Asmir Begovic

AFC Bournemouth
England - Premier League
National Team
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Asmir has carved out a reputation as one of the Premier League’s most consistent and highly-rated goalkeepers.

While growing up, he lived in Bosnia, Canada and Germany, beginning his football career as a youth player with German outfit Kirchausen in 2000.

In 2003 he joined Portmouth’s Academy and had spells on loan at La Louviere (Belgium), Macclesfield (where he made his Football League debut), Bournemouth and Yeovil before making his Premier League bow for Pompey in a 3-1 win against Sunderland in May 2009.

He continued to challenge David James for the coveted number one spot and following another loan spell at Championship club Ipswich Town, he played 15 matches for Portsmouth during the 2009-10 campaign.

By now a Bosnia and Herzegovina international, Begovic was being tracked by a number of top-flight clubs and while he had talks with Tottenham Hotspur, he opted to join Stoke City for £3.25m in the January 2010 transfer window.

At the start of the 2010-11 season, he was handed the number one jersey by Potters boss Tony Pulis and proceeded to keep five clean sheets in an impressive six-game spell. He also conceded just 12 goals in the opening 15 matches of the 2012-13 campaign, earning him widespread praise from his contemporaries and the media alike.

In the summer of 2015, he left Stoke to sign a four-year deal with Premier League champions Chelsea, and went on to make 24 appearances in his first season with the club.

He featured less regularly under Antonio Conte in 2016-17 and left Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, joining AFC Bournemouth for a reported £10m.

Begovic actually represented Canada at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2007, before opting to play for his homeland, making his debut against Estonia in 2009.

He helped Bosnia & Herzegovina reach the World Cup finals for the first time in their history and featured in all three of the nation's games in Brazil, against Argentina, Iran and Nigeria.

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