Rade Krunić (Bosnian pronunciation: [râːde krǔːnitɕ]; born 7 October 1993) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Milan and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Rade Krunić
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Krunić with Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rade Krunić
Date of birth (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Foča, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Milan
Number 33
Youth career
2003–2012 Sutjeska Foča
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Sutjeska Foča 15 (3)
2013–2014 Donji Srem 40 (4)
2014–2015 Hellas Verona 0 (0)
2014Donji Srem (loan) 11 (1)
2015 Borac Čačak 13 (2)
2015–2019 Empoli 116 (13)
2019– Milan 9 (0)
National team
2013–2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 8 (0)
2016– Bosnia and Herzegovina 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:33, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019

Krunić started his professional career at Sutjeska Foča, before joining Donji Srem in 2013. A year later, he moved to Hellas Verona, who immediately loaned him back to Donji Srem. The following year, he signed with Borac Čačak. Later that year, he switched to Empoli. Four years later, he was transferred to Milan.

A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Krunić made his senior international debut in 2016, earning 13 caps since.

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Krunić came through youth setup of his hometown club Sutjeska Foča, which he joined in 2003. He made his professional debut in 2012 at the age of 18.[1] On 20 May, he scored his first professional goal against Proleter Teslić.[2]

In January 2013, he joined Serbian outfit Donji Srem.[3]

In the summer of 2014, he switched to Italian side Hellas Verona, but was instantly sent back on a six-month loan to Donji Srem.[4]

In January 2015, Krunić moved to Borac Čačak.[5]

EmpoliEdit

In July 2015, Krunić signed a three-year deal with Empoli.[6] He made his competitive debut for the team against Sassuolo on 4 October.[7] Later that month, he scored his first goal for Empoli, in a triumph over Genoa.[8]

In October 2017, Krunić extended his contract until June 2021.[9]

Krunić was an important piece in Empoli's conquest of Serie B title, his first trophy with the club, which was sealed on 28 April 2018 and earned them promotion to Serie A just one season after being relegated. He had an impact of 5 goals and 10 assists.[10]

On 1 December 2018, in his 100th game for the club, he managed to score a goal and provide an assist for another against SPAL.[11]

MilanEdit

On 8 July 2019, Krunić was transferred to Milan for an undisclosed fee.[12] He made his official debut for the club in a loss to Fiorentina on 29 September.[13]

International careerEdit

Krunić was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team under coach Vlado Jagodić.[14]

In November 2015, he received his first senior call-up, for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs against Republic of Ireland,[15] but had to wait until 3 June 2016 to make his debut, in a friendly game against Denmark.[16] In 2016, he won the only international trophy- Kirin Cup 2016 [17]

On 23 March 2019, in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Armenia, Krunić scored his first senior international goal.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 28 January 2020[19]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sutjeska Foča 2011–12 First League of RS 2 1 2 1
2012–13 First League of RS 13 2 3 0 16 2
Total 15 3 3 0 18 3
Donji Srem 2012–13 Serbian SuperLiga 13 2 13 2
2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga 27 2 3 0 30 2
Donji Srem (loan) 2014–15 Serbian SuperLiga 11 1 1 0 12 1
Total 51 5 4 0 55 5
Borac Čačak 2014–15 Serbian SuperLiga 13 2 13 2
Empoli 2015–16 Serie A 15 1 1 0 16 1
2016–17 Serie A 32 2 1 0 33 2
2017–18 Serie B 36 5 0 0 36 5
2018–19 Serie A 33 5 1 0 34 5
Total 116 13 3 0 119 13
Milan 2019–20 Serie A 9 0 2 0 11 0
Career total 204 23 12 0 216 23

InternationalEdit

As of match played 15 November 2019[20]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2016 1 0
2017 2 0
2018 5 0
2019 5 1
Total 13 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[20]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 23 March 2019 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Armenia
1–0
2–1
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

HonoursEdit

Empoli[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rade Krunić odmor u Foči iskoristio da obraduje prijatelje iz djetinjstva". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 30 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Sutjeska ostvarila trijumf protiv Proletera". faktor.ba (in Bosnian). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Ko je Rade Krunić? Igra u veznom redu, nesuđeni je igrač Crvene Zvezde". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 3 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Verona Krunića posudila Donjem Sremu". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Transfer Bomba: Ni Zvezda, ni Voša: Rade Krunić u Borcu". blic.rs (in Serbian). 30 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Mladi reprezentativac BiH Rade Krunić novi fudbaler Empolija". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 1 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Empoli minimalno savladao sassuolo, Krunić debitovao". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 4 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Prvijenac Krunića u Seriji A". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 24 October 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Krunić potpisao novi ugovor s Empolijem". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 23 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Rade Krunić s Empolijem osigurao povratak u Seriju A". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Krunićev eurogol i sjajna asistencija, ali Empoliju samo bod". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 1 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Zvanično: Rade Krunić potpisao za Milan". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 8 July 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Krunić debitovao za Milan u teškom porazu od Fiorentine, Giampaolo na ivici otkaza". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 29 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Rade Krunić: Dobar je znak što imamo mlade igrače u reprezentaciji". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 23 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Baždarević objavio spisak, jedan debitant". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 3 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Đurić poništio vodstvo Danaca, BiH preko penala do finala". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 3 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  17. ^ https://www.jfa.jp/eng/samuraiblue/kirincupsoccer_2016/news/00009983/
  18. ^ "Krunić i Milošević srušili Armeniju na Grbavici za miran početak kvalifikacija". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 23 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  19. ^ a b "R. Krunić". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  20. ^ a b "Rade Krunić". eu-football.info. Retrieved 15 November 2019.

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