Sergej Barbarez (born 17 September 1971) is a Bosnian former professional footballer who played for several clubs in the German Bundesliga and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He is considered as one of the all-time great players of Hamburger SV where he scored 65 goals in 174 Bundesliga games. Mainly used as a second striker, he has also played as an attacking midfielder or left winger.
Barbarez in 2014
|Full name||Sergej Barbarez|
|Date of birth||17 September 1971|
|Place of birth||Mostar, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1998–2006||Bosnia and Herzegovina||47||(17)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
As a young child, Barbarez was actually not very interested in football but in basketball and athletics. However, at the age of eleven, Barbarez started playing football though mostly for fun with friends after school.
In 1984, Barbarez took a step further and started playing football for the youth team of FK Velež in his native city of Mostar.
Some six years later, Barbarez signed with the first team of FK Velež at the age of 19. However, briefly after, Barbarez served in the Yugoslav People's Army in Zagreb in 1991 before returning to Mostar to continue his career. In 1991, Sergej Barbarez returned to FK Velež and soon after everyone realized that Barbarez was a true talent.
The same year, Barbarez visited his uncle who was living in Germany. Some time later, Barbarez was preparing to return to Mostar but his uncle surprised him by extending his stay in Germany for two weeks. The uncle had arranged for Barbarez a two weeks try-out practise with Hannover 96. The coach of Hannover 96 was so impressed by Barbarez that he signed him for the club. During those same two weeks the political situation throughout former Yugoslavia was deteriorating by the minute and fighting was even occurring in some places. So Barbarez came to an agreement with his father to stay with his uncle in Germany for the near future.
In April 1992, the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina escalated in the city of Mostar. A month prior of the actual war, the father and sister of Barbarez fled with his high school sweetheart Ana to the city of Hannover in Germany. Barbarez's mother Zlata stayed in Mostar throughout the whole War in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Barbarez played for Hannover 96 during the second half of the 1991–92 and the whole 1992–93 season. Between 1993 and 1996, Barbarez played for 1. FC Union Berlin at the third level before signing with Hansa Rostock. Barbarez played here between 1996 and 1998.
During the first season with Hamburger SV, Barbarez became the top scorer for his club with 22 goals and joint top scorer of the Bundesliga with Ebbe Sand. Though Barbarez could not help Hamburg's elimination from the 2000–01 Champions League at the group stages despite his two goals, when the club qualified for that competition for the first time, after a third place in the previous domestic Bundesliga season.
On 17 May 2006, he signed a two-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen.
Before he retired from international football on 13 October 2005, Barbarez was the captain and leader of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.
On 12 October 2006, Barbarez officially stepped down from playing for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team and retired permanently from professional football in June 2008.
Barbarez announced on 14 December 2009 that he wanted to coach the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team to the UEFA Euro 2012. However, the Football Association of Republika Srpska blocked his entry and later on, Safet Sušić was selected as new coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team.
Barbarez is married to his high-school sweetheart Ana, who is from Mostar. They have two sons together, Filip-André (born 1994) and Sergio-Luis (1999).
|1992–93||Hannover 96||2. Bundesliga||18||2||1||0||0||0||19||2|
|1993–94||1. FC Union Berlin||NOFV-Oberliga||29||15||0||0||0||0||29||15|
- Scores and results table. Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first:
|1.||5 September 1999||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo||Estonia||1–1||1–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|2.||28 February 2001||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Hungary||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|3.||24 March 2001||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo||Austria||1–1||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||28 March 2001||Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz||Liechtenstein||1–0||3–0||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||27 March 2002||Grbavica Stadium, Sarajevo||Macedonia||2–0||4–4||Friendly|
|8.||13 February 2003||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff||Wales||2–1||2–2||Friendly|
|9.||29 March 2003||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Luxembourg||2–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|10.||2 April 2003||Parken Stadium, Copenhagen||Denmark||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|11.||10 September 2003||Stade Josy Barthel, Route d'Arlon||Luxembourg||1–0||1–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|12.||4 June 2005||Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle||San Marino||3–1||3–1||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||3 September 2005||Bilino Polje, Zenica||Belgium||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14.||7 September 2005||LFF Stadium, Vilnius||Lithuania||1–0||1–0||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||31 May 2006||Azadi Stadium, Tehran||Iran||2–0||2–5||Friendly|
|16.||16 August 2006||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo||France||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|17.||2 September 2006||Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali||Malta||1–0||5–2||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
- Bosnian Footballer of the Year: 2001, 2002, 2003
- "Impulsiver Gefühlsmensch" (in German). welt.de. 21 September 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
- "Barbarez: "Iz Fudbalskog saveza BiH mi nisu dali karte za Belgiju"". 24sata.info. 14 March 2009. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
- Matthias Arnhold (21 April 2011). "Sergej Barbarez – Matches and Goals in Bundesliga". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
- "Barbarez Wants To Be National Team Coach". bihfoot.com. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Bosnian Soccer Legends Banned to be National Team Coaches!". bhfanaticos.com. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
- "Profesionalne licence Barbarezu, Piplici i kolegama" (in Bosnian). sarajevo-x.com. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "HSV Gremien" (in German). Hamburger SV. Archived from the original on 2 August 2009. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Sergej Barbarez at Soccerway