Zlatan Muslimović playing for PAOK in May 2010
|Date of birth||6 March 1981|
|Place of birth||Banja Luka, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|2001||→ Perugia (loan)||0||(0)|
|2002||→ Pistoiese (loan)||8||(1)|
|2002–2003||→ Ascoli (loan)||11||(0)|
|2003–2004||→ Padova (loan)||30||(6)|
|2004–2005||→ Rimini (loan)||32||(15)|
|2005–2006||→ Messina (loan)||25||(4)|
|2006–2007||→ Parma (loan)||29||(3)|
|2001–2002||Bosnia and Herzegovina U21||4||(3)|
|2006–2011||Bosnia and Herzegovina||31||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Zlatan Muslimović (Bosnian pronunciation: [zlǎtan muslǐːmoʋitɕ]; born 6 March 1981) is a retired Bosnian-Herzegovinian footballer who played as a forward. He holds both Bosnian-Herzegovinian and Swedish citizenships.
Muslimović signed his first professional contract with Udinese. During the 2004–05 season, he was the top scorer of Serie C1/A side Rimini, with 15 goals in 32 matches, helping his team in winning the league and being promoted to Serie B. In 2006–07 he was loaned to Parma. In June 2007, he signed for Serie A side Atalanta (in a direct swap with Marco Motta) but suffered from lack of playing time under head coach Luigi Delneri.
On 22 July 2008, Muslimović signed with Greek club PAOK on a three-year deal. He instantly became a fan favourite and largely contributed to PAOK's successful run in the 2008–09 season. He scored his first goal for PAOK in a friendly against Udinese and his first league goal in a home game against AEK Athens. He received the nickname "Alani" by the Gate 4 fans.
During the 2009–10 season, however, he began facing many injury problems and managed to score only four times while his playing time kept diminishing. His most memorable goal was in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League play-offs, when he netted a 101st minute 1–1 equalizer against Fenerbahçe, sending PAOK through to the group stages. After another disappointing season, however, it was decided that his contract would not be renewed; his last official game for PAOK was against Olympiakos Volou on 25 May 2011, where he also scored.
On 20 February 2012, after being without a club for nine months, Muslimović signed with Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renhe. On 8 April, scored his first goal for the senior Guizhou Renhe side. He is called by fans, and signed at club website as "Musi Li", a nickname derived from his surname.
Muslimović has made 28 appearances for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team (as of 17 October 2011) since making his debut in 2006 in a friendly match against France as a second-half substitute. He also played for the team in their UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Malta (twice), Hungary, Norway and Turkey. Against Croatia, he scored a hat-trick.
One of Muslimović's most memorable current games was the encounter with Norway in Oslo. He and midfielder Zvjezdan Misimović scored early goals in the first half giving Bosnia a night to remember on 24 March 2007 with a 2–1 victory. He turned in another solid performance in the match against Turkey by slotting home a pass from Misimović past Rüştü Reçber to level the score at 1–1. Bosnia went on to win the game 3–2 with 89th-minute substitute Adnan Čustović heading in from a corner.
Muslimović is one of only six national players (with Elvir Bolić, Elvir Baljić [who scored four goals in one game], Zvjezdan Misimović, Vedad Ibišević and Edin Džeko) to ever score a hat-trick for Bosnia, doing so during a friendly against Croatia.
|1.||2 September 2006||Ta' Qali Stadium, Ta' Qali||Malta||4–1||5–2||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|2.||24 March 2007||Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo||Norway||2–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|3.||2 June 2007||Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo||Turkey||1–1||3–2||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|4.||6 June 2007||Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo||Malta||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|5.||22 August 2007||Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo||Croatia||1–2||3–5||Friendly match|
|6.||22 August 2007||Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo||Croatia||2–2||3–5||Friendly match|
|7.||22 August 2007||Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium, Sarajevo||Croatia||3–4||3–5||Friendly match|
|8.||10 September 2008||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Estonia||4–0||7–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9.||15 October 2008||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Armenia||3–0||4–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10.||15 October 2008||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Armenia||4–1||4–1||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|11.||5 September 2009||Hanrapetakan Stadium, Yerevan||Armenia||2–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Guizhou Renhe
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