Munich - Sejad Salihovic is often referred to as the Bundesliga's set-piece specialist, owing to his amazing ability to find the net from free-kicks and the penalty spot. However, only few people know much more about the 1899 Hoffenheim star.

bundesliga.com presents ten lesser-known facts about the 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder, who was recently for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Salihovic was born in Gornji Sepak in the former Yugoslavia, but had to flee his hometown as a seven-year-old due to the outbreak of the Bosnian War in 1992. His family migrated to Berlin, where they were forced to start a completely new life. Salihovic's parents worked very hard to put their son through school, something the 29-year-old Sejad remains extremely grateful for to this day.

When Salihovic was growing up in Berlin, he did not pass up on the opportunity to explore Germany's vibrant capital city. Given all the distractions in the Berlin, he initially struggled to focus on football, choosing instead to visit night clubs and gorge on kebabs and Currywurst - hardly the healthiest of foods for a budding professional athlete. He later admitted that moving away from such distractions was the best decision of his career.

After signing for Hoffenheim, Salihovic felt so indebted to his parents for all they had done for him during his early life that he bought them a semi-detached house adjoining his own. Not every 29-year-old would be happy at having to live with - or right next to - his parents, but the Salihovic family appear to enjoy the much quieter life in Sinsheim compared to the hustle and bustle of the German capital.

When he arrived at Hoffenheim in 2006, Salihovic joined a club languishing in the third tier of German football. He helped Hoffenheim rise up through the leagues from the third division all the way up to the Bundesliga in the space of just two seasons. With 211 appearances in eight years in Sinsheim, the Bosnian international is currently the longest-serving player in Markus Gisdol's squad.

Salihovic has never been tempted to leave Hoffenheim for another club. He even turned his nose up at an offer from FC Bayern München in 2009. Unsurprisingly perhaps, his parents were a major factor in his decision to stay put: He had only just moved to Sinsheim three years previously and his parents did not want him to move house again. Like any good son would do, Salihovic took his parents' advice on board and rejected the offer.

In 2009, Salihovic lost his boot during a league match against VfB Stuttgart. Before he could retrieve it, however, Stuttgart keeper Jens Lehmann ran out of his goal, picked it up and threw it over his shoulder where it landed on top of the former Germany stopper's goal. The incident occurred in the dying minutes of the game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, which ended in a 3-3 draw.

Salihovic's favourite Bosnian food is cevapcici - widely considered to be their national dish - which he eats whenever he is back in Sarajevo or on international duty with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Cevapcici is a type of kebab consisting of grilled minced meet and often served with flatbread.

Salihovic likes to keep up with the latest fashion trends. He claims to have a good taste, and revealed on his official website that he prefers the 'casual DSquared look' when out and about with friends or team-mates. He also owns an expensive watch from Maurice Lacroix, but he says he doesn't mind wearing the classic Casio sports watch either.

Although some of his team-mates live in Heidelberg, Salihovic claims the city is too expensive. The rent in Heidelberg can cost up to €3,000 a month and Salihovic feels uncomfortable at spending that amount of money. When he is on international duty in his native Bosnia, he is reminded of the poverty in his home country, where many are forced to live off that sum over the course of an entire year. Salihovic says he would feel guilty at living so lavishly in Heidelberg.

Salihovic is very keen on boxing. He was spotted at the IBF Middleweight World Championship fight between Felix Sturm of Germany and England's Darren Barker at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart on 7 December 2013. Fellow international team-mate and former Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic joined him to watch the fight, which ended in a second-round victory for Sturm.


Compiled by Sebastian Mühlhaus