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Haris Medunjanin retires from Bosnia & Herzegovina national team

Philadelphia Union midfielder made 61 appearances for his national team over nine years

Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Haris Medunjanin played his last game on Tuesday for the Bosnia & Herzegovina national team.

The 33-year-old Philadelphia Union midfielder subbed into Bosnia’s game against Senegal in the 60th minute to earn his 61st international cap. The match, played in Le Havre, France, ended in a scoreless draw.

Medunjanin announced his retirement before the game on his Facebook page.

“This is my last game in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s National Team,” he wrote (translated). “I’ve thought about it a long time and made this difficult decision. We have to think about the future. There are a lot of good players here. The fact that we didn’t join the World Cup is a sign that we, a little senior players like me, should give younger boys a chance and wish them success in the next period.”

A dual Dutch and Bosnian citizen who moved to the Netherlands when he was seven, Medunjanin was part of the Netherlands U21 team that won the 2006 U21 European Championship but decided in 2009 to represent the country of his birth at the senior level.

He made his debut in November 2009 in the second leg of a World Cup qualifier against Portugal. Portugal won the match and advanced 2-0 on aggregate, but Medunjanin had a chance to represent his country in their first World Cup appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He made two appearances in Brazil, coming off the bench in a 2-1 loss to Argentina and starting in a 1-0 loss to Nigeria.

He ended up scoring nine goals over his international career.