Asmir Avdukic is a goalkeeper who boasts ten years of international experience but, contradictably, just a few caps. The reason for this is the presence of Asmir Begovic, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s undisputed first-choice between the sticks, but coach Safet Susic has described the deputy as someone he “wouldn’t hesitate to call upon”.
Avdukic, born in the former Yugoslavia in 1981, began his career with Celik Zenica – the first of six clubs from six Bosnian cities he would defend. Avdukic also played for Kamen Ingrad in the Croatian top tier and on loan at Iranian giants Persepolis. The 6ft 3ins keeper helped the latter reach the last 16 in the AFC Champions League 2012, performing superbly in a 3-0 win over Al-Gharafa in Doha.
Avdukic’s best season in his homeland came when he captained Borac Banja Luka to Bosnian Premier League glory in 2011, keeping an incredible 19 clean sheets in 30 games along the way. He also helped them finish third in 2012/13.