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Izet Hajrović (Bosnian pronunciation: [ǐzet xâːjroʋitɕ]; born 4 August 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for 1. HNL club Dinamo Zagreb and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Izet Hajrović
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Hajrović lining up for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Izet Hajrović[1]
Date of birth (1991-08-04) 4 August 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Brugg, Switzerland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Dinamo Zagreb
Number 8
Youth career
1998–1999 FC Birr
1999–2000 FC Windisch
2000–2009 Grasshopper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 Grasshopper 91 (20)
2014 Galatasaray 8 (0)
2014–2018 Werder Bremen 38 (2)
2015–2016Eibar (loan) 7 (0)
2018– Dinamo Zagreb 33 (4)
National team
2011–2012 Switzerland U20 4 (0)
2011–2012 Switzerland U21 4 (0)
2012 Switzerland 1 (0)
2013– Bosnia and Herzegovina 24 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 July 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017

Hajrović started his professional career at Grasshopper, before joining Galatasaray in 2014. The following year, he moved to Werder Bremen, who loaned him to Eibar in 2015. Three years later, he signed with Dinamo Zagreb.

A former Swiss youth international, Hajrović even made his senior international debut for Switzerland, only to switch his allegiance to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 and make over 20 caps since. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Hajrović started playing football in local clubs FC Birr and FC Windisch, before joining Grasshopper's youth setup in 2000. His brother, Sead, also played with him in the academy before moving on to Arsenal in July 2009.[3] He made his professional debut against Luzern on 3 October 2009 at the age of 18.[4] Almost a year later, on 19 September 2010, he scored his first professional goals, a brace, in a Swiss Cup game.[5]

On 17 September 2011, also in a cup game, he scored his first professional hat-trick.[6]

GalatasarayEdit

 
Hajrović playing for Galatasaray in 2014

On 7 January 2014, Hajrović joined Turkish club Galatasaray on a four-and-a-half year deal for a transfer fee of €3.5 million.[7] He cited his Bosniak roots and Islam as some of the reasons he agreed to join Galatasaray.[8] On 2 February, he made his competitive debut for the club against Bursaspor.[9] He scored his first goal for Galatasaray in a cup win over Tokatspor.[10] Three weeks later, Hajrović played in his first UEFA Champions League game against Chelsea.[11] Hajrović won his first trophy with the club on 7 May, by beating Eskişehirspor in Turkish Cup final.[12]

After filing a complaint to FIFA that he received no payments from Galatasaray, Hajrović was given the right to move on free transfer elsewhere.[13]

Werder BremenEdit

On 10 July 2014, he signed a four-year contract with Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.[14] On his competitive debut for the team, Hajrović opened the scoring against FV Illertissen in a DFB-Pokal game.[15] He made his league debut a week later against Hertha BSC.[16] Hajrović scored his first league goal on 26 April 2015 against Paderborn 07.[17]

On 31 August 2015, Hajrović was sent on a season-long loan to Spanish outfit Eibar.[18] After a disappointing season, Eibar decided not to exercise their buy option, therefore letting Hajrović go back to Bremen.[19]

Upon returning from loan spell, Hajrović got his chance to play for Werder Bremen once again and managed to secure a spot in the team.[20] However, on 3 December 2016, he suffered a severe knee injury, which was diagnosed as a anterior cruciate ligament tear and ruled him out for the rest of season.[21]

Hajrović returned to the pitch on 16 September 2017, over nine months after the injury.[22]

Dinamo ZagrebEdit

On 31 January 2018, Hajrović joined Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on a contract until June 2019, with an option for two additional seasons.[23] He made his official debut in a comfortable away victory over Osijek on 10 February.[24] On 4 April, he scored his first goal for Dinamo Zagreb in a cup tie against Rijeka.[25] Hajrović won his first trophy with the club on 13 May, when they were crowned league champions.[26]

On 2 February 2019, Hajrović scored a brace against Rudeš, which were his first goals for the club in league.[27]

International careerEdit

 
Hajrović playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

After representing Switzerland at youth levels, Hajrović made his senior international debut on 14 November 2012, coming on as substitute in a friendly match against Tunisia.[28] However, in June 2013, he confirmed that he would opt to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the future as Ottmar Hitzfeld did not give him the desired playing time.[29]

In August 2013, Hajrović's request to change his sport citizenship from Swiss to Bosnian was approved by FIFA.[30] Later that month, he received his first senior call-up, for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia, home and away.[31] He debuted in the home game on 6 September, which ended in a 0–1 loss.[32] Just four days later, in the away game, Hajrović scored his first goal for Bosnia and Herzegovina, coming on from the bench in the 77th minute of the game. His very first contact with the ball after just a few seconds on the pitch resulted in a goal from long range, which brought Bosnia a crucial victory.[33]

In June 2014, Hajrović was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup, country's first major competition.[34] He made his competition debut in the opening group match on 15 June, which ended in narrow loss to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium.[35]

Personal lifeEdit

Hajrović's parents are Bosniaks from Bijelo Polje, Montenegro, but they relocated to Sarajevo in 1980, after which they moved to Switzerland in 1987.[36]

Hajrović married his long-time girlfriend Lejla in May 2014.[37]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 6 August 2019[38]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grasshopper 2009–10 Swiss Super League 1 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11 Swiss Super League 21 5 3 2 1 0 25 7
2011–12 Swiss Super League 21 1 3 4 24 5
2012–13 Swiss Super League 33 8 4 2 37 10
2013–14 Swiss Super League 15 6 3 0 4 0 22 6
Total 91 20 13 8 5 0 109 28
Galatasaray 2013–14 Süper Lig 8 0 2 1 2 0 12 1
Werder Bremen 2014–15 Bundesliga 19 1 3 1 22 2
2016–17 Bundesliga 10 1 0 0 10 1
2017–18 Bundesliga 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 38 2 3 1 41 3
Eibar (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 7 0 2 1 9 1
Dinamo Zagreb 2017–18 1. HNL 15 0 2 1 17 1
2018–19 1. HNL 17 4 4 0 13 6 34 10
2019–20 1. HNL 1 0 0 0 3 0 1[a] 0 5 0
Total 33 4 6 1 16 6 1 0 56 11
Career total 177 26 26 12 23 6 1 0 227 44
  1. ^ Appearance in 2019 Croatian Super Cup

InternationalEdit

As of match played 10 October 2017[39]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013 4 1
2014 9 1
2015 4 1
2016 5 0
2017 2 2
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
Total 24 5

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[39]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2013 Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia   Slovakia
2–1
2–1
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 3 June 2014 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States   Mexico
1–0
1–0
Friendly
3. 31 March 2015 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria   Austria
1–1
1–1
Friendly
4. 10 October 2017 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia
1–0
2–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
5.
2–1

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Izet Hajrović". gnkdinamo.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Sead Hajrović potpisao za Arsenal!". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 18 July 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Hajrović: Lijepo mi je među Skakavcima". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 10 March 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Luzern, Basel, GC und Thun weiter". aargauerzeitung.ch (in German). 19 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Super-Ligisten nehmen erste Cup-Hürde sicher". blick.ch (in German). 17 September 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Hajrović i službeno igrač Galatasaraya". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 8 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Hajrović: U Istanbulu se osjećam kao u mojoj Bosni". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 17 January 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Hat-trick Sneijdera, trijumf Galate, debi Hajrovića". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 2 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
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