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Asmir Begovic | Goalkeeper | #1

Team: Chelsea
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 183

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Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said he has no hard feelings over a failed move to Bournemouth last month.
The club reportedly accepted a £12 million bid from Bournemouth in the winter transfer window, but would only let the Bosnian international leave if a replacement could be found to back up Thibaut Courtois. Despite not playing a single minute in the Premier League this season, Begovic said his focus is on winning a title at the club: "It’s no problem. I’ve been around the block so I have experience. If the club count on me and want me to stay here, I will stay and that was obviously the case [last month]. I’m happy with that and hopefully I will lift a couple of trophies at the end of the season." Feb 28 - 5:04 PM

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In spite of failing to acquire his signature in the January transfer window, Bournemouth are still rumoured to be chasing the signing of Asmir Begovic.

Eddie Howe looked to replace current starter Artuc Boruc in January to try and deal with Bournemouth's poor defensive record of late. However, Antonio Conte revelaed at the time that Chelsea could not accept an offer for the Bosnian unless both a £12m price tag was met and Chelsea found a new backup for Courtois. Chelsea sought Craig Gordon to pave the way for Begovic to move, but the initiative was ultimately unsuccessful. Begovic has sat idle for most of this season for the Blues, making six appearances in total.
Feb 24 - 9:38 AM

Speaking at his pre-match media conference, ahead of Tuesday's match against Liverpool, Antonio Conte reiterated that a move for Asmir Begovic would only come if a new goalkeeper is brought in.

While Begovic has voiced his frustration with limited time at Stamford Bridge behind number one Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea reportedly turned down a £10 million bid from Bournemouth last week as they've been unable to secure a replacement. This stance was reinforced by Conte on Monday when he told the media there was no fresh news to report on the future of Begovic. "I haven’t news about Asmir but I think we have to wait to tomorrow and we will see the situation, "Conte said. "Asmir wants to go to play and he knows also our situation. If we are able to find a good replacement he goes, otherwise he stays with us and helps us to fight for the title." Despite the desire of Begovic to leave it seems likely he'll remain at Chelsea unless the Blues can lure Celtic to sell goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who "BBC Sports" has reported will not be sold during this transfer window.
Jan 30 - 2:30 PM

Bournemouth are reportedly trying to sign Asmir Begovic from league leaders Chelsea to displace Artur Boruc from his place in the starting XI.

Begovic signed for Chelsea for £8 million from Stoke City in the summer of 2015 but he has grown frustrated with the lack of first team football afforded to him in the shadow of Thibaut Courtois. Manager Antonio Conte is "sympathetic" to the feelings of his number two goalkeeper, but is unwilling to let the Bosnian go unless a new backup to his current number one is secured according to "The Guardian". Hence, Chelsea reportedly rejected a £10 million bid from the Cherries last week for Begovic's services already. It remains to be seen whether Chelsea will be able to secure a new signing to allow Begovic move on. He is expected to add to his four first team appearances in 2016/17 this weekend in the FA Cup.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 25 - 9:26 AM

The 33-year-old goalkeeper, who was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning squad, has signed a one-year contract with Chelsea after spending the past two seasons with Dinamo Zagreb.

Eduardo will provide experienced competition and cover for Asmir Begovic and Thibaut Courtois. It is likely he will push Begovic, for the No.2 role, rather then pose a threat to Courtois in the starting XI. Eduardo was first-choice for Zagreb the past two seasons and has the pedigree to dethrone Begovic. At the World Cup in 2010, Eduardo was Portugal's first-choice keeper, conceding just one goal in four appearances and has 35 international caps in total. In short, a few strong performances could see Asmir Begovic lose his ranking as a top reverse keeper.
Source: CCFC
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 02:19:00 PM

Many Chelsea players are voicing support for Jose Mourinho at the moment, including starting goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The players and owner both seem to be in full support of Jose Mourinho, but fans are growing tired of his antics and it will be interesting to see how long he lasts if these results continue. Chelsea are legitimately close to the relegation race at the moment and if they don't turn their season around soon, there will be changes. At the moment, Asmir Begovic and his teammates should be avoided in almost all fantasy formats. Guys like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard should be kept in season long leagues but can be left on the bench until play improves.
Source: Sky Sports
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 01:07:00 PM

Man City’s 3-0 win over Champions Chelsea might have been a ‘fake’ result according to Jose. But it sends out a very real message to the rest of the Premier League…

Wonder who Jose is going to banish from the dugout this week? As strong as City looked – they are a leaner, meaner, hungrier version than we saw for most of last season – Chelsea’s insipid display was not what the (absent) doctor ordered. The performance of stand-in goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was their only bright spot. Called into action after only seconds to stop prolong Sergio Aguero’s goal for half an hour (and four good chances, that you have to think he would’ve scored with a bit more pre-season in the tank). Any FL managers who have not yet procured the Argentine, must surely do by next weekend. Rarely have John Terry and Gary Cahill looked so vulnerable. And while on the subject, Branislav Ivanovic looked marginally sharper than opening day but – like the rest of his team – still a couple of weeks away from up to speed. City defenders look much the better option as it stands…
Source: The Mirror
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Asmir Begovic is expected to start for Chelsea next weekend after having to come in against Swansea yesterday.

Begovic was called into action right after Thibaut Courtois was sent off and was tested right away with the ensuing penalty kick. Begovic couldn't do anything about it as Bafetimbi Gomis found the upper right corner, but the goalkeeper was stellar from there on out. He finished the match with four saves in 36 minutes and kept Chelsea level the whole time. Chelsea will likely defend for their lives next weekend, but Manchester City's potent attack will certainly test Begovic. He's a risky play with a very low floor but a high ceiling.
Source: Chelsea FC
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 04:01:00 PM

Asmir Begovic is set to join Chelsea in the coming days.

Stoke were waiting to sign Shay Given from Aston Villa before letting Begovic go but that deal is now complete and Mark Hughes has said he fully expects Asmir Begovic to join the Blues. The deal is as close as it can be to getting done and we will likely have official confirmation by Monday. Begovic will not be a fantasy option this year as he will be behind Thibaut Courtois on the pecking order and isn't likely to feature unless Courtois suffers an injury.
Source: ESPNFC
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 06:45:00 AM

Chelsea are still confident of capturing the signature of Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic despite late interest from Manchester United.

Mourinho moved quickly to increase his offer to over $12 million after his initial bid was rejected a week ago and the Blues expect Begovic to pen a 4-year deal said to be worth around $110k per week. The move could also see either Victor Moses or Patrick Bamford move to the Britannia on-loan for the 2015/16 season. Meanwhile Chelsea face a struggle to keep full-back Felipe Luis at the club as the defender is unhappy with his lack of first team opportunities. The Brazilian has found himself playing second fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta but Atletico must stump up around $25 million as Chelsea are keen to recoup the money they invested last summer.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to replace Petr Cech with a reported bid for Stoke City number one Asmir Begovic which the Potters have rejected.

The 28-year-old Begovic faces an interesting dilemma should Stoke City and Chelsea agree on transfer terms. Does he essentially give up the next three or four years of his career, prime years, for more money and some titles that he barely participates in? It seems like a cushy gig unless you're a competitor and are driven by competition. Begovic would be a strong get for the Blues if it works out but Robert Green seems to make more sense as far as being a player who can offer a great deal but would be willing to sacrifice playing time for money/titles given where he is in his career.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 03:38:00 PM

Stoke City number one Asmir Begovic is rumored to be willing to push hard for a move if a top six club comes calling.

Liverpool are the top six club most frequently linked with Begovic and they could certainly be looking for a goalkeeper (although they do have a lot of other things to address as well). Manchester United could also be a longshot to have interest in Begovic if David De Gea decides he wants to head back to Spain this summer. Begovic will probably not be at the top of United's list but he could be a solid stop-gap if they can't land a permanent replacement for De Gea.
Tue, May 26, 2015 10:44:00 AM

Asmir Begovic missed two matches after undergoing a minor surgical procedure but could return for Stoke City in Week 37.

Jack Butland's two starts deputizing for Begovic were a mixed bag and certainly didn't feel like a sure-fire changing of the guard if Mark Hughes has anything to say about it. Begovic has been the subject of numerous transfer rumors over the past year and the volume of those rumors seems to be picking up including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool as possible destinations. As the Potters work to determine Begovic's long-term fate, fantasy managers should be cautious. If Stoke City have already decided to sell internally, they may decide to use the last few matches of the season to give Butland more experience.
Fri, May 15, 2015 09:56:00 AM

Asmir Begovic finally had a breakout run of results as Stoke City claimed consecutive clean sheet victories over Everton and West Brom to close out 2014.

Coming out of Week 17, Begovic had totaled exactly 13 points for the season in the Yahoo scoring format. That's a pretty solid week for a Premier League goalkeeper but a disaster total over the course of seventeen matches. He finally got on track in Weeks 18 and 19 with identical 4 save, clean sheet wins for the Potters. His total rose from 13 for the season to 49 over the course of those three days. Hard to imagine too many people were on board to reap the rewards given the poor results to date but he has at least made himself relevant again heading into 2015.
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:05:00 AM

Asmir Begovic has long been considered one of the best goalkeepers outside of the top four but his recent form belies that reputation.

-6, -1, and -4 over the last three matches and a grand total of three points (3!) for the entire season. Stoke City haven't been terrible but Begovic has been from a fantasy point of view. He has let in nearly as many (18) as he has saved (20) and he has only kept two clean sheets. Neutrals loving entertaining football may not miss Tony Pulis and his grind it out style, but Begovic and anyone who owns him in single ownership fantasy formats certainly do.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 03:00:00 PM