Sejad Salihović

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Sejad Salihović
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Salihović with Hoffenheim in 2012
Personal information
Full name Sejad Salihović
Date of birth (1984-10-08) 8 October 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Zvornik, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
FC St. Gallen
Number 10
Youth career
1995–1998 Minerva Berlin
1998–2000 Hertha Zehlendorf
2000–2003 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Hertha BSC II 88 (35)
2004–2006 Hertha BSC 5 (0)
2006–2012 1899 Hoffenheim II 2 (0)
2006–2015 1899 Hoffenheim 230 (62)
2015–2017 Beijing Renhe 28 (5)
2017– FC St. Gallen 1 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 4 (2)
2007– Bosnia and Herzegovina 47 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2015

Sejad Salihović (born 8 October 1984) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for FC St. Gallen and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He spent 9 years at 1899 Hoffenheim, where he is the record appearance maker.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Salihović began his career in the youth teams of lower-league sides Minerva 93 Berlin and Hertha 03 Zehlendorf. In the 2000–01 season, he was transferred to Hertha BSC, where he played for the U17 and U19 teams before eventually entering the reserve team in 2003.

Hertha BSC[edit]

Salihović was promoted to the first team in 2004. He made his professional debut in a Bundesliga match against Hamburger SV on 26 September 2004, which ended in a 2–1 defeat.[1] In 2006, he was transferred to 1899 Hoffenheim.

1899 Hoffenheim[edit]

He was rated by kicker sports magazine as the player of 2. Bundesliga 2007–08 season with the best over-all grades[2] and finished the season scoring six goals in 27 matches.[3]

The highly rated midfielder was sidelined with groin injury, which has been troubling him for some while, however he has made a full recovery.[4] Salihović had a good start to the 2010–11 Bundesliga season, but ended with an injury. At the end of the 2012–13 season, Salihović scored two late penalties against Dortmund to secure a play-off match, ultimately saving Hoffenheim from relegation.[5][6]

Beijing Renhe[edit]

On 7 June 2015, Hoffenheim announced on their official website that Salihović would leave the club to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.[7]

International career[edit]

During October 2006 while playing for the Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team, Salihović scored twice in the team's 2–3 aggregate loss to Czech Republic under-21 in the play-offs for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Both his goals were superb shots from 25 meters out[8] and 30 meters out.[9]

Since then, Salihović has been promoted to the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior side and has become an important member of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Although his favorite position is in midfield, he has often been used as a left-back in lack of other options.[10] He has scored four goals for the senior national team, three of which have been from free-kicks. Due to unsporting behavior in game against Portugal during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs,[11] the Bosnian midfielder was suspended for four games, missing the Euro 2012 qualification matches against Luxembourg, France, Albania and Romania. He returned for a friendly match against Slovakia, which Bosnia won 3–2 in Bratislava.[12]

In June 2014, he was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Salihović and his family migrated to Berlin in 1992, right before the Bosnian War started. In June 2009, after 17 years, Sejad visited his hometown of Zvornik where his parents Ismet and Fadila are renovating their home. His hobbies include reading, playing football, and spending time with his family.[14]

On 15 December 2014, Salihović married his girlfriend Julia.[15]

Style of play[edit]

He has a powerful shot with his left foot and is a free-kick specialist.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 22 October 2016.[18]
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hertha II 2003–04 NOFV-Oberliga Nord 31 13 31 13
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord 27 14 1 0 28 14
2005–06 Regionalliga Nord 30 8 30 8
Total 88 35 1 0 89 35
Hertha 2004–05 Bundesliga 5 0 0 0 5 0
2005–06 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 5 0 0 0 1[a] 0 0 0 6 0
Hoffenheim II 2006–07 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Hoffenheim 2006–07 Regionalliga Süd 30 10 30 10
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 27 6 4 1 31 7
2008–09 Bundesliga 29 8 1 1 30 9
2009–10 Bundesliga 32 4 4 1 36 5
2010–11 Bundesliga 26 5 4 0 30 5
2011–12 Bundesliga 23 9 3 2 26 11
2012–13 Bundesliga 22 7 1 0 23 7
2013–14 Bundesliga 28 11 2 0 30 11
2014–15 Bundesliga 13 2 0 0 13 2
Total 230 62 19 5 249 67
Beijing Renhe 2015 Chinese Super League 15 2 0 0 15 2
2016 China League One 13 3 0 0 13 3
Total 28 5 0 0 28 5
Career total 340 99 20 5 1 0 0 0 361 104
  1. ^ Appearance in 2005 DFL-Ligapokal

International[edit]

As of match played 13 October 2015.[19]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007 3 0
2008 6 0
2009 8 2
2010 4 1
2011 5 1
2012 7 0
2013 6 0
2014 6 0
2015 2 0
Total 47 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2009 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Cannes, France  Oman
2–1
2–1
Friendly
2. 9 September 2009 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Turkey
1–1
1–1
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 29 May 2010 Råsunda, Solna, Sweden  Sweden
1–1
2–4
Friendly
4. 2 September 2011 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hamburger SV–Hertha BSC 2:1 (1:1)" (in German). kicker Sportmagazin. 22 September 2004. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Salihovics kühnes Ziel" (in German). kicker.de. 12 June 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Salihovic, Sejad" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Hoffemheim Midfielder Sejad Salihovic Sidelined With Groin Injury". goal.com. 15 December 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Salihovic brace makes impossible possible". achtzehn99.de. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Salihović vodi Hoffenheim ka opstanku, Bayern i Borussija bez milosti" (in Bosnian). 13 April 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Sejad Salihovic verlässt die TSG" (in German). TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Ladislav, Josef (6 October 2006). "Hubník gives Czechs the edge". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Krvavac, Fuad (10 October 2006). "Frejlach sends Czechs through". UEFA.com. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sa Papetom na Euro 2012". sportin.ba. 4 March 2010. Archived from the original on 11 May 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Red cards we will remember long" (in Bosnian). 
  12. ^ "Slovakia Bosnia 2–3" (in Serbian). 
  13. ^ "Bosnia-Herzegovina 2014 World Cup Squad". The Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sejad Salihovic". TSG Hoffenheim. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "Sejad Salihović se oženio i čeka dijete: Kum će biti Vedad Ibišević" (in Bosnian). reprezentacija.ba. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Salihovic: We can beat anyone". FIFA.com. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  17. ^ E. Ćatović (17 February 2012). "Kralj Slobodnjaka: Sejad Salihović" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Sejad Salihovic". soccerway. 
  19. ^ Sejad Salihović at National-Football-Teams.com

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