Senad Lulić

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Senad Lulić
Senad Lulic Lazio Auronzo 2016.jpg
Lulić in 2016
Personal information
Full name Senad Lulić
Date of birth (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 19
Youth career
1998–2003 Chur 97
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Chur 97
2006–2008 Bellinzona 63 (13)
2008–2010 Grasshopper 41 (6)
2010–2011 Young Boys 31 (6)
2011– Lazio 211 (24)
National team
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

Senad Lulić (Bosnian pronunciation: [sěnaːd lǔlitɕ]; born 18 January 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Lazio.

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.

A full international from 2008 to 2017, Lulić earned over 50 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lulić was born in Mostar, but he spent most of his childhood in Jablanica.[2] He moved in his childhood to Switzerland due to Bosnian War and started his football career at Chur 97.[3] 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.[4] In July 2008, he joined Grasshopper,[5] playing two seasons there before being transferred to Bernese club Young Boys.[6] 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.

Lazio[edit]

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.[7] He made his first appearance for the club on 9 September against Milan[8] and went on to score his first goal for the Roman side at Bologna on 23 October.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

On 18 January 2016, his 30th birthday, he extended his contract until June 2020.[13]

He was accused of racially insulting Antonio Rüdiger after a 0–2 loss against city rivals Roma in December 2016.[14] After being found guilty of these allegations, he was suspended for 20 days and fined €10,000.[15]

In July 2017, after the departure of Lucas Biglia, Lulić was named Lazio's captain.[16] He won his first trophy as captain on 13 August 2017, when Lazio beat Juventus in 2017 Supercoppa Italiana.[17]

International career[edit]

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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20][21] 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.[22]

On 7 June 2013, he scored his first international goal, opening a 5–0 win away to Latvia in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[23] 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.[24] 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.[25]

With six assists, Lulić was the best assist provider in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, along with Arkadiusz Milik and Vladimír Weiss.[26]

Lulić retired from international football on 29 December 2017.[27]

Style of play[edit]

Lulić has been deployed both as a left winger and as a left wing-back. He possesses great pace and stamina.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Lulić and his wife Sandra have two children, a girl named Lea and a boy named Lian.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 May 2018.[30]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
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
Total 63 13 7 1 4 2 74 16
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
Total 41 6 6 2 6 2 53 10
Young Boys 2010–11 Swiss Super League 31 6 2 0 11 3 44 9
Lazio 2011–12 Serie A 27 4 2 0 9 0 38 4
2012–13 Serie A 33 1 5 1 12 1 50 3
2013–14 Serie A 30 7 1 0 5 0 1[d] 0 37 7
2014–15 Serie A 25 3 4 1 29 4
2015–16 Serie A 30 3 1 0 8 0 39 3
2016–17 Serie A 31 3 4 0 35 3
2017–18 Serie A 35 3 4 1 10 1 1[e] 0 50 5
2018–19 Serie A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 211 24 21 3 44 2 2 0 278 29
Career total 346 49 36 6 61 7 6 2 449 64

International[edit]

As of match played 7 October 2017.[31]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 4 0
2011 11 0
2012 7 0
2013 8 1
2014 8 0
2015 8 1
2016 5 0
2017 5 2
Total 57 4

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[31]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia  Latvia
1–0
5–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 September 2015 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Andorra
3–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3. 28 March 2017 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania  Albania
2–0
2–1
Friendly
4. 3 September 2017 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal  Gibraltar
3–0
4–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Lazio[30]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Životna priča Senada Lulića". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 25 July 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2011. [permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ "ESCLUSIVA - Belotti ricorda il Lulic di Bellinzona: Era già un fattore inarrestabile, vinse una partita da solo in 15 secondi!". laziosiamonoi.it (in Italian). 30 April 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "UFFICIALE: Grasshoppers, preso Lulic". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). 27 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "YB verpflichtet Lulic und liebgäugelt mit Costanzo". bernerzeitung.ch (in German). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Calciomercato Lazio, ufficiale l'arrivo di Senad Lulic". romatoday.it (in Italian). 16 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gol e spettacolo a San Siro, Milan-Lazio finisce 2-2". sky.it (in Italian). 9 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lulic, un nuovo rinforzo per Pioli. E quel gol contro il Bologna..." lazionews24.com (in Italian). 16 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Džeko named Bosnia and Herzegovina's finest". uefa.com. 24 June 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "Lazio wins Rome bragging rights". espnfc.com. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "Napoli 0-1 Lazio (agg 1-2): Substitute Senad Lulic stuns holders with late winner to set up Coppa Italia final with Juventus". dailymail.co.uk. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Lazio e Lulic insieme fino al 2020". sslazio.it (in Italian). 18 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Meia do Lazio é acusado de racismo após declaração em clássico de Roma". globoesporte.com (in Portuguese). 6 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Non fu razzismo: Lulic squalificato per 20 giorni per la frase su Rudiger e i calzini". globalist.it (in Italian). 22 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
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  25. ^ "Bosnia beaten by Messi marvel". fifa.com. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "Qualificazioni Euro 2016, Lulic re degli assist insieme a Weiss e Milik". tuttomercatoweb.com (in Italian). 15 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
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  29. ^ "Lulić drugi put postao otac". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 2 January 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2018. 
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