Muhamed Bešić

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Muhamed Bešić
Muhamed Besic 2014-05-03.jpg
Bešić with Everton in 2014
Personal information
Full name Muhamed Bešić
Date of birth (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Everton
Number 21
Youth career
SpVgg Tiergarten
Reinickendorfer Füchse
2007–2009 TB Berlin
2009–2010 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Hamburger SV II 38 (0)
2010–2012 Hamburger SV 3 (0)
2012–2014 Ferencváros 47 (1)
2014– Everton 35 (0)
National team
2010–2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 10 (2)
2010– Bosnia and Herzegovina 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23;59, 20 April 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:57, 29 May 2016 (UTC)

Muhamed Bešić (born 10 September 1992) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for English club Everton and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

He began his career at Hamburger SV, playing mainly in its reserve team, before moving to the Hungarian club Ferencváros in 2012. Two years later he joined Everton for £4 million.

Bešić made his full international debut in 2010, and is the youngest player ever to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also played for his national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Berlin, Bešić joined local club Tennis Borussia Berlin at the age of 14,[1] where he remained until he was 16, when he signed for Hamburger SV.[2] On 4 November 2010, Bešić extended his contract with Hamburg until 1 July 2013.[3] After being named as a substitute in several matches in the 2010–11 season, he received his debut in the Bundesliga against Borussia Dortmund on 12 November. Bešić came on a substitute in the 80th minute when Dortmund was already leading 2–0.[4] He started his first Bundesliga game against Borussia Mönchengladbach, and played all 90 minutes as they won 2–1.[5]

In March 2012, Bešić was suspended from the first team, due to lack of discipline, Bosnian media also claimed that manager Thorsten Fink "strangled" Bešić and threw him out of the dressing room.[6]

Ferencváros[edit]

In 2012 Bešić was signed by Hungarian club Ferencváros.[7] In his first season, he played in a 5–1 win over Videoton on 24 April in the Ligakupa final.[8] On 12 July 2013, Bešić prolonged his contract with Ferencváros.[9]

Everton[edit]

On 28 July 2014 Bešić signed a five-year contract with Everton for a fee of £4 million.[10] Having been an unused substitute in their first two games of the season, he made his first Premier League appearance on 30 August against Chelsea, replacing Romelu Lukaku in the 89th minute; however he made a defensive error which allowed opponent Diego Costa to score the final goal in a 3–6 home defeat for Everton.[11] Bešić made his first start for Everton in the Merseyside derby on 27 September, being substituted after 80 minutes for Samuel Eto'o as the team drew 1–1 away to Liverpool.[12]

His second season at Everton was plagued by hamstring injuries, which limited his appearances and playing time.[13][14][15] In February 2016 he was voted Everton's Player of the Month for January and extended his contract until 2021.[16]

In August 2016, Bešić was ruled out for about six month as he tore his anterior cruciate ligament.[17] Bešić was slowly making his way back to full fitness. He was involved with the Everton Under-23s' match in mid April 2017.[18]

International career[edit]

Bešić playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

Bešić claimed in an interview that he had declined an offer to play for Germany national football team at youth level, because he only wished to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.[19] He made his debut for the Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team in September 2010 against Italy under-21.[20] On 5 November 2010, he was called up to the senior team by Safet Sušić for the friendly game on 17 November 2010 with Slovakia.[21][22] He made his debut in the match, thereby becoming the youngest player to ever play for Bosnia and Herzegovina. The record was previously held by Miralem Pjanić.

Bešić was selected for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team to play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, playing all three group games against Argentina, Iran and Nigeria as Bosnia were eliminated.[23]

He was given a straight red card on 6 September 2015 in a 3–0 home win over Andorra in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying for throwing his chewing gum at Víctor Rodríguez, who was sent off for retaliating.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Bešić was born in Berlin, to parents from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has many tattoos, his first being the word Bosanac (Bosnian). Some of many are also names of his parents and brother.[25] He is a Muslim; along with international team mates Vedad Ibišević and Edin Višća he visited a mosque in Cuiabá during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[26] On 4 July 2013, he became the Bosnian ambassador for the Emmaus charity organisation.[27] Bešić has two daughters with his long-time girlfriend.[28][29]

Style of play[edit]

Bešić was described by former Everton manager Roberto Martínez as a "very complete footballer", who "has got a very natural balance about knowing that he can be strong and aggressive but in the same way he's a technical player on the ball."[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 30 April 2016.[31][32]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamburger SV II 2010–11 Regionalliga Nord 23 0 23 0
2011–12 Regionalliga Nord 15 0 15 0
Total 38 0 38 0
Hamburger SV 2010–11 Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
2011–12 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 0 0 3 0
Ferencváros 2012–13 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 22 1 1 0 4 0 27 1
2013–14 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 25 0 2 0 6 0 33 0
Total 47 1 3 0 10 0 60 1
Everton 2014–15 Premier League 23 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 31 0
2015–16 Premier League 12 0 3 0 2 0 17 0
2016–17 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 35 0 5 0 3 0 5 0 48 0
Career total 123 1 8 0 13 0 5 0 149 1

International[edit]

As of match played 29 May 2016.[33]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010 1 0
2011 4 0
2012 2 0
2013 0 0
2014 10 0
2015 6 0
2016 3 0
2017 0 0
Total 26 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ferencváros

References[edit]

  1. ^ Germany, kicker online, Nürnberg,. "Spielersteckbrief Muhamed Besic, FC Everton". 
  2. ^ "Muhamed Bešić: Odbio sam Njemačku zbog Bosne i Hercegovine" [I rejected Germany because of Bosnia] (in Bosnian). reprezentacija.com. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bešić produžio ugovor s HSV-om" (in Bosnian). sportin.ba. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spielbericht Borussia Dortmund - Hamburger SV" (in German). fussballdaten.de. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "With 10 points in winter break". 
  6. ^ O. Škundrić (28 March 2012). "Fink daveći izbacio Bešića iz svlačionice" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Another Bosnian in Hungary". 
  8. ^ "Liga Kupa Döntő" (in Hungarian). MMagyar Labdarúgó Szövetség. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Besic in Ferencváros until 2016". 
  10. ^ Gamble, Matthew (28 July 2014). "Besic Deal Complete". Everton F.C. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Bevan, Chris (30 August 2014). "Everton 3–6 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Bevan, Chris (27 September 2014). "Liverpool 1–1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Besic out of Everton Premier League start". 
  14. ^ "Besic, injury frustrating". 
  15. ^ "Besic suffers recurrence of hamstring injury". 
  16. ^ "Besic signs new contract". 
  17. ^ "Muhamed Besic: Everton midfielder out for six months with knee injury". 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Besic still a couple of weeks away from Everton". 15 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Odbio Nemačku da bi igrao za BiH" (in Serbian). sportal.rs. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  20. ^ "Poraz mladih Zmajeva od Italije" (in Bosnian). reprezentacija.ba. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  21. ^ "Sušić: Bešić je zaslužio poziv" (in Bosnian). sportin.ba. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  22. ^ "Bešić debituje u Slovačkoj" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "Vb 2014: "Besic lenyűgöző érettséget mutatott"". Nemzeti Sport. 16 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Nightingale, Tom (6 September 2015). "Result: Bosnia-Herzegovina cruise past Andorra". Sports Mole. Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  25. ^ "Muhamed Bešić: Prijatelje nemam, vjerujem djevojci i roditeljima". 
  26. ^ "Bosnia-Herzegovina stars pay visit to Cuiaba mosque". Goal.com. 21 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "FTC: Besic nemes ügyek mellé állt, nagykövet lett". Nemzeti Sport. 4 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Kćerke su me promijenile" [Daughters have changed my life]. 
  29. ^ "Moja djeca su moja velika snaga" [My children are my force]. 
  30. ^ "Martinez purring over 'complete' Besic". Skysports. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  31. ^ "Muhamed Besic". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  32. ^ "M. BEŠIĆ". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  33. ^ Muhamed Bešić at National-Football-Teams.com

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