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Haris Medunjanin (Bosnian pronunciation: [xâːris medûːɲanin]; born 8 March 1985) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union.

Haris Medunjanin
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Medunjanin with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Haris Medunjanin[1]
Date of birth (1985-03-08) 8 March 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Philadelphia Union
Number 6
Youth career
Swift Atletiek
AFC'34
AZ
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 AZ 25 (4)
2006–2007Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 32 (7)
2008–2010 Valladolid 42 (7)
2010–2013 Maccabi Tel Aviv 46 (9)
2012–2013Gaziantepspor (loan) 30 (4)
2013–2014 Gaziantepspor 32 (2)
2014–2016 Deportivo La Coruña 24 (2)
2016–2017 Maccabi Tel Aviv 33 (4)
2017– Philadelphia Union 64 (4)
National team
2006–2007 Netherlands U21 7 (0)
2009–2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina 60 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2018

He started his professional career at AZ, who loaned him to Sparta Rotterdam in 2006. In 2008 he joined Valladolid, before signing with Maccabi Tel Aviv two years later. He was loaned to Gaziantepspor in 2012, signing on a permanent basis the following season; in 2016 he returned to Maccabi and, one year later, moved to Philadelphia Union.

Medunjanin represented Netherlands at under-21 level, but in 2009 he decided to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina as a senior. His international career lasted until 2018, with the highlight being appearing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Contents

Club careerEdit

AZEdit

Medunjanin made his Eredivisie debut on 20 February 2005, with AZ. During his three-year spell, however, opportunities were scarce.[3][4][5]

For the 2006–07 season, he was loaned to Sparta Rotterdam,[6] being essential as the modest club finished 13th by scoring seven league goals.[7]

ValladolidEdit

After another unassuming campaign in Alkmaar,[8] Medunjanin was acquired by Spain's Real Valladolid in August 2008,[9] being relatively used in his first year (mainly as a substitute).[10]

In 2009–10, Medunjanin netted all of his five La Liga goals as a late substitute.[11][12] In January 2010, he and other teammates were fined €6,000 for breaching club discipline by "engaging in untimely nocturnal activities",[13] and the team was also eventually relegated.[14]

Maccabi Tel AvivEdit

In June 2010, Medunjanin signed a four-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel for €1.8 million.[15] On 15 July he made his official debut for his new team, in a UEFA Europa League second qualifying round against Mogren, and scored in a 2–0 home win.[16]

GaziantepsporEdit

On 31 August 2012, Medunjanin signed with Turkish side Gaziantepspor on loan from Maccabi.[17][18] The move was made permanent before the start of the following season, on a three-year deal.[19][20]

DeportivoEdit

On 12 August 2014, after a successful medical, free agent Medunjanin joined Deportivo La Coruña.[21] On 29 January 2016, having been deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Víctor Sánchez,[22] he terminated his contract,[23] and agreed to a one-and-a-half-year deal with his former club Maccabi Tel Aviv two days later.[24]

Medunjanin helped Maccabi qualify to the Europa League group stage in his second season.

Philadelphia UnionEdit

 
Medunjanin playing for Philadelphia Union in 2017

On 31 January 2017, Major League Soccer club Philadelphia Union signed Medunjanin to a two-year deal with an option for a third.[25] He made his debut in the season opener, in a 0–0 away draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.[26]

Medunjanin scored his first goal for his new team on 14 May 2017, contributing to a 4–0 success at D.C. United.[27] On 27 November, he was named the team's Player of the Year after contributing with 12 assists and two goals.[28]

International careerEdit

NetherlandsEdit

Medunjanin was part of the Netherlands under-21 team that won the 2006 tournament of the UEFA European Championship.[29][30] He was also called by coach Foppe de Haan for his squad in the 2007 tournament, held in the Netherlands;[31] the nation went on to retain its title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final,[32] and in the process qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

 
Medunjanin playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

In a 2009 interview, Medunjanin expressed strong desire to play for his native Bosnia and Herzegovina.[33] In August of the same year, his paperwork for change of footballing citizenship was submitted to FIFA and, on 31 October 2009, national coach Miroslav Blažević invited the player for the 2010 FIFA World Cup playoff games against Portugal.[34][35] He made his debut – as a starter – in the decisive second leg, a 0–1 loss in Zenica (0–2 on aggregate).[36][37]

Medunjanin scored his first international goal on 17 November 2010, in a friendly against Slovakia.[38][39] In the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, he contributed with three goals against Albania (2–0, home),[40] Belarus (2–0, away)[41] and Luxembourg (5–0, home),[42] helping Bosnia to the second place in their group and to qualify for play-offs.

On 2 June 2014, Medunjanin was named in the squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup.[43] He made his debut in the tournament 14 days later, playing the last 16 minutes of a 1–2 group stage loss to Argentina.[44]

On 13 October 2015, Medunjanin scored a crucial brace against Cyprus to help Bosnia and Herzegovina reach the Euro 2016 play-offs after the 3–2 away win.[45] In 2016, he captained the nation during the Kirin Cup winning campaign, the first match being against Denmark on 3 June.[46][47]

Medunjanin announced his retirement from international football on 27 March 2018, after playing in a friendly game against Senegal which marked his 60th cap.[48][49]

Personal lifeEdit

Medunjanin was born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia, present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the outbreak of Bosnian War in 1992, he moved to the Netherlands at the age of seven with his mother and sister, whilst his father was unable to leave, later losing his life.[35][50] Due to living in the latter country he possesses dual citizenship, Bosnian and Dutch.

In late 2017, Medunjanin married Israeli model Moran Rahimi.[51]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 7 October 2018.[52][53]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AZ 2004–05 Eredivisie 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2005–06 Eredivisie 10 3 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 15 3
2007–08 Eredivisie 12 1 1 0 2 0 15 1
Total 25 4 3 0 4 0 1 0 33 4
Sparta Rotterdam (loan) 2006–07 Eredivisie 32 7 3 2 2[b] 0 37 9
Valladolid 2008–09 La Liga 18 1 3 1 21 2
2009–10 La Liga 24 5 1 0 25 5
Total 42 6 4 1 46 7
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2010–11 Israeli Premier League 32 8 4 1 6 4 42 13
2011–12 Israeli Premier League 14 1 3 2 9 1 26 4
Total 46 9 7 3 15 5 68 17
Gaziantepspor (loan) 2012–13 Süper Lig 30 4 3 0 33 4
Gaziantepspor 2013–14 Süper Lig 32 2 1 0 33 2
Total 62 6 4 0 66 6
Deportivo 2014–15 La Liga 24 2 1 0 25 2
2015–16 La Liga 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 24 2 3 0 27 2
Maccabi Tel Aviv 2015–16 Israeli Premier League 15 3 4 1 19 4
2016–17 Israeli Premier League 18 1 2 0 14 2 34 3
Total 33 4 6 1 14 2 53 7
Philadelphia Union 2017 Major League Soccer 34 2 2 0 36 2
2018 Major League Soccer 28 2 5 1 33 3
Total 62 4 7 1 69 5
Career total 326 42 37 8 33 7 3 0 399 57

InternationalEdit

[54]

National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2009 1 0
2010 6 1
2011 11 3
2012 6 0
2013 9 1
2014 9 0
2015 6 2
2016 6 1
2017 2 1
2018 4 0
Total 60 9

International goalsEdit

(Bosnia and Herzegovina score listed first, score column indicates score after each Medunjanin goal)[54]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2010 Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava, Slovakia   Slovakia
1–1
3–2
Friendly
2. 7 June 2011 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Albania
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3. 2 September 2011 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus   Belarus
2–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4. 7 October 2011 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Luxembourg
5–0
5–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5. 7 June 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia   Latvia
3–0
5–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6. 13 October 2015 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus   Cyprus
1–0
3–2
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
7.
2−2
8. 6 September 2016 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Estonia
3–0
5–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 7 October 2017 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Belgium
1–1
3–4
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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