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Riad Bajić (Bosnian pronunciation: [rǐaːd bǎjitɕ]; born 6 May 1994) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Süper Lig club Konyaspor, on loan from Udinese, and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Riad Bajić
Personal information
Full name Riad Bajić
Date of birth (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Konyaspor (on loan from Udinese)
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2013 Željezničar
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2015 Željezničar 48 (18)
2015–2017 Konyaspor 64 (22)
2017– Udinese 5 (0)
2018–2019İstanbul Başakşehir (loan) 31 (9)
2019–Konyaspor (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2014–2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 6 (0)
2017– Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2019

Bajić started his professional career at Željezničar, before joining Konyaspor in 2015. Two years later, he signed with Udinese, who loaned him to İstanbul Başakşehir in 2018 and to Konyaspor in 2019.

A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bajić made his senior international debut in 2017, earning 10 caps since.

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Club careerEdit

ŽeljezničarEdit

Bajić is a product of Željezničar, whose youth academy he joined in 2003.[1] He made his professional debut in UEFA Champions League qualifier against Viktoria Plzeň on 16 July 2013 at the age of 19.[2] On 19 October, he scored his first professional goal against Mladost Velika Obarska.[3]

With 15 goals, Bajić finished 2014–15 season as league's top scorer.[4]

KonyasporEdit

In August 2015, Bajić was transferred to Turkish club Konyaspor, with whom he signed a three-year deal, for a fee of around €500,000.[5] He made his official debut for the club in a draw against Akhisar on 15 August,[6] and scored his first goal against Gaziantepspor two months later.[7]

In January 2017 Bajić signed new and improved contract until June 2020.[8] That season he finished as club's top scorer. His 17 goals were most league goals scored by Konyaspor player in a single season, beating the previous mark of 13 set by Theofanis Gekas.[9] Bajić won his first title with Konyaspor, club's first trophy ever, on 31 May 2017, by beating İstanbul Başakşehir in Turkish Cup final.[10]

UdineseEdit

On 1 August 2017, Bajić was transferred to Italian side Udinese, for a fee in the region of €5.5 million.[11] He made his competitive debut for Udinese in Coppa Italia win against Frosinone two weeks later.[12] On 17 September, he made his league debut against Milan.[13]

On 20 January 2018, Bajić returned to Turkey by joining Süper Lig outfit İstanbul Başakşehir on a six-month loan deal.[14] In June 2018, his loan was extended for an additional season.[15]

On 14 June 2019, Bajić was sent on a season-long loan to his former team Konyaspor, with an option to make the transfer permanent.[16]

International careerEdit

Bajić was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team under coach Darko Nestorović.[17]

In March 2015, he received his first senior call-up, for games against Andorra and Austria,[18] but had to wait until 25 March 2017 to make his debut, in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Gibraltar.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 18 August 2019[20]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Željezničar 2013–14 Bosnian Premier League 18 3 4 2 2 0 24 5
2014–15 Bosnian Premier League 28 15 2 1 4 1 34 17
2015–16 Bosnian Premier League 2 0 0 0 6 2 8 2
Total 48 18 6 3 12 3 66 24
Konyaspor 2015–16 Süper Lig 32 5 11 4 43 9
2016–17 Süper Lig 32 17 10 3 6 0 48 20
Total 64 22 21 7 6 0 91 29
Udinese 2017–18 Serie A 5 0 2 0 7 0
İstanbul Başakşehir (loan) 2017–18 Süper Lig 9 3 9 3
2018–19 Süper Lig 22 6 2 0 2 0 26 6
Total 31 9 2 0 2 0 35 9
Konyaspor (loan) 2019–20 Süper Lig 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 149 49 31 10 20 3 200 62

InternationalEdit

As of match played 8 June 2019[21]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2017 3 0
2018 6 0
2019 1 0
Total 10 0

HonoursEdit

Konyaspor[20]

Individual

Performances

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Riad Bajić, fudbaler od milion KM, koji se vozi gradskim prijevozom". avaz.ba (in Bosnian). 15 March 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Viktoria pobijedila Želju 4:3 u nevjerovatnoj utakmici u Plzeňu!". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 16 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Željezničar razbio Mladost u Bijeljini". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 19 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Bajić najbolji strijelac Premijer lige za sezonu 2014/15". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 30 May 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Zvanično: Riad Bajić potpisao trogodišnji ugovor sa Konyasporom". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 8 August 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Riad Bajić: U Konyaspor sam doveden da postižem golove, porasli su nam apetiti". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 24 December 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Bajić postigao prvijenac za Konyaspor". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 17 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Riad Bajić produžio ugovor s Konyasporom". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 25 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Bajić se upisao u historiju Konyaspora". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 7 May 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Bajić, Hadžiahmetović i Milošević osvojili Kup Turske". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 31 May 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Zvanično: Riad Bajić potpisao za Udinese!". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 1 August 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Debi Bajića u pobjedi Udinesea, poraz Palerma od Cagliarija". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 13 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Riad Bajić debitovao za Udinese u Serie A". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 17 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Riad Bajić se vratio u Tursku: Do kraja sezone u Başakşehiru". fokus.ba (in Bosnian). 20 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Riad Bajić ostaje u Başakşehiru". radiosarajevo.ba (in Bosnian). 13 June 2018. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Riad Bajić zvanično u Konyasporu: Turski klub zanimljivim videom potvrdio povratak bh. napadača". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Riad Bajić debitovao za Zmajeve". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 25 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Baždarević objavio imena Zmajeva za susrete protiv Andore i Austrije". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 16 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Zmajevi rutinski s 5:0 pobijedili Gibraltar". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 25 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  20. ^ a b "R. Bajić". soccerway.com. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  21. ^ "Riad Bajić". eu-football.info. Retrieved 10 June 2019.

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