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Muhamed Bešić (Bosnian pronunciation: [muxǎmed běʃitɕ]; born 10 September 1992) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Sheffield United, 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 27)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
(on loan from Everton)
Number 27
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)
2018–2019Middlesbrough (loan) 52 (3)
2019–Sheffield United (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2010–2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 10 (2)
2010– Bosnia and Herzegovina 43 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 October 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2019

Bešić started his professional career at Hamburger SV, playing mainly in its reserve team, before joining Ferencváros in 2012. Two years later, he moved to Everton, who loaned him to Middlesbrough in 2018 and to Sheffield United in 2019.

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 40 caps since and represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Berlin to Bosnian parents, Bešić started playing football at local clubs, before joining Hamburger SV's youth academy in 2009.[3] On 4 November 2010, he signed his first professional contract.[4] He made his professional debut against Borussia Dortmund on 12 November 2010 at the age of 18.[5]

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.[6]

In August 2012, Bešić moved to Hungarian team Ferencváros on free transfer.[7] On 5 May 2013, he scored his first professional goal against Paksi.[8]

EvertonEdit

On 24 July 2014, Bešić was transferred to English side Everton for an undisclosed fee. Transfer fee was speculated to be in the region of €5 million.[9]

2014–15 seasonEdit

He made his competitive debut for the club on 30 August against Chelsea.[10] He made his first start for Everton in the Merseyside derby on 27 September.[11]

He finished his first season at the club with 31 appearances in total, 23 of which came in Premier League.[12]

2015–16 seasonEdit

In July 2015, Bešić picked up a hamstring injury in pre-season game against Swindon Town, which ruled him out for the start of season.[13] He made his season debut in EFL Cup game against Barnsley on 26 August.[14]

In February 2016, Bešić was voted Everton's Player of the Month for January.[15]

On 29 February 2016, he signed a new five-year deal with the team.[16]

Bešić's season was marked by hamstring injuries, which limited his playing time and appearances. Alongside the one picked up during pre-season, he had two more, in both his legs.[17][18]

2016–17 seasonEdit

In July 2016, Bešić changed his shirt number from 17 he wore for previous two seasons to 21.[19]

On 3 August, in a pre-season game against Manchester United, Bešić suffered a severe knee injury, which was diagnosed as anterior cruciate ligament tear. The injury reguired a surgery, and he was ruled out for at least six months.[20]

In late December, he began with light training, and he was given medical all-clear in March 2017.[21]

However, Bešić made no official appearances for Everton until the end of season.[22]

2017–18 seasonEdit

Bešić returned to pitch in UEFA Europa League play-offs against Hajduk Split on 17 August 2017, over a year since the injury.[23]

In January 2018, Bešić was loaned to Championship outfit Middlesbrough until the end of season.[24] In August 2018, his loan was extended for additional season.[25]

On 8 August 2019, Bešić was sent on a season-long to Sheffield United.[26]

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.[27] He was first part of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team.[28]

In November 2010, he received his first senior call-up, for friendly game against Slovakia,[29] and debuted in that game on 17 November. Bešić thereby became the youngest player to ever play for Bosnia and Herzegovina on senior level. The record was previously held by Miralem Pjanić.[30]

In June 2014, Bešić was named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's squad for 2014 FIFA World Cup, country's first major competition.[31] He made his competition debut in the opening group match on 15 June, which ended in narrow loss to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium.[32]

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.[33]

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."[34]

Personal lifeEdit

Bešić has many tattoos, his first being the word Bosanac (Bosnian). Some of many are also names of his parents and brother.[35]

He is a practicing Muslim; along with international teammates Ibrahim Šehić, Armin Hodžić, Izet Hajrović, Sead Kolašinac, Edin Višća and Ervin Zukanović he visited a mosque in Zenica during national team concentration.[36] On 4 July 2013, he became the Bosnian ambassador for the Emmaus charity organisation.[37]

Bešić has two daughters with his long-time girlfriend Jessica.[38]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 October 2019[39]
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 37 2 0 0 2 0 39 2
Total 52 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 56 3
Sheffield United (loan) 2019–20 Premier League 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
Career total 178 4 8 0 17 0 11 0 2 0 216 4

InternationalEdit

As of match played 18 November 2019[40]
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 7 0
Total 43 0

HonoursEdit

Ferencváros[39]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Mo Bešić". sufc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough je raskrsnica za karijeru Muhameda Bešića". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 4 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Bešić do ljeta 2013. godine u Hamburgu". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 5 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
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  6. ^ "Fink daveći izbacio Bešića iz svlačionice". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 28 March 2012. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Službeno: Bešić potpisao za Ferencváros". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Muhamed Bešić postigao prvijenac za Ferencváros". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 5 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Zvanično: Muhamed Bešić potpisao za Everton". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 24 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Ludilo na Goodisonu: Everton - Chelsea 3:6, debi Bešića". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 30 August 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Bešiću 80 minuta u remiju Liverpoola i Evertona na Anfieldu". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 27 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Jones: Vidi se da je Bešić odrastao u Njemačkoj, tek će napraviti veliki iskorak". avaz.ba (in Bosnian). 8 June 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
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  32. ^ "Argentina prejaka, ali poslana je lijepa slika u svijet". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 16 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
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