Mirsad Baljić

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Mirsad Baljić
Personal information
Full name Mirsad Baljić
Date of birth (1962-03-04) 4 March 1962 (age 55)
Place of birth Sarajevo, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
FK Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1988 FK Željezničar 187 (20)
1988–1992 FC Sion 126 (41)
1992–1993 FC Zürich 31 (8)
1994 FC Luzern 11 (1)
Total 355 (80)
National team
1984–1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 29 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mirsad "Žvaka" Baljić (born 4 March 1962 in Sarajevo) is a former Bosnian football player who played as an offensive full-back.

He got his nickname Žvaka (chewing gum) for his constant use of chewing gum during matches.

He made his first football steps in FK Sarajevo youth team before temporarily leaving football because of medical problems. When he returned he went to FK Željezničar, and as one of their more talented youngsters, he got the opportunity to play in first team. His league debut came in 1980 when he was aged 18. His biggest success at the club was reaching the UEFA Cup semifinals in 1984-1985 season under the guidance of Ivica Osim. He played in junior, Under-21 and olympic team of Yugoslavia. Later good form for FK Željezničar secured him a place in Yugoslav national football team for which he played 29 games and scored 3 goals. He was part of a 1990 FIFA World Cup Yugoslav squad.

In 1988 he moved to Swiss side FC Sion and stayed there until 1992, before leaving to join FC Zürich. After two seasons there he left to FC Luzern.

He lives and works in Switzerland. His son Omar Baljić is also a footballer, and has played for Swiss national youth teams.


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