Lulić in 2016
|Full name||Senad Lulić|
|Date of birth||18 January 1986|
|Place of birth||Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2008–2017||Bosnia and Herzegovina||57||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2017
He began his career in Switzerland, helping Bellinzona to promotion to the Swiss Super League and later appearing in European competitions for Grasshopper. In 2011, he moved to Lazio, for which he scored the winning goal in the 2013 Coppa Italia Final against city rivals Roma.
Lulić was born in Mostar, but he spent most of his childhood in Jablanica. He moved in his childhood to Switzerland due to Bosnian War and started his football career at Chur 97. He then moved to Bellinzona, where he helped the club gain promotion to the Swiss Super League in his last season at the Ticino-based club. In July 2008, he joined Grasshopper, playing two seasons there before being transferred to Bernese club Young Boys. He scored his first official goal for Young Boys in his third match, scoring the opener in a 3-2 home victory against Tottenham for 2010-11 UEFA Champions League play-off round. In the return game against the same rivals, at White Hart Lane, Lulić was sent off after being booked twice in an eventual 4-0 away defeat by Tottenham. Following a successful single season at Young Boys, he received offers from German clubs Hertha Berlin and Werder Bremen, as well as Serie A side Lazio. He eventually moved to the Rome-based club, Lazio.
On 16 June 2011, it was confirmed that Lulić had signed a five-year contract with Lazio for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around €3 million. He made his first appearance for the club on 9 September against Milan and went on to score his first goal for the Roman side at Bologna on 23 October. Following his successful debut season, in June 2012, Lulić was voted third as Bosnia and Herzegovina's player of the year, behind Manchester City's Edin Džeko and Roma's Miralem Pjanić.
On 26 May 2013, he scored the only goal in the historic 2013 Coppa Italia Final against city rivals Roma. It was the first ever among the two Roman clubs, and his goal gave Lazio its sixth Coppa Italia, a 2013–14 UEFA Europa League spot at the expense of their bitter rivals, and placed him in the Pantheon of Lazio's top players.
Lulić scored the 79th-minute winner as Lazio defeated holders Napoli on 8 April to reach the 2015 Coppa Italia Final, also making a late goal line clearance to prevent Lorenzo Insigne from equalizing.
On 18 January 2016, his 30th birthday, he extended his contract until June 2020.
He was accused of racially insulting Antonio Rüdiger after a 0–2 loss against city rivals Roma in December 2016. After being found guilty of these allegations, he was suspended for 20 days and fined €10,000.
Lulić received his debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly match against Azerbaijan, which all of the established players decided to boycott following the dismissal of newly appointed coach Meho Kodro by the already unpopular Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He had to wait for more than two years, until August 2010, to receive next call-up. After several good performances for his club, especially in UEFA Champions League qualification, new national manager Safet Sušić called him up for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying games against Luxembourg and France. Despite playing as a left winger at that time for Young Boys, Sušić made him play both matches as a left back, the position where he has established himself in the national team. Lulić was dismissed for a second yellow card in the second leg of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs, which his team lost against Portugal.
On 7 June 2013, he scored his first international goal, opening a 5–0 win away to Latvia in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for their first international tournament finals in their history, 2014 FIFA World Cup, and Lulić was named in the squad for the competition. He assisted Vedad Ibišević for Bosnia's first ever goal in tournament finals, a consolation in a 1–2 defeat to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium on 15 June 2014.
Lulić retired from international football on 29 December 2017.
Style of play
Lulić and his wife Sandra have two children, a girl named Lea and a boy named Lian.
- As of match played 20 May 2018.
|Bellinzona||2006–07||Swiss Challenge League||30||3||2||0||–||2[a]||0||34||3|
|2007–08||Swiss Challenge League||33||10||5||1||–||2[b]||2[c]||40||13|
|Grasshopper||2008–09||Swiss Super League||26||3||4||2||6||2||–||36||7|
|2009–10||Swiss Super League||15||3||2||0||–||–||17||3|
|Young Boys||2010–11||Swiss Super League||31||6||2||0||11||3||–||44||9|
- As of match played 7 October 2017.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
- Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
|1.||7 June 2013||Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia||Latvia||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||6 September 2015||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Andorra||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|3.||28 March 2017||Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania||Albania||Friendly|
|4.||3 September 2017||Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal||Gibraltar||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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