Sead Kolašinac

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Sead Kolašinac
Sead Kolašinac S04 2015 (cropped).jpg
Kolašinac with Schalke 04 in 2015
Personal information
Full name Sead Kolašinac[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Karlsruhe, Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Arsenal
Number 31
Youth career
2001–2009 Karlsruher SC
2009–2010 1899 Hoffenheim
2010 VfB Stuttgart
2011–2012 Schalke 04
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Schalke 04 II 8 (2)
2012–2017 Schalke 04 94 (4)
2017– Arsenal 7 (0)
National team
2011 Germany U18 1 (0)
2011–2012 Germany U19 11 (1)
2012–2013 Germany U20 2 (1)
2013– Bosnia and Herzegovina 22 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:38, 14 October 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:22, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

Sead Kolašinac (German pronunciation: [ˈsɛ.ad ˈkɔ.la.ʃɪ.nats], Bosnian pronunciation: [ˈse.ad ko.laˈʃi.nat͡s]; born 20 June 1993) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Arsenal and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Kolašinac began his career in his hometown club, Karlsruher SC. After eight years of playing for Kalsruhe, Kolašinac joined 1899 Hoffenheim, where he played a season before transferring to VfB Stuttgart. A season later, he joined Schalke 04.[2]

Schalke 04[edit]

After one season with the youth team, Kolašinac was promoted to the second team, Schalke 04 II, in one of the German lower leagues, Regionalliga West. After scoring two goals in seven matches, he was promoted to the first team. On 15 September 2012, he made his Bundesliga debut in a 2–0 win over Greuther Fürth.[3] In December 2012, he played in his first game in European competitions, a 1–1 draw against Montpellier, in the UEFA Champions League.[4]

In June 2013 Kolašinac extended his contract with Schalke to June 2017.[5]

At the beginning of the following season Kolašinac tore the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee and was out for approximately six months.[6]

Kolašinac scored his first goal for Schalke 04 on 13 December 2015, in a 1–1 draw against FC Augsburg.[7]

In May 2017, Kolašinac made the decision not to renew his contract with Schalke 04, thus ending his six-year spell at German club.[8] At the end of the 2016–17 season, he was voted in the Bundesliga Team of the Season.[9]

Arsenal[edit]

On 6 June 2017, English Premier League club Arsenal confirmed the signing of Kolašinac on a free transfer, pending the "completion of all regulatory processes."[10] He was announced as Arsenal's first summer signing for the upcoming season.[11] Kolašinac scored on his debut against Chelsea in the 2017 Community Shield, which Arsenal won on penalties.[12][13] He made his Premier League debut on the opening day, providing an assist in a 4–3 win over Leicester City.[14] For his performances in August, he was voted as Arsenal's Player of the Month, earning more than half of the votes.[15] On 14 September, Kolašinac scored on his UEFA Europa League debut against 1. FC Köln, which Arsenal won 3–1.[16]

International career[edit]

Kolašinac has a German passport and after playing on various youth levels for Germany, he switched allegiance to his parents' homeland Bosnia and Herzegovina and received a call-up for the country's senior national team in 2013. His father stated in an interview that was always the player's first choice to play for the Bosnian national team.[17]

On 18 November 2013, Kolašinac made his debut for Bosnia in a 2–0 friendly loss against Argentina.[18] He was named in Bosnia's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[19] In the third minute of the team's opening group match, Kolašinac scored an unfortunate own goal, the fastest in World Cup history, as Argentina ran out 2–1 winners at the Maracanã Stadium.[20]

Style of play[edit]

Kolašinac is regarded as a versatile defender who can slot into all defensive positions as needed.[21] At Schalke 04 II he was deployed mostly as a centre back or defensive midfielder.[21] Schalke head coach Jens Keller used Kolašinac mainly as a left full-back, a position in which Kolašinac has distinguished himself. Physically strong and tactically clever, he consistently wins one-on-one duels against his opponents.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Kolašinac was born in Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, to Bosniak parents. His father, Faik, who works at a Mercedes-Benz factory, was born in Nikšić, Montenegro, to parents from Plav. The family moved to Čapljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1969, where Faik met his wife. Kolašinac and his family are practising Muslims.[22]

As well as having a German passport, Kolašinac was given a Bosnian passport in 2013 and decided to play for the Bosnian national team.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 14 October 2017.[23]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Schalke 04 II 2011–12 Regionalliga Nord 2 0 2 0
2012–13 Regionalliga Nord 5 2 5 2
2014–15 Regionalliga Nord 1 0 1 0
Total 8 2 8 2
Schalke 04 2012–13 Bundesliga 16 0 1 0 3 0 20 0
2013–14 Bundesliga 24 0 0 0 6 0 30 0
2014–15 Bundesliga 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2015–16 Bundesliga 23 1 1 0 6 0 30 1
2016–17 Bundesliga 25 3 3 0 8 0 35 3
Total 94 4 6 0 23 0 123 4
Arsenal 2017–18 Premier League 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1[a] 1[b] 9 2
Career total 109 6 6 0 0 0 24 1 1 1 140 8

International[edit]

As of match played 10 October 2017.[24]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013 1 0
2014 5 0
2015 4 0
2016 7 0
2017 5 0
Total 22 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Arsenal

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". premierleague.com. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Meet the Bosnian defender hoping to stop Messi and Aguero". fourfourtwo.com. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Holtby nimmt Fürth endgültig den Mut" (in German). kicker.de. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "UEFA Champions League 2012/13 – History – Montpellier-Schalke Lineups". uefa.com. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "FC Schalke 04 extend Sead Kolasinac's contract through 2017". sbnation.com. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sead Kolasinac sidelined for six months". bhdragons.com. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Prvijenac Kolašinca u Bundesligi!" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "Kolasinac verlässt Schalke ablösefrei" (in German). sueddeutsche.de. 14 May 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Team of the Season 16/17 Results". bundesliga.com. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Group, Arsenal Media (5 June 2017). "Sead Kolasinac to sign for Arsenal". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Get it here". twitter.com. 
  12. ^ "Arsenal lift Community Shield". thefa.com. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea". bbc.co.uk. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  14. ^ "Arsenal 4–3 Leicester City". bbc.com. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "Kolasinac voted August Player of the Month". arsenal.com. 5 September 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Arsenal beat Cologne in delayed Europa League match". theguardian.com. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  17. ^ "Otac Seada Kolašinca: On je uvijek želio igrati za BiH" (in Bosnian). klix.ba. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Argentina Bosnia 2–0". goal.com. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  19. ^ "Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014 World Cup squad". telegraph.co.uk. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Argentina 2–1 BiH". bbc.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c "Schalke-Talent Kolasinac verteidigte in Istanbul knallhart und clever" (in German). derwesten.de. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "Sead Kolašinac je bježao iz škole kako bi išao u mekteb" (in Bosnian). sport.ba. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  23. ^ "S. Kolašinac". soccerway.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  24. ^ "Sead Kolašinac". eu-football.info. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 

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