Perhaps one of the more surprising Bosnian transfers this summer has been the signing of Samir Memisevic by Dutch side FC Groningen. However, it should come as no surprise to people who have been following this 22-year-old player’s career, or at least paying attention. He was one of the best defenders in the Premijer Liga this past season, and beyond that, has excellent potential. Perhaps this new challenge will bring out the best in a player that could become a staple in the Bosnian national team.
The Tuzla born central defender played an impressive 2,556 minutes across league and cup play last season. Memisevic often captained his Radnik side, leading them to cup glory in the club’s first major trophy in Bosnia. The young player showed unbelievable composure throughout the length of both campaigns, helping his club retain one of the best defensive records on both fronts. His ability didn’t go unnoticed as he was called up to the Bosnian national team by manager Mehmed Bazdarevic recently.
Memisevic made his debut for Bosnia against Spain on 5/29/16, playing minimal time. In a recent interview for the Bosnian FA, Memisevic admitted he was surprised by the honor. However, Memisevic has proven himself as not only mature beyond his years, but a physically dominant player with excellent athleticism, married to composure and maturity. A physically dominant athlete, Memisevic possesses the gift of great decision making, albeit lacking some pace.
If Memisevic continues to show promise and develop at Groningen, he should seriously be considered as a potential challenger to the starting centerbacks on Bosnia’s roster, as they have failed to cement their place or to show consistency.