Toni Šunjić

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Toni Šunjić
Toni Šunjić 2017.jpg
Šunjić with Dynamo Moscow in 2017
Personal information
Full name Toni Šunjić
Date of birth (1988-12-15) 15 December 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Dynamo Moscow
Number 44
Youth career
1995–1998 Branitelj
1998–2007 Zrinjski Mostar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Zrinjski Mostar 76 (1)
2010–2011Kortrijk (loan) 15 (0)
2012–2014 Zorya Luhansk 63 (0)
2014–2015 Kuban Krasnodar 28 (1)
2015–2017 VfB Stuttgart 29 (3)
2017Palermo (loan) 7 (0)
2017– Dynamo Moscow 56 (4)
National team
2008–2010 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 10 (0)
2012– Bosnia and Herzegovina 39 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2019

Toni Šunjić (Bosnian pronunciation: [tǒni ʃûːɲitɕ]; born 15 December 1988) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Russian Premier League club Dynamo Moscow and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Šunjić started his career at Zrinjski Mostar, before being loaned to Kortrijk in 2010. He then joined Zorya Luhansk and Kuban Krasnodar afterwards. Šunjić was transferred to VfB Stuttgart in 2015. In 2017, he was loaned to Palermo. He moved to Dynamo Moscow later that year.

A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Šunjić made his senior international debut in 2012, earning over 30 caps since. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Šunjić started playing football at local club Branitelj, before joining Zrinjski Mostar's youth academy in 1998.[2] He made his professional debut in UEFA Europa League qualifier against Partizan on 2 August 2007 at the age of 18.[3] A year later, on 3 August 2008, he scored his first professional goal against Borac Banja Luka.[4]

In August 2010 Šunjić signed a season-long loan with Belgian outfit Kortrijk.[5]

In February 2012, he joined Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk.[6]

On 9 July 2014, he was transferred to Russian team Kuban Krasnodar on a three-year contract.[7]

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

In August 2015 Šunjić signed a three-year deal with German outfit VfB Stuttgart.[8] He scored on his official debut for the club, in a narrow loss away to Hertha BSC on 12 September.[9]

At the end of the season, the club was relegated to 2. Bundesliga.[10] Šunjić, nevertheless, decided to stay at the club. However, not getting the wanted playing time, he was loaned out to Palermo until the end of the season.[11]

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

In June 2017, Šunjić signed two-year deal with Dynamo Moscow, sealing his return to Russia.[12] He made his competitive debut for the team in a draw against city rivals Spartak Moscow on 18 July.[13] On 3 November, he scored his first goal for the club, in an away game against Ural.[14]

On 24 June 2019, Šunjić prolonged his contract with Dynamo Moscow until June 2021, with an option for another year.[15]

International career[edit]

Šunjić playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

Šunjić was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team for several years.[16]

In August 2012, he received his first senior call-up, for friendly game against Wales,[17] and debuted in that game on 17 August.[18]

In June 2014, Šunjić was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup, country's first major tournament.[19] He made his competition debut against Nigeria on 22 June.[20]

On 31 August 2017, in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cyprus, Šunjić scored his first senior international goal.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 May 2019[22]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Zrinjski Mostar 2007–08 Bosnian Premier League 7 0 3 0 1 0 11 0
2008–09 Bosnian Premier League 23 1 3 0 4 1 30 2
2009–10 Bosnian Premier League 28 0 7 1 2 0 37 1
2010–11 Bosnian Premier League 5 0 0 0 6 1 11 1
2011–12 Bosnian Premier League 13 0 3 1 16 1
Total 76 1 16 2 13 2 105 5
Kortrijk (loan) 2010–11 Belgian First Division A 15 0 1 0 16 0
Zorya Luhansk 2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League 10 0 1 0 11 0
2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League 28 0 1 0 29 0
2013–14 Ukrainian Premier League 25 0 1 0 26 0
Total 63 0 3 0 66 0
Kuban Krasnodar 2014–15 Russian Premier League 22 1 4 2 26 3
2015–16 Russian Premier League 6 0 0 0 6 0
Total 28 1 4 2 32 3
VfB Stuttgart 2015–16 Bundesliga 19 1 3 1 22 2
2016–17 2. Bundesliga 10 2 2 0 12 2
Total 29 3 5 1 34 4
Palermo (loan) 2016–17 Serie A 7 0 7 0
Dynamo Moscow 2017–18 Russian Premier League 27 3 1 0 28 3
2018–19 Russian Premier League 29 1 1 0 30 1
2019–20 Russian Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 56 4 2 0 58 4
Career total 274 9 31 5 13 2 318 16

International[edit]

As of match played 8 June 2019[23]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012 3 0
2013 2 0
2014 9 0
2015 6 0
2016 5 0
2017 4 1
2018 8 0
2019 2 0
Total 39 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[23]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 31 August 2017 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus
1–0
2–3
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Zrinjski Mostar[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Тони Шуньич". fcdynamo.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Toni Šunjić: Od malih nogu volio sam Zrinjski i maštao da ću i ja nekada nositi dres tog kluba". hercegovina.info (in Croatian). 11 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Vremeplov: Partizan je tada 'plesao' na terenu, ali je UEFA bila 'cica sa dva lica'". hotspot.rs (in Serbian). 14 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Žižović donio bodove Zrinjskom". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 3 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Šunjić otišao, Đurić došao". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 31 August 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Šunjić na korak do Zorje". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 18 January 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Službeno: Toni Šunjić potpisao za Kuban Krasnodar". bih.ba (in Bosnian). 9 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Službeno: Toni Šunjić potpisao za njemački Stuttgart". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 27 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Prvijenac Šunjića, debi Ibiševića, Bayern i Borussia sigurni". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 12 September 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Završena Bundesliga: Stuttgart ispao iz lige, Eintracht igra u play-outu". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 14 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Službeno: Toni Šunjić potpisao za Palermo". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 20 January 2017. Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Službeno: Šunjić potpisao za Dinamo Moskvu". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 15 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Toni Šunjić debitovao za Dynamo u remiju protiv Spartaka". bih.ba (in Bosnian). 18 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Šunjić strijelac u remiju Dinama". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 3 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Potpisao na dvije godine: Toni Šunjić otklonio sve dileme o nastavku karijere". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 24 June 2019. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Predstavljamo Zmajeve: Toni Šunjić, dijete Zrinjskog i ponosni reprezentativac BiH". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Šušić objavio spisak igrača za utakmicu protiv Velsa". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 3 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Stevanović zablistao, crni niz prekinut". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 15 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  19. ^ "Sušić objavio konačan spisak za Brazil". aljazeera.net (in Bosnian). 2 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Poraz od Nigerije za raniji povratak kući iz Brazila". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 22 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Zmajevi nakon šokantnog preokreta poraženi na Kipru". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 31 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  22. ^ a b "T. Šunjić". soccerway.com. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Toni Šunjić". eu-football.info. Retrieved 8 June 2019.

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