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Admir Adžem (born 25 March 1973) is a Bosnian-Herzegovinian football manager and a former professional footballer. He is currently in charge of the FK Željezničar Sarajevo U17 team.

Admir Adžem
Personal information
Full name Admir Adžem
Date of birth (1973-03-25) 25 March 1973 (age 46)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Željezničar Sarajevo U17 (manager)
Youth career
0000–1995 Željezničar Sarajevo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Željezničar Sarajevo 32 (5)
1997–1998 Zagreb 5 (0)
1998–1999 Željezničar Sarajevo 11 (0)
1999–2000 Đerzelez Zenica 25 (0)
2000–2002 Željezničar Sarajevo 55 (1)
2002–2003 Pogoń Szczecin 19 (0)
2003–2004 Katowice 18 (1)
2004–2005 Željezničar Sarajevo 6 (0)
2005–2007 Zagłębie Sosnowiec 57 (0)
Total 228 (7)
National team
1997–2001 Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 (1)
Teams managed
2014 Željezničar Sarajevo
2014–2017 Željezničar Sarajevo U19
2017–2018 Željezničar Sarajevo
2019– Željezničar Sarajevo U17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

In his playing career Adžem was a full-back. It is said that he was a very strong player and that it was really hard to get pass him.

He played for a number clubs. He played for FK Željezničar Sarajevo on 4 occasions, NK Zagreb, NK Đerzelez Zenica, Pogoń Szczecin, GKS Katowice and Zagłębie Sosnowiec where he finished his career.

Adžem played in 104 league games and scored 6 career league goals for Željezničar, with whom he won all of his trophies. While playing for Željezničar he won the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 times, in tge seasons 2000–01 and 2001–02, the Bosnian Cup 1 time, in the 2000–01 cup season, the same year that Željezničar completed the double (won the league and the cup in one season). He also won the Bosnian Supercup 3 times, in 1998, 2000 and in 2001.

For all the other clubs, Adžem made 114 league appearances and scored 1 goal while playing for Katowice, thus in total playing 228 league games and scoring 7 league goals in his career.

He finished his career in 2007 while playing for Zagłębie Sosnowiec at the age of 34.

International careerEdit

Between 1997 and 2001 Adžem played 14 times for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He made his debut for the national team against Vietnam. He also scored 1 goal for the country.

He played in both UEFA Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns.

Managerial careerEdit

Željezničar first teamEdit

On 6 June 2014, Adžem was named the new manager of FK Željezničar Sarajevo replacing Hajrudin Đurbuzović who was sacked earlier in the day.[1] In 22 games Adžem amassed an impressive record of 11 wins, 7 draws and only 4 losses.

On 15 December 2014, Adžem had to be removed from the position of head coach due to not having an UEFA Pro Licence to manage a first team of any club. He went back to coach in the club's Youth School while also working on to finish getting his license.[2]

Željezničar U19Edit

Adžem has coached a junior side of FK Željezničar Sarajevo from January 2015 to July 2017 with whom he won the Bosnian league title twice. First time in the 2014–15 season[3] and the second time in the 2016–17 season.[4]

Return to the Željezničar first teamEdit

On 23 July 2017, Adžem came back to the position of head coach of FK Željezničar's first team after almost 3 years of his first appointment.[5]

In that season Adžem won the club's first trophy in 5 years after beating FK Krupa in the two legged final of the 2017–18 Bosnian Cup. In the first game, Željezničar beat Krupa 2–0 and in the second game 4–2.[6] He also could have won the double since Željezničar was for the majority of the season first in the league, but eventually finished on second place after a poor finish to the season.[7]

Before the start of the pre-season, on 4 June 2018, Adžem got sacked.[8]

Željezničar U17Edit

In July 2019, Adžem became the new manager of the under-17 team of Željezničar.[9] In his first match as the U17 team head coach, Adžem's Željezničar beat the FK Borac Banja Luka U17 team on 20 July 2019 at home, with the result being 2–0 for Željezničar.[10]

Adžem's first loss as the under-17 manager came on 3 August 2019, in a 1–0 away league loss against the under-17 team of HŠK Zrinjski Mostar.[11]

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 10 August 2019[12]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Željezničar Sarajevo June 2014 December 2014 22 11 7 4 050.00
Željezničar Sarajevo U19 January 2015 July 2017 32 25 5 2 078.13[a]
Željezničar Sarajevo July 2017 June 2018 40 26 7 7 065.00
Željezničar Sarajevo U17 July 2019 Present 4 3 0 1 075.00
Total 98 65 19 14 066.33
  1. ^ Counting only the 2016–17 season




Željezničar Sarajevo


Željezničar Sarajevo

Željezničar Sarajevo U19

  • Bosnian U-19 Premier League: 2014–15, 2016–17


  1. ^ "Admir Adžem novi trener Željezničara" (in Bosnian). 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ N.J. (15 December 2014). "Admir Adžem više nije trener Željezničara" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Admir Adžem na rukama svoje šampionske generacije" (in Bosnian). 13 June 2015. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Juniori Željezničara proslavili titulu prvaka BiH". (in Bosnian). 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  5. ^ A. Lendo (23 July 2017). "Adžem novi trener Željezničara!" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  6. ^ N.K. (9 May 2018). "Željezničar nakon šest godina osvojio Kup Bosne i Hercegovine" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  7. ^ K.H. (21 May 2018). "Sarajevski derbi pripao Željezničaru, treća pozicija Sarajevu, peta vezana pobjeda GOŠK-a" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  8. ^ K.H. (4 June 2018). "Admir Adžem više nije trener FK Željezničar" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  9. ^ S. Mlaćo (20 July 2019). "Admiru Adžemu novi posao u FK Željezničar" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  10. ^ "OPL: Kadeti Željezničara prvenstvo otvorili pobjedom u Banjaluci". (in Bosnian). 20 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Pioniri Željezničara trijumfovali u Mostaru, kadeti doživjeli poraz" (in Bosnian). 3 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Admir Adžem profile". (in Croatian). Retrieved 1 May 2019.

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