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Mehmed Baždarević (born 28 September 1960) is a Bosnian football manager and former player, who currently manages French Ligue 2 side Paris FC.

Mehmed Baždarević
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Baždarević managing Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
Personal information
Full name Mehmed Baždarević
Date of birth (1960-09-28) 28 September 1960 (age 58)
Place of birth Višegrad, FPR Yugoslavia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Paris FC (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1987 Željezničar 229 (22)
1987–1996 Sochaux 308 (20)
1996–1997 Nîmes 32 (0)
1998 Étoile Carouge 6 (0)
Total 575 (42)
National team
1983–1992 Yugoslavia[1] 54 (4)
1996 Bosnia and Herzegovina[2][3] 2 (0)
Teams managed
1998–2003 Sochaux (assistant)
2003–2005 Istres
2005–2006 Étoile du Sahel
2006–2007 Al-Wakrah
2007–2010 Grenoble
2011–2012 Sochaux
2012–2013 Al-Wakrah
2014 MC Alger
2014–2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2018– Paris FC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Baždarević played for Bosnian side Željezničar Sarajevo and French outfit Sochaux-Montbéliard, among others. Nicknamed Meša in the former Yugoslavia and Mécha in France,[2] he is considered to be one of the best football players from Bosnia and Herzegovina ever.

Internationally he earned caps with Yugoslavia and took part playing at UEFA Euro 1984. He also played for Bosnia and Herzegovina after the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1992. He was the first captain of the Bosnian national side.[4] He retired as a player in 1998 and moved into management.


Club careerEdit

Željezničar SarajevoEdit

Born in Višegrad, SFR Yugoslavia his professional playing career started in Željezničar Sarajevo in 1979. He was part of the team that managed to reach the UEFA Cup semifinals in 1985 under the guidance of Ivica Osim.

In the 1980–1981 season, Željezničar reached the Yugoslav cup final (Marshal Tito Cup final), with 20-year-old Mehmed Baždarević scoring two goals in a 2–3 loss to another Bosnian side Velež Mostar. The venue of the final was Stadion Crvene Zvezde in Belgrade played in front of 40,000 football fans.

He played more than 300 games for the club.


In 1987, he moved to French side Sochaux-Montbéliard. He stayed at the club until 1996. He collected more than 350 appearances for FC Sochaux in various competitions.

Later career and retirementEdit

After that, he played for Nîmes Olympique (1996–97 season) and Swiss side Étoile Carouge (1997–98 season) before he announced his retirement in summer of 1998.

As a player, Baždarević was targeted by many clubs including Barcelona, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund. [5]

International careerEdit

He also played for the national teams of two countries. He played for the Yugoslavia junior, Olympic and U-21 teams. He captained the U-20 national team that took part in the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1979. His debut for Yugoslav national team came in 1983. He collected 54 caps and scored 4 goals for the national team. He represented the Yugoslavia national team at UEFA Euro 1984 playing in all the teams games at the tournament.

Baždarević began to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 1992 after Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence. However, the team was not recognised by FIFA until 1995 in part due to the Bosnian War.

Managerial careerEdit

From 1 July 1998 to 30 June 2003 Baždarević worked as Sochaux assistant coach to Jean Fernandez and Guy Lacombe before taking over as manager of reserve sides at the club.


His first job as a head coach was at Istres. He guided the club to its biggest success – entering the French Ligue 1 in 2004, which secured him a best Ligue 2 manager of the year award.


On 16 July 2005, Baždarević took over Tunisian side Étoile Sportive du Sahel.[6] He reached the 2005 African Champions League final with the club. Baždarević was fired by Etoile on 12 April 2006, after a 1–0 home defeat to USM Monastir in their final league game which cost them the Tunisian championship.[7][8][9]

AL WakrahEdit

Baždarević was also employed as a head coach of Qatari Al-Wakra in 2006.


In December 2007, Baždarević became the manager of French side Grenoble Foot 38 where he arrived on recommendation of his mentor Ivica Osim who knew Grenoble's Japanese owners from working with them in J-League with JEF United. He rejected offers from top league clubs Le Mans and Nice to take over Grenoble. At the end of the 2007–08 Ligue 2 season, Grenoble, led by Baždarević, gained promotion to the French First Legaue, for the first time in their history.[10] Under Baždarević, Grenoble reached the French Cup semi-finals during the 2008–09 season.

In September 2010, he left Grenoble due to financial reasons.[11][12]


On 10 June 2011, Baždarević was named as manager of Sochaux for which he played as a player.[13] He was sacked on 6 March 2012, due to poor results (after 8 months in charge).[14]

Since then he has had interest to manage clubs from Serbia and Belgium.[15]

Bosnia and HerzegovinaEdit

On 13 December 2014, Baždarević was named head coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team beating Milovan Rajevac for the position.[16][17] Among other candidates were Vahid Halilhodžić,[18][19][20] Igor Štimac,[21] and Felix Magath.[22] He replaced Safet Sušić, who was sacked by N/FSBiH due to a run of poor results in the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying having only taken 2 points in four matches.[23] Bosnia and Herzegovina improved considerably under Bazdarević and reached the playoff stage for Euro 2016 where they were unfortunately eliminated by the Republic of Ireland with a 3-1 aggregate score. In the aftermath, Miroslav Blažević, former national team coach and successful manager, blamed Mehmed Baždarević for Bosnia's elimination against Ireland.[24]

On 9 November 2015, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian FA extended the contract with Baždarević till after the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier campaign.[25]

He won his first managerial trophy with Bosnia and Herzegovina after beating Japan 2–1 in the 2016 Kirin Cup final.[26]

After not qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Baždarević's contract expired and shortly after was left of his duties as the head coach after 3 years in charge.[27]

Paris FCEdit

On 15 June 2018, Baždarević was named as manager of Ligue 2 club Paris FC on a two-year contract.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

His wife Marina Baždarević was born in Belgrade, Serbia.[15] He met his wife in 1979 on an airplane from Japan going back to Belgrade. Nine months later, they met again on another flight from Tunisia to Belgrade and after the second meeting they started dating.[29] His daughter, Téa Baždarević, is a journalist in France.[30][31]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results table. Yugoslavia's goal tally first:
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1983-12-14 Cardif, Wales   Wales 1–1 1–1 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
2 1984-10-20 Leipzig, Germany   East Germany 1–1 2–3 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 1988-09-14 Oviedo, Spain   Spain 1–1 1–2 Friendly
4 1990-11-14 Kopenhagen, Denmark   Denmark 0–1 0–2 UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 21 May 2019
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sochaux (assistant) 1 July 1998 30 June 2003
Istres 1 July 2003 9 January 2005 62 21 19 22 033.87
Étoile du Sahel 16 July 2005 12 April 2006 25 15 7 3 060.00
Al-Wakrah 1 July 2006 30 June 2007 27 7 13 7 025.93
Grenoble 1 July 2007 5 September 2010 67 25 22 20 037.31
Sochaux 10 June 2011 6 March 2012 26 4 9 13 015.38
Al-Wakrah 23 May 2012 3 June 2013 22 7 5 10 031.82
Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 December 2014 10 October 2017 25 14 5 6 056.00
Paris 15 June 2018 Present 41 17 12 12 041.46
Total 295 110 92 93 037.29






Bosnia and Herzegovina


Mehmed Baždarević in popular cultureEdit

  • Baždarević's international career is remembered for his spitting on the Turkish referee Yusuf Namoğlu during a qualifying match for the 1990 World Cup, against Norway which was played in Sarajevo. Baždarević was banned from the 1990 World Cup for the incident. Yugoslavia reached the Quarter-finals at the tournament.
  • Baždarević again missed a major tournament, this time the entire team was excluded from taking part in Euro 1992, having already qualified, because of UN sanctions due to the Yugoslav wars.[32] Denmark instead took their place and won the 1992 championship. On 14 November 1990, Baždarević scored a goal against the Danes in Copenhagen during the qualifications for the tournament.[33]
  • During the 1990's, a Yugoslav sketch comedy TV show, Top lista nadrealista, made Baždarević a popular figure, due to the spitting incident on the Turkish referee.[34]


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