Anel Šabanadžović at FK Željezničar Sarajevo (on loan from AEK Athens FC)

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  1. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    I believe this says that he was born in the States and has signed with FK Željezničar of the country's first division.

    https://fkzeljeznicar.ba/predstavljamo-devet-juniora-koji-su-potpisali-ugovore/26702/

    T'Markt has him as a '99 who was with their U17s last season, so that may just mean he moved up/joined the U19s (or, as the data site suggestions, perhaps the B team).

    https://www.transfermarkt.com/anel-sabanadzovic/profil/spieler/376106

    And it would explain the timing of the publication of this video.



    In one of the highlights, he is on the receiving end of a hard foul and appears to be lying painfully on the ground, which the producer of the video sees fit to make particularly clear by drawing one of those helpful "It's this guy" circles around him.
     
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  2. BostonRed

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    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    United States
    H/T to @Sudžuka for calling attention to him

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    Anel Šabanadžović is the son of Refik Šabanadžović, a former Yugoslav international who played with KC Wiz for a couple of years.

    The club confirms Anel's birth in the US:

    https://fkzeljeznicar.ba/prvi-tim/anel-sabanadzovic/
    • Date of birth:24.05.1999.
    • Place of birth: Jackson (USA) (Transfermarkt says Missouri & Jackson Co, Missouri, is part of KC metro)
    • Citizenship of BiH
    • Position Midfield
    He made his 1st team debut today for FK Željezničar, the top tier in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

    Has had 3 appearances (for a total of 11 minutes) for B&H in UEFA U17 championship play in 2016.
     
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  3. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
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  4. BostonRed

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  5. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
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    He's made 12 appearances (8 starts) for Željezničar so far.

    He debuted for Bosnia's U19 team in September, then played in UEFA qualifiers for them in November.

    He's a DM.
     
  6. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    #6 LandonDonovan2018, Jun 15, 2018
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    Lots of syllables, I know.

    IG - https://www.instagram.com/anels4/?hl=en

    Highlights -

    Anel Sabanadzovic is a '99 midfielder born in Missouri who has made 17 first team appearances with Zeljeznicar Sarajevo of the Bosnian Premijer Liga. I believe he's provisionally cap-tied to the Bosnian program at this point.

    The big news is that....



    This is something that has been reported for a bit now. But certainly seems to be picking up some steam.

    http://www.forzaroma.info/calciomer...-gli-occhi-sul-talento-bosniaco-sabanadzovic/

    http://www.ilsussidiario.net/News/C...nta-il-nome-di-Guedes-Ultime-notizie-/799385/
     
  7. ChuckMe92

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    Jun 23, 2016
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  8. TheFalseNine

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    Jul 15, 2014
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  9. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    You just never know which threads might bubble up someday...
     
  10. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    Surprise, Surprise. Dave stealing my shine.
     
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  11. TheFalseNine

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    Jul 15, 2014
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    Yep. And almost a year ago. :D
     
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  12. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Ha. The guy I really ripped off was @BostonRed, who I beat by a few days but in the wrong forum.

    In any case, as they say, first post and $2.50 will get you a cup of coffee. ;)
     
  13. mattjo

    mattjo Member+

    Feb 3, 2001
    Washington DC
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    DC United
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    United States
    zeljo! Had no awareness of this. Used to watch zeljo when I lived in sarajevo. They are one of the bigger BiH teams and to have a good derby with FK Sarajevo.
     
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  14. TheFalseNine

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    Jul 15, 2014
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    Someone on Twitter (maybe @DontTreadSocer, not positive) said he was preliminarily cap-tied to B&H from the Euro U19s, I believe. But definitely one to keep our eyes on.

    EDIT: Yep, here's the tweet.

     
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  15. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    The key seems to be an appearance (or appearances, not entirely sure) for BIH's U17s in the qualifying rounds of the 2016 UEFA U17s. I can see records of him playing for them against Georgia in March of that year. BIH ended up making the finals, but he wasn't on their team for the eventual tournament.
     
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  16. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    He played in the U19 UEFA Euro Qualifiers this past March & November

    https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/anel-sabanadzovic/nationalmannschaft/spieler/376106
     
  17. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    Indeed. Though that same site has his first cap-typing appearance for them as the Georgia match I mentioned. In any case, I believe the club site says he joined Zeljeznicar in 2010; I'm not sure when he moved back to Europe, but clearly he's lived much if not most of his life there -- his dad retired after the 1999 MLS season, and I guess didn't put down roots in the States. He may not be the easiest guy to snipe, though of course anything's possible.
     
  18. BostonRed

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  19. butters59

    butters59 Member+

    Feb 22, 2013
    We won't get him.
     
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  20. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    Assuming he stays, are Zeljo in the Champions League/Europa League next season? I don't know Bosnia's CL allotment.
     
  21. TheFalseNine

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    Jul 15, 2014
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    They are in the Europa League first qualifying round. Looks like the first leg will be July 12th and the draw is on June 19th.
     
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  22. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    It looks as if the draw is tomorrow June 20. They're seeded in Group 8. We should know tomorrow who they'll face in the first qualifying round. Will be interesting to see if Anel is involved.

    https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2019/draws/round=2000986/
     
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  23. Thundering165

    Thundering165 Member

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    May 1, 2017
    Looks like they're facing Estonian giants JK Narva Trans, whose entire squad has a Transfermarkt value of £1.46 Million or roughly Neymar's left big toe.
     
  24. LandonDonovan2018

    Dec 29, 2016
    If they go through, they'll face the winner of Stumbras (Lithuania) v Apollon Limassol of Cyprus.

    Stumbras currently sit in 4th in the might A Lyga of Lithuania. While Apollon Limassol of Cyprus finished 2nd and have a generally strong team.
     
  25. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
    There's no substitute for Europa League experience, I always say. :p
     

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