Zlatko Junuzović

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Zlatko Junuzović
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Junuzović in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-09-26) 26 September 1987 (age 29)
Place of birth Loznica,[1] SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder[2][3]
Club information
Current team
SV Werder Bremen
Number 16
Youth career
1994–1999 Kühnsdorf
1999–2005 Grazer AK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Grazer AK 70 (9)
2007–2009 Austria Kärnten 57 (3)
2009–2012 Austria Wien 82 (21)
2012– SV Werder Bremen 157 (17)
National team
Austria U19 2 (1)
2007 Austria U20 11 (4)
2005–2008 Austria U21 15 (3)
2006– Austria 52 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:31, 18 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 September 2016

Zlatko Junuzović (German pronunciation: [ˈzlatkoː juˈnuːzovɪtʃ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Златко Јунузовић, born 26 September 1987) is an Austrian footballer who plays for SV Werder Bremen, and for the Austrian national team. He is known as a free-kick specialist in the team.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Junuzović moved with his parents to Austria when he was five years old. Before his 12th birthday, they went on to Graz, where he soon played for the youth teams of Grazer AK. Junuzović became an Austrian citizen as youth.

Club career[edit]

Aged 17 years Junuzović made his debut for Grazer AK in the Bundesliga in spring 2005. In 2006 he was called up to play for the ÖFB-Team and became a regular starter for Grazer AK. In summer 2007 Junuzović moved to SK Austria Kärnten before joining FK Austria Wien in summer 2009.

In 2010, Junuzović was awarded two awards for his performances with Austria Wien and the national team: the managers of the Austrian Bundesliga voted him Austrian Footballer of the Year[6] and the country's supporters voted him "Player of the Year"[7] in the annual award awarded by the Kronen Zeitung.

In January 2012, Junuzović joined Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen, signing a contract running until 30 June 2015. In February 2015, it was announced that Junuzović’ contract had been extended until June 2018.[8]

Having completed the 2014–2015 season with six goals and 15 assists – only Kevin De Bruyne and Thomas Müller achieved more assists –, Junuzović was voted "Player of the Season" by Werder's fans.[9]

On 18 March 2017, he scored his second goal of the 2016–17 season in a 3–0 win against Leipzig, a match that saw all three of Werder Bremen's Austrian players score in the club's highest win of the season.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Junuzović was born in the Serbian town of Loznica, to a family originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina.[12]

International career[edit]

Junuzović played for Austria at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup[13] where they claimed fourth place. He made his debut for the senior team in a March 2006 friendly match against Canada.

International goals[edit]

Scores and goals list Austria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 October 2011 Dalga Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan  Azerbaijan
4–1
4–1
Euro 2012 qualifying
2 1 June 2012 Tivoli-Neu, Gelsenkirchen, Germany  Ukraine
1–0
3–2
Friendly
3 11 September 2012 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Germany
1–2
1–2
2014 World Cup qualifier
4 22 March 2013  Faroe Islands
4–0
6–0
5 27 March 2015 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein
4–0
5–0
Euro 2016 qualifying
6 5 September 2015 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Moldova
1–0
1–0
Euro 2016 qualifying
7 29 March 2016 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Turkey
1–0
1–2
Friendly
Correct as of 29 March 2016

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 March 2017[3][14]
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
SK Sturm Graz 2004–05 Austrian Football Bundesliga 4 0 4 0
2005–06 32 4 1 0 4 1 37 5
2006–07 34 5 2 0 36 5
Total 70 9 3 0 4 1 77 10
SK Austria Kärnten 2007–08 Austrian Football Bundesliga 28 2 28 2
2008–09 29 1 1 1 30 2
Total 57 3 1 1 0 0 58 4
FK Austria Wien 2009–10 Austrian Football Bundesliga 30 6 1 0 8 0 39 6
2010–11 33 9 3 1 3 1 39 11
2011–12 19 6 2 1 12 0 33 7
Total 82 21 6 2 23 1 111 24
SV Werder Bremen 2011–12 Bundesliga 15 0 15 0
2012–13 30 3 1 0 31 3
2013–14 26 2 1 0 27 2
2014–15 33 6 2 0 35 6
2015–16 30 4 3 0 33 4
2016–17 23 2 1 1 24 3
Total 157 17 7 1 0 0 164 18
Career total 366 50 17 4 27 2 410 56
  1. ^ Includes the Austrian Cup, DFB Cup
  2. ^ Includes the Europa League

Honours[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Austrian Football Association: ÖFB Kader gegen Russkand (UEFA EURO 2016 Raiffeisen-Qualifikationsspiel, 15. November 2014) und Brasilien (freundschaftliches Länderspiel im Rahmen der Gillette Brasil Global Tour, 18. November 2014) (pdf)
  2. ^ "Zlatko Junuzović". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Z. Junuzović". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Fahim, Oisin (2 June 2015). "Top six players with highest free-kick conversion rate". Squawka. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Dead-ball specialist". SV Werder Bremen. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Liga-Trainer wählen Junuzovic zum "Spieler des Jahres"" [League coaches vote Junuzovic "Player of the Year"]. Kronen Zeitung (in German). 20 December 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Siege für Junuzovic, Krejc und Pacult" [Wins for Junuzovic, Krejc und Pacult]. Kronen Zeitung (in German). 7 February 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Junuzovic pens Bremen extension". bundesliga.com. Bundesliga. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Junuzovic voted "Player of the Season". Werder Bremen. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Knips, Björn (18 March 2017). "Der Ösi-Tag: Werder feiert Kaiserschmarrn-Sieg". Kreiszeitung (in German). Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Werder Bremen - RB Leipzig 3:0, 1. Bundesliga, Saison 2016/17, 25.Spieltag - Spielbericht". kicker Online (in German). 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150502201317/http://radiosarajevo.ba/novost/184411/kako-se-osjeca-bosanac-iz-loznice-pred-utakmicu-protiv-svojih
  13. ^ Zlatko JunuzovićFIFA competition record
  14. ^ "Zlatko Junuzović". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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