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Haris Medunjanin
Personal information
Full name Haris Medunjanin
Date of birth March 8, 1985 (1985-03-08) (age 25)
Place of birth    Sarajevo, Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Valladolid
Number 5
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2004–2008
2006–2007
2008–
AZ
Sparta Rotterdam (loan)
Valladolid
025 0(4)
032 0(7)
027 0(4)   
National team2
2005–2008
2009–
Netherlands U21
Bosnia Herzegovina

2 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20 December 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 18 November 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Haris Medunjanin (born 8 March 1985) is a Bosnian footballer who plays for Real Valladolid in Spain.

Mainly a left midfielder, he can also appear as an attacking midfielder. He has dual citizenship, Bosnian and Dutch.

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Early years

Medunjanin was born in Sarajevo. Due to the Bosnian War in 1992, he moved to the Netherlands at the age of seven, with his mother and sister; his father was unable to leave, and was later killed during the Siege of Sarajevo.[1][2]

Club career

Medunjanin made his Eredivisie debut on February 20, 2005, with AZ Alkmaar, but opportunities were scarce during his three-year spell at the club. In 2006–07, he was loaned to Sparta Rotterdam, being essential as the modest outfit finished 13th in the season, with seven league goals.

After another unassuming season with AZ, Medunjanin was snapped by Spain's Real Valladolid in August 2008, being relatively used in his debut season (mainly from the bench).

International career

Medunjanin was part of the Dutch U-21 team that won the 2006 European Championship. In 2007, he was called up by coach Foppe de Haan to be part of his squad for the 2007 edition, held in the Netherlands.

The Dutch went on to retain their 2006 title by beating Serbia 4–1 in the final, and in the process qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

In a 2009 interview, Medunjanin expressed strong desire to play for his native Bosnia, as new FIFA rules would allow.[3] In August of the same year, his paperwork for change of footballing citizenship was submitted to FIFA. On October 31, 2009, national coach Miroslav Blažević invited Medunjanin for the 2010 World Cup playoff games against Portugal.[1] He made his debut - as a starter - in the decisive second leg, a 0–1 loss in Zenica (0–2 aggregate).

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