Lazar Samardžić

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Lazar Samardžić
Personal information
Full name Lazar Samardžić
Date of birth (2002-02-24) 24 February 2002 (age 18)
Place of birth Berlin, Germany
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
RB Leipzig
Number 20
Youth career
Blau-Weiß Spandau
Schwarz-Weiß Neukölln
0000–2009 Grün-Weiss Neukölln
2009–2020 Hertha BSC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2020 Hertha BSC II 5 (1)
2020 Hertha BSC 3 (0)
2020– RB Leipzig 1 (0)
National team
2017–2018 Germany U16 7 (2)
2019 Germany U17 5 (1)
2019– Germany U19 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:31, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:10, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

Lazar Samardžić (Serbian Cyrillic: Лазар Самарџић, pronounced [lâzaːr sǎmaːrdʒitɕ]; born 24 February 2002) is a German football player who plays as a midfielder for RB Leipzig.[1][2] Although a central midfielder, he can also play as a left winger.

Early career[edit]

Samardžić played for BSV Grün-Weiss Neukölln 1950 e.V. from 2008 to 2009[3] and joined Hertha BSC from October 9, 2009.[2][4] Samardžić played for the U17 and U19 teams of Hertha BSC in the Under 17 and Under 19 Bundesliga, scoring 16 and 14 goals respectively.[5] Samardžić won the bronze award of the Fritz Walter Medal in the U17 group.[6][7]

Senior career[edit]

Samardžić was announced to have signed a professional contract, and first appeared as an unused substitute for the professional team in a 3–3 away draw against Fortuna Düsseldorf on 28 February 2020.[8][9]

Samardžić made his debut for Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga on 22 May 2020, coming on as a substitute for Per Ciljan Skjelbred in the 81st minute of the Berlin derby against Union Berlin, which finished as a 4–0 win.[10] Samardzic is considered one of Germany's most talented prospects and he had attracted serious interest from elite clubs around the world, such as Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus.[11][12]

On 8 September 2020, Samardžić joined fellow Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a five-year deal.[13] He made his RB Leipzig debut on 3 October, coming off the bench in a 4-0 win against FC Schalke 04.

International career[edit]

Samardžić played for Berlin at the Under-15 level and Germany at the Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He first appeared internationally and played 2 matches in the 2019 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification against Belarus and Slovenia.[5][14][15] He then played in all three matches of the group stage of the tournament, scoring once, but the team failed to progress to the knockout stage. For the U-19 level, he played in the 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification, scoring twice.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Samardžić was born in Berlin, and is of Bosnian Serb descent.[1] His father hails from Živinice.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lazar Samardžić at WorldFootball.net Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Lazar Samardžić | Playerprofile | Bundesliga". bundesliga.com - the official Bundesliga website. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  3. ^ "U 17: Einst Amateurverein, mittlerweile Nationalspieler". DFB - Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (in German). Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Hertha BSC - HerthaBSC.de". www.herthabsc.de (in German). Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Germany - L. Samardžić - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  6. ^ Quinn, Phillip (13 August 2019). "Fritz Walter Medals awarded to Germany's top youth players". Bavarian Football Works. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Gold Fritz Walter medals for Kühn, Bühl and Adeyemi". DFB - Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (in German). Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  8. ^ "A comeback on the Rhein - Teams - HerthaBSC.de". www.herthabsc.de (in German). Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Wird dieses Hertha-Talent der neue Max Kruse? – Meldung". tekk.tv. 24 April 2020. Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Germany » Bundesliga 2019/2020 » 27. Round » Hertha BSC – 1. FC Union Berlin 4:0". WorldFootball.net. 22 May 2020. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  11. ^ https://www.goal.com/en/news/lazar-samardzic-barcelona-juventus-chasing-germany-latest/1j6123p3qyq5f1guar13drbua9
  12. ^ https://weaintgotnohistory.sbnation.com/chelsea-fc-transfer-rumours-news/2020/7/21/21331655/chelsea-among-top-clubs-targeting-hertha-berlin-prospect-lazar-samardzic-report
  13. ^ "RB Leipzig sign Lazar Samardzic from Hertha Berlin". Bundesliga. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  14. ^ UEFA.com. "Germany-Belarus | Under-17". UEFA.com. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  15. ^ UEFA.com. "Slovenia-Germany | Under-17". UEFA.com. Retrieved 12 May 2020.

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