|Full name||Elvir Bolić|
|Date of birth||10 October 1971|
|Place of birth||Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|1991–1992||Red Star Belgrade||11||(2)|
|1996–2006||Bosnia and Herzegovina||51||(22)|
|2008||Bosnia and Herzegovina (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Čelik / Red Star
Born in Zenica, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia, Bolić started playing with local NK Čelik, being one of the players in the club that would later represent the independent Bosnian national team, including Senad Brkić, Mirsad Hibić and Nermin Šabić.
In December 1991, Bolić was acquired by Yugoslav powerhouse Red Star Belgrade – defending champions of the European Cup – after impressing managers Vladimir Cvetković and Dragan Džajić. He scored two goals in 11 games in the Yugoslav First League in his only season.
While at the Yugoslav national side's training camp in France, in June of the following year, 21-year-old Bolić received bad news from his family about the deteriorating situation in Bosnia and the start of the military conflict. He informed the club's directors that he would not be coming back to Belgrade, and he left to Turkey to meet with his agent; Red Star respected his wish, and he subsequently signed with Galatasaray SK.
Bolić moved to Turkey in the summer of 1992, and remained in the nation and its Süper Lig for the following eight years. He started with Galatasaray, going on to represent Gaziantepspor and Fenerbahçe SK, winning the national championship in his first season with the latter team and also reaching the final of the Turkish Cup.
On 30 October 1996, Bolić broke Manchester United's 40-year unbeaten home record playing for Fenerbahçe in Europe when he scored the game's only goal at Old Trafford in the season's UEFA Champions League group stage, where he also netted against SK Rapid Wien (1–1 away draw).
Bolić started the 2000s in Spain with Rayo Vallecano, spending three seasons in La Liga with the club and at times forming part of a forward line with another Bosnian and a Basque who all had similar names: 'Baljić, Bolić and Bolo'. In his first year he scored eight in 32 matches, adding seven in the campaign's UEFA Cup to help the Madrid outskirts side reach the quarterfinals, even though four of those came in a 10–0 away routing of amateurs Constel·lació Esportiva.
In 2003, Bolić returned to Turkey for another lengthy spell, joining Istanbulspor in late July. At the end of the season he left for Gençlerbirliği SK, finishing his second stint in the country with Malatyaspor and İstanbulspor.
Bolić earned 51 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, scoring 22 goals. He made his debut in 1996 against Greece and, at the time of his retirement, ranked third in international goals for his country, only trailing Edin Džeko and Zvjezdan Misimović.
On 8 September 2004, Bolić netted the equalizer in a 1–1 home draw with Spain for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. His final international was a September 2006 European Championship qualification match against Hungary.
|1.||6 November 1996||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Italy||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2.||10 November 1996||Bežigrad, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||1–0||2–1||1998 World Cup qualification|
|3.||5 November 1997||El Menzah, Tunis, Tunisia||Tunisia||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|4.||20 August 1997||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Denmark||2–0||3–0||1998 World Cup qualification|
|5.||20 August 1997||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Denmark||3–0||3–0||1998 World Cup qualification|
|6.||10 September 1997||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Slovenia||1–0||1–0||1998 World Cup qualification|
|7.||5 June 1999||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Lithuania||2–0||2–0||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|8.||9 June 1999||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||1–0||2–2||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|9.||9 June 1999||Svangaskarð, Toftir, Faroe Islands||Faroe Islands||2–2||2–2||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|10.||4 September 1999||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Scotland||1–1||1–2||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|11.||16 August 2000||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Turkey||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|12.||27 March 2002||Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Macedonia||1–0||4–4||Friendly|
|13.||27 March 2002||Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Macedonia||4–2||4–4||Friendly|
|14.||29 March 2003||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Luxembourg||1–0||2–0||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|15.||11 October 2003||Asim Ferhatovic Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Denmark||1–1||1–1||Euro 2004 qualifying|
|16.||31 March 2004||?, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2–0||2–1||Friendly|
|17.||8 September 2004||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Spain||1–1||1–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|18.||2 February 2005||?, Teheran, Iran||Iran||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|19.||30 March 2005||Asim Ferhatović Hase, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Lithuania||1–0||1–1||2006 World Cup qualification|
|20.||8 October 2005||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||San Marino||1–0||3–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|21.||8 October 2005||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||San Marino||2–0||3–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|22.||8 October 2005||Bilino Polje, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina||San Marino||3–0||3–0||2006 World Cup qualification|
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