Vero Salatić

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Veroljub Salatić
Vero Salatić 2018.jpg
Salatić with Ufa in 2018
Personal information
Full name Veroljub Salatić
Date of birth (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Zvornik, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ufa
Number 6
Youth career
1992–1994 SC Zug
1994–2000 Zug 94
2000–2003 Grasshopper-Club Zurich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2011 Grasshopper-Club Zurich 229 (12)
2011–2012 AC Omonia 25 (1)
2012–2015 Grasshopper-Club Zurich 72 (5)
2015–2017 Sion 77 (4)
2017– Ufa 28 (0)
National team
2004–2006 Switzerland U-21 25 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2019

Veroljub "Vero" Salatić (Serbian Cyrillic: Верољуб Веро Салатић; born 14 November 1985) is a Bosnian-born Swiss footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Ufa in the Russian Premier League.

Career[edit]

A Bosnian Serb, Salatić moved to Switzerland as a child and started training with local team SC Zug in 1992, aged 7. In 2000, he moved on to Grasshopper-Club Zurich. In the 2003/04 season he broke into the first team. He is used mostly as a holding midfielder or as a central defender.

AC Omonia[edit]

In July 2011, he signed a contract with Cypriot side AC Omonia.

Ufa[edit]

On 31 August 2017, Salatić signed for Russian Premier League side FC Ufa.[1]

International career[edit]

Salatić has represented Switzerland at various levels including at the U-19 European Championship in 2004 in Switzerland. In 2005, he starred at the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The side were managed by Pierre-André Schürmann. Salatić starred alongside a Swiss team including Blerim Džemaili, Tranquillo Barnetta and Valon Behrami.

His success has not gone unnoticed by the Football Association of Serbia who have twice attempted to call him up, both times he refused saying he wished to play for Switzerland. He played his last match for the U21 side against England in 2006 and since then neither Köbi Kuhn or Ottmar Hitzfeld have shown any interest in calling him up.

As an ethnic Serb from Bosnia, he first expressed his desire to play for Serbia[2] but he was never called, so he later stated that he would like to play for national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3][4]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grasshopper Zurich
AC Omonia

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2018
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grasshoppers 2003–04 Swiss Super League 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
2004–05 32 0 1 0 33 0
2005–06 30 1 2 2 7 2 39 5
2006–07 27 2 2 0 11 1 40 3
2007–08 33 2 3 0 36 2
2008–09 32 3 4 0 5 1 41 4
2009–10 34 3 2 0 36 3
2010–11 31 1 3 1 2 1 36 3
Omonia 2011–12 Cypriot First Division 25 1 7 2 4 0 1[a] 0 37 3
Grasshoppers 2012–13 Swiss Super League 31 3 5 0 36 3
2013–14 31 1 2 0 4 0 37 1
2014–15 10 1 0 0 3 0 13 1
Total (2 spells) 301 17 24 3 33 5 0 0 358 25
Sion 2014–15 Swiss Super League 16 0 3 0 19 0
2015–16 32 3 3 0 8 1 43 4
2016–17 29 1 4 1 33 2
Total 77 4 10 1 8 1 0 0 95 6
Ufa 2017–18 Russian Premier League 18 0 1 0 19 0
Career total 421 22 42 6 45 6 1 0 509 34

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One appearance in the Cypriot Super Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Веролюб Салатич в Уфе!". fcufa.pro (in Russian). FC Ufa. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ Tandem iz Grashopersa želi da igra za Republiku Srpsku i Srbiju
  3. ^ Salatić: Iz BiH me nikada niko nije zvao, ali imam bh. pasoš i veliku želju da zaigram za Zmajeve!
  4. ^ Na pomolu novi Zmaj: Bila bi mi čast otići u Brazil sa BiH

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