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Zdenko Baotić

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Zdenko Baotić
Personalia
Birthday 9. March 1985
Birthplace Gradačac, Yugoslavia
Size 192 cm
Position Goal
Men
Years Station Games (goals)1
2001–2006 HNK Orašje 87 (0)
2006–2008 FK Željezničar Sarajevo 24 (0)
2009 SK Sturm Graz 0 (0)
2009 SK Sturm Graz II 7 (0)
2009–2010 Oțelul Galați 6 (0)
National team
Years Selection Games (goals)
2002–2007 Bosnia and Herzegovina U-21 17 (0)
1 Only league games are indicated.

Zdenko Baotić (born 9 March 1985 in Gradačac, Yugoslavia) is a former Bosnia and Herzegovina football goalkeeper. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian citizenship.

Career

Baotić began his career as a professional football player in 2001 with HNK Orašje in the Premijer Liga, the highest division of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played 85 matches for the football club from Orašje until 2006 and won the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup with the team in the 2005/06 season. After his departure, he received an offer from the traditional Croatian club Hajduk Split, which he rejected to move to FK Željezničar Sarajevo in the capital of his home country. He made 24 appearances for the blue and whites from Sarajevo before becoming a clubless player in 2008. After that he was in contact with the Austrian Bundesliga club SK Sturm Graz, where he had a four-day trial in December 2008.[1] On 5 January 2009, it was announced that Baotić had signed a contract with SK Sturm until the end of the 2008-09 season with an option for two more years[2], which, however, will not be drawn.[3] Baotić never played for the traditional Styrian club. He was a second-choice goalkeeper on the bench once during his time at the club, but made seven appearances for the Graz amateur side in the third-tier Regionalliga Mitte.

In the summer break before the 2009-10 season, he moved to Oțelul Galați in Liga 1, the highest division in Romanian football.[4] At the end of 2010, his contract was terminated. He was then without a club for some time before ending his career.

International

From 2002 to 2007, Baotić was a goalkeeper for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U-21 team, for which he played a total of 17 international matches. In autumn 2007, the coach of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team, Fuad Muzurović, included him in the squad.

Successes

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Winner: 2005/06

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Sources and references

  1. transfermarkt.at: Baotić already Grazer?(Memento of 5 April 2016 in the Internet Archive)
  2. steiermark.orf.at: Sturm Graz signs goalkeeper Baotic
  3. Kleine Zeitung The storm goalies have to go.(Memento of May 27, 2009 in the Internet Archive), May 23, 2009
  4. Report about transfer to Oțelul Galați on realitatea.net (Romanian), retrieved on 23 June 2009