Eldin Jakupović

Eldin Jakupović

Experienced shot-stopper Eldin Jakupović joined Leicester City from Hull City in July 2017 after playing for eight professional football clubs in four different countries during his career.
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Full Name
Eldin Jakupovic
Date of Birth
2 October 1984
6'3" (191cm)
13st 5lbs (85kg)
Professional Debut
30 October 2013

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During his maiden campaign as a Fox, Eldin made four first team appearances and delivered two shutouts - both against Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round, as Leicester progressed in the competition via a replay. 

Following an injury sustained by City’s No.1 Kasper Schmeichel, the Swiss international also made two Premier League appearances at the end of the campaign, at home to Arsenal in a 3-1 win and a 5-4 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur. 

His playing time in the next two seasons included Leasing.com Trophy games, providing experienced guidance to the Club's youngsters in ties against Bury, Scunthorpe United and Tranmere Rovers.

Born in Bosnia, Jakupović’s football career began in Switzerland with Grasshopper Club Zurich in 2004, before his impressive displays saw him move to Swiss side FC Thun and then Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia.

He was loaned back to Grasshoppers during his spell in Russia and again excelled with his contributions to the team – not least a 94th-minute equaliser against BSC Young Boys in one of his first appearances.

Following further spells in the Greek Super League with Olympiakos Volou and Aris, Jakupović signed for Hull City at the start of the 2012/13 campaign.

His education in English football continued with a loan spell at Leyton Orient in 2014, but after being recalled by Hull, Jakupović quickly went on to establish himself as a key figure in the team.

The 6ft 3ins goalkeeper made a total of 55 appearances for the Tigers, including 22 in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.

His five clean sheets included a number of outstanding individual performances against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Swansea City and Watford, while a last-gasp penalty save from Dušan Tadic away to Southampton crowned another Man of the Match display towards the end of the season.

After playing for both Bosnia and Switzerland at Under-21s level, Jakupović made his only senior international appearance for the Swiss against Cyprus in August 2008, having been in the country’s 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2008. 

In 2019/20, the former Swiss international continued to inspire the next generation, starring in Leasing.com Trophy successes at Scunthorpe United and Tranmere Rovers as City reached the quarter-finals. He has since been a reliable option behind Kasper Schmeichel and Danny Ward at the Club.

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