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Asmir Begovic is a professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship side AFC Bournemouth. He is also a veteran of the Bosnia & Herzegovina national team, having received his first call-up for them in 2009 after previously representing Canada at U-20 level.
Begovic has represented many clubs throughout the course of his career, including La Louviere, Macclesfield Town, Ipswich Town and Yeovil Town on loan from Portsmouth and Qarabag on loan from Bournemouth.
Other than Chelsea, Begovic's brief time at the top of European soccer was with AC Milan, with whom he spent time on loan in the 2019/20 season from Bournemouth. Once again, Begovic's role in the side was limited.
Time at Portsmouth
After six years on the books of Pompey and several loan stints, Begovic was finally handed his debut in a 3-1 win over Sunderland on May 18, 2009.
He was recalled early from his loan spell at Ipswich Town the following season due to injury to James. Begovic played 15 matches for Portsmouth in their ill-fated 2009/10 campaign, their last in the Premier League to date.
Scoring at Stoke
He subsequently joined Stoke City on February 1, 2010. The fee for his transfer was reported to be around £3.25million.
Begovic made his debut on April 25, replacing the injured Thomas Sorensen in the 35th minute of a clash with Chelsea. However, he could not prevent Stoke suffering a heavy defeat to the eventual league champions.
Begovic was handed the No. 1 jersey by Pulis the following season and became the first-choice goalkeeper.
Begovic began the 2012/13 season in fine form, conceding just 12 goals in Stoke's opening 15 matches. He went on to win the club's Player of the Year award.
On November 2, 2013, Begovic earned his place in the 2015 Guinness World Records for the 'longest goal scored in soccer'. He scored from 97.5 yards out against Southampton, beating opposite number Artur Boruc just 13 seconds in.
Begovic remained at Stoke City until the end of the 2014/15 season. He was dropped by Mark Hughes for three matches after a mistake against Sunderland and subsequently departed for reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, signing a four-year deal for a reported fee of £8million.
Spell at Chelsea
The Blues had steamrollered their way to the Premier League title in 2014/15 under Jose Mourinho, but struggled to get out of the blocks in the 2015/16 campaign.
Mourinho was sacked in December 2015 and replaced by Guus Hiddink on an interim basis. Chelsea finished the season 10th in the Premier League and crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in the round-of-16 after losing 2-1 home and away to PSG. It was the club's worst season since the takeover of Russian owner Roman Abramovich in 2003.
In 2016/17, Begovic worked under a new head coach, Antonio Conte. The former Juventus boss engineered Chelsea's revival as he switched the team to a formation built upon a back three of Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta, with Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses operating as wing-backs.
Starring for Bournemouth
Bosnia & Herzegovina national team
Begovic married the American-born Nicolle Howard on June 18, 2011. The couple have two daughters, Taylor and Blair Rose.
Begovic spent much of his childhood in Germany, moving there from SFR Yugoslavia aged four. He reportedly supported Bayern Munich and idolised Oliver Kahn.
His younger brother, Denis, plays for Shaw University as a goalkeeper and was previously with Bristol City U-18s.
According to Spotrac, Begovic earns a base salary of £3,640,000 annually at Bournemouth.