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Asmir Begovic

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

Born in 1987 in Trebinje, which was then part of Yugoslavia, Begovic and his family fled the Bosnian War and moved to Germany when he was four before settling in Canada when he was 10.

He played Minor League Soccer for Southwest Sting in Edmonton and earned a call-up to the Canada under-17 squad.

Begovic arrived in England in 2003 and signed a youth contract with Portsmouth amidst interest from Tottenham.

After two years in Pompey's youth team, he 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 it was not until August 2007 that Begovic was back playing again as he signed a six-month loan for the Cherries.

Then in League One, he made eight appearances for Kevin Bond's side before being recalled by Portsmouth in October 2007.

However, it was not until 2009 that Begovic made his full debut for Pompey, 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 in the Potteries that he really made his mark, playing more than 150 times across a five-year period.

His debut came against Chelsea two months after signing before he kept 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 was not 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, he opted to join Eddie Howe's side ahead of 2017/18.

During his first season back at Vitality Stadium, Begovic played every minute of every Premier League game in the Cherries’ third season in the top flight, keeping six clean sheets as they finished 12th.

Ever present in the first 19 Premier League games of 2018/19, Begovic kept clean sheets in wins over Cardiff, Watford, Fulham and Brighton and in the 0-0 draw with Southampton.

He made 24 appearances in the Premier League in 2018/19 as the Cherries finished 14th.

Begovic spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan to Qarabag in the Azerbaijan Premier League, making 17 appearances in all competitions, including five in the Europa League.

In January 2020, he joined Serie A outfit AC Milan on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

In 2013, the Asmir Begovic Foundation was founded with the goal to build and improve recreational facilities both in England and Bosnia and Herzegovina, encouraging children to be active and provide them with the opportunity to get involved in sports.

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