Senad Lulić

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Senad Lulić
Senad Lulic Lazio Auronzo 2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Senad Lulić
Date of birth (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 31)
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
Chur 97
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Chur 97 25 (1)
2006–2008 Bellinzona 63 (13)
2008–2010 Grasshopper 41 (6)
2010–2011 Young Boys 31 (6)
2011– Lazio 168 (20)
National team
2008– Bosnia and Herzegovina 52 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2015

Senad Lulić (born 18 January 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club Lazio and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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 since 2008, Lulić has over 50 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club 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 the 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 Club Zürich,[3] playing two seasons for Grasshopper before being transferred to Bernese club BSC Young Boys.[4] After a successful lone season at Young Boys, where Lulić scored a total of nine goals in 40 matches between the Super League, Swiss Cup, and UEFA competitions, he received offers from German clubs Hertha BSC 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.[5] 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. He scored his second goal in a match against Cagliari. His third goal, and his first one at the Stadio Olimpico, came in a 2–2 draw against Udinese on 18 December. Following his successful debut season at Lazio, 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.[6]

On 26 May 2013, he scored the only goal in the historic Coppa Italia Final against city rivals AS Roma. It was the first ever among the two Roman clubs, his goal gained Lazio its sixth Coppa Italia, an UEFA Europa League spot at the expense of their bitter rivals, and placed him in the Pantheon of Lazio's top players. [7][8]

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.[9][10]

On 18 January 2016, his 30th birthday, he extended his contract until June 2020.[11]

International career[edit]

Lulić received his debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 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.[12] He had to wait for more than two years, until August 2010, to receive his next call-up. After several good performances for his club side, especially in UEFA Champions League qualification, new Bosnia manager Safet Sušić called him up to the matches against Luxembourg and France.[13] 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.[14][15] On 15 November 2011, Lulić was dismissed for a second yellow card in the second leg of the UEFA Euro 2012 playoff which his team lost against Portugal.[16]

On 7 June 2013, he scored his first international goal, opening a 5–0 win away to Latvia in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[17] Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for their first international tournament, and Lulić assisted Vedad Ibišević for their first goal in a tournament finals, a consolation in a 1–2 defeat to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium on 15 June 2014 in an eventual group-stage exit.[18]

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.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 15 May 2016.[20][21]
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bellinzona 2006–07 Challenge League 30 3 2 0 2 0 34 3
2007–08 Challenge League 33 10 5 1 2 2 40 13
Total 63 13 7 1 4[a] 2[b] 74 16
Grasshopper 2008–09 Super League 26 3 4 2 6 2 36 7
2009–10 Super League 15 3 2 0 17 3
Total 41 6 6 2 6 2 53 10
Young Boys 2010–11 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 1 0 5 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
Total 145 18 13 2 1[c] 0 34 1 193 21
Career total 280 43 28 5 5 2 51 6 364 56

International[edit]

As of match played 13 November 2016.[22]
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 1
Total 52 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
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

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Lazio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senad Lulic Lazio profile". 
  2. ^ Sport Centar
  3. ^ http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com/?action=read&id=106009
  4. ^ http://www.bscyb.ch/news-detail.aspx?navi=4&detail=572&pid=108
  5. ^ http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11854_6992781,00.html
  6. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=bih/news/newsid=1832632.html
  7. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/story/2013/05/26/sp-soccer-italian-cup-lazio-roma-italian-cup.html
  8. ^ "Lazio wins Rome bragging rights". ESPN. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Arrowsmith, Richard (8 April 2015). "Napoli 0-1 Lazio (agg 1-2): Substitute Senad Lulic stuns holders with late winner to set up Coppa Italia final with Juventus". Daily Mail. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Lulic wins it for Lazio". The Times of Malta. Press Association. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Lazio and Lulic together until 2020" (in Italian). 
  12. ^ BIH – Azerbejdžan 1:0 – Sarajevo-x.com
  13. ^ Sušić Reveals Call-ups for Luxembourg and France Qualifiers
  14. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro2012/matches/season=2012/round=15171/match=2002090/index.html
  15. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro2012/matches/season=2012/round=15171/match=2002107/index.html
  16. ^ Pimentel, José Nuno (15 November 2011). "Portugal overwhelm ten-man Bosnia and Herzegovina". UEFA. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Brilliant Bosnia and Herzegovina put five past Latvia". UEFA. 7 June 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (15 June 2014). "Argentina 2-1 Bos-Herce". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "How could Senad Lulic fit in at Juventus?". 
  20. ^ "Senad Lulic". soccerway. 
  21. ^ "Senad Lulic". elitefootball.com. 
  22. ^ Senad Lulić at National-Football-Teams.com

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