Muhamed Besic: Everton's new midfield gem

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The Yugoslav War during the 1990's lead to many Bosnians being displaced including much of their national team we see today. In fact Edin Dzeko was the only Bosnian in their World Cup squad who grew up in Bosnia.

21-year-old Besic was actually born in Germany to Bosnian parents who fled the conflict. This led to him starting out his career in Germany, starting out his youth at Tennis Berlin, a fourth tier German side, before moving to Bundesliga side Hamburg and breaking through from their reserve side to their first team. But played only three matches. After two years he moved to Hungarian side Ferencvaros, making 47 appearances in 2 years.

Breakthrough World Cup

Before the World Cup most people would not have heard of Muhamed Besic; he had earned only 9 caps before the World Cup but had become Bosnia's youngest ever player at the age of 18.

However, he was one of Bosnia's stand out performers during their short lived World Cup Campaign. Their first game against Argentina was when Besic came to the forefront of the watching audience with Roberto Martinez one of those in attendance. He had been given a job of marking the great Lionel Messi throughout the game and passed his test with flying colours.

Messi did score a wonder goal but every player would have found it hard to control Messi during that period of play. However, on the whole Messi was kept largely quiet throughout the game and became an increasingly frustrated figure as the game went on, with Besic instrumental to this.


On Monday July 28 it was finally announced that Besic had signed on a five-year deal for a figure believed to be around £4 million.

Besic could be described as a typical Everton player, with a combative physical attitude similar to fan favourite Thomas Gravesen but like Gravesen has the technical skill in possession to fit straight into the Roberto Matinez's Everton team.

In his 3 Worlc Cup games out of 212 passes 86.5% found their teammate, a tremendous statistic for a 21-year-old. However, it must be said Everton are now blessed in this position with the lights of James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and re-joined Gareth Barry fighting with Besic for the two places on offer. But with the Europa League campaign all four players will get their chance to show what they can do and Besic is sure to be one of those players who will flourish.

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