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Squad number 21

  • Born: 10/09/1992

  • Birthplace: Berlin

  • Nationality: German / Bosnian

World Cup - Nigeria v Bosnia

World Cup - Argentina v Bosnia

Muhamed Besic - Profile

Muhamed Besic is a versatile footballer who although starting out in life as a Number 10, soon became a Central Defender, from the age of 16, and it was this position that he played right up until the Brazil World Cup, when after being pushed forward into Midfield, he famously shakled Lionel Messi during Bosnia's game against Argentina.

Besic rejected the chance to represent Germany at youth level in order to play for the Bosnia-Herzegovina U-21s in September 2010, and just months later succeeded Miralem Pjanic as the former Yugoslav Republic’s youngest-ever international.

Muhamed arrived at Everton in the summer of 2014 after impressing for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the World Cup.

Aged 21 at the time, the versatile right-footer was ever present as Bosnia made their first ever finals appearance, though they failed to emerge from a testing group that contained Nigeria, Iran and eventual tournament runners-up Argentina.

However, Besic shone on the global stage, turning in a particularly impressive performance against the Argentines on what was his first competitive start for his country.

A former Under-21 international, he had earlier become Bosnia’s youngest ever senior international when turning out against Slovakia aged just 18 in November 2010.

Born in Germany to Bosnian parents, Besic played youth football for Tennis Borussia Berlin and signed for Hamburg aged 16. There he made a number of appearances for the club's 'B' team, before moving to Hungary to join Ferencváros in 2012.

He was named the best foreign player in the Hungarian top flight in his very first season and also helped the Budapest-based outfit to victory in the Hungarian League Cup.

Besic continued to be a key player for manager Thomas Doll's first team before completing his move to Goodison Park at the end of his second campaign.

One of a crop of exciting young talents under Roberto Martinez's watch, Besic has played predominantly as a defender during his club career but his ability on the ball and skill at reading the opposition’s play have also allowed him to excel in a deep-lying midfield role.

Indeed, it was in midfield where Besic was utilised in his first season at Goodison. He made 31 appearances in total, winning the admiration of the Evertonians with his tough tackling ability and consistent performances.

Muhamed signed a new 5 1/2 year deal on the 29th February 2016.

On Wednesday 31st January 2018, Everton announced Muhamed would join Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.

On Thursday 23rd August 2018, he rejoined Middlesbrough once again, on loan for the rest of the 2018-19 season.

Contracted: July 2021

Mo signs 5 1/2 year deal

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