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Asmir Begovic 15

Asmir Begovic was the first new player to come into the senior squad following the appointment of Rafael Benitez as Everton manager in July 2021. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international was drafted in to provide both cover and competition for Jordan Pickford in goal, a role that had been successfully executed by Robin Olsen on loan from AS Roma the season before.

At 34 at the time, Begovic brought with him many years of Premier League experience following stints at Stoke City, Chelsea and Bournemouth prior to loan spells at FK Qarabag and AC Milan, where he was mostly named on the substitutes' bench.

He joined Everton on a free transfer from the Cherries in July 2021 and initially signed a one-year contract that was extended by a further year in 2022.

With Pickford on extended break following the delayed European Championship Finals, Begovic was the first-choice goalkeeper on the Blues' pre-season trip to Orlando that month where they played Colombian side Millonarios for the Florida Cup. The keeper distinguished himself with a couple of fine saves during the match which finished 1-1 and then hammered home from spot in the penalty shoot-out before saving from his opposite number to win the exhibition trophy for his new club.

Begovic would get his senior debut for Everton in the League Cup 2nd Round tie at Huddersfield Town, where one excellent finger-tip save, along with a strangely disallowed goal for the hosts, helped his new club scrape through on the night.

He would make four cup appearances that season and play three times in the Premier League but largely played back-up while Pickford produced a campaign worthy of taking the Player of the Season award at the end of the season after playing a big part in keeping Everton in the Premier League

That pattern would repeat the following season as the Blues once again battled to stay in the top flight, with Pickford doing his part in that effort while Begovic played second fiddle and starter in the League Cup ties. The Bosnian made just three appearances in 2022-23 and left the club as a free agent with Everton having retained their top-flight status on the final of the season.


Squad number 15
Position Goalkeeper
Nationality Bosnia & Herzegovina
Born Trebinjie
Date of birth 20 June 1987
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m)
Joined 19 July 2021
Joined from Bournemouth
Signed under Rafael Benitez
Transfer fee No Fee
Contract duration 1 + 1 year
Contract expires June 2023
Full debut v Huddersfield (A)
24 August 2021
Left Everton 3 June, 2023 (Contract expired)
Previous Clubs Stoke City
FK Qarabag (loan)
AC Milan (loan)
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2022-23 15 1 (0) 0 2 (0) 0 3 (0) 0
2021-22 15 3 0) 0 4 (0) 0 7 (0) 0
  Totals 4 (0) 0 6 (0) 0 10 (0) 0

Previous Career

Season Team Appearances (sub) Goals
2019-20 Milan 1 (1) 0
2019-20 FK Qarabag 0 (0) 0
2014-16 Bournemouth 107 (0) 0


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