1979 on an airplane from Japan going back to Belgrade. Nine months later, they met again on another flight from Tunisia to Belgrade and after the second meeting they started dating. His daughter, Téa Baždarević, is a journalist in France.
- Scores and results table. Yugoslavia's goal tally first:
|1||1983-12-14||Cardif, Wales||Wales||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying|
|2||1984-10-20||Leipzig, Germany||East Germany||1–1||2–3||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||1990-11-14||Kopenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||0–1||0–2||UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying|
- As of 21 May 2019
|Sochaux (assistant)||1 July 1998||30 June 2003||–||–||–||–|
|Istres||1 July 2003||9 January 2005||62||21||19||22||33.87|
|Étoile du Sahel||16 July 2005||12 April 2006||25||15||7||3||60.00|
|Al-Wakrah||1 July 2006||30 June 2007||27||7||13||7||25.93|
|Grenoble||1 July 2007||5 September 2010||67||25||22||20||37.31|
|Sochaux||10 June 2011||6 March 2012||26||4||9||13||15.38|
|Al-Wakrah||23 May 2012||3 June 2013||22||7||5||10||31.82|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||13 December 2014||10 October 2017||25||14||5||6||56.00|
|Paris||15 June 2018||Present||41||17||12||12||41.46|
Mehmed Baždarević in popular culture
- Baždarević's international career is remembered for his spitting on the Turkish referee Yusuf Namoğlu during a qualifying match for the 1990 World Cup, against Norway which was played in Sarajevo. Baždarević was banned from the 1990 World Cup for the incident. Yugoslavia reached the Quarter-finals at the tournament.
- Baždarević again missed a major tournament, this time the entire team was excluded from taking part in Euro 1992, having already qualified, because of UN sanctions due to the Yugoslav wars. Denmark instead took their place and won the 1992 championship. On 14 November 1990, Baždarević scored a goal against the Danes in Copenhagen during the qualifications for the tournament.
- During the 1990's, a Yugoslav sketch comedy TV show, Top lista nadrealista, made Baždarević a popular figure, due to the spitting incident on the Turkish referee.
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