Spahić with Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015
|Full name||Emir Spahić|
|Date of birth||18 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Dubrovnik, SFR Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2013||→ Anzhi Makhachkala (loan)||7||(1)|
|2003–2018||Bosnia and Herzegovina||94||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 December 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 May 2018
During his club career, he represented teams in his homeland, Croatia, Russia, France, Spain and Germany.
A full international from 2003 to 2016, he was the captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team from 2008 until the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He is the most-capped player in nation's history with 94 caps, scoring 6 goals in the process.
On 24 June 2009, Spahić announced that he would join newly promoted Montpellier for the 2009–10 Ligue 1 season. On his league debut against Paris Saint-Germain, he scored a header in the 94th minute for a 1–1 draw, earning his side a point.
On 4 July 2011, Spahić agreed a transfer with Spanish side Sevilla for €2 million until July 2014. His national teammate Miroslav Stevanović also transferred to Sevilla in January 2013 and upon his arrival at San Pablo International Airport, he was received by Spahić. Spahić scored his first goal for Sevilla on 5 January 2013 in a 1–0 victory against Osasuna.
On 28 June 2013, Spahić was signed by Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga on a two-year contract. He conceded a penalty and was later sent off in a Champions League last-16 first-leg game on 18 February 2014, as Paris Saint-Germain beat Leverkusen 4–0. On 20 April, he scored his first two goals for the club in a 4–1 league victory against 1. FC Nürnberg.
On 30 August 2014, 34-year-old Spahić headed in a goal from a free kick to level the score at 2–2 in a game that finished 4–2 for Leverkusen against Hertha BSC, thus ensuring his team's unbeaten start to the season.
On 30 March 2015, Spahić was named the best defender in Europe (in front of Martín Demichelis of Manchester City, Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund, Chris Smalling of Manchester United and Thiago Silva of PSG) by International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES). Spahić had his contract terminated on 12 April for headbutting a member of club's security personnel reportedly after they refused to allow his friends entry inside the dressing room area.
On 5 July 2015, fellow Bundesliga team Hamburger SV confirmed Spahić as the team's newest player, signing a one-year contract lasting until June 2016. He credited the move to his compatriot, former Hamburg player Sergej Barbarez, and expressed gratefulness at being given a second chance after his expulsion from Leverkusen. He was released by the club on 3 January 2017.
Ever since his debut, he was an important member of the national team. He headed a ball into the box and assisted Ermin Bičakčić who scored a crucial equalizer versus Slovakia in Žilina during 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Bosnia and Herzegovina came back from one goal down in that game to win 2–1 and stay top of their qualifying group for ahead of Greece.
Spahić retired from international football on 7 August 2014. After his retirement, Bosnia lost their first game of Euro 2016 qualifiers versus Cyprus (ranked 121 places behind Bosnia in FIFA Ranking for August 2014) without Spahić, which resulted in manager Safet Sušić calling him back from retirement on 22 September for the games that followed against Wales and Belgium. At the time, Bosnia's key defenders were either injured or lacked competitive matches for their clubs, which prompted in Spahić's call-up to the national side. Due to injury, he missed those two games and later returned to international stage against Israel on November 16 where he played the full game, his first since playing against Iran at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Spahić is a Muslim. Spahićs father family is from Sandžak, and his mother is from Gacko. They met when they were both working in Dubrovnik. Emir has two brothers, the older being Nermin and younger one Alen, who is also a football player. Spahić is a first cousin of fellow national team player Edin Džeko.
- As of match played 28 May 2018.
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
- Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.
|1.||28 February 2006||Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany||Japan||Friendly|
|2.||15 October 2008||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Armenia||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||15 November 2011||Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal||Portugal||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs|
|4.||29 May 2016||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Spain||Friendly|
|5.||6 September 2016||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Estonia||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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