Anel Hadzic is a creative midfielder who surged seemingly from nowhere to make Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Born in the former Yugoslavia, Hadzic was brought up in Austria and started out at regional minnows FC Wels. A move to top-flight team FC Wels ensued in 2007, and a couple of years later Hadzic represented Austria at U-19 level.

As either an attacking midfielder or on the wing, Hadzic starred for Ried in domestic competitions and the UEFA Cup, before a move to prestigious Sturm Graz in 2013.

He hit four goals and double figures in assists in 31 league appearances in his debut season for the club, in which they finished fourth in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Hadzic declared his interest in representing Bosnia-Herzegovina rather than Austria in 2013, and got his maiden call-up from Safet Susic just in time for Brazil 2014.