Rade Krunić

Rade Krunić (Bosnian pronunciation: [râːde krǔːnitɕ]; born 7 October 1993) is a Bosnian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Milan and the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Rade Krunić
Krunić with Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 in 2014
Personal information
Full name Rade Krunić
Date of birth (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 27)
Place of birth Foča, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 33
Youth career
2003–2012 Sutjeska Foča
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Sutjeska Foča 15 (3)
2013–2014 Donji Srem 40 (4)
2014–2015 Hellas Verona 0 (0)
2014Donji Srem (loan) 11 (1)
2015 Borac Čačak 13 (2)
2015–2019 Empoli 116 (13)
2019– Milan 37 (1)
National team
2013–2014 Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 8 (0)
2016– Bosnia and Herzegovina 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 April 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 March 2021

Krunić started his professional career at Sutjeska Foča, before joining Donji Srem in 2013. A year later, he moved to Hellas Verona, who immediately loaned him back to Donji Srem. In 2015, he signed with Borac Čačak. Later that year, he switched to Empoli. Krunić was transferred to Milan in 2019.

A former youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Krunić made his senior international debut in 2016, earning 20 caps since.

Club career

Early career

Krunić came through youth setup of his hometown club Sutjeska Foča, which he joined in 2003. He made his professional debut in 2012 at the age of 18.[2] On 20 May, he scored his first professional goal against Proleter Teslić.[3]

In January 2013, he joined Serbian outfit Donji Srem.[4]

In the summer of 2014, he switched to Italian side Hellas Verona, but was instantly sent back on a six-month loan to Donji Srem.[5]

In January 2015, Krunić moved to Borac Čačak.[6]


On 1 July 2015, Krunić signed a three-year deal with Empoli.[7] He made his competitive debut for the team against Sassuolo on 4 October.[8] Later that month, he scored his first goal for Empoli in a triumph over Genoa.[9]

In October 2017, Krunić extended his contract until June 2021.[10]

Krunić was an important piece in Empoli's conquest of Serie B title, his first trophy with the club, which was sealed on 28 April 2018 and earned them promotion to Serie A just one season after being relegated. He had an impact of 5 goals and 10 assists.[11]

On 1 December 2018, in his 100th game for the club, he managed to score a goal and provide an assist against SPAL.[12]


In July 2019, Krunić was transferred to Milan for an undisclosed fee.[13] He made his official debut for the club in a loss to Fiorentina on 29 September.[14] On 22 October 2020, he scored his first goal for Milan in UEFA Europa League game away at Celtic.[15] Four months later, Krunić scored his first league goal in a triumph over his former club Hellas Verona.[16]

International career

Krunić was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina under-21 team under coach Vlado Jagodić.[17]

In November 2015, he received his first senior call-up, for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying play-offs against Republic of Ireland,[18] but had to wait until 3 June 2016 to make his debut in a friendly game against Denmark.[19]

On 23 March 2019, in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Armenia, Krunić scored his first senior international goal.[20]

Career statistics


As of match played 21 April 2021[21]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Sutjeska Foča 2011–12 First League of RS 2121
2012–13 First League of RS 13230162
Total 15330183
Donji Srem 2012–13 Serbian SuperLiga 132132
2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga 27230302
Donji Srem (loan) 2014–15 Serbian SuperLiga 11110121
Total 51540555
Borac Čačak 2014–15 Serbian SuperLiga 132132
Empoli 2015–16 Serie A 15110161
2016–17 Serie A 32210332
2017–18 Serie B 36500365
2018–19 Serie A 33510345
Total 116133011913
Milan 2019–20 Serie A 15030180
2020–21 Serie A 22110121352
Total 37140121532
Career total 2322414012125825


As of match played 31 March 2021[22]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Bosnia and Herzegovina

International goals

Scores and results list Bosnia and Herzegovina's goal tally first.[22]
1 23 March 2019 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying
2 8 October 2020 Grbavica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Northern Ireland
UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs




  1. "Rade Krunić". acmilan.com (in Italian). Retrieved 27 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. "Rade Krunić odmor u Foči iskoristio da obraduje prijatelje iz djetinjstva". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 30 December 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Sutjeska ostvarila trijumf protiv Proletera". faktor.ba (in Bosnian). 20 May 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Ko je Rade Krunić? Igra u veznom redu, nesuđeni je igrač Crvene Zvezde". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 3 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Verona Krunića posudila Donjem Sremu". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "Ni Zvezda, ni Vojvodina: Rade Krunić u Borcu". blic.rs (in Serbian). 30 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Mladi reprezentativac BiH Rade Krunić novi fudbaler Empolija". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 1 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Empoli minimalno savladao Sassuolo, Krunić debitovao". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 4 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. "Prvijenac Krunića u Serie A". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 24 October 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Krunić produžio ugovor s Empolijem do 2021. godine". fokus.ba (in Bosnian). 24 October 2017. Retrieved 27 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "Rade Krunić s Empolijem osigurao povratak u Serie A". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. "Krunićev eurogol i sjajna asistencija, ali Empoliju samo bod". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 1 December 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. "Rade Krunić zvanično postao igrač Milana". radiosarajevo.ba (in Bosnian). 8 July 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. "Krunić debitovao za Milan u teškom porazu od Fiorentine, Giampaolo na ivici otkaza". klix.ba (in Bosnian). 29 September 2019. Retrieved 30 September 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. "Prvijenac Krunića, Milan slavio u Glasgowu". avaz.ba (in Bosnian). 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. "Rade Krunić postigao spektakularan gol iz slobodnog udarca u pobjedi Milana". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 7 March 2021. Retrieved 9 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. "Rade Krunić: Dobar je znak što imamo mlade igrače u reprezentaciji". reprezentacija.ba (in Bosnian). 23 March 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. "Baždarević objavio spisak, jedan debitant". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 3 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. "Đurić poništio vodstvo Danaca, BiH preko penala do finala". sportsport.ba (in Bosnian). 3 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. "Zmajevi pobjedom otvorili kvalifikacije za EP: Žilava Armenija kapitulirala na Grbavici". scsport.ba (in Bosnian). 23 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. "R. Krunić". soccerway.com. Retrieved 21 April 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. "Rade Krunić". eu-football.info. Retrieved 31 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)