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Facts about Samir Handanovic

The story of the personal and professional life of successful people has always been among the hot topics. In the article, through uncovering some facts about Samir Handanovic, we want to help you know him more. So, stay with us till the end of the article.

Serving as captain and playing as a goalkeeper for Inter Milan, the Italian club, Samir Handanovic was born on 14 July 1984 in Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia. The starting point of the Slovenian professional footballer refers to the period he played in his home country of Slovenia.

Afterward, the first team that acquired him was Udinese, though he did not play there the next few years. Being on loan, Handanovic played for three teams, including Treviso, Lazio, and Rimini, and then, ahead of the 2007-08 season, he came back to Udinese, the club he stayed for the next five years.

In 2008-09, he appeared for the first time on European football and then UEFA Cup. Finally, having made over 200 appearances, through signing a contract for about €19.4m, Handanovic joined Inter Milan in 2012. Seven years later, in February 2019, he got the title of club captain.

Apart from outstanding performance in club competitions, Handanovic has appeared in international matches for Slovenia, which in the section regarding his career history we will present more details on it. His 81 caps for Slovenia made him the second-most for his country's national team and most by a keeper. 

As one of four non-Italian keepers who won the Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title, Handanovic has put his name among the best goalies of his age. The professional goalkeeper has left many memorable moments and records within his career history, such as the record of most penalties saved in Serie A in the 2020-21 season.

It was a brief review about the player who is famous as Batman because of his acrobatic saves. In the following, we have presented a wide range of facts about Samir Handanovic from his on and off-pitch life. 

Top Facts about Samir Handanovic You Might Need to Know

We have prepared a list of general facts about Samir Handanovic as the first part of our article. 

  • Full Name:

    Samir Handanovic

  • Nickname:

    Batman, San-danovic

  • Date of Birth:

    14 July 1984 

  • Place of Birth:

    Ljubljana, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia

  • Age:


  • Height:

    1.93m (6 ft 4 in) 

  • Weight:

    92 kg

  • Marital Status:


  • Current Team:

    Inter Milan

  • Jersey Number:

  • Nationality:


  • Net worth:

    $1.6 million

Though the above list was not full of

facts about Samir Handanovic

, it was enough for making a brief acquaintance with him. Having read some general info about the top goalkeeper, now it is time to go through more details.

Samir Handanovic Childhood

Lack of access to facts about

Samir Handanovic childhood

has limited our knowledge by the period before his 18th birthday. Having begun to play at s Slovenian football club based in Ljubljana, Slovan, Handanovic moved to 


in 2020, when he was an 18-year-old teenager. Samir kept playing two years of his youth in the club, and then when he was 20, he joined



On 20 November 2004, in his first appearance in a Coppa Italia game against Lecce, after a foul on Mirko Vucinic, he caused conceding a penalty that in the 91st minute of the match led him to leave the pitch. Using all three substitutions at the competition earned a full of challenges to the team to place David Di Michele in goal in Handanovic's place.

However, their opponent could not score successfully from the penalty spot and gave the opportunity of winning with a 5-4 victory to Udinese. Later in 2005, he left the club to play on loan for Treviso, the club he received his first-ever red card within a match over


, his next club.

Afterward, through a pre-set price of €1.2 million, Handanovic moved to


to play there on loan in July 2006. Having appeared in several clubs and earned many experiences in his profession, finally, in the summer of 2007, he returned to Udinese. 

Samir Handanovic Family

Based on the published facts about

Samir Handanovic family

, his parents, whose names are not available, come from Bosnia and Herzegovina. No more information available, and the lack of any data on whether Handanovic has any siblings or not, has made our facts regarding his family more incomplete. However, Handanovic has a well-known cousin,

Jasmin Handanovic

, who is one of the current players of Maribor in the Slovenian PrvaLiga.

Samir Handanovic Wife and Children

The Slovenian goalkeeper was in a lovely long-standing relationship which in May 2012 led to their marriage.

Samir Handanovic wife

, Zoja Trobec, is the former KK Olimpija cheerleader. The couple has two sons, the elder one is Alen, born on 19 January 2011, and the younger one is Ian that Zoja gave birth to him on 3 October 2013. 

Samir Handanovic Instagram

Taking a look at the shared post on

Samir Handanovic Instagram



reveals that he possibly is not interested in spending time on the platform very much. All his posts, 68 ones, are related to his profession and depict several notable moments from his saving in various positions.

Posting only four out of 68 posts about his personal life might come from the viewpoint that Handanovic prefers to keep more private the info related to his off-pitch life. In addition to Zoja's husband, her sister's husband is a sportsman, Jasmin Hukic. 

Samir Handanovic Tattoos

Grouping the footballer's viewpoint regarding tattoos into three categories, tattoo fans, the one against it, and the neutral ones, bring the talented keeper in the second section. No context in any authentic websites and no published photos have shown anything about the

Samir Handanovic tattoo

or his tendency to beautify his body by inking. 

Samir Handanovic Net worth and Salary

Based on the published figure on Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb & Various online resources, the estimated amount of

Samir Handanovic net worth and salary

are $1.6 million and 1.85 million euros, respectively.

Samir Handanovic Market Value


Samir Handanovic market value

with all other keepers puts him in 167th place among all keepers worldwide. Also, his €2.50m market value ranks him the number 20 among all players of Inter. 

Samir Handanovic Quotes

Appearing brilliantly on the pitch has earned a wide range of praises to the Slovenian goalkeeper. Since mentioning all of them in this section is impossible, we have just gathered some of them. One of them is the admiration from Walter Zenga, an Italian football manager and a keeper who was a long-time goalkeeper for Inter Milan and the Italian national team. He said, "Samir Handanovic, an exceptional servant for Inter, hope he beats my clean sheet record."

One of the other adoration about Handanovic is from Inter legend Francesco Toldo. In an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Itali, Toldo said, "I am not thinking about a post Handanovic era at Inter because he is still there, he is still young. He is the best goalkeeper in the world.

He does not miss a beat despite the controversies, the changes of his teammates, and the club in general." He also added, "When the time comes, Inter will know how to find his successor, but he is still there, and I do not see why you should think about life after Handanovic yet."

Some Short Facts about Samir Handanovic

Besides the presented info about the prominent goalkeeper of Inter Milan, with a specific title, we have collected various subjects which we will mention under the title of some top short

facts about Samir Handanovic


  • In addition to Zoja's husband, her sister's husband is a sportsman, Jasmin Hukic.

  • Through the dangerous and epidemic disease that has spread, COVID-19, Handanovic tested positive for it on 17 March 2021. Fortunately, he could overcome the virus and recovered by 28 March. 

  • Via sharing a post on his Instagram regarding helping deaf and blind people, Handanovic revealed a helpful affair he has done, promoting an Italian charity focused on these groups of people.

Through the video he shared on Instagram, he said, "Today we have to avoid contact. Those who can not see or hear can not communicate and are experiencing isolation in isolation's situation. Together we can make a small gesture and reach out to deaf and blind people. Let us help them to go beyond darkness and silence and blind, from a distance."

Though the legend of Inter Milan has almost tried to keep the info related to his personal life private, Inter TV has published a wide variety of

facts about Samir Handanovic

, which he has talked about within an interview with it.

During the interview, he has mentioned his hobbies and the activities he usually enjoys doing them. He said," I like to read. That passion was born when I was younger when I played in Rimini and Udine. I always wanted to read what interested me then, once I started reading absorbing things, I wanted to read more and more. In the beginning, I was more interested in sports and psychology. Then I expanded my horizon on everything. My go-to authors are Nabokov, Dostojevskij."

Handanovic also introduced his favorite book, Nabokov's 'The Luzhin Defense.' Additionally, he uncovered one of his other interests, chess, and called is as his passion. Following the interview, Handanovic talked about ice cream and said, "I also like ice cream. I eat it once a week, but in the summer, it is almost every day."

Then he talked about the various good ice cream places in Milan, which he almost take his friends there to be surprised by their number one ice creams. In addition to ice cream, Handanovic added pistachio, hazelnut, and chocolate to the list of things he likes and enjoys eating.

  • Among the topics that he has answered in interviews regarding what the captain's armband means to him, he explained it means a lot and mentioned he is proud of it. Then, he said, "I think my teammates are happy too because it is not enough for only me to be happy." 

  • Unlike the group of people, who always think about the future, Hnadanovic does not like doing it. Based on Samir Handanovic's claim, he is not so interested in looking forward, and instead, he prefers to focus on the present. The only issue is that he plays football, and his future will be related to something to do with the sport. 

Samir Handanovic Clean Sheet

As one of the most outstanding goalkeepers who currently plays for Inter Milan, Samir Hnadanovic has reserved the first rank of the table that authentic sources have published about the top ten goalies with the most 'clean sheets' in 2020-21.

With 12 clean sheets during his playing in 30 matches, Hnadanovic placed in the first rank with 40 percent, among the keepers with the most ones. The next keeper in the table is

Gianluigi Donnarumma

, who follows Handanovic's record with nine clean sheets in 29 competitions. 

Samir Handanovic Career in Summary

14 February 2021 coincided with his 500th Serie A appearances in a match against Lazio, which ended in a 3-1 home win and led Inter to place at the top of the league table. The success caused him to become the 15th footballer who could achieve the breakthrough. 

Within the article, we tried to gather a comprehensive collection of facts about Samir Hnadanovic. Despite our team's effort in


in presenting a complete account of the Slovenian keeper's personal and professional life, there might be some data, which we have missed mention. So if you have any idea regarding the info, share it with us via the comment section.


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