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Ognjen Vranješ (Bosnian pronunciation: [ǒɡɲen ʋrâɲeʃ]; born 24 October 1989) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Belgian First Division A club Anderlecht.

Ognjen Vranješ
Personal information
Full name Ognjen Vranješ[1]
Date of birth (1989-10-24) 24 October 1989 (age 29)
Place of birth Banja Luka, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Anderlecht
Number 55
Youth career
2000–2007 Borac Banja Luka
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2009 Borac Banja Luka 41 (1)
2009–2011 Red Star Belgrade 4 (0)
2010Napredak Kruševac (loan) 12 (1)
2010Sheriff Tiraspol (loan) 9 (0)
2011–2013 Krasnodar 37 (1)
2013–2014 Spartak Vladikavkaz 7 (2)
2014 Elazığspor 13 (0)
2015–2016 Gaziantepspor 23 (0)
2016 Sporting Gijón 11 (0)
2016–2017 Tom Tomsk 7 (1)
2017–2018 AEK Athens 36 (5)
2018–2019 Anderlecht 10 (0)
National team
2008–2010 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 10 (2)
2010–2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina 38 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 December 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2018

Vranješ started his professional career at Borac Banja Luka, before moving to Red Star Belgrade in 2009. In 2010 he had loan spells with Napredak Kruševac and Sheriff Tiraspol. He then played in Russia for Krasnodar and Spartak Vladikavkaz and in Turkey for Elazığspor and Gaziantepspor. In 2016 Vranješ joined Sporting Gijón, only to sign with Tom Tomsk later that year. A year later he moved to AEK Athens. The following year he was transferred to Anderlecht.

A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vranješ made his senior international debut in 2010, earning over 30 caps until 2018. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Vranješ started playing football for his hometown club Borac Banja Luka, with whom he made his professional debut in 2007. On 9 August 2008, he scored his first professional goal, which turned out to be a winning goal against Orašje.[2] In December 2008, he signed a three-year deal with Red Star Belgrade.[3] After struggling to establish himself in the first team, he first went on loan to Napredak Kruševac and then to Sheriff Tiraspol from Moldova.[4]

On 12 January 2011, Vranješ signed a three-and-a-half year contract for Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League.[5]

In December 2012, he signed a three-year contract with Spartak Vladikavkaz.[6] In May 2013, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear, which kept him off the pitch for almost 8 months.[7]

After he returned to the pitch, he signed a contract with Turkish side Elazığspor in January 2014.[8] In the autumn of 2014 he was on trials with Czech side Příbram and Swiss club Grasshopper, but did not join either of them.[9]

On 2 February 2015, he signed for Turkish club Gaziantepspor.[10] About a year later, his contract was mutually terminated.[11]

Sporting GijónEdit

On 26 January 2016, Vranješ signed for Spanish club Sporting Gijón until the end of season.[12] He debuted five days later, making several crucial clearances, ensuring his team a 1–0 win over Valencia.[13] His contract had an option for additional season if Sporting didn't get relegated and he played 50% of the minutes, which was activated in June.[14]

However, on 23 August 2016 he agreed to rescind his contract with the club.[15]

Tom TomskEdit

On 25 August 2016, he returned to Russia, signing a two-year contract with Tom Tomsk.[16] He debuted in a 0–1 away loss to Amkar Perm on 10 September,[17] and scored his first goal later that month against Rubin Kazan.[18]

AEK AthensEdit

On 22 December 2016, Vranješ signed a contract with Greek side AEK Athens until June 2019.[19] He was sent off on his debut against Asteras.[20] He scored his first goal for the club in a comfortable 6–0 home win against Veria.[21]

On 18 February 2018, Vranješ scored his first career hat-trick in a victory over Xanthi.[22] On 23 April, he won his first trophy with the team, as they were crowned league champions after 24 years.[23]

AnderlechtEdit

In June 2018, Vranješ signed a four-year deal with Belgian club Anderlecht for an undisclosed transfer fee, after months of lengthy negotiations. Transfer fee was believed to be in excess of €3 million.[24] He made his competitive debut for the club on the opening day of league competition against Kortrijk and scored an own goal in a 4–1 win.[25] For getting a straight red card in a game against Mouscron on 17 August, Vranješ was handed a three-game suspension.[26] Due to poor form and off-pitch scandals, he was suspended indefinitely from Anderlecht's first team and assigned to train with youth team in January 2019.[27]

International careerEdit

Vranješ was a part of the Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 for several years.[28]

In August 2010, he got his first senior call-up, for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against Luxembourg and France.[29] Vranješ had to wait until 17 November to make his debut, when he started in friendly match against Slovakia.[30]

In June 2014, Vranješ was called-up for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which was Bosnia and Herzegovina's first major competition.[31] After being on the bench in the first two group games, he made his debut in the last one against Iran, where he played 30 minutes.[32]

In February 2019, national team coach Robert Prosinečki stated that he would no longer call Vranješ up due to many controversies he was involved in the past period, thus ending his international career.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Ognjen has an older brother, Stojan, who is also a footballer.[34]

Vranješ has been the subject of many controversies during his career. In August 2010 he wore Delije shirt to celebrate his then club Sheriff Tiraspol eliminating Dinamo Zagreb in UEFA Champions League qualification tie, which was construed as provocation.[35] In 2015, he made a tattoo depicting borders of Republika Srpska on his left upper arm, which led to public scrutiny. He later apologized and covered the tattoo up.[36] Because of the tattoo, he had many altercations with BHFanaticos, the largest Bosnian support group.[37] In September 2018 he was sentenced to eight months probation for instigating fan violence over his Facebook page during his time with AEK Athens.[38] Later that year it was spotted that Vranješ had a tattoo of Chetnik duke Momčilo Đujić on his upper right arm, which got him publicly criticized by Bosnian FA and the fans, with whom he already had bad relations.[39] In January 2019, he was once again in center of a scandal, as media reported that he had an affair with Serbian singer Jelena Karleuša, who is married to footballer Duško Tošić.[40]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 22 December 2018.[41]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Borac Banja Luka 2007–08 First League of RS 28 0 1 0 29 0
2008–09 Bosnian Premier League 13 1 1 0 14 1
Total 41 1 2 0 43 1
Red Star Belgrade 2008–09 Serbian SuperLiga 4 0 1 0 5 0
Napredak Kruševac (loan) 2009–10 Serbian SuperLiga 12 1 12 1
Sheriff Tiraspol (loan) 2010–11 Moldovan National Division 9 0 2 0 10 0 21 0
Krasnodar 2011–12 Russian Premier League 29 0 2 0 31 0
2012–13 Russian Premier League 8 1 2 0 10 1
Total 37 1 4 0 41 1
Spartak Vladikavkaz 2012–13 Russian Premier League 7 2 7 2
Elazığspor 2013–14 Süper Lig 13 0 1 0 14 0
Gaziantepspor 2014–15 Süper Lig 11 0 0 0 11 0
2015–16 Süper Lig 12 0 2 0 14 0
Total 23 0 2 0 25 0
Sporting Gijón 2015–16 La Liga 11 0 11 0
Tom Tomsk 2016–17 Russian Premier League 7 1 0 0 7 1
AEK Athens 2016–17 Super League Greece 17 1 6 0 23 1
2017–18 Super League Greece 19 4 4 0 11 0 34 4
Total 36 5 10 0 11 0 57 5
Anderlecht 2018–19 Belgian First Division A 10 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
Career total 210 11 23 0 24 0 257 11

InternationalEdit

As of match played 15 November 2018.[42]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2010 1 0
2011 1 0
2012 6 0
2013 2 0
2014 5 0
2015 6 0
2016 7 0
2017 5 0
2018 5 0
Total 38 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Vranješ tri godine u Crvenoj zvezdi". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 18 December 2008. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Ognjen Vranješ traži novi klub?". faktor.ba (in Bosnian). 7 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
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