Tino Sven Susic was formerly a winger and a Belgium youth international, but he is now a defensive midfielder and a proud member of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ squad.
The son of former Yugoslavia international Sead Susic, and the nephew of his current national team coach Safet Susic, Tino Sven was born in Sarajevo but brought up in Belgium, where he father had played and was working as a football scout and agent.
Susic was in the academies at Vise and Genk, before joining Standard Liege as a 16-year-old. He didn’t break into the Belgian powerhouse’s first-team, but he did impress for Belgium at U-18 and U-19 level.
Hajduk Split took note and signed Susic in 2012. The youngster initially struggled on the right-wing, but was later tried out in behind the front two and just in front of the defence. When Igor Tudor assumed the Hajduk reins in 2013, Susic began to excel and in that year’s Croatian Cup final, he performabed superbly in both legs – and scored in the second – as his side edged Lokomotiv 5-4 on aggregate.
Susic was eligible to represent Belgium and Croatia, but he declared himself interested only in representing Bosnia-Herzegovina and received his first cap in a friendly against Egypt in March 2014, before being summoned by his uncle for the trip to Brazil.