Muhamed Konjic

Muhamed Konjić
Personal information
Full nameMuhamed Konjić
Date of birth (1970-05-14) 14 May 1970 (age 44)
Place of birthTuzla, Yugoslavia (present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing positionSweeper, Defender
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1988–1989Famos Hrasnica
1989–1992FK Sloboda Tuzla21(0)
1992–1993NK Belišće19(0)
1993–1996NK Zagreb63(5)
1996–1997FC Zurich36(5)
1997–1999AS Monaco37(2)
1999–2004Coventry City138(4)
2004–2006Derby County16(0)
Total330(16)
National team
1995–2006Bosnia-Herzegovina39(3)
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Muhamed Konjić (born 14 May 1970 in Tuzla, Yugoslavia, present-day Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a Bosnian former football player and team captain. He was a Coventry City F.C. Player of the Year for the year 2003.

Playing career

International

Konjić was an influential player in the Bosnian squad, for whom he was been capped 38 times. He was the captain in the first match played by Bosnia-Herzegovina on 30 November 1995. This match, a 2–0 defeat to Albania, famously came just nine days after the Dayton Peace Agreement brought an end to the Bosnian conflict.

Club

He was a solid defender who played in many places around Europe in his career. The clubs he played for include FK Sloboda Tuzla, NK Belišće, NK Zagreb, FC Zurich, AS Monaco, Coventry City and Derby County.

Konjić played in Jean Tigana's talented Monaco side which famously put Manchester United out of the Champions League in 1998 on away goals after a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford.

Early in 1999 the 6 ft 3 in defender was recruited by Gordon Strachan, manager of English Premiership side Coventry City for a fee of around £2million. Injuries prevented fans from getting a real glimpse of the player though, as he made just 19 appearances before the club's relegation at the end of the 2000–01 season.

In the next three seasons, all of which were spent in the Championship. 'Big Mo' (as he was nicknamed by Sky Blues fans) made 136 appearances, and scored five goals. During this period he became a fans' favourite and was renowned both for his fully committed style of play and also his willingness to bring the ball forward if the midfield and attack were not having any impact.

He was sold at the end of the 2003–04 season to Derby County by then Sky Blues manager Peter Reid. In the 2004–05 season he made 18 appearances in George Burley's Derby side which reached the Football League Championship play-offs. Injuries have continued to hamper his progress, and he has made just one appearance for Derby in the 2005–06 season as a result. He was released at the end of the season and subsequently retired from playing.[1]

Personal life

Konjić spent the first eight months of the Bosnian war in his country's army. After his military discharge he trained in the streets, often during artillery raids when everybody else was covering in bomb shelters or cellars.[2]

Honours

Club

Coventry City F.C. Player of the Year: 2003

References

External links

  • Soccerbase
  • Muhamed Konjić at National-Football-Teams.com
  • [2] at cafehrasnica.com
  • http://premiermemories.terapad.com/index.cfm?fa=contentNews.newsDetails&newsID=71230&from=list&directoryId=24917 Footballs Hardest Man

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