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Muhamed Bešić (Bosnian pronunciation: [muxǎmed běʃitɕ]; born 10 September 1992) is a professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Championship club Middlesbrough, on loan from Everton, and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Muhamed Bešić
Muhamed Besic 2014-05-03.jpg
Bešić with Everton in 2014
Personal information
Full name Muhamed Bešić[1]
Date of birth (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Middlesbrough
(on loan from Everton)
Number 37
Youth career
SpVgg Tiergarten
Reinickendorfer Füchse
2007–2009 TB Berlin
2009–2010 Hamburger SV
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Hamburger SV II 38 (0)
2010–2012 Hamburger SV 3 (0)
2012–2014 Ferencváros 47 (1)
2014– Everton 37 (0)
2018Middlesbrough (loan) 15 (1)
2018–Middlesbrough (loan) 33 (2)
National team
2010–2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 10 (2)
2010– Bosnia and Herzegovina 36 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 April 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2018

Bešić started his professional career at Hamburger SV, playing mainly in its reserve team, before moving to Ferencváros in 2012. Two years later he joined Everton. He was loaned to Middlesbrough in 2018.

A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bešić made his senior international debut in 2010, and is the youngest player ever to represent the country. He made over 30 caps since and represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Berlin to Bosnian parents, Bešić joined local club TB Berlin at the age of 14, where he remained until he was 16, when he signed for Hamburger SV.[3] On 4 November 2010, Bešić signed his first professional contract with Hamburger SV until June 2013.[4] He made his professional debut in Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund on 12 November 2010 at the age of 18. Bešić came on as a substitute in the 80th minute when Dortmund was already leading 2–0.[5] A week later, he started his first Bundesliga game away at Hannover 96, and played full 90 minutes in a 3–2 loss.[6]

In March 2012, Bešić was suspended from the first team, due to lack of discipline. Bosnian media also claimed that manager Thorsten Fink "strangled" Bešić and threw him out of the dressing room.[7]

FerencvárosEdit

In 2012 Bešić was signed by Hungarian club Ferencváros on free transfer.[8] He scored his first and only goal for the club in an away victory over Paksi, which was also his first professional goal.[9] In his first season, he helped the team win Ligakupa by beating MOL Vidi in the final.[10]

In July 2013, Bešić prolonged his contract with Ferencváros until 2016.[11]

EvertonEdit

On 28 July 2014 Bešić signed a five-year contract with Everton for an undisclosed fee, speculated to be in the region of £4 million.[12] Having been an unused substitute in the first two games of the season, he made his first Premier League appearance on 30 August against Chelsea, replacing Romelu Lukaku in the 89th minute; however he made a defensive error which allowed opponent Diego Costa to score the final goal in a 3–6 home defeat.[13] Bešić made his first start for Everton in the Merseyside derby on 27 September, being substituted after 80 minutes for Samuel Eto'o as the game ended in a 1–1 away draw.[14]

His second season at Everton was plagued by hamstring injuries, which limited his appearances and playing time.[15][16][17] In February 2016 he was voted Everton's Player of the Month for January.[18] He also extended his contract until June 2021.[19]

In August 2016, Bešić was ruled out for about six month as he tore anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.[20] Bešić was slowly making his way back to full fitness as he was involved with Everton Under-23s' in mid-April 2017.[21] He missed the whole 2016–17 campaign, not playing a single minute for Everton, before eventually returning to action coming on as a 77th-minute substitute for his national team on 9 June 2017.[22]

Bešić returned to Premier League action on 21 August 2017, almost 16 months since his last game, in a 1–1 away draw at Manchester City.[23]

After falling out of favor at Everton, in January 2018, Bešić joined Championship club Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.[24] He debuted on 17 February against Cardiff City.[25] Bešić scored his first goal for Middlesbrough, which was also his first goal in over four years, against Derby County on 21 April.[26]

Bešić returned to Middlesbrough on a season-long loan in August 2018.[27]

International careerEdit

 
Bešić playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015

Bešić claimed in an interview that he had declined an offer to play for Germany, because he only wished to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina.[28] He was first part of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 side.[29]

On 5 November 2010, Bešić was called-up to the senior team by Safet Sušić for friendly game against Slovakia.[30] He made his debut in that match, thereby becoming the youngest player to ever play for Bosnia and Herzegovina at senior level. The record was previously held by Miralem Pjanić.[31]

Bešić was selected to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, country's first ever major competition.[32] He made his tournament debut in the opening group game, which ended in a narrow loss to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium,[33]

He was given a straight red card on 6 September 2015, in a 3–0 home win over Andorra in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying game for throwing his chewing gum at Víctor Rodríguez, who was also sent off for retaliating.[34]

Style of playEdit

During his career, Bešić has been deployed as a right back and as a centre back, although his natural position by his own words is defensive midfielder.[35]

He was described in 2014 by Everton manager Roberto Martínez as a "very complete footballer", who "has got a very natural balance about knowing that he can be strong and aggressive but in the same way he's a technical player on the ball."[36]

Personal lifeEdit

Bešić has many tattoos, his first being the word Bosanac (Bosnian). Some of many are also names of his parents and brother.[37] He is a Muslim; along with international team mates Vedad Ibišević and Edin Višća he visited a mosque in Cuiabá during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[38] On 4 July 2013, he became the Bosnian ambassador for the Emmaus charity organisation.[39]

Bešić has two daughters with his long-time girlfriend Jessica.[40]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 23 February 2019.[41]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamburger SV II 2010–11 Regionalliga Nord 23 0 23 0
2011–12 Regionalliga Nord 15 0 15 0
Total 38 0 38 0
Hamburger SV 2010–11 Bundesliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
Ferencváros 2012–13 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 22 1 1 0 4 0 27 1
2013–14 Nemzeti Bajnokság I 25 0 2 0 6 0 33 0
Total 47 1 3 0 10 0 60 1
Everton 2014–15 Premier League 23 0 2 0 1 0 5 0 31 0
2015–16 Premier League 12 0 3 0 2 0 17 0
2016–17 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Premier League 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 8 0
Total 37 0 5 0 4 0 10 0 56 0
Middlesbrough (loan) 2017–18 Championship 15 1 2[a] 0 17 1
2018–19 Championship 26 2 0 0 2 0 28 2
Total 41 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 45 3
Career total 166 4 8 0 16 0 10 0 2 0 202 4

InternationalEdit

As of match played 18 November 2018.[42]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010 1 0
2011 4 0
2012 2 0
2013 0 0
2014 10 0
2015 6 0
2016 3 0
2017 2 0
2018 8 0
2019 0 0
Total 36 0

HonoursEdit

Ferencváros[41]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Player profile: Muhamed Bešić". uefa.com. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough je raskrsnica za karijeru Muhameda Bešića". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 4 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
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