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Senad Lulić (Bosnian pronunciation: [sěnaːd lǔlitɕ]; born 18 January 1986) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays for Serie A club Lazio. Lulić has been deployed both as a left winger and as a left wing-back as he possesses great pace and stamina.[3]

Senad Lulić
Personal information
Full name Senad Lulić[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-18) 18 January 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Left back / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 19
Youth career
1998–2003 Chur 97
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Chur 97
2006–2008 Bellinzona 63 (13)
2008–2010 Grasshopper 41 (6)
2010–2011 Young Boys 31 (6)
2011– Lazio 246 (28)
National team
2008–2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina 57 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 October 2017

Lulić began his professional career in Switzerland, first playing in Chur 97, later helping Bellinzona get promotion to the Swiss Super League, appearing in European competitions for Grasshopper and finally joining Young Boys in 2010. A year later, he moved to Lazio, for which he scored the winning goal in the 2013 Coppa Italia Final against city rivals Roma.

A senior international from 2008 to 2017, Lulić earned over 50 caps and scored 4 goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He represented the nation at their first major tournament, the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Lulić was born in Mostar, but he spent most of his childhood in Jablanica. Due to Bosnian War, he moved with his family to Switzerland, where he started his football career at Chur 97.[4]

In the summer of 2006 Lulić switched to Bellinzona.[5] In May 2008, he joined Grasshopper signing a contract until June 2011.[6] On 5 June 2010, he was transferred to Young Boys on a three-year deal.[7]

LazioEdit

On 16 June 2011, Lulić signed a five-year contract with Lazio for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around €3 million.[8] He made his competitive debut for the club on 18 August against Rabotnički in 1st leg of UEFA Europa League play-off.[9] Three weeks later, he made his Serie A debut in an away draw against Milan.[10] On 23 October, Lulić scored his first goal for Lazio, in a comfortable away victory at Bologna.[11] Following his debut season, in June 2012, Lulić was voted third as Bosnia and Herzegovina's player of the year, behind Manchester City's Edin Džeko and Roma's Miralem Pjanić.[12]

Lulić scored his first goal in European competitions for Lazio on 11 April 2013 against Fenerbahçe.[13] On 26 May 2013, he scored the only goal in the historic 2013 Coppa Italia Final against city rivals Roma. It was the first ever among the two Roman clubs, and his goal gave Lazio its sixth Coppa Italia, a 2013–14 UEFA Europa League spot at the expense of their rivals, and cemented his legacy in Roman club.[14] Lulić scored the 79th-minute winner as Lazio defeated holders Napoli on 8 April to reach the 2015 Coppa Italia Final, also making a late goal line clearance to prevent Lorenzo Insigne from equalizing.[15] On his 30th birthday, he extended his contract until June 2020.[16]

He was accused of racially insulting Antonio Rüdiger after a 0–2 loss against city rivals Roma in December 2016.[17] After being found guilty of these allegations, he was suspended for 20 days and fined €10,000.[18]

In July 2017, after departure of Lucas Biglia, Lulić was named Lazio's captain.[19] He won his first trophy as captain on 13 August, when Lazio beat Juventus in the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana.[20] On 19 February 2018, Lulić played his 200th league game for Lazio.[21] In a game against Apollon Limassol on 29 November 2018, Lulić entered Lazio's top 10 appearance makers ever, as he played his 294th game for the club.[22] A few weeks later, he scored a goal in his 300th game for the team.[23]

On 15 May 2019, Lulić won his third trophy with Lazio and his second Coppa Italia after the club beat Atalanta 0–2 in the final.[24]

International careerEdit

In May 2008, Lulić received his first call-up for Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was for a friendly match against Azerbaijan, which all of the established players decided to boycott following the dismissal of newly appointed coach Meho Kodro by the already unpopular Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina.[25] He debuted in that game as a second-half substitute, which Bosnia and Herzegovina eventually won 1–0.[26]

He had to wait for more than two years, until August 2010, to be called-up again, this time for UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers against Luxembourg and France.[27] On 15 November 2011, Lulić was dismissed for protesting in the second leg of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs, which his team lost against Portugal.[28]

On 7 June 2013, he scored his first international goal, opening the score in a 5–0 win away to Latvia in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.[29]

When Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for the first international tournament finals in their history, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Lulić was named in the squad for the competition.[30] He debuted in the opening group game and assisted Vedad Ibišević for Bosnia's first ever goal in tournament finals, a consolation in a 1–2 defeat to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium on 15 June.[31] With six assists, Lulić was the best assist provider in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying, along with Arkadiusz Milik and Vladimír Weiss.[32]

Lulić retired from international football on 29 December 2017.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Lulić and his wife Sandra have two children, a girl named Lea and a boy named Lian.[34]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 May 2019.[35]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bellinzona 2006–07 Swiss Challenge League 30 3 2 0 2[a] 0 34 3
2007–08 Swiss Challenge League 33 10 5 1 2[b] 2[c] 40 13
Total 63 13 7 1 4 2 74 16
Grasshopper 2008–09 Swiss Super League 26 3 4 2 6 2 36 7
2009–10 Swiss Super League 15 3 2 0 17 3
Total 41 6 6 2 6 2 53 10
Young Boys 2010–11 Swiss Super League 31 6 2 0 11 3 44 9
Lazio 2011–12 Serie A 27 4 2 0 9 0 38 4
2012–13 Serie A 33 1 5 1 12 1 50 3
2013–14 Serie A 30 7 1 0 5 0 1[d] 0 37 7
2014–15 Serie A 25 3 4 1 29 4
2015–16 Serie A 30 3 1 0 8 0 39 3
2016–17 Serie A 31 3 4 0 35 3
2017–18 Serie A 35 3 4 1 10 1 1[e] 0 50 5
2018–19 Serie A 35 4 4 0 7 0 46 4
Total 246 28 25 3 51 2 2 0 324 33
Career total 381 53 40 6 68 7 6 2 495 68

InternationalEdit

As of match played 7 October 2017.[36]
National team Year Apps Goals
Bosnia and Herzegovina
2008 1 0
2009 0 0
2010 4 0
2011 11 0
2012 7 0
2013 8 1
2014 8 0
2015 8 1
2016 5 0
2017 5 2
Total 57 4

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[36]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2013 Skonto Stadium, Riga, Latvia   Latvia
1–0
5–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 6 September 2015 Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Andorra
3–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
3. 28 March 2017 Elbasan Arena, Elbasan, Albania   Albania
2–0
2–1
Friendly
4. 3 September 2017 Estádio Algarve, Faro/Loulé, Portugal   Gibraltar
3–0
4–0
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "How could Senad Lulic fit in at Juventus?". bleacherreport.com. 18 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Tihi borac Senad Lulić: Fudbaler kojeg nismo dovoljno cijenili?". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 29 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Lulic: In Rom heissen die Babys jetzt so wie ich". aargauerzeitung.ch (in German). 8 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
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  7. ^ "YB verpflichtet Lulic und liebgäugelt mit Costanzo". bernerzeitung.ch (in German). 5 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Senad Lulić zvanično postao novi igrač Lazija". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 16 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Lazio ubjedljiv, Lulić ušao s klupe". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 18 August 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Luliću 10 minuta u remiju Lazija". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 9 September 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
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