Emir Spahic

Hamburger SV sign defender Emir Spahic after Bayer Leverkusen terminated his contract

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Emir Spahic has signed with Bundelisga club Hamburger SV on a one-year agreement, per multiple reports.

At Bayer Leverkusen, the defender saw his contract terminated, due to fighting with security personnel in a German Cup loss to Bayern Munich, and became a free agent available to other teams.

The conflict, supposedly caught on camera, occurred when security refused to let his friends into the locker room, and he responded by directing a head-butt at the stadium staff.

Hamburg chief executive Dietmar Beiersdorfer made sure to address this episode with the announcement of the transfer acquisition.

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“We discussed the incident in Leverkusen and his confrontation of the issue internally. Then we decided on the signing,” he said.

Spahic had performed in 49 Bundesliga and 14 Champions League games for Leverkusen since arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala two years ago. His prior stints include spells with Sevilla and French side Montpellier. He’s appeared for his home country, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on 81 occasions.

Former Hamburg captain Heiko Westermann did not have his contract renewed; thus, the signing of Spahic, t0 act as a successor, arrived.

”We’re delighted that we could win a seasoned defensive force for our team in him,” Hamburg sporting director Peter Knaebel said. ”Thanks to his experience, his sporting quality and presence on the pitch, Emir can become an important leader for our team.”

Bayer Leverkusen terminates Emir Spahic’s contract after fighting with security

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Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen has officially terminated the contract of 34-year-old central defender Emir Spahic with immediate effect after he fought with club security following a DFB-Pokal loss to Bayern Munich at BayArena on Wednesday.

Spahic was substituted off after 90 minutes as his club went to extra time and then a penalty shootout. Following the loss, video captured a massive brawl on the touchline as Spahic went after an unidentified individual and multiple security members held him back.

Things seemed to calm down as both parties slowly let go, but Spahic wouldn’t give up the fight, pursuing his target and things peaked as he randomly headbutted a steward. As a result, the club today confirmed it has cut all ties with the Bosnian defender. Spahic was an important part of the club, making 22 league appearances this season plus 14 more in other competitions.

“Bayer 04 will terminate the contract of defender Emir Spahic through 2016 by mutual agreement with immediate effect” the club wrote on Twitter.

Cologne police also confirmed following the match that they are investigating the incident and will review the situation after a criminal complaint was filed. In addition, Spahic himself confirmed he would miss the rest of the season due to the ankle injury for which he was substituted off against Bayern.

Following the match, Bayer manager Roger Schmidt confirmed he saw the video and said, “That is not the player I know. He has an important role for us on the pitch, which involves him having a physical presence. But, away from the game, he has always conducted himself in a proper matter.” Club captain Simon Rolfes took a different stance, dedicating Saturday’s league win over Mainz to the steward who was headbutted.

Here is the video of the entire incident, likely filmed by a supporter in the stands:

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Calhanoglu’s strike gives Germans deserved edge

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Hakan Calhanoglu’s second-half wonder strike snapped Bayer Leverkusen’s 7-match UEFA Champions League knockout round losing streak and will send the Bundesliga club to Spain with a 1-0 lead over Atletico Madrid after the first leg.

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After a significant ‘feeling out’ period that had Atletico struggling to keep up with Bayer’s high-press, Bayer nearly took a deserved 1-0 lead.

Bayer defender Emir Spahic found some space 30 yards out and rattled a shot off the intersection of the right post and the crossbar. Keeper Miguel Moya flew to get a tiny piece of it, but it flew past.

Had Bayer wasted a prime chance to have a home lead, as Atletico looked unlike themselves?

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source: APThen Calhanoglu picked up a backheel from Karim Bellarabi and hammered a strike into the goal. After 57 minutes, the hosts were finally up.

Josep Drmic made a cunning dribble in the 74th minute, but couldn’t double Bayer’s lead.

Atletico had appeared to equalize in the 76th minute when a corner kick was flicked onto an unmarked Fernando Torres, but the goal was disallowed on the grounds that the curving corner went out of bounds pre-flick.

Tiago picked up a second yellow card moments later for a wild slide tackle, and was sent off to further damage the La Liga club’s hopes of tying up the match.

At the halves: Kondogbia stuns Arsenal, Bayer and Atletico scoreless — FOLLOW LIVE

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The final two first legs of the 2015 UEFA Champions League’s Round of 16 are underway, with only one goal on the board.

That goal, however, has set the stage for a fairly seismic upset at the Emirates.

Here’s where we stand after 45 minutes in London and Leverkusen.

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Geoffrey Kondogbia’s first ever UEFA Champions League goal is a big road tally that will make life difficult for Arsenal moving forward.

The 37th minute found danger from Arsenal, as Santi Cazorla fed a terrific ball into the right of the box, and Hector Bellerin sent a cross in that Olivier Giroud sent over the bar.

And Monaco found the opened a minute later, a long rip from Kondogbia which deflects off Per Mertesacker to wrong-foot David Ospina.

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Atletico MadridFOLLOW LIVEsource: AP

The hosts looked stronger than expected given recent Bundesliga form, but Atletico Madrid is 45 minutes away from escaping the first leg relatively unscathed.

After a significant ‘feeling out’ period that had Atletico struggling to keep up with Bayer’s high-press, Bayer nearly took a deserved 1-0 lead.

Bayer defender Emir Spahic found some space 30 yards out and rattled a shot off the intersection of the right post and the crossbar. Keeper Miguel Moya flew to get a tiny piece of it, but it flew past.

Edin Džeko blames referee for Bosnia’s exit from the World Cup


On Saturday, Bosnia and Herzegovina were eliminated from their first World Cup, thanks to a 1-0 loss to Nigeria. The Dragons are going home, but they’re not about to do so quietly. They first want to speak about the injustice they felt was doled out by New Zealand referee Peter O’Leary.

In the 21st minute, Edin Džeko latched on to a through ball from Zvjezdan Misimović, lashing the ball past Vincent Enyeama and into the back of the net. The flag was raised and the goal ruled offside. Unfairly, thought the Bosnia team, as did almost everyone watching the replay at home.

Less than ten minutes later, Peter Odemwingie scored what would ultimately be Nigeria’s winner. But defender Emir Spahić appeared to have been fouled in the build-up to the goal, and Bosnia were upset that it had been allowed to stand.

Džeko said:

The referee was shameful. We are going home and we are sad because of that but this referee should be going home too. He changed the result and he changed the game. That’s why we lost. It was obviously a foul on our captain. And before when I scored the goal, it was never offside. We fought till the end but we didn’t have luck today.

Džeko, and Bosnia, likely have a legitimate complaint, at least when it comes to the disallowed goal. Had it stood, the match could’ve taken on a much different tone. Instead, Bosnia are left with a sour taste in their mouth, having been unceremoniously ejected from their first World Cup.