Handanovič playing with Inter in 2014
|Full name||Samir Handanovič|
|Date of birth||14 July 1984|
|Place of birth||Ljubljana, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Zagorje (loan)||11||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Treviso (loan)||3||(0)|
|2006||→ Lazio (loan)||1||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ Rimini (loan)||39||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:09, 8 November 2015 (UTC).
Samir Handanović (born 14 July 1984) is a Slovenian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Serie A club Internazionale. During the course of the 2010–11 Serie A season, he saved a total of six penalty kicks, equalling an all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season. In 2012, he transferred to Internazionale from Udinese for €11 million.
Having previously represented Slovenia's under-19 and under-21 team, Handanovič made his senior international debut in 2004. He has gone on to earn 81 caps for his country, the second-most appearances for Slovenia and most by a goalkeeper, and played for them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Daily Mail listed him as one of the 10 best goalkeepers in the world.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Handanovič started his career at Slovan and was later transferred to Domžale, where he spent two seasons. He was signed by Udinese in the summer of 2004 at the age of 20. He was on loan to Treviso in the summer of 2005, but in January 2006, he was exchanged with Matteo Sereni to Lazio.
In July 2006, he was loaned to Rimini, with a pre-set price of €1.2 million. Thanks also to his saves, Rimini remained undefeated in both championship games played against Juventus. The club finished fifth in the Serie B and conceded the fourth least number of goals in the league. Handanovič was named the second best goalkeeper of that edition of Serie B, right after Gianluigi Buffon.
Return to Udinese
He returned to Udinese in summer 2007, as Udinese excised the counter-option to reject the buying, where he replaced Morgan De Sanctis, and signed a new and improved contract which would last until 30 June 2012. He signed the contract along teammates Asamoah Gyan and Fabio Quagliarella. During a match against Lazio in May 2011, he saved a penalty from Mauro Zárate, which was his sixth saved penalty during the 2010–11 Serie A season, and equalled the all-time league record set in the 1948–49 season for most penalties saved during the course of one season.
In August 2011, Handanović signed a new five-year contract. On 16 August, he played his first ever UEFA Champions League match against Arsenal, valid for the first leg of Play-off round, being beaten by a Theo Walcott's fourth-minute goal in a 1–0 away lose at Emirates Stadium. In the returning leg at Stadio Friuli after one week, Udinese was on lead after 50 minutes, but Arsenal come back to beat Handanović twice in a space of 14 minutes with Bianconeri Friuliani being eliminated with the aggregate 3–1.
Handanović kept a clean-sheet in team's opening league match against U.S. Lecce, helping the team to get a 0–2 away win. He was unbeaten even in the second match against ACF Fiorentina, where Udinese won 2–0, until he was beaten by Milan's El Shaarawy in the match valid for the 4th week. Udinese and Handanović were unbeaten in their first seven Serie A games, and only conceded 1 goal in that period, which was the best defensive record in top European leagues at the time.
During this season, Handanović continued to show his saving skills, being unbeaten in 5 of 7 penallties against his team.
On 4 July 2012, Udinese manager Francisco Guidolin confirmed that an agreement for the transfer of Handanovič to Inter was reached with Inter paying €11 million for his services. He was named in the Oscar del Calcio Serie A team of the Year in 2010–11 and 2012–13.
Handanović made his official debut with Inter on 2 August 2012 in the match valid for Third qualifying round of 2012–13 UEFA Europa League against the Croatian side Hajduk Split, keeping a clean-sheet in a 0–3 away success. He was beaten for the first time in the Inter shirt by Ante Vukušić from a penalty kick in the returning match at San Siro, with Hajduk Split winning surprisly 2–0 in front of 44,154 fans. Due to an injury, Handanović remained outside of the football fields for 21 days, missing three league matches.
On 9 December, he recorded his 200th appareance in Italian Serie A during the 2–1 home win against the rivals of Napoli. On 25 February 2015, in the second derby of the season against Milan, Handanović despite being beaten in 21st minute by a El Shaarawy goal, he made several amazing saves, most of them against Balotelli, helping Inter to survive in a eventual 1–1 draw.
After the end of 2012–13 season, thanks to his good performances, Handanović was selected in Serie A Team of the Year for the second team in his career, being the goalkepper with most appearances. He played 48 matches throughout the season, including 35 in Serie A and 10 in Europa League. Inter's season ended in disappointment, after failing to win Serie A and the Europa League, earning a ninth-placed league finish (the worst position since 1993–94), and a quarterfinal exit in Europe.
In June, it was reported that Spanish side Barcelona was close to sign with Handanović for a fee at around £20million, but his agent confirmed that his client will not move to Barça after the Catalan club decided to keep Victor Valdes for another year.
During the 2013–14 season, Inter was able to return in European competitions after one year abstence, finishing 5th in the league with 60 points. He played as a starter in Javier Zanetti's last competitive match at the San Siro, in which Inter defeated Lazio 4–1 to secure a place in Europa League play-off for next season. Handanović managed 14 clean sheets in 36 appearances during the Serie A season, and conceded 32 goals.
After saving his last five Serie A penalties faced, Handanovič saved from Yevhen Konoplyanka of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 27 November 2014, in a game which Inter won to confirm top spot in their UEFA Europa League group with a game remaining. That was also his 100th appearance with Nerazzurri in all competitions.
After the end of the season, it was reported that Handanović was the target of Premier League side Manchester United, but his agent turned down this opportunity by saying that his client will not move to The Red Devils.
Internazionale commenced the 2015–16 Serie A season with a 1–0 home win against Atalanta, where Handanović kept his first clean-sheet of the season. In the second match, he helped Internazionale grab their second consecutive victory with some excellent saves against the newcomers of Carpi, with the match finishing 2–1.
On 27 September 2015, in his 300th Serie A match against Fiorentina, Handanović made perhaps his worst appearance by giving away a 3rd minute penalty kick scored by Iličić, later being beaten three time by Nikola Kalinić in a eventual 4–1 lose. His laziness in the 31th minute, where he decided to stay in goal instead of tackling Kalinić, forced Miranda to leave the field with a red card, leaving the team with ten players for more than an hour. This lose ended Inter's undefeated streak of the 2015–16 season. After the match, Handanović told the reporters that was his fault for the way the match ended.
On 27 October, during the match against Bologna, Handanović made a crucial by saving a Destro shoot in 94th minute to help Inter win 0–1 away at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara. That was his 6 clean-sheet in 10 matches, and Inter won a league match after one lose and three consecutive draws. Four days later, in the match against Roma, "Handa" was again decisive for his team with his 9 saves, including a quadruple save in the 62th minute, helping again Inter to win the match again 1–0 and to take the lead of the league with 24 points. He was selected "Man of the Match" for his performance.
2010 World Cup
He was ever-presented in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying, playing every single minute during this qualifying campaign. Slovenia started the qualifiers with a 1–1 away draw against Poland, where Handanović was beaten in 17th minute to a Żewłakow penalty kick.
In May 2010, Handanović was named in Slovenia's final list of 23 players to represent the country in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Slovenia was placed in Group C with Algeria, England and United States. In team's opening match against Algeria, Handanović debuted for the first time in a major tournament, keeping a clean-sheet as Slovenia managed to win 0–1 at Peter Mokaba Stadium to grab their first three points. In the next match against United Stated at Ellis Park Stadium, Slovenia was leading 2–0 at half time, but in the second half Handanović was beaten by Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley, with the match finishing 2–2.
Euro 2016 qualifying and retirement
On 18 November 2015, Handanović announced his retirement from the national team after Slovenia failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2016, crashing out with a 3–1 aggregate defeat to Ukraine in the play-offs.
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- As of 17 November 2015
|Slovenia national team|
Handanović's parents are from Bosnia and Herzegovina. His elder cousin, Jasmin Handanović, also embarked on a career in Italy from 2007 to 2011 and currently plays for Maribor in the Slovenian PrvaLiga and was also a member of the Slovenian national team. Handanović is in a long standing relationship with Zoja Trobec, former KK Olimpija cheerleader, with whom he has a son Alen, born on 19 January 2011. The pair married in May 2012 and Handanović thus became brother-in-law to Zoja's sister Irena who is married to professional Bosnian basketball player Jasmin Hukić. On 3 October 2013 Handanović's wife gave birth to the couple's second son, named Ian.
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