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Asmir Begovic

Position:
Goalkeeper
Date of birth:
20th June 1987
Nationality:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height:
199
Date signed:
1st July 2017
Debut:
West Bromwich Albion V Bournemouth
Previous clubs:
Portsmouth, Stoke, Chelsea

Begovic first arrived in England in 2003, signing a youth contract with Portsmouth amidst interest from Tottenham.

After two years in Pompey's youth team, the Bosnian was sent out on loan to gain experience, first heading to Belgian side La Louviere and subsequently to Macclesfield Town. 

However, a knee injury cut short his stay in Cheshire and ultimately his season and it wasn't until August 2007 that Begovic was back playing again as he signed on a six-month loan for the Cherries. 

Then in League One, he made eight league appearances for Kevin Bond's side before being recalled in October by Portsmouth. However, it wasn't until 2009 that Begovic made his full debut for the south coast outfit, playing his part in a 3-1 win over Sunderland. 

After a run in the team and a brief loan spell at Ipswich, Begovic caught the eye and attracted attention from Stoke City, taking up the option to join the Potters on a permanent basis from February 2010.  

It was here that the 'keeper really made his mark, playing over 150 times across a five-year period. His debut came against Chelsea two months after signing, before keeping a clean sheet against Everton the following week. 

During his first full season at Stoke, Begovic was handed the number one jersey and excelled from there on. The next few years would see him win the club's player of the year award for his efforts in the 2011/12 season, reach 50 clean sheets in a Stoke City shirt and even score his first professional goal in November 2013 when a long kick downfield caught out current team-mate Artur Boruc.

With such consistency between the sticks, it wasn't long before a Champions League club came calling. In the summer of 2015, Begovic made the switch to Chelsea and first appeared in a Blues shirt nine days later on the club's pre-season tour. 

During his first season at Stamford Bridge, an injury to Thibaut Courtois resulted in Begovic having his first run in the team, keeping a sequence of three clean sheets before the Belgian's return. 

Nevertheless, with first-team football a priority, the 31-year-old opted to join Eddie Howe's side ahead of 2017/18, and during his first season back at Vitality Stadium he played every Premier League minute in the club's third top-flight campaign.

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Defence

Tackles
0
Tackle Success
0%
Blocks
0
Interceptions
0
Fouls
0
Balls recovered
100

Attack

Goals
0
Assists
0
Big Chances
0
Left Foot
0
Right Foot
0
Head
0
Penalty
0
Shots on Target
0
Shots off Target
0
Blocks
0

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