Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date of birth: 17/07/2006 (16 years old)
Place of birth: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Youth career: FK Sarajevo
Current club: FK Sarajevo
Squad number: 33
Current national team: Bosnia and Herzegovina U-17
Position: central defender
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2023 UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification elite round (3/0)
Contract until: 10.07.2025
Player’s agent: unknown
Transfer rumours: —
Similar type of player: Milan Škriniar
– aerial duels
– first touch mistakes
– long-range passing accuracy
Style of play:
– complete, elegant, and dominant central defender
– tall player with excellent body mass ratio, physical strength, power, and natural fitness who feels comfortable in contact situations
– modern defender who combines strength with good technique and passing at all distances
– not the fastest player but he possesses decent pace, agility, and coordination for a player of his size
– likes to spread play with long-range diagonals
– does not dive into tackles often
– concentrated player with very good reading of the game, timing, and anticipation
– known for his composure, intelligence, positional sense, and confidence in possession
– good retention skills under pressure
– focused and difficult to beat in 1v1 duels
– knows how to use his upper-body strength to gain the advantage in challenges/wins most of the physical duels
– positively aggressive player who usually plays clean and doesn’t get booked very often
– very dominant in the air
– calm and level-headed
– operates quite comfortably with his weaker left foot
– very mature for his age with good leadership skills/captain material
Čelik stops a dangerous attack with a great timing tackle.
Čelik anticipates the game very well and intercepts the ball.
Čelik stays calm in possession and plays a very good line-breaking pass.
Heatmap by Wyscout:
He is best suited to playing as:
Central defender in 4-3-3.
Bosnian U-17 Championship 2021/2022 winner with Sarajevo.
League summary (as for 13 April 2023):
No senior team appearances yet.
Nidal Čelik is a product of FK Sarajevo academy – one of the best youth systems in Bosnia. He is a part of an interesting generation of Sarajevo teenagers which includes, among others Tarik Ramić, Kenan Lamadzema, Arman Šutković, Bakir Nurković, Enedin Mulalić, Muhamed Šahinović, Muharem Trako, Nermin Bijelonja, Talha Tabaković, Seid Pramenković, Haris Ališah, and Irfan Ramić. Nidal is also a regular youth international for Bosnia and Herzegovina – he started at the U-15 level and now he’s one of the leaders of the U-17 setup.
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