დაბადების თარიღი: 1984/07/14
Samir Handanovic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 4 July 1984. 193cm tall and 89kg, he’s a very agile goalkeeper with rapid reactions and a particular strength in saving penalties.
His professional career began with Domzale, and at a young age he quickly attracted the attention of Udinese, who signed him and sent him out on loan to Treviso, Lazio and Rimini. After returning to Udine, Handanovic earned himself a starting spot in the first team with some especially impressive figures in the 2010/11 season. The Slovenian didn’t concede a goal for 704 minutes of play and succeeded in saving six of the eight penalties he faced (a record for penalty saves in a single league season).
Samir signed for the Nerazzurri in the summer of 2012, stepping into the big shoes left behind by Julio Cesar, and his Serie A TIM debut for Inter came on 16 September in a 2-0 win against Torino. Handanovic confirmed his reputation as an expert penalty-saver, keeping all but one of the eight he faced out of the Nerazzurri net between 2014 and 2015, a statistic that places him second in the all-time rankings only behind Gianluca Pagliuca. “There are some keepers who vary in form from game to game, they’ll play two good games then one bad one, sometimes one really bad one. This isn’t the case for him: he’s constant, continuous, linear and geometric. An excellent goalkeeper.” These were the words of Giuliano Sarti, Nerazzurri hero and goalkeeper for Helenio Herrera’s legendary Inter side.
Handanovic made nine saves against Barcelona on 24 October 2018, matchday three of the Champions League, a record for an Inter goalkeeper in the Champions League equalled only by Toldo against Arsenal in 2003.
On the final day of the league last season, with Inter at home to Empoli, Samir was awarded the Golden Glove for the 2018/19 Serie A season. He flawlessly protected the Nerazzurri goal in 17 league games, keeping 20 clean sheets across all competitions over the whole season.
Handanovic represented the Slovenian national team from 2004 until his international retirement in 2016, recording 80 appearances.