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  16/04/2015: Senad Lulić
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Senad Lulić was born on 18 January 1986 in Mostar, Bosnia Herzegovina.

He moved in his childhood to Switzerland due to the Bosnian Civil War, and started his career at Chur 97. Then he moved to Bellinzona, where he helped the club gain promotion to the Swiss Super League in his last season in Bellinzona.

In July 2008 he joined Grasshopper, playing two seasons before moving to Bern-based club Young Boys.

After a successful lone season at Young Boys, where Lulić scored a total of 9 goals in 40 matches between the Super League, the Swiss Cup and European competitions, he was transferred to Lazio.

Lulić with SS Lazio

On 16 June 2011, it was confirmed that Lulić had signed a five-year contract with SS Lazio for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around €3 million. He made his first appearance for the club on 9 September against AC Milan and went on to score his first goal for SS Lazio at Bologna on 23 October. He scored his second goal in a match against Cagliari. His third goal, and his first one at the Stadio Olimpico, came in a 2–2 draw against Udinese on 18 December 2011. Following his successful debut season at Lazio, in June 2012, Lulić was voted third as Bosnia and Herzegovina's player of the year, behind Manchester City's Edin Džeko and AS Roma's Miralem Pjanić.

On 26 May 2013, he scored the only goal in the historic Coppa Italia Final against city rivals AS Roma. It was the first ever among the two Roman clubs. Lulić goal has gained Lazio its sixth Coppa Italia, and UEFA Europa League spot at the expense of their bitter rivals, and placed him in the Pantheon of Lazio's top players.

Lulić scored the 79th-minute winner as Lazio defeated holders Napoli on 8 April 2015 to reach the Coppa Italia Final, also making a late goalline clearance to prevent Lorenzo Insigne from equalising.

Lulić with National Team

Lulić received his debut for Bosnia and Herzegovina in a match against Azerbaijan, which all of the established players decided to boycott following the dismissal of newly appointed coach Meho Kodro by the already unpopular Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He had to wait for more than two years, until August 2010, to receive his next call-up. After several good performances for his club side, especially in UEFA Champions League qualification, new Bosnia manager Safet Sušić called him up to the matches against Luxembourg and France. Despite playing as a left winger at that time for Young Boys, Sušić made him play both matches as a left back, the position where he has established himself in the national team.

On 7 June 2013, he scored his first international goal, opening a 5–0 win away to Latvia in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification. Bosnia and Herzegovina qualified for their first international tournament, and Lulić assisted Vedad Ibišević for their first goal in a tournament finals, a consolation in a 1–2 defeat to Argentina at the Maracanã Stadium on 15 June 2014 in an eventual group-stage exit.

Honours

SS. Lazio:
Coppa Italia 2012-13





Author: Ali Alkatiri
 
 
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