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Sejad Salihović
Bosnian footballer

Sejad Salihović

Sejad Salihović
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Intro Bosnian footballer
Is Athlete Football player Association football player
From Bosnia and Herzegovina
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 8 October 1984, Zvornik
Age 37 years
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Biography

Sejad Salihović (born 8 October 1984) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club Beijing Renhe and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Club career

Early career

Salihović began his career in the youth teams of lower-league sides Minerva 93 Berlin and Hertha 03 Zehlendorf. In the 2000–01 season, he was transferred to Hertha BSC, where he played for the U17 and U19 teams before eventually entering the reserve team in 2003.

Hertha BSC

Salihović was promoted to the first team in 2004. He made his professional debut in a Bundesliga match against Hamburger SV on 26 September 2004, which ended in a 2–1 defeat. In 2006, he was transferred to 1899 Hoffenheim.

1899 Hoffenheim

He was rated by kicker sports magazine as the player of 2. Bundesliga 2007–08 season with the best over-all grades and finished the season scoring six goals in 27 matches.

The highly rated midfielder was sidelined with groin injury, which has been troubling him for some while, however he has made a full recovery. Salihović had a good start to the 2010–11 Bundesliga season, but ended with an injury. At the end of the 2012–13 season, Salihović scored two late penalties against Dortmund to secure a play-off match, ultimately saving Hoffenheim from relegation.

Guizhou Renhe

On 7 June 2015, Hoffenheim announced on their official website that Salihović would leave the club to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe.

International career

During October 2006 while playing for the Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team, Salihović scored twice in the team's 2–3 aggregate loss to Czech Republic under-21 in the play-offs for 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship. Both his goals were superb shots from 25 meters out and 30 meters out.

Since then, Salihović has been promoted to the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior side and has become an important member of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Although his favorite position is in midfield, he has often been used as a left-back in lack of other options. He has scored four goals for the senior national team, three of which have been from free-kicks. Due to unsporting behavior in game against Portugal during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification play-offs, the Bosnian midfielder was suspended for four games, missing the Euro 2012 qualification matches against Luxembourg, France, Albania and Romania. He returned for a friendly match against Slovakia, which Bosnia won 3–2 in Bratislava.

In June 2014, he was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Personal life

Salihović and his family migrated to Berlin in 1992, right before the Bosnian War started. In June 2009, after 17 years, Sejad visited his hometown of Zvornik where his parents Ismet and Fadila are renovating their home. His hobbies include reading, playing football, and spending time with his family.

On 15 December 2014, Salihović married his girlfriend Julia.

Style of play

He has a powerful shot with his left foot and is a free-kick specialist.

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 22 October 2016.
Club Season League Cup Other Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hertha II 2003–04 NOFV-Oberliga Nord 31 13 31 13
2004–05 Regionalliga Nord 27 14 1 0 28 14
2005–06 Regionalliga Nord 30 8 30 8
Total 88 35 1 0 89 35
Hertha 2004–05 Bundesliga 5 0 0 0 5 0
2005–06 Bundesliga 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
Hoffenheim II 2006–07 Oberliga Baden-Württemberg 1 0 1 0
2011–12 Regionalliga Süd 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Hoffenheim 2006–07 Regionalliga Süd 30 10 30 10
2007–08 2. Bundesliga 27 6 4 1 31 7
2008–09 Bundesliga 29 8 1 1 30 9
2009–10 Bundesliga 32 4 4 1 36 5
2010–11 Bundesliga 26 5 4 0 30 5
2011–12 Bundesliga 23 9 3 2 26 11
2012–13 Bundesliga 22 7 1 0 23 7
2013–14 Bundesliga 28 11 2 0 30 11
2014–15 Bundesliga 13 2 0 0 13 2
Total 230 62 19 5 249 67
Beijing Renhe 2015 Chinese Super League 15 2 0 0 15 2
2016 China League One 13 3 0 0 13 3
Total 28 5 0 0 28 5
Career total 340 99 20 5 1 0 0 0 361 104

International

As of match played 13 October 2015.
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2007 3 0
2008 6 0
2009 8 2
2010 4 1
2011 5 1
2012 7 0
2013 6 0
2014 6 0
2015 2 0
Total 47 4

International goals

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2009 Stade Pierre de Coubertin, Cannes, France  Oman
2–1
2–1
Friendly
2. 9 September 2009 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Turkey
1–1
1–1
2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 29 May 2010 Råsunda, Solna, Sweden  Sweden
1–1
2–4
Friendly
4. 2 September 2011 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying

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