Sergej Barbarez

Sergej Barbarez in 2007

Sergej Barbarez ( born September 17, 1971 in Mostar, nicknamed Barba ) is a former professional football player of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Playing career

Sergej Barbarez, the ancestors in all three ethnic groups of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats, has played from the age of 19 to 1991, the pro squad of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian traditional club Velež Mostar and also as a basketball player in the top league of his country.

His football career in Germany began by chance in 1992 at Hanover 96 As Barbarez was staying during the holidays with his uncle in Germany, the war began in Yugoslavia. His uncle left him for that reason not to return home and tried instead to a trial at Hannover 96, where he received an immediate contract. There he won the DFB Cup with his team in the summer of 1992.

After a year he followed the then-coach Frank Pagelsdorf 1 FC Union Berlin, but because of refusal to license it did not come there to a climb. Barbarez Then moved to Hansa Rostock, where he made ​​his final breakthrough after initial difficulties. With the success of many top clubs were aware of him and so moved Barbarez in the 1998/99 season for 1.1 million euros to Borussia Dortmund.

In Dortmund, he went through the most difficult time in his career, he came under coach Michael Skibbe is almost no longer used. In summer 2000, Barbarez was looking for a fresh start and moved to Hamburger SV.

In Hamburg he was finally happy. He became a star in the Bundesliga. In 2001 he was top scorer (together with Ebbe Sand, the 22 goals ) and saved the HSV so before descent. In the 2005/2006 season was third in the Bundesliga Hamburg, not least because of Barbarez ' goals and assists.

Disposal of "his" HSV

After Barbarez ' contract was due to expire at the end of the 2005/2006 season, were led before the season ends lengthy negotiations to clarify the conditions for remaining HSV in the following season. By the end of 2005, everything pointed to a further obligation Barbarez ' back, but HSV offered him in the spring of the following year only a strong performance-based contract with a drastic pay cut to. The sum, the President Hoffmann and Manager Beiersdorf wanted to save with the pay cut of 2.4 to 1.6 million euros should be spent in order to raise the salary of 2.4 million euros of newly obligated Dutchman Nigel de Jong can.

The team led by coach Thomas Doll wanted Barbarez Upon HSV, and both Doll and many players were in favor of the whereabouts of the Bosnian.

Shortly before the end of the season led Barbarez another conversation with the club management, but at least from this point on, he had the impression that the Board of HSV did not want him weiterverpflichten. He later said in an interview: "It was from the beginning only pretend negotiations, a spectacle for the public. The HSV had never seriously in the sense to keep me. "

Then undertook Bayer 04 Leverkusen Barbarez for 2 years. There he was again complete 61 games, scored eleven goals and gave twelve assists. The HSV had the following season without Barbarez serious problems in the storm. After the 2007/ 08 season left Barbarez Bayer Leverkusen. After a quick search for a new club, he announced his retirement from active football.

" Return" to "his" HSV

Due to its closeness to the club Barbarez returned to Hamburg and had himself elected on January 25, 2009 the Supervisory Board of the Association. By the end of May 2010 he appeared there again.

Game style

The Offensive allrounder was used as a striker, as well as behind the strikers. However, he also played successfully as a playmaker and, under Klaus Toppmöller as well as in the national team, in defense or as a sweeper - but with only moderate success on the defensive. When HSV Barbarez was because of his constructive play, were prepared by the many goals, but also because of its role as a leading figure and role model one of the main players.

But critics accused him that he could affect an entire team in their morality because of his moodiness. However, his playful value was undisputed; Zlatan Bajramovic said so that Barbarez was in a position to decide alone a game. Barbarez was in each of his years in the HSV- scorer scoring up front.

Coaching career

After ending his playing career Barbarez was in August 2008 that he would make the B coaching license in an academy in Bosnia. Even before he had offers, mainly from Bosnia, among other things, as coach of the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina to work, but this declined from rejection of the association line from over previously.


Barbarez is the father of two children. He is also committed to children without parents. His foundation ' Centar ' helps orphans to build a normal life.


The Lotto King Karl Hamburg singer dedicated to him the song Zvijezda Bosne (star of Bosnia ).


As captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national Barbarez has completed 49 games and resigned in 2006 due to scandals involving the Bosnian Federation. There he received - thanks also to its social commitment - the following awards:

  • Player of the year 2001 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Footballer of the Year in 2003 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Man of the Year in 2005 in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Sportsman of the Year in 2005 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In Mostar 2005, a street was named after him.

In 330 league games scoring attacking midfielder and striker 95 goals, but also received 85 yellow cards, 3 yellow- red cards and 4 red cards. In the 2000 /01 season he was together with the Dane Ebbe Sand scorer in the Bundesliga 1.

With his 324th league game on April 13, 2008, he surpassed the record set by Ole Bjørnmose, who had previously played the most games as a foreigner in the Bundesliga. On 19 March 2011, this record was broken in the game of Hamburger SV against 1 FC Köln by the Brazilian Zé Roberto.