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Miralem Pjanic (AS Roma)

Born April 2, 1990

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Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic

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The pinnacle of Pjanic’s fledgling career must surely be his equalizer for Lyon against Real Madrid in the 2009-10 Champions League second round second leg. It was a goal that dumped the nine-times winners out of the competition, and denied them the opportunity of going on to play the final in their own stadium.

A graduate from the same Metz academy as Robert Pires and Emmanuel Adebayor, Pjanic joined Lyon from the eastern club in June 2008 and made a goodimpression at the Stade Gerland before leaving for Roma three years later.

Like many other players at his age, he lacks physicality, but a velvet touch and shrewd passing make him a precious asset for club and country.

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