Zlatan Muslimović

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Zlatan Muslimović
Zlatan Muslimović playing for PAOK in May 2010
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-03-06) 6 March 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Banja Luka, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Habo IF
Husqvarna FF
IFK Göteborg
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 IFK Göteborg 0 (0)
1999–2007 Udinese 2 (0)
2001Perugia (loan) 0 (0)
2002Pistoiese (loan) 8 (1)
2002–2003Ascoli (loan) 11 (0)
2003–2004Padova (loan) 30 (6)
2004–2005Rimini (loan) 32 (15)
2005–2006Messina (loan) 25 (4)
2006–2007Parma (loan) 29 (3)
2007–2008 Atalanta 10 (2)
2008–2011 PAOK 57 (14)
2012–2014 Guizhou Renhe 56 (15)
2015 Zavrč 10 (1)
2016–2017 Koper 22 (2)
National team
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.

Early career[edit]

As a teenager, Muslimović played for the Swedish teams Habo IF and Husqvarna FF.[1] He went on to play for the Swedish team IFK Göteborg youth team in 1998 and 1999, before coming to Italy in 2000.

Muslimović was also a goalkeeper for the Brandstorps IF floorball club's team for boys' born in 1981 during the 1994–95 season.[2]

Club career[edit]


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.[3] 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.

Guizhou Renhe[edit]

On 20 February 2012, after being without a club for nine months, Muslimović signed with Chinese Super League side Guizhou Renhe.[4] On 8 April, scored his first goal for the senior Guizhou Renhe side.[5] He is called by fans, and signed at club website as "Musi Li", a nickname derived from his surname.

International career[edit]

Muslimović has made 28 appearances for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team (as of 17 October 2011)[6] 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.[7]

In the qualifying rounds for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa in November 2009, Bosnia was eliminated by Portugal; Muslimović's shot hit the goalpost during the match in Lisbon.[8]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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


  1. ^ Peter Culha (1 June 2009). "HFF är storebror när det gäller talangutveckling" (in Swedish). J-nytt. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Historia" (in Swedish). Fagerhult Habo IB. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. ^ goal.com (14 July 2008). "PAOK Strike Muslimović Deal". goal.com. Retrieved 14 July 2008.
  4. ^ sports.yahoo.com (23 February 2012). "Former Udinese, Parma and PAOK striker Zlatan Muslimovic joins Chinese outfit Guizhou Renhe". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  5. ^ Reprezentacija.ba (8 April 2012). "Zlatan Muslimović scores first goal for Chinese club Guizhou Renhe". Reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  6. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 July 2009). "Bosnia and Herzegovina – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  7. ^ nfsbih.net (22 August 2007). "Muslimović goals vs Croatia". nfsbih.net (in Bosnian). Retrieved 22 August 2007.
  8. ^ Erik Niva (28 May 2010). "Zmaj od Bosne, pt II" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 6 January 2017.

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