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Zlatko Junuzović (German pronunciation: [ˈzlatko juˈnuːzɔvɪtʃ]; born 26 September 1987) is an Austrian footballer who plays for Red Bull Salzburg. From 2006 till 2017 he represented the Austrian national team. He is known as a free-kick specialist.[4][5]

Zlatko Junuzović
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Junuzović in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1987-09-26) 26 September 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Loznica,[1] SFR Yugoslavia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder[2][3]
Club information
Current team
Red Bull Salzburg
Number 16
Youth career
1994–1999 Kühnsdorf
1999–2005 Grazer AK
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Grazer AK 70 (9)
2007–2009 Austria Kärnten 57 (3)
2009–2012 Austria Wien 82 (21)
2012–2018 Werder Bremen 188 (21)
2018– Red Bull Salzburg 11 (3)
National team
Austria U19 2 (1)
2007 Austria U20 11 (4)
2005–2008 Austria U21 15 (3)
2006–2017 Austria 55 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:59, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

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Early lifeEdit

Junuzović moved with his parents to Austria when he was five years old. Before his 12th birthday, they went on to Graz, where he soon played for the youth teams of Grazer AK. Junuzović became an Austrian citizen as youth.

Club careerEdit

Aged 17, Junuzović made his debut for Grazer AK in the Bundesliga in spring 2005. In 2006, he was called up to play for the ÖFB-Team and became a regular starter for Grazer AK. In summer 2007, Junuzović moved to SK Austria Kärnten before joining FK Austria Wien in summer 2009.

In 2010, Junuzović was awarded two awards for his performances with Austria Wien and the national team: the managers of the Austrian Bundesliga voted him Austrian Footballer of the Year[6] and the country's supporters voted him "Player of the Year"[7] in the annual award awarded by the Kronen Zeitung.

In January 2012, Junuzović joined Bundesliga club SV Werder Bremen, signing a contract running until 30 June 2015. In February 2015, it was announced that Junuzović’ contract had been extended until June 2018.[8]

Having completed the 2014–2015 season with six goals and 15 assists – only Kevin De Bruyne and Thomas Müller achieved more assists –, Junuzović was voted "Player of the Season" by Werder's fans.[9]

On 18 March 2017, he scored his second goal of the 2016–17 season in a 3–0 win against Leipzig, a match that saw all three of Werder Bremen's Austrian players score in the club's highest win of the season.[10][11]

In April 2018, Junuzović announced he would leave Werder Bremen after six and half years at the club.[12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Junuzović was born in the Serbian town of Loznica, to a family originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina.[14]

International careerEdit

Junuzović played for Austria at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup[15] where they claimed fourth place. He made his debut for the senior team in a March 2006 friendly match against Canada.

In October 2017, after the conclusion of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup during which Austria failed to reach qualification, Junuzović announced his retirement from the national team.[16]

International goalsEdit

Scores and goals list Austria's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 October 2011 Dalga Arena, Baku, Azerbaijan   Azerbaijan
4–1
4–1
Euro 2012 qualifying
2 1 June 2012 Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria   Ukraine
1–0
3–2
Friendly
3 11 September 2012 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria   Germany
1–2
1–2
2014 World Cup qualifier
4 22 March 2013   Faroe Islands
4–0
6–0
5 27 March 2015 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein
4–0
5–0
Euro 2016 qualifying
6 5 September 2015 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria   Moldova
1–0
1–0
Euro 2016 qualifying
7 29 March 2016 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria   Turkey
1–0
1–2
Friendly
Correct as of 29 March 2016

Career statisticsEdit

As of 07.Feber 2019[3][17]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grazer AK 2004–05 Austrian Bundesliga 4 0 4 0
2005–06 32 4 1 0 4 1 37 5
2006–07 34 5 2 0 36 5
Total 70 9 3 0 4 1 77 10
Austria Kärnten 2007–08 Austrian Bundesliga 28 2 28 2
2008–09 29 1 1 1 30 2
Total 57 3 1 1 0 0 58 4
Austria Wien 2009–10 Austrian Bundesliga 30 6 1 0 8 0 39 6
2010–11 33 9 3 1 3 1 39 11
2011–12 19 6 2 1 12 0 33 7
Total 82 21 6 2 23 1 111 24
Werder Bremen 2011–12 Bundesliga 15 0 15 0
2012–13 30 3 1 0 31 3
2013–14 26 2 1 0 27 2
2014–15 33 6 2 0 35 6
2015–16 30 4 3 0 33 4
2016–17 30 4 1 1 31 5
2017–18 24 2 2 0 26 2
Total 188 21 9 1 0 0 197 22
Red Bull Salzburg 2018–19 Austrian Bundesliga 4 0 1 0 2 0 7 0
Career total 401 54 20 4 29 2 450 60
  1. ^ Includes the Austrian Cup, DFB Cup
  2. ^ Includes the Europa League

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Austrian Football Association: ÖFB Kader gegen Russkand (UEFA EURO 2016 Raiffeisen-Qualifikationsspiel, 15. November 2014) und Brasilien (freundschaftliches Länderspiel im Rahmen der Gillette Brasil Global Tour, 18. November 2014) (pdf)
  2. ^ "Zlatko Junuzović". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Z. Junuzović". Soccerway. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  4. ^ Fahim, Oisin (2 June 2015). "Top six players with highest free-kick conversion rate". Squawka. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Dead-ball specialist". SV Werder Bremen. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Liga-Trainer wählen Junuzovic zum "Spieler des Jahres"" [League coaches vote Junuzovic "Player of the Year"]. Kronen Zeitung (in German). 20 December 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Siege für Junuzovic, Krejc und Pacult" [Wins for Junuzovic, Krejc und Pacult]. Kronen Zeitung (in German). 7 February 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Junuzovic pens Bremen extension". bundesliga.com. Bundesliga. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Junuzovic voted "Player of the Season". Werder Bremen. 27 July 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  10. ^ Knips, Björn (18 March 2017). "Der Ösi-Tag: Werder feiert Kaiserschmarrn-Sieg". Kreiszeitung (in German). Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Werder Bremen - RB Leipzig 3:0, 1. Bundesliga, Saison 2016/17, 25.Spieltag - Spielbericht". kicker Online (in German). 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  12. ^ Butler, Dylan (25 April 2018). "Report: SV Werder Bremen midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic primed for MLS move". MLSsoccer.com. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Thank you Zladdi and all the best for the future". SV Werder Bremen. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  14. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150502201317/http://radiosarajevo.ba/novost/184411/kako-se-osjeca-bosanac-iz-loznice-pred-utakmicu-protiv-svojih
  15. ^ Zlatko JunuzovićFIFA competition record
  16. ^ "Junuzovic beendet Nationalmannschaftskarriere". kicker Online (in German). 13 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Zlatko Junuzović". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 13 September 2015.

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