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Sanel Jahić

Sanel Jahić
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-12-10) 10 December 1981 (age 32)
Place of birthStrasbourg, France
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder / Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current clubSt. Johnstone
Youth career
RC Strasbourg
Sochaux-Montbéliard
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1999–2001Sochaux-Montbéliard0(0)
2001–2003Željezničar15(0)
2004–2005Las Palmas25(3)
2005–2006Mérida10(1)
2006–2007Željezničar37(19)
2008–2009Aris Thessaloniki31(2)
2009–2011AEK Athens37(1)
2011–2012APOEL11(0)
2012–2013Karabükspor20(3)
2013–St. Johnstone0(0)
National team
2001–2002Bosnia and Herzegovina U216(0)
2008–Bosnia and Herzegovina24(1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:21, 8 May 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:13, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

Sanel Jahić (born in 10 December 1981 in Strasbourg, France) is a Bosnian footballer, who currently plays for Scottish Premiership club St. Johnstone. He is famous for being a utility player, capable of playing a wide number of positions.[1] Although he's largely employed as a centre-back on the club level, he has also played on the side of the field as a wingback for the Bosnian national team, and has even filled in at various positions in midfield (specifically as a defensive midfielder and on the right). Jahić has also had success as a striker, leading the Bosnian Premier League's scoring charts in the 2006–07 season.

Clubs

Jahić was born in Strasbourg, France. He grew up there and started playing football also. He played for youth squads of RC Strasbourg and FC Sochaux-Montbéliard before moving to Bosnia and Željezničar Sarajevo on 2001. Later, he played for Las Palmas and Mérida UD in Spain. Then he returned to Željezničar Sarajevo and on January 2008 he moved to Aris Thessaloniki in Greece. Two years later he tranfserred with AEK Athens. On summer of 2011 he signed with Cypriot club APOEL. With APOEL he participated in UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in his career and he helped his team to reach the Last 16 of the competition. On January 2012, he moved from APOEL to the Turkish club Karabükspor for a transfer fee of €300K.[2]

Main stations of his football career

Željezničar

Although he stayed for only one year, he was irreplaceable with 37 game and 19 goals. However, his contribution didn't help his club to achieve its goals as Sarajevo was the winner of the Bosnian championship that season (2006–2007).

Aris Salonica

His excellent form gave him the opportunity to play in a better championship than the Bosnian. Aris bought him making a two-year deal with Sanel Jahic. His skills made him to be in the first eleven of Aris formation. Aris fan loved him and he was ready for his big step in his football career.

AEK Athens

Dusan Bajevic liked him and convinced AEK chairman to buy him in order to help AEK win the championship. However, Sanel Jahic disappointed everyone in AEK, as his performances were very poor. He couldn't be adapted to the new club, something that destroyed the relationship between him and AEK fans. He managed to play in 37 games, because AEK suffered from injuries. The Greek club decided to terminate his contract two years later and Jahic was in search of a new club.

APOEL

On 22 June 2011, Jahić signed a two-year contract with Cypiot club APOEL. During his spell with APOEL, he helped his team to win the 2011 Cypriot Super Cup and reach the Last 16 of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League. He appeared in four qualifying round matches and in all six group stage matches on APOEL's way to the knockout phase of the Champions League, mainly as a substitute.

Karabükspor

On January 2012, Jahić moved from APOEL to the Turkish club Karabükspor for a transfer fee of €300K[3] and he signed a 2,5 years contract with the club. Jahić left Karabükspor at the end of the 2012–13 season.[4]

St. Johnstone

Jahic trained with Scottish Premiership club St. Johnstone in October 2013.[5] He signed a short term contract with the club after they lost defenders Steven Anderson and Frazer Wright to injury and suspension respectively.[4]

International

At the time, he was a regular member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Under-21 national team. In November 2007. he was called up by Fuad Muzurović for the last game in the Euro 2008 Qualifications against Turkey. He did not field the game but the call itself was a great honour and fulfillment of his childhood dreams. Jahić is now a standard member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team. A scorer of the crucial second goal (leading his country to 1:2) in Bosnia's great victory away at Belgium (2:4) on 28 March 2009. Sanel has played against Portugal in the qualification play-offs for World Cup 2010 and got his chance once again against Portugal during qualification play-offs for Euro 2012, thanks to good form while playing in the 2011–12 Champions League season for APOEL.

International statistics

As of 16:58, 23 October 2013 (UTC)[6]
National team Season Apps Goals
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2008 01 0
2009 11 1
2010 06 0
2011 02 0
Total 20 1
Sanel Jahić: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2009-03-28 Cristal Arena, Genk, Belgium  Belgium 1–2 2–4 2010 WCQ

Honours

France Sochaux
2000–01
Bosnia and Herzegovina Željezničar
2001
  • Bosnian Cup: 1
2002–03
Greece AEK Athens
2010–11
Cyprus APOEL
2011

References

External links

  • Sanel Jahić at National-Football-Teams.com
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